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Santa Ana ¡Adelante! Makes College Real for Local Students

Earlier this summer, Santa Ana’s Sierra Preparatory Academy student body got its first glimpse of Santa Ana College (SAC). Sierra principal Jeff Bishop, some 300 students, their teachers, and 50 parents, attended a half-day event focusing on learning about college and careers at SAC. The event was offered as part of the Santa Ana ¡Adelante! program.

Sara Lundquist, Ph.D., vice president of student services, provided a warm welcome in English and Spanish. For many, this was their very first visit to a college campus. The purpose of the day was to prove that college is possible for every student. “Show Me the Money,” a skit presented by the SAC Student Ambassadors, drove that message home. The ambassadors encouraged the students to plan on attending college to ensure for a brighter future.

The students then attended break-out sessions offering a closer look at careers, including criminal justice, engineering, fire technology and health sciences. One of the highlights of the day was the students’ excitement when they got to hear their own heartbeats during the presentation offered by Becky Miller, associate dean of Health Sciences/Nursing. A workshop for parents offered in English and Spanish provided information about how their sons and daughters can enroll in college, what the academic requirements for college entrance are, and how to access financial aid.

Special guests at the event included national representatives from the Lumina Foundation and Excelencia in Education, investors in the program and the community, and the Padres Promotores de la Educación. 
Entering freshmen from Santa Ana Unified School District, who haven’t registered for the Santa Ana ¡Adelante! program are encouraged to do so. For more information on the range of support services offered by this program, visit the ¡Adelante! website or call 714-564-6165.