By Selena Lu
The Future Center is having a college application lab every Tuesday and Thursday, 3 to 5, from Oct. 29 to Nov. 30 to help seniors with their college applications.
The Future Center holds the application lab every year, but this year they’re promoting it more and trying to get more seniors to go and get their college application reviewed. The students that come can be anywhere in their application process and in any type of college application.
“Sometimes at home, [students] can’t work on it,” College and Career Readiness Specialist Ana Laura Castro said. “We want students to know there are people here on campus supporting them through the process”
“I think they give valuable information,” said PHA senior Minmay Le. ”[Castro] was able to make one of my failures into something that could say that since I failed at this, this is why I should get into the major so I could get better at it.”
OUSD Fast Facts said that in the fall of 2017, 58% of the 24,049 OUSD high school graduates attended college. 27.5% went to a 2 year college and 30.5% went to a 4 year college. Oakland High’s 2019 – 2020 School Plan for Student Achievement states that the school goal for the 2019-2020 year is to get 70% of all seniors to graduate Oakland High and enroll in a 2 or 4 year college.
The Future Center has five full-time staff members and two advisors that come on scheduled days. They are open every day, Monday to Friday, from 8 to 5.
The Future Center can also help freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. They can give knowledge about college, advise students about careers, and help students figure out a path for their future. For freshmen, they can help figure out which academy to go into.
They also provide help for resumes, job applications, and scholarships. Even after people graduate, they can still come back and get help.