The Central Valley Higher Education Consortium’s CollegeNext! Bootcamp has extended the application deadline to Friday, May 9 to offer the opportunity for high school juniors, many of which will be first-generation college students in their families, to prepare for college admission.

From June 16 to June 20 more than 60 high school students will stay on Fresno State’s campus for a five-day program and 30 hours of instruction in preparation for college. Students were recruited from high school campuses in Fresno, Kings and Tulare counties.

Participants will experience a college living environment in the University Courtyard dorms. Students will have the opportunity to fine-tune college applications through an instructed completion of a college admission essay, summation of high school achievements as well as learn how to begin an initial college search.

Academic advisers and college and university mentors will be on hand to answer questions about expectations and provide recommendations for students on how to finish their senior years in high school strong.

This boot camp serves as an opportunity for students to gain leadership and advocacy skills to increase awareness of financial aid, scholarship and higher education. They will receive T-shirts that state, “Ask Me How to Go” to wear around their peers.

High school juniors can apply and get more information online at

The program is offered by the Central Valley Higher Education Consortium and funded by a grant from the Walter S. Johnson Foundation.

For more information, contact Mary Montoya-Benham at 559.292.0576 or .

 (Copy by Jodi Raley, University Communications news assistant.)

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