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Free College Workshops Offered

Free College Workshops Offered in the Community

Workshops will be held in Riverside and Moreno Valley during the next month

(May 13, 2010)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - ( - In the next month, UC Riverside is coordinating four free workshops in Moreno Valley and Riverside that are aimed at preparing students and their families for college.

The workshops — planned by The Copernicus Project, a program within the Graduate School of Education (GSOE) at UCR that prepares highly qualified science teachers — include speakers talking about financial aid, grants, scholarships, resources, academic motivation and events. There will also be hands-on science activities for elementary, middle and high school students.

The workshops will be conducted in English and Spanish. They are open to students, families and children of all ages.

"The workshops are really family-based," said Linda Scott Hendrick, who oversees The Copernicus Project and is director of the GSOE Teacher Professional Development center at UCR. "They offer families information that they may not otherwise have access to."

Workshops, which will all be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., are scheduled:

* May 19 at the Cesar Chavez Community Center, 2600 University Ave., Riverside;

* May 26, at Vista Heights Middle School, 23049 Old Lake Road, Moreno Valley;

* June 9, at Lasselle Elementary School, 26446 Krameria St., Moreno Valley;

* June 16, at the Cesar Chavez Community Center, 2600 University Ave., Riverside.

The workshops are free but reservations are requested. Reservations can be made by calling 951-827-4973.

The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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