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College Day: Where everyone’s college journey and lessons matter!


Community volunteers can sign up to share their journey with Santa Clara County’s future leaders of all grade levels! They currently roam the grounds of K-12 schools, but you can help them chart their path to success! To share your learned lessons and college experience, click here to sign up today!

Teachers, college graduates cannot be successful without you. Having a volunteer guest speaker join your students could generate family discussions and be an additional catalyst to a bright future. Sign up today by clicking here!

Matches will be made beginning October 5th. Speaker and teacher will be connected based on similar preferences (time, grade level, etc). After initial connection, other details can be discussed. For example: parking, A/V equipment, length of presentation, number of students, etc.


For a sneak peak of what has happened during previous College Day Events, check out one (or all!) of our blogs:

2014: http://cucsj.org/destination-college/

2015: http://cucsj.org/college-day-2015/

2016: http://cucsj.org/wealth-and-survival-college-day-is-about-breaking-the-barrier/



College Day inspires youth everywhere to attend college. Every year, Santa Clara County’s College Day seeks to celebrate, promote, and inspire a college-going culture in underserved communities. Adults who want to share their experiences visit and speak to classrooms. They discuss their lessons, successes, and motivation for wanting their audiences to pursue a continued or higher education.

By the Numbers | 2016-17

134 SJSU students engaged

1,702 residents engaged

8,300 hours of service

$41,086 value

Project Impact

  • More than 8,000 students heard the message about attending college
  • Within the scope of CommUniverCity’s project, 34 SJSU students visited 20 schools along with 100 commuity members to speak about their experiences
  • One notable speaker, District 3 Councilmember Raul Peralez, spoke to San José High School students about his experience. As a result of Councilmember Raul Peralez’s speech, several high school students learned that they can succeed despite challenges like being a first generation college student from a low-income
    family. Students were now encouraged to go to college and help others rise from poverty.

Community Voices

Mary Perez brought her daughter to the College Day Gives You ALAS Conference to learn how to fill out college applications and financial aid forms, with the hope that she’ll attend San José State next year. “I want her to get an education, get a degree and a good job so that she can succeed.”

“My parents never gave me money for school but they gave me something more: that’s
to believe in myself.”
–José Hernandez, NASA Astronaut, Keynote Speaker of the College Day Gives You ALAS Conference

“… continued and higher education is the key to a happy and successful life where everyone has equal opportunities to thrive and help others leave the cycle of poverty. A more educated population makes for a more balanced distribution of power.”
–Raul Peralez, District 3 Councilmember