Ticket to Success Uses Coaches to Build a College-going Culture at SR City Schools

COOL SCHOOL: SSU's Ticket to Success program at Steele Lane Elementary was the subject of a KPIX Channel 5 report recently.

It's never too early to start thinking about college and through a new program from the Sonoma State University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, there's no better time than the present for students in Santa Rosa City Schools.

Ticket to Success is an early college awareness program is designed to increase a student's motivation to pursue college through an interactive experience with Sonoma State University coaches and student-athletes.

Through the program, SSU hopes to build a bridge between young people and higher education and start them on the path to college.

SSU's Ticket to Success program is a wonderful way to encourage interest and participation in athletics and to introduce students to scholar-athlete role models," said Jenni Klose, Director on the Santa Rosa City Schools Board of Education.

"More importantly, simply bringing students to a university campus and presenting college as a realistic opportunity for all kids can be a real game-changer -- especially for those kids without college-educated parents," continued Klose. "We are grateful to SSU for helping our district create a college-going culture for all students."

Upon arriving on campus, students will be greeted by SSU Athletics staff members and current student-athletes before embarking on a campus tour. Upon completion of the tour, they will head over to Seawolf Field to watch the Seawolves compete, before heading to a meet and greet/autograph session that will allow them to interact with current student-athletes and coaches.

One of the highlights of the event is an opportunity for the students to speak with some of Sonoma State's head coaches. Coaches will communicate what is expected of college students and student-athletes and give the group an opportunity to visualize themselves as future college graduates.

The program was piloted at a basketball doubleheader last year with Steele Lane Elementary School of Santa Rosa.

"This is a program our entire staff approached with passion and commitment," said SSU Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Bill Fusco. "To reach out to elementary school students and provide this opportunity is a big step in creating the dream of attending college. We are most appreciative of the effort made by the staff at Steele Lane Elementary School to help us launch this wonderful program."

The first event was held on Sept. 20. Future dates planned for 2013-14, with both soccer (men's & women's) and basketball (men's & women's) doubleheaders featured, are:

October 11, 2013
October 25, 2013
December 6, 2013
February 7, 2014
February 14, 2014
February 27, 2014
February 28, 2014

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