Imperial's Grand Opening of its new college and career access center hopes to have a promising future.
Imperial High School College and Career Access Center had it's grand opening Thursday November 13th,
2014. The center is located in room 605 and is available to students every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from
8:00am to 4:00pm and 8:00am to 3:00pm on Tuesdays and Fridays. Programs such as the California Student
Opportunity and Access Program (Cal-SOAP), Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP), Educational Talent Search,
Upward Bound, and Math Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) are some of the many helping out at the center.
Ultimately, the center hopes to provide the help students may need in taking the next step of their educational
Gloria Morales is one of the Cal-Soap advisors providing assistance at the center, "We try to help out on
scholarships, applications- anything the student needs." Morales noted that only a handful of students have
attended the center during it's first whole week, but acknowledges that this is still a good attendance rate
considering the center just opened and not all students know the center now exists.
Ryan Breland, a senior at Imperial High, said that the attendance may also be due to the fact that many
seniors have already completed their applications. December 1st marked the closing of UC and CSU applications
and students took the opportunity to use their week long break to finish out of state and community college
applications. "It's a little too late for the seniors now," said Breland, "but it should definitely help out
Julissa Barcenas, another senior at Imperial High, points out that the center can utilize students spare
time. "It'll be convenient for students to go during teacher aiding periods if there's nothing to do or after
school while waiting for a ride or for practice to begin" said Barcenas. She also states that students will feel
more motivated to do this work at school with the help of counselors than at home.
Tony Diaz, a junior at Imperial, looks forward to the help that will be provided in the center. Diaz said
that a majority of the juniors can benefit from having a permanent center to help with scholarships or