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Stories from the Road: Salinas (Monterey Bay)

Interview with Christy Hertsch,
Washington Middle School Activities Director

Christy Hertsch, Activities Director at Washington Middle School in Salinas, standing beside the Road to College bus.

Christy Hertsch, Activities Director at Washington Middle School in Salinas, standing beside the Road to College bus.

The following interview was recorded on May 5, 2010.

Transcript:

(Music)

Erik Fallis:

Welcome back to “Stories from the Road,” a feature of the CSU Voices and Views blog–reporting from several locations along the CSU/AT&T Road to College route.

(Bus sound)

This is Erik Fallis of CSU Public Affairs.  We are joined by Christy Hertsch, Activities Director at Washington Middle School.

Christy prepared Washington students for the Road to College bus, and is now getting a chance to participate.

So, what did you think of the Road to College?

Christy Hertsch:

I am absolutely impressed with it.  They rolled up this morning with a great big bus, with bright colors. The students are wandering around excited, saying: “What is going on, on our campus?” And they are thrilled to be a part of it, and we’re thrilled to have been selected to be part of this great opportunity .

Erik Fallis:

About how many of your students are going to get the opportunity today?

Christy Hertsch:

About half our student population.  We have just over 1,000 7th and 8th grade students here, so today we will have about 500 to 600 students go through the process.

Erik Fallis:

And how did you and the faculty prepare students for the Road to College?

Christy Hertsch:

We did some pre-activities with the students–talking about college and the direction they would like to go, and the goals they need to get there. Working on timelines because, setting the goal is one thing, but actually writing down a timeline for that goal is another. So, they can have that visual in front of them. So, they are mentally prepared for today.

Erik Fallis:

So, what were student reacting the strongest to today?

Christy Hertsch:

A couple things: They, first of all, loved the pictures. They got to go through and get the graduation cap and they got to write class of ____. For most of them, it looks like it’s the class of 2018. Which seems so far away, but it’s really just around the corner. They were thrilled to be able to put those on. And, I think it is such a great visual to see themselves in a graduation cap. And, they also loved going into the bus and working with the laptops and the programs that they are going through.

Erik Fallis:

Did you have a sense of what questions students had the most for the volunteers?

Christy Hertsch:

They really are asking about what kind of classes that they’re going to need to get them there. A couple students were asking about scholarships, and things like that as well.

Erik Fallis:

Were the student mentors from [CSU] Monterey Bay… were they able to answer those questions?

Christy Hertsch:

The CSUMB students are outstanding. They’re energetic, they have answers, they connect with the students much more than somebody in a business suit.  The students are really enjoying the CSUMB students being here.

Erik Fallis:

How do you think this reinforces what the school does in the classroom?

Christy Hertsch:

We just got done celebrating a college awareness month. They were able to learn a lot about colleges during the month of March, here on campus, and now they are getting to see it visually, and talk to some of the real people that are attending college right now. And it just makes it that much more tangible and real for them, to see that it is not just something that we are talking about. It is a place we really want them to go.

They did get an opportunity today to hear it from some other people. Not just the CSUMB students, but we actually had the President of CSUMB here for a little bit, we also had some politicians here, a representative from AT&T as well. And they all shared with them some of their experiences.

Erik Fallis:

How important has it been to the community to have CSUMB, which is one of our younger campuses, as a resource for your students?

Christy Hertsch:

We have loved having CSUMB just in our back yard. We are starting to make some great partnerships. We are beginning to get student teachers from CSUMB, we are getting volunteers, we’re getting tutors.  We are having students that might go and take field trips to CSUMB. We are starting to really work together and the partnerships are so important.

Erik Fallis:

Alright, thanks again Christy.

Christy Hertsch:

Thank you so much, have a great afternoon.

Erik Fallis:

This was the third “Story from the Road” for the CSU Voices and Views blog. Catch us next time when we are in Dominguez Hills with the bus. Until then, “Get on Board.”

(Music)

(Bus sound)

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3 Comments to “Stories from the Road: Salinas (Monterey Bay)”

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  2. Caro, Staff  Says:

    Nice!

  3. christy hertsch, Other  Says:

    Loved the blog spot. Kids at my school are still carrying their “graduation” pics around in the front of their folders!!! What a great event and learning opportunity for the kids! Thanks again!!!:)

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