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Graduate Students Foster Higher Education in Maywood

'College Is Possible' at Oct. 14 Community Event

To develop a college-going culture in the community, students and faculty members of Cal State Fullerton's master's program in education-higher education are partnering with the city of Maywood to present a free educational event Saturday, Oct. 14, for K-12 students and their families.

The Maywood Education Fair will be held from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., with CSUF alumnus and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) '82 '94 (B.A. political science-public administration, M.A. political science) delivering the 10 a.m. keynote address.

In 2009, students in the master's program established a partnership with the city of Maywood to put on the Education Fair. This year, 27 graduate students are participating — taking what they learn in the classroom into the community. The event has grown from 50 to 200 residents in attendance in the early years to more than 600 community members in 2016, said Eugene Fujimoto, associate professor of educational leadership.

At the Education Fair, the graduate students present workshops on topics such as becoming college-ready, applying to college, securing financial aid and negotiating the higher education environment. Additionally, in collaboration with the local schools, the students organize college preparedness workshops and college visits during the academic year, and present their work at local and national conferences. Their work also has been published in Urban Review and Association of Mexican American Educators Journal.

The Maywood Education Fair, themed "Siempre Abrendiendo, Siempre Creciendo" (Always Learning, Always Growing), will be held at St. Rose of Lima School, 4422 E. 60th St., Maywood, 90270. CSUF's College of Education and Center for Research on Educational Access and Leadership (C-REAL) are among event sponsors. For more information, call 657-278-8510 or send an email.

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