UCLA and Kern County collaborate to empower high school students with free college-level education course

May 25, 2023 /

This summer, UCLA will be partnering with Kern County to offer a free college-level course in Education via Zoom where Kern County students will be paired with a college mentor and receive college units. 

The class — Introduction to Educational Issues and Scholarship — will take place in the summer of 2023 and is a six-week-long course. Interested students must register by June 12, 2023, and can contact the program coordinator Alexia Macahilas at macahilas@gseis.ucla.edu

Summer session A will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. beginning on June 26 and lasting until August 4, 2023, under the instruction of Doctor Christine Shen — who can be reached at shen@gseis.ucla.edu.

Successful completion of the course will provide students with both general education (DE) and pre-major credit toward UCLA’s Education degree. It will also provide students with a project-based learning experience to connect research and practice in education along with opportunities to examine case studies and provide policy recommendations from varied perspectives in teaching and education career fields. 

To help ensure that all students will be successful, the course will provide a college mentor that is currently majoring in Education to help students through the course and provide them with opportunities to have conversations about course content and receive support to apply for and pursue college majors in the teaching and education field. Additionally, Dr. Shen will continue to be a resource for students during the course and through college.

College mentors will be current UCLA undergraduate and graduate education students who will work one on one with enrolled high schoolers to support and lead them through the course material and assignments. These mentors will also be available to provide college-access mentoring to guide students through the college application process. 

Interested high school students can apply by visiting the UCLA Summer Courses registration website and after reading and reviewing the information on the page, they can select “Yes, Continue to Registration.”

The registration can be completed by supplying all required personal information. Students are instructed to select “High School”  when they reach the Academic Background section and to provide all required academic information. 

Once all the information is completed and the student has selected to continue, they will be directed to a page where they will verify all information in their registration. This will give them a chance to review their submitted information and make any necessary changes.

Following their submission, students will be directed to the UCLA Summer Sessions payment site where they are instructed to not make any payment and to simply exit out of their screen as this course is completely free.

After that, they should receive an email shortly from enroll@summer.ucla.edu with a subject line that contains a give-digit registration PIN number next to their name. Students should then email their PIN to both macahilas@gseis.ucla.edu and shen@gseis.ucla.edu. Once the PIN is received, they will be enrolled in the course.
Following enrollment, the students will be supplied with a University ID Number (UID) with which they can create a MyUCLA account. Their account can be accessed at the MyUCLA website.

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Victoria Rodgers

Victoria Rodgers is an editor and reporter for Kern Sol News. Born in Bakersfield, CA, she received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Rockford University in Illinois. She can be reached at victoria@southkernsol.org.