City College hosts Preview Night

One of the sign in sheets for students at preview night includes a showing from C.K. McClatchy High School. JD Villanueva (

Students at the informational conference inside the Student Center listen to speakers and view slides. JD Villanueva |

City College hosted Preview Night on Oct. 25, an event that gave local high school seniors and juniors an opportunity to preview the campus and learn about City College’s programs and services.

The Preview Night event is hosted yearly during the month of October to showcase the college’s academic and support services as well as provide information on how to enroll, sign up for financial aid, get help from disability resources, take advantage of tutoring, and learn about academic opportunities.

“It felt like a great turn out this year,” said high school outreach specialist for City College Toni Newman. “We always expect about 300 high school students, but each year more and more members of our academic department participate.”

According to Newman, the majority of students who attended the event came from the Sacramento City Unified,Washington, and Davis Unified School districts.

Aside from visiting the different booths with academic information, the visiting students got to go on a tour of City College alongside volunteer students and staff.

“This is my first time volunteering,” said City College sign language major Gabriel Cortez. “[The students] seem really excited and there is a lot of energy going on, they also have a lot of questions.”

Parents and siblings of the high school students also attended the event, and spent time speaking with instructors and counselors.

“We got a lot of the information we wanted, from financial aid to clubs, and hearing from the counselors really helps me and my sons get a better idea on how the college works,” said Lucia Lopez, a parent accompanying her son.

The booths from the different academic departments were hosted inside the City Café, and an informational conference was hosted at the Student Center. The conference inside the Student Center, which was at the brink of top occupancy, reached more into the detail on the topic of financial aid and transferring into and out of City College.

“For some reason, some students have a shame of going to a community college, and I always tell students that they can graduate at the same rate of someone going to Stanford or Davis if you’re determined,” said Tanya Anderson, an outreach specialist at City College.

During the conference, students voiced their concerns on a variety of topics ranging from financial aid to parking.

“Students seem really interested in living and modeling a college life,” said Norman Lorenz, an early childhood education professor at City College. “I think that is a very important ingredient as they search out their interests.”