Community day highlights college pathways, accessibility 

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In an effort to highlight community resources and the college/career preparatory programs at Seaside and Marina high schools, UC Santa Cruz and CSU Monterey Bay are hosting a community day on Aug. 19. 

The event will be 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club of the Monterey Peninsula, 1332 La Salle Ave, Seaside CA. It is free and open to the public. 

The day will feature a community resource and college fair, leadership games and activities, and a barbecue for those in attendance. 

The event is being organized by UC Santa Cruz GEAR UP/EAOP, CSU Monterey Bay GEAR UP, and Imagine College—programs that serve low-income, first generation students in the communities of Seaside/Marina.   

“Programs like this prepare students for access, acceptance, and persistence in postsecondary education,” Christopher Mutshnick, program coordinator for UCSC’s GEAR UP/EAOP. “The goal is to make these efforts sustainable and far reaching. We know the only way to achieve this is by partnering with members of our community to broadcast our message to every member of the communities we serve.”  

Congressman Jimmy Panetta and Monterey Peninsula College President Walt Tribley will deliver remarks in the afternoon.