MSJC hosts Campus Visit Day

Eighth-grade students experience MSJC

They arrived curious, excited and full of questions about the diversity of students at Mt. San Jacinto College campuses, how much it cost to attend classes and about the price of textbooks.

About 100 students from the San Jacinto Unified School District visited the San Jacinto campus of MSJC on Friday as part of Campus Visit Day, hosted and organized by MSJC’s Upward Bound and Talent Search programs. MSJC’s Student Success Program coordinated the campus tours.

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Monte Vista Middle School student Amanda Knoefler raises her hand during MSJC’s Campus Visit Day on Friday.

The eighth-grade students toured the campus, talked to MSJC staff and learned about what it’s like to attend the college.

Amanda Knoefler, a Monte Vista Middle School student, said she has plans for a career in criminal justice and enjoyed Friday’s program.

“It’s motivating me a lot” to attend college, Amanda said. “It’s opening my eyes more.”

The event was designed to encourage potential first-generation college students and low-income students whose parents do not have a bachelor’s degree to attend college. Students who participated in Friday’s event were part of the Talent Search and AVID, or Advanced Placement Via Determination, programs at North Mountain and Monte Vista Middle schools

Ketmani Kouanchao, director of the Upward Bound and Talent Search programs at MSJC, said the event helps the young students feel comfortable on the college campus.

“It exposes them to things that they wouldn’t necessarily get from their traditional classroom experience,” Kouanchao said.

It also helps them visualize themselves in the future attending college, she said.

Monte Vista teacher Patricia Gonzalez said the visit to MSJC was the first stop in exposing her students to college life. She also plans on taking them to public and private four-year universities.

“A lot of these students are interested in college. Hopefully with these different experiences, they’ll be college bound,” Gonzalez said.

MSJC’s Upward Bound and Talent Search programs have an educational partnership with the San Jacinto Unified School District. The programs provide after school tutoring, workshops in career exploration, study skills and financial aid, arranges college visits and helps participating students with the college application process.

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From left to right: First photo -- Nathan Wilson (L) and Andrew Batiz get an introduction to MSJC’s San Jacinto campus during Campus Visit day Friday.

Second photo – Brandy Walker listens to a presentation during Campus Visit Day Friday at Mt. San Jacinto College.

Third photo – Two students hear about resources available for MSJC students during Campus Visit Day Friday at MSJC.

All students are eighth-graders from Monte Vista Middle School in San Jacinto.