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Road to College Bus Tour Cruised by Local High Schools

Road to College Bus Tour Cruised by Local High SchoolsThe California State University and AT&T are once again taking to the road on a state-wide campaign to empower students with information about how to prepare for college.  Between April 12 and May 14, a customized 40-foot biodiesel tour bus is traveling to middle schools and high schools throughout California.North County San Diego stops are two of 40 statewideOn April 14 the Road to College tour bus stopped at Escondido High School before moving on to Oceanside High School.  Hundreds of students were invited onboard to participate in an interactive, hands-on experience, working on Mac laptops to explore career interests, majors and courses of study at CSU's campuses; campus information and college life, and financial aid and scholarship information. Cal State San Marcos student volunteers served as ambassadors and assisted the students with questions and information.Tour funded by donation from AT&TThis year's tour is made possible by $500,000 in funding provided by AT&T. A complete schedule of dates and locations can be found on www.calstate.edu/roadtocollege."Education is the key focus of AT&T's philanthropy and the Road to College is a great way to get young people thinking ahead and excited about higher education," said Ken McNeely, president, AT&T California.  "We are driven to make California more competitive in the workplace, along with the better lives and improved communities that come from students graduating from colleges and universities."This is the second time that AT&T and CSU have partnered for Road to College. In 2008, a $1.6 million four-year contribution from the AT&T Foundation, the philanthropic arm of AT&T Corp. (NYSE:T), funded the CSU College Corps program to provide college advising for 1,000 high school students, as well as the first Road to College bus tour."Student success is built on having a goal, a plan and the commitment to overcome challenges along the way," said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. "Road to College is designed to provide students with the tools to create a better future. Student preparation is the key to a college education that ultimately drives California's economic engine."Track the progress via TwitterThroughout the tour, students, parents and educators will be able to track the progress of the Road to College bus through Twitter and Facebook. The CSU Voices and Views blog will also provide continuous updates and stories from the road.