The museum’s “At Home in Northern California” program is a direct response to the McConnell Foundation’s 2001 report, “Northern California Higher Education Needs Assessment.” That report discovered that in six Northern California counties, high school graduates attend college at half the statewide rate. Underlying factors lowering college attendance were a perceived limited access to colleges, high costs, and reluctance to leave their immediate home area. The goals of our program are threefold:
Expose Northern California students to a broader knowledge of their home region
Introduce students to the three California State University system campuses in Northern California (Chico, Sacramento, and Humboldt)
Teach students the techniques of successfully applying for admission and financial aid
Visits to the CSU Chico, CSU Sacramento, and Humboldt State campuses will occur in concert with these field trips. University personnel at each campus will conduct tours of the campus and discuss campus life. A session at CSU Chico will teach application and financial aid procedures and techniques.
Graduates of the “At Home in Northern California” program will be confident, knowledgeable young people thoroughly at ease in their home region, well-equipped to continue their education at one of the region’s three four-year CSU campuses–thus broadening vistas in their professional and personal life.