College Day Gives You ALAS Conference


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Nurturing a College-Going Culture

The primary purpose of the College Day Gives You ALAS(Advancing Latinx Achievement and Success) Conference is to promote the expansion of a college going culture among Latino youth living in Santa Clara County. By inviting 5th through 11th grade students and families to consider college as a pathway, our hope is to increase interest in college, and by extension, student success once students arrive on campus. We understand that for many, the idea of going to college is a family decision. As such, this day is an experience for students and parents alike. College Day Gives You ALAS is an educational alliance uniting SJSU and the Santa Clara County Superintendents Association. Our partners include CommUniverCity, UC Santa Cruz Educational Partnership Center, San José Cal-SOAP (California Student Opportunity & Access Program), UC Berkeley Destination College Advising Corps (DCAC), PIQE (Parents Institute for Quality Education), and Mission College Santa Clara.

#ReachHigher and #BetterMakeRoom are part of #CollegeDayALAS16

Every year, SJSU organizes a conference highlighting programs and strategies that prepare and motivate our students and their families to overcome any barriers to their dreams of going to college. 

This year, we are proud to welcome Astronaut José Hernandez, who journeyed on the STS-128 shuttle mission where he oversaw the transfer of more than 18,000 pounds of equipment between the shuttle and International Space Station and helped with robotics operations. A curious fact about astronaut Hernandez: he sent the first tweet in Spanish from space!

If you are a student between 5th through 11th grade and want to attend this conference, please ask your school principal or high school advisor about registering for this conference. All registration (except high school seniors) is through the students' school.

Conference Program 

8:00AM - 8:30AM     Breakfast; Grupo Folklórico Luna y Sol de SJSU (Event Center)

8:30AM - 9:00AM     Welcome (Event Center)

9:00AM - 10:00AM   Keynote Astronaut José Hernandez (Event Center);

10:10AM - 12:30AM   Workshops (How to Get to College, Dreamers, Parent and Students Panel, Transferring Pathways, Parents and Families and School Success); College Success Lab (Admission and FAFSA applications); College of Engineering (ENG) and Business (BBC) Open Houses; College and Community Resource Fair (Diaz-Compean Student Union Ballroom); Campus Tours

The College Success Lab (Admission and FAFSA applications); College of Engineering (ENG) and Business (BBC) Open Houses; College and Community Resource Fair (Diaz-Compean Student Union Ballroom); and Campus Tours will start at 9AM.

Attention! High School Seniors are specially encouraged to register for the College Success Lab where they will receive one-on-one assistance applying to UC, CSU, Private and Financial Aid from college admissions and financial aid experts! Drop-in hours will be available to any high school senior in need of support. Get your questions answered about how to start and complete your applications. Please register here and reserve your spot today!


The video below features scenes from the Third Biennial ALAS Conference held in February 2012.



For information or questions, please contact Fernanda Perdomo-Arciniegas, 408-924-1162. If you want to volunteer during the event, please fill out the Call for Volunteers form.

Thank you to our promoters in the community. See our most recent interview here.