The mission of the Alhambra Unified School district is to ensure the educational success of all students by providing a comprehensive educational program where students can learn and become productive members of a diverse society. It is without a doubt that AUSD’s mission is strongly being supported throughout AUSD’s school counseling offices, as staff members are currently assisting many hopeful high school seniors in sending off their last minute college applications, waiting for acceptance letters and identifying sources for financing their future. Due to these efforts of high school counselors throughout the district, AUSD’s students and parents are confident that the past four years have prepared them to transition smoothly into college and an eventual professional career.
This year, AUSD high schools worked with the California Student Aid Commission to participate in workshops called “Cash for College”. Their mission is to help low-income and first generation college-goers complete the application process so they can access financial aid for education and career/technical training beyond high school. Twelfth grade students and their parent/guardians that attended the event had the opportunity to work with school counselors and trained volunteers to receive one-on-one assistance to help them complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the California Dream Act Application, and access financial aid resources including Pell and Cal Grants. The “Cash for College” workshop was a huge success, as students and their families from each of the high schools as well as schools from outside the district were present, totaling close to 100 participants.
Moving forward, the district will start a series of parent/student workshops titled "Diploma and Beyond". There will be four workshops for the spring of 2017 and a new series will be introduced for the 2017 - 2018 school year. The first two workshops, which occurred in March, were titled "Exploring your Options" in which the students and parents identified the necessary skills needed for each student for every year in high school to ensure college preparedness. The last two workshops will identify resources for financing student aspirations. The dates for these workshops are April 8th at 9:00 a.m. and April 12th at 6 p.m., both at Alhambra High School. AUSD looks forward to each child’s and your participation at these workshops. Translation will be provided. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Student Employee and Welfare Department, Dr. Lynne Sheffield at (626) 943-3440.