Program helps high school students take step to college 

Eurania Lopez, the director of San Francisco State University’s Step to College program — which promotes higher education to underrepresented minorities — had more than 200 students enrolled in the program during the 2009-10 school year. 

What is the SFSU Step to College program? [It’s] a collaborative effort between public high schools and the College of Education at San Francisco State University. Students learn the skills necessary to transition from high school to the university. 

How has it helped students excel? The bonds these students form with classmates and faculty at the high school level are carried over to the university level, where they are strengthened through informal mentoring and tutoring.

What hurdles do kids face when they are the first in their family to go to college? Students don’t have the point of reference from family members. Even with very supportive families, the student finds it difficult to understand the rules of college.

What advice do you have for kids who think they might not be college material? I encourage students to visit different colleges and universities and to talk to people about their experiences. Students need to understand what ... a college degree can do for their lives.

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