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ERIC Number: ED314633
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Dec-2
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
26-Hours at Cal Poly: A Recruitment Strategy Targeting Underrepresented Groups.
Flores, Bob; Kellogg, Bill
The Agriculture Education Department at California Polytechnic State University conducted a program to recruit Black and Hispanic students for the school's agriculture programs during spring 1988 and twice since then. High school sophomores and juniors in Los Angeles were invited to Cal Poly for a 26-hour program of workshops designed to include a blend of technology with hands-on experiences (including soil and water testing, irrigation technology, landscape design and installation, artificial insemination, in-vitro fertilization, tissue culture, computer simulations, food processing, and seed identification), tours of the library and off-campus housing, career discussions, and sessions with staff from the Placement Center and Student Academic Services. The students also participated in a barbecue in their honor and received stenciled T-shirts and a videotape of their experiences in program activities. According to their responses on a questionnaire, a majority of student participants expressed a desire to attend Cal Poly upon graduation. Questionnaire responses from teachers and a counselor who participated as chaperons were also favorable. Judging from their participation in the program, Cal Poly students are in support of the program, which offers them leadership experience. Resources for the 1990 program have been committed. Program modifications will include expansion of the targeted geographical area to include more school districts in the greater Los Angeles area; limitation of participants to 20 so as to not overtax resources; increased efforts to quell parental reluctance to allow children, especially Hispanic females, to participate; and the establishment of a similar program for high school counselors. (CML)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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