REDDING, Calif. – Simpson University will host College OPTIONS’ annual College Quest information night from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, in the James M. Grant Student Life Center (gymnasium).
This free community event is open to everyone and is designed so that North State students and their families can explore higher education opportunities.
Representatives from colleges and universities across the U.S. (including UC Berkeley, Sacramento State, Chico State, University of Alabama, University of Nevada, Reno, and more) will be on site to showcase the unique features of their institutions. Simpson University will have information about its undergraduate programs.
At least five regional community colleges will also participate, and local high school and community representatives will be available to help families in planning for college, including where to find scholarships to help with college costs.
College OPTIONS staff will present financial aid and career exploration workshops at 5:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.
Power 94 will be broadcasting live from the event, and Dutch Bros will have a mobile truck on site, offering their signature coffee beverages for purchase.
“This is a great way for students and parents to get a taste of many different colleges and universities without having to leave Redding,” said Brad Williams, College Quest Planning Committee chair. “These schools and their representatives are coming to us to help our families get their questions answered and gain knowledge about different career pathways, college entrance requirements, financial aid and more.”
The College Quest event has broad community involvement and support and is planned and sponsored by representatives from College OPTIONS, Dignity Health, Reach Higher Shasta, Merchants Bank of Commerce, Results Radio, Shasta College, Redding Electric Utility, Shasta Regional Community Foundation, Shasta Union High School District, Simpson University, Golden Valley Bank, The McConnell Foundation, Dutch Bros, Redding Chamber of Commerce and Institute of Technology.
College OPTIONS provides free programs and services to strengthen the college-going culture in the north state, by increasing opportunities for students to pursue post-secondary education and ensuring that all students and their families can make informed decisions about their education and their future. Visit www.collegeoptions.org for more information.
Simpson University, founded in 1921, moved to Redding 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 more than 4,000 North State adults from its ASPIRE degree-completion program, and nearly 3,000 from its School of Education. It has a No. 8-ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. Simpson University is recognized nationally by 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.