EL MONTE – Hundreds of El Monte Union High School District students on Oct. 9 attended the District’s annual College Night and Career Resource Fair at Arroyo High School, which hosted more than 50 colleges and universities that provided information on programs, activities, entrance requirements and degrees offered.

Among the schools that participated in the fair were UC Berkeley, UCLA, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Los Angeles, University of La Verne, Otis College of Art and Design, USC, University of Albany, Pasadena City College and Rio Hondo College. Representatives from U.S. military branches were also on site.

“As a member of Key Club and Leo Club, I am interested to find out what kind of public service organizations the colleges support,” Arroyo High senior Shuyi Yu said. “Volunteering is very important to me.”

Yu, along with Jessica Tran, were among the students who filled out registration cards and spoke with college representatives about tuition and financial aid. Yu and Tran, who are both members of Arroyo’s school choir, said they were interested in schools that offered art programs and extracurricular activities.

“My two main subjects are math and biology, but I also want to continue singing, so the school I attend will need to have strong arts programs as well,” Tran said. “The college fair is a great help to me in planning my future.”

In addition to the college fair, the event featured representatives from various student support services and college access programs, including Cal-SOAP, El Monte Promise Foundation, Pasadena City College Pathways Program, Upward Bound, Work Source, El Monte/Rosemead Adult School and career technical education programs.

Students and parents also had the opportunity to attend workshops discussing the Cal State University (CSU) Early Assessment Program, higher education for undocumented students and how to navigate the higher education system.

“Choosing the right college is the most important decision El Monte Union families will make, and we are committed to providing every student the support and resources they will need to make an informed choice,” EMUHSD Superintendent Dr. Edward Zuniga said. “We could not do this without the tremendous work of our college and career coordinators, who put this event together for the benefit of our students and their futures.”


101117_EMUHSD_COLLEGEFAIR1: El Monte Union High School District held its annual College Night and Career Resource Fair on Oct. 9 at Arroyo High School, where hundreds of students and their parents spoke with representatives from more than 50 colleges and universities to learn more about what steps to take to enter a two- or four-year university. The event included workshops on how to navigate the higher education system.

101117_EMUHSD_COLLEGEFAIR2: Arroyo High School seniors Shuyi Yu, left, and Jessica Tran attended the District’s annual College Night and Career Resource Fair, where they learned about financial aid, tuition, public service organizations and arts programs available at the colleges they were interested in.