Friday, May 19, 2017
WEST SACRAMENTO – About 75 kindergarteners from the Washington Unified School District (WUSD) in West Sacramento will attend a special “Kinders Go To College” event from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, May 19, 2017 at Sacramento City College’s (SCC) West Sacramento Center. The students will be treated to a number of special college “classes” (10-minute workshops) in fields such as dental assisting and hygiene, nursing, art, public service, and robotics. 

Sacramento City College is partnering with the Yolo County Office of Education (YCOE), Washington Unified, the City of West Sacramento and PG&E on this unique program.

“We support our partners at the Washington Unified School District and Sacramento City College who are changing the expectations around college for our community early on,” said West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon. “This program complements our existing investments in college and career preparation through the Kids’ Home Run, the City of West Sacramento’s comprehensive cradle-to-college-and-career initiative that combines universal preschool and a paid internship program while providing families with a guaranteed college savings account starting at Kindergarten and students with up to one year of community college fee free. Together we are sending a strong message to our residents and the region that West Sacramento is the best place to have a child, raise a family and go to school.”

Each kindergartener is teamed with a middle school student, while high school students help oversee and guide the group. The interaction with older students at different stages in their education helps the younger students envision a future that includes academic success.

Participating schools are Westfield Village Elementary (K-5), Elkhorn Village Elementary (K-8), and River City High School and Yolo High School.

“We need to increase the college-going rate in West Sacramento and Yolo County,” said Art Pimentel, Dean of SCC’s West Sacramento Center. “The earlier we start the process of getting students to know about college, the better we do at getting them here when the time is right.”

In addition to the workshops, students will receive a special T-shirt honoring them as the high school Class of 2029, a backpack and other goodies from SCC and the YCOE.

"The kinders wear their 'Class of 2029' shirts with pride and excitement,” said Lori Perez, Director of College and Career Readiness for the Yolo County Office of Education. “This unique event provides the opportunity for students from all grade levels served to learn from leaders representing post-secondary and careers. The collaboration between all organizations involved is an amazing testament of community support for West Sacramento students."

“The Washington Unified School District is fully committed to ensuring all students are college and career bound upon high school graduation,” said Linda C. Luna, WUSD Superintendent. “Kinders Go to College is a program to institute the possibilities of and access to college beginning in kindergarten. It is true that it takes a village to raise a child. Together, with the City of West Sacramento and the Sacramento City College, all students will become college and career ready.”

We believe this event will have tremendous visual appeal, both photographically and for video, beginning at approximately 9:15 a.m. on that day, as the kindergarteners are led by junior high school “mentors” to each different learning station, and high school group leaders. College officials and county office of education personnel will be available for interviews as well.
WHO: Sacramento City College, Yolo County Office of Education, Washington Unified School District (75 kindergarten students), City of West Sacramento
WHAT: Kinders Go To College
WHEN : 9 a.m., Friday, May 19, 2017
WHERE: Sacramento City College West Sacramento Center 
115 West Capitol Ave., West Sacramento, CA, 95691

About Sacramento City College: Sacramento City College SCC celebrates 100 years as an institution of higher learning and is the oldest community college in the Los Rios Community College District and Sacramento region, and the seventh oldest community college in California. About 22,500 students are enrolled at SCC, which has three locations – the main campus at 3835 Freeport Boulevard, and the West Sacramento and Davis educational centers. Visit

About Washington Unified School District: Washington Unified School District serves an ethnically diverse and growing population of approximately 7,500 students and a staff of 400 certificated employees and 350 classified employees.  The district currently operates seven elementary schools (six K-8 schools and one Transitional Kindergarten-5 school), a comprehensive high school, an alternative high school, an independent study program, and an adult education program. Visit
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