Simpson University to Host 1,400 Students for KinderCollege Day May 10

REDDING, Calif. – More than 1,400 Shasta County kindergarten students are expected to visit the Simpson University campus on Friday, May 10, as part of the annual KinderCollege Day event organized by College OPTIONS.

The goal of KinderCollege Day is to introduce students to the idea of post high school education and career possibilities early in their academic careers, and to let parents and teachers know that it is never too early to discuss those possibilities with children.

KinderCollege Day would not be possible without the support of many local businesses who provide presenters for the event. Kindergarten classes will rotate through interactive career stations from a variety of organizations, including Dignity Health, the Institute of Technology, Haven Humane, Redding Electric Utility, Sierra Pacific Industries, Redding Fire Department, Tri Counties Bank, and the California Highway Patrol, among others.  Parents and grandparents are encouraged to attend.

“Shasta County KinderCollege Day is an interactive day filled with engaging presenters that are there to help kindergartners learn more about their profession and the education needed for their career,” said Lianne Richelieu of College OPTIONS.

The event will take place from 9:45 to about 11:30 a.m. and is sponsored by College OPTIONS, First 5 Shasta, Golden Valley Bank, Institute of Technology, Reach Higher Shasta, The McConnell Foundation, Simpson University, Snow Mountain Natural Spring Water and Tri Counties Bank.

For more information on KinderCollege Day, or to learn how your business can get involved, contact Brad Williams, College OPTIONS, at 530-768-5103 or

Providing school and community-based college awareness and preparation services, College OPTIONS is making a difference in the lives of Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, Trinity and Modoc county students and their families. Visit for more information.

Source: College OPTIONS press release

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Simpson University, founded in 1921, moved to Redding almost 30 years ago and will celebrate its centennial in 2021. In addition to offering 25 majors in its traditional undergraduate program, the university has graduated almost 4,000 North State adults from its ASPIRE degree-completion program, and nearly 3,000 from its School of Education. It has a No. 12-ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. Simpson University is recognized as a 2018-19 Colleges of Distinction.

Simpson is launching new athletics programs in track and field, swimming and diving, women’s wrestling, and men’s volleyball, as well as a bass fishing team. The university is also working to better serve transfer students from community colleges through its commitment to Associate Degree for Transfer agreements, and it is offering new scholarships.

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