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Higher education representatives visit Central Union High School as part of ICOE’s Higher Ed Week I activities

By KARINA LOPEZ Staff Writer

If Central Union High School seniors were nervous about the thought of applying to college, higher education representatives hopefully made the task a little less daunting after visiting the high school Tuesday morning.

More than 30 representatives from technical schools and the California State, University of California and private school system made their way to the Spartan Arena as part of Higher Ed Week I activities.

Armed with information pamphlets, business cards and giveaway prizes, the representatives spent about an hour in the gym distributing information to the school’s seniors.

Christina Diangelo said she was happy to see representatives from Grand Canyon University and Northern Arizona University as her family would be making the move to the Grand Canyon State next year.

“It does help a lot that they come to the school,” said the 16-year-old senior. “Or else we’d have to be the ones looking for all the information and that can be stressful.”

Ashley Leyva said with the visit by college representatives, she realized that her time as a high school student would soon be over.

“It does make me a little nervous,” said the 17-year-old senior. “It’s definitely starting to feel more real. I don’t know if I’m ready to leave home yet.”

Like Ashley, Randall Montejano said he also wasn’t ready to leave the Imperial Valley, or at least not go too far.

“I’m looking at some of the San Diego schools because they’re still pretty close to home,” said the 16-year-old senior.

In addition to Central High, the representatives also visited Brawley Union High School on Tuesday and would visit each high school in the county by the end of the week, said Denise Cabanilla, director of Higher Education at the Imperial County Office of Education.

“In addition to college and career readiness, we’re talking to the students about careers in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math,” Cabanilla said.

Additionally, Cabanilla thanked San Diego State University -Imperial Valley campus and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Hispanic-Serving Institutions National Program for sponsoring the week’s activities this year.

“This is the first year that we’ve been able to have sponsors and we’re very appreciative of that,” Cabanilla said.

Staff Writer Karina Lopez can be reached at 760-337-3439 or

Article Reprinted Courtey of Imperial Valley Press