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October 2011


Journey to Success College Fair Brings Higher Education Message to Cambodian and Other Southeast Asian Students and Parents

Hundreds of middle and high school students met with CSU campus representatives and Cambodian professionals to discuss strategies to go to college, during the Journey to Success College Fair for Cambodian families.

The event was held on Oct. 8 at CSULB.

Journey to Success is an initiative of the CSU system's Asian American and Pacific Islander Initiative to inform underserved communities about opportunities in higher education.

Opening Ceremony in the Student Union Ballroom

Check-in table Outey Khuong and sak-Humphry at JTS Cambodian opening ceremony Students at opening ceremony Simon Kim

Frame 1: Students get their name tags upon arrival to campus; Frame 2: LB Unified School District teacher Outey Khuon speaks during opening ceremony. With her at the podium Chhany Sak-Humphry, president of the National Association for the Education Advancement of Cambodian, Laotian and Vietnamese Americans; Frame 3: Students at the opening ceremony; Frame 4: Cambodian College Fair Chairman Simon Kim shows the bilingual booklet (Khmer and English) about the steps to get to college.

JTS Cambodian Welcome Ceremony

Sokha Huot and Nikki Ngeknay pose with the event poster featuring Nikki wearing a CSULB sweatshirt.



JTS Student attending the fair

College fair participant displays CSU T-shirt she received while visiting with representatives from CSU campuses.


JTS Cambodian Workshops

Sample of a college class linking professional careers to college majors.


AAPI Journey to Success Leaders

Joan Hippolyte, Gayle Ball-Parker Garrett Ashley and Simon Kim Don Para at JTS Cambodian College Fair Howard Wang, Nancy Wada Mckee, Mitch Maki

Frame 1: AAPI Initiative leaders Nancy Wada McKee, Garrett Ashley, Howard Wang and Simon Kim; Frame 2: Ashley and Kim shake hands during the opening ceremony; Frame 3: Don Para, provost at CSULB speaks during the opening ceremony; Frame 4: Howard Wang, Nancy Wada McKee and Mitch Maki, acting provost at CSUDH.

Khmer-Language Booklet Explains How To Get to College

How to get to college Booklet


A booklet on How To Get to College, printed in Khmer and English, details the steps parents and students need to take in middle and high school to be prepared for college. The document was distributed to parents and students during the college fair.



JTS Workshop audience JTS Cambodian Student panel Cool Class at JTS Cambodian Cambodian professionals panel

Frame 1: Community members attend a panel of Cambodian professionals who have succeeded in diverse career fields; Frame 2: Current college students share their journey to college; Frame 3: Physical sciences workshop; Frame 4: Cambodian professionals' panel.

College Application Workshop

Students learned about CSU Mentor, the website that facilitates the college application process for all 23 campuses of the CSU.






Participants also received tips about choosing a CSU campus, completing a college application and obtaining financial aid.

CSU Journey to Success Workshop on college application
Tammie Leung and Bruce Vancil of CSULA lead the college application workshop.

Tammmie Leung



CSU Journey to Success Cambodian College fair Steve Watkins staffing the CSU Bakersfiled booth CSU Journey to Success Cambodian  College Fair Pilar Simi

Community based organizations, 13 CSU campuses and the Chancellor's Office delivered information and answered questions from students and parents.

Sokha Huot and Stephanie Thara

Sokha Huot and Stephanie Thara from the CSU Chancellor's Office volunteering at the college fair.


Mother and child at the college fair

Parents get tips about how to help their children attain their higher education dreams.


The goal of the CSU Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Initiative is to improve college access and graduation achievement for Asian American and Pacific Islander students from underserved communities. Similar college fairs are held at other CSU campuses to reach out to distinct AAPI subgroups.