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ASU program prepares Ariz. students, families for college

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April 01, 2014

This month, hundreds of students and families will complete their first year of participation in ASU’s Future Sun Devil Families program. The program is an innovative initiative designed to guide students and parents through the college preparation process.

More than 500 Arizona students and their families are currently participating in Future Sun Devil Families at local high schools across the Valley. The goal of the program is to prepare more Arizona students and families for success at a university. While participating in the program, students and their families learn what high school classes are needed for university admission, good study techniques and success secrets from current college students, as well as how to create a college portfolio and apply for scholarships.

Participating schools and final class dates:
(classes are held from 6 to 8 p.m.)

Mesa Public Schools

Dobson High School – April 1

Skyline High School – April 22

Phoenix Union High School District

Alhambra High School – April 15

Carl Hayden High School – April 16

Cesar Chavez High School – March 8

North High School – April 9

Trevor G. Browne High School – April 16

Tempe High School District

McClintock High School – April 22

Marcos de Niza High School – April 3

Tolleson Union High School District

Tolleson High School – May 1

Westview High School – May 1

La Joya High School – May 6

Copper Canyon High School – May 6

Sierra Linda High School – May 7

ASU Preparatory Academies

Polytechnic campus – April 3

Downtown Phoenix campus – April 15

The program, which began last fall with ninth grade students and their parents, will expand to include additional grades each year. Students and at least one parent or adult who supports their goal of acquiring a university education are encouraged to attend the workshops at local high schools.

“Future Sun Devil Families illustrates ASU and President Crow's vision to measure the success of our university not by who we exclude, but by who we include and how they succeed,” said Beatriz Rendon, associate vice president of Educational Outreach and Student Services at ASU.

Future Sun Devil Families builds on the models of the Hispanic Mother-Daughter Program and the American Dream Academy, two of ASU’s exemplary family-centered programs, to prepare more Arizona students for success at ASU. Program workshops are taught in English and Spanish, and take place during the academic year at no cost to families. Workshops are designed to guide students and parents through the college preparation process in an interactive, co-learning environment. For more information or to register, visit