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Potter 7th Grade students get a tour of the CSU-San Marcos campus from CSU student ambassadors.
Potter 7th Grade students get a tour of the CSU-San Marcos campus from CSU student ambassadors.
Fire and police vehicles are a popular attraction during the Potter Career Day as students interact with public service officers on Jan. 24.
Fire and police vehicles are a popular attraction during the Potter Career Day as students interact with public service officers on Jan. 24.
Marine instructors prepare the young Potter students for a mock boot camp obstacle course where they will get a taste of the physical rigors of military training as part of Career Day.
Marine instructors prepare the young Potter students for a mock boot camp obstacle course where they will get a taste of the physical rigors of milita...
Pala Casino manager David Rodarte inspires students to find a career that matches their interests and passions.
Pala Casino manager David Rodarte inspires students to find a career that matches their interests and passions.
Keynote speaker and Fallbrook resident Dr. Francisco Rodriguez, president of Mira Costa College, implores students to begin college planning immediately.
Keynote speaker and Fallbrook resident Dr. Francisco Rodriguez, president of Mira Costa College, implores students to begin college planning immediate...
Potter students listen to a college speaker share information on how to be eligible to attend CSU San Marcos during their visit to the university on Feb. 28.
Potter students listen to a college speaker share information on how to be eligible to attend CSU San Marcos during their visit to the university on F...

Potter students get a first-hand look at college, careers


Thursday, March 13th, 2014
Issue 11, Volume 18.


FALLBROOK – Potter Junior High School students recently took steps toward the goal of accessing college and 21st century careers.

On Feb. 28, more than 350 seventh grade students attended a college tour of California State University San Marcos. For many, it was their first time on a college campus, and the trip helped make the college dream a more tangible reality.

"It made me realize that working hard means I can achieve my dreams of going to college," said Juan Manual Gomez.

"It was amazing. I got to see the food, the art museum, and classes full of students," said Linda Bailon.

For the past two months, the Potter counseling department made presentations to students on what it takes to attend college, and did career inventories to help steer students toward majors and careers.

At the end of January, Potter had its annual career day themed, "Oh, the Places We’ll Go…Braves Begin with the End in Mind." Keynote speaker and Fallbrook resident Dr. Francisco Rodriguez, Advertisement
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president of Mira Costa College in Oceanside, provided students motivation by recounting his success story starting from humble beginnings in inner-city San Francisco.

In presentations and workshops by over 40 speakers, Potter students were exposed to a range of careers including a lawyer, judge, scientist, casino manager, mathematician, engineer, dentist, law enforcement, and firefighters.

"I liked the engineer in Mrs. Jones’ class. He talked about watching movies in your sleep with Google Glasses and how Ironman exo-skeletons can become a reality. He talked about the future," said Nicholas Brown, an eighth grader.

Potter has made a school-wide college focus one of its tenets which has helped lead to its designation as a AVID-certified school. The AVID elective class focuses on building college ready habits, supporting rigorous study and critical thinking with the help of college tutors, and exposing students to colleges. This year, AVID students took a practice ACT college entrance exam and have taken field trips to Balboa Park as well as the University of San Diego.


 

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