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CSU and UC to Hold First Joint Counselor Conference

Over 750 high school counselors registered to
participate in Central Valley Event

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(September 17, 2010) – The California State University and the University of California will jointly host a high school counselor conference at the Fresno Convention Center in Fresno, CA on Monday, Sept. 20. The event serving the Central Valley marks the first time that the two systems have come together to host a counselor conference.

"By working together, the CSU and UC can lessen some of the burden faced by schools and staff during this challenging fiscal environment," said Allison Jones, assistant vice chancellor academic affairs and student academic support for the CSU. "We'll be able to provide information about the opportunities offered by both systems in a single place. Based on registration totals counselors are eager to support this new format."

The CSU hosts six high school or community college counselor conferences each year to inform counselors on the processes, admission requirements and financial aid opportunities related to the CSU. Conferences feature a number of workshops and presentations designed to assist counselors in preparing students for higher education opportunities in the CSU.

The joint event has over 750 registered participants, more than twice the highest registration total of any single CSU counselor conference conducted over the past five years.

Additionally, the CSU's initial community college counselor conference for the year – held on Sept. 13 - was held virtually, marking another first for the university. By conducting the conference online, the CSU encouraged statewide participation and eliminated travel costs while reducing the impact on the environment.

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