Counselor Conference Equips Local Community Colleges and High Schools

2017 counselor conf

Nearly 60 counselors, faculty advisors, and transfer center leaders from high schools and colleges across the Bay Area attended the 2017 Bay Area Regional Counselor Conference, hosted in the Student Union Ballroom by The Davidson College of Engineering, the Lucas College of Business, and the College of Science.

During the morning, SJSU representatives shared the latest information on how counselors could prepare their students for admissions and for success in their college careers. After lunch, counselors were able to mingle and talk with each other and with SJSU directors and specialists during a resource fair.

Elena Dutra and Carol Vasquez from City College of San Jose were among the attendees. "We really like this conference, and we try to attend every year because there is always new information, " said Elena. "SJSU covers Career Pathways and internships, things that our students are eager to learn about. I also enjoy meeting contact here and matching the face with the name, making that connection."

2017 counselor confRepresentatives from San Francisco City College were there, and said they especially enjoyed the Engineering presentation. "We appreciate how you showed the majors alongside of the potential jobs that someone in that major could try," said Grace Hom.

One of the concerns that counselors mentioned was working with online application systems. From Mission College, Alejandro Zavala explained,"My biggest concerns are for the outliers, and the students in the grey areas that don’t always align with Assist.org," he said, referring to an online student-transfer information system. "I’m always asking myself, am I giving them the best information that I can?"

Marta Mora-Evans, from West Valley, said she was glad to be here to find out more about the brand-new Cal State Apply app. "We’re serving hundreds of students, as we have so many questions about this new app. We are open minded, and we know how to read directions, but when I hear things in the app are not working, I worry about its effects on deserving and underrepresented students. We just want to instill hope in them."