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Cathy Summa-Wolfe
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Communications & Community Relations

Marin City & College of Marin to Host a Night of Introductions

Outreach Aimed at Prospective Students of All Ages, All Dreams

KENTFIELD/NOVATO, Calif.— February 16, 2010College of Marin is joining with Marin City to launch the first in a series of presentations and workshops aimed at encouraging prospective students to pursue their educational dreams.
The inaugural joint event, Feb. 25, will target middle school students and their parents and is open to anyone interested in learning how to prepare for a successful college experience.

“College of Marin Night” in Marin City
Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010, 6-8 p.m.
Manzanita Recreation Center, 630 Drake Avenue, Marin City, CA  
(Parking is available nearby in the Cornerstone Community Church parking lot.)

A variety of speakers from the college and community as well as a keynote address by Walter Turner, a COM professor of History and Ethnic Studies, who serves as chairman of the department, will be addressing the community. Turner is known for his KPFA radio program “Africa Today” and his work with several nonprofit organizations.
Other presenters include representatives from co-sponsor Marin City Community Services District, College of Marin Student Services, various academic and career programs, a college student panel, College of Marin Foundation and Marin Education Fund.
"I am delighted that our outreach staff is hosting this event," said COM Superintendent/President Frances L. White, Ph.D. “It is important for the college to reach out to all of the constituents that it serves and this is the first event that we have hosted in Marin City since I became president.”
At the suggestion of the city, COM is working to develop more of a presence in Marin City.
“The College decided to target middle school students and their parents for two reasons, said Greta Siegel, dean of Student Development and Special Services. “We want to start reaching out to students at a younger age and start to develop a relationship with them so they are familiar with our facilities, programs, faculty, staff and services and will automatically see college as their next step after high school.”
The presentations will also be geared toward parents, who may want them to start exploring new careers.
“Our team will go into this initiative planning to do as much listening as talking,” Siegel said. “This will be the beginning of a long-term relationship with many specialized workshops to follow, such as age-appropriate career exploration, how to apply for admission and how to apply for financial aid. We even have a professor who has offered to provide, at no charge, workshops in African, jazz and hip hop music.  With that, one might foresee an increase in enrollment in our Fine Arts programs.”
Our aim, Siegel continued, “is to develop a model of community outreach that goes beyond high schools.  We expect to use this model of outreach in other Marin County communities as we go forward."
Funding from the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office Basic Skills Initiative grant contributed to the event as a way to promote credit and noncredit basic skills and English as a Second Language students, as well as to support adult education and programs designed to help prepare students for higher education.
Visitors are invited to enjoy the catered event as they learn about COM from speakers and college and community resource tables. There are also door prizes!

For more information, contact Rose Thompson, College of Marin Extended Opportunity Programs & Services counselor, at or (415) 485-9643.

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