Indian Valley Campus
Navigating the college planning and admissions process can seem overwhelming. Where do I start? What should I look for in a college? 2- Year or 4-Year? How can I afford college? Why is college important and valuable in terms of careers and future income? Who can assist me in the process? The Outreach and School Relations Office provides navigational support to prospective students and their families through a network of programs and services so that you can make a fully informed decision equipped with a deeper understanding of your choices and opportunities.
The Outreach and School Relations Office builds and nurtures relationships with public high schools in and outside of Marin County through tours, Information Nights and College Fairs; establishes contacts with community based organizations serving prospective students; networks with elementary and middle schools in Marin County supporting a college-bound message through classroom sessions and a pipeline of information; sustains a Student Ambassador program to build capacity through student leaders; develops and produces events that highlight college programs, services, and opportunities for prospective students, including families and schools; serves as a community relations agent for COM; supports the College’s efforts to identify and support under-served students including Veterans; and provides educational presentations to the community on issues of higher education access and success-building, financial aid/scholarships, advocacy, immigration, cultural sensitivity, college life, careers, and more.
College of Marin's Outreach Department coordinated with Healthy Teens Marin which held its 14th annual Peer Summit for seventh- and eighth-grade students throughout the county from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at College of Marin. This event included interactive educational workshops led by youth and community agencies on subjects such as conflict resolution, relationships, alcohol and drugs and college preparation. College of Marin has hosted Peer Summit for the past eight years.
Interested in a Campus Tour? Visiting the College of Marin is an important part of the college planning process, and our Student Ambassadors are the best tour guides around. Please call to arrange for a tour of the Kentfield or Indian Valley Campus, and let us know specific areas of interest . In less than an hour, the Student Ambassadors will familiarize you with the campus, our programs, support services, everyday logistics, and the beautiful surrounding area. Tours provide information that you won’t find in a brochure, and meeting an actual student who can share his/her impressions and perspectives will provide invaluable insights.
To arrange for a tour, to ask general or specific questions relating to College of Marin or the college admissions process, please call the Student Ambassador line, 415.457.8811 x7860, or stop by the Outreach Office located in Room 232 in the Student Services Building on the Kentfield Campus.
Our Student Ambassadors
COM has selected a team of talented student leaders to serve in the Student Ambassador Program for the 2012-2013 academic year. The program, currently in its fifth year, is a vital component of the College’s Outreach efforts.
Student ambassadors serve as liaisons between the College and local schools, lead campus tours and assist with on-campus activities such as Saturday Services, International Students Orientation, Job Fair, Transfer Day, Peer Summit, and other events. Ambassadors also represent COM at local College Fairs, community events, and off-site school visits. The team has developed a hands-on, interactive college bound curriculum which we use in local elementary and middle schools to support their college preparation and awareness initiatives. Our Ambassadors have their own amazing stories of college access and success. They provide an authentic student voice and perspective and are extremely effective communicators.
For Prospective Students
High school students who are interested in a jumpstart on college level courses can enroll at no cost at the College of Marin through our Concurrent Enrollment Program. High school students gain valuable experience in their classes and earn college credit (most courses transfer to 4-year institutions, e.g., UC, CSU and private colleges) and meet Bachelor degree requirements. If you are interested in exploring different areas of study to help determine your college major, you can enroll in college courses to test your interests. A robust sequence of late afternoon classes is conveniently scheduled to provide opportunities for high school students. It is an efficient and strategic approach for college preparation, and can save you time and money in the long run.
For Parents and Grand-Parents
Your role in the college planning process is crucial. We are here to help support you and your student in this important process through Information Nights sponsored at local schools, community-wide college access forums, information posted on our website, campus tours, and direct contact. We can help you understand the financial implications of your student's choice of colleges in terms of your own family's finances. By becoming familiar with the various options available to your student, from concurrent enrollment at no cost while your student is still in high school, to the higher education system in California (consisting of the community colleges, California State Universities, University of California system, and private universities), to the various forms of financial aid and scholarships and other support services, you will be able to lend a helpful and informed voice that will result in a more thoughtful decision for your student and your family.
Please let us know how we can support your students, whether at your site or on our campuses. We will work with you to develop a tailored approach that will supplement your efforts and can provide materials for use in your office. You can contact us either by email, Anna.Pilloton@marin.edu, or by calling our office: 415.485.9663.
There is no shortage of college planning information, and the volume of websites and guides can be overwhelming. We can help you distinguish between websites that charge fees for all of their services versus others that offer the same information for FREE! Our Student Ambassadors have reviewed current web sites and college planning programs for their navigational strategies and user-friendly content, and here are some resources that might be helpful to you:
WSJ on Campus from The Wall Street Journal
I Can Afford College
The New York Times – The Choice
Keep checking this web page for more resources as we'll be updating the list whenever new sites or materials become available. And, don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions!