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    (SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) It’s so common at this time of year: High school students are thinking about college. Maybe this year, maybe next, but it’s on both the student’s and the parent’s mind.

    The basic question these students always have is, What’s it like?

    Will they face more stress and worry than they’ve ever felt? Will they have any personal time to themselves? Are the classes so big they’ll be lost? What are the teachers like and what do they expect?

    The best way to answer all this is to spend a day there. But, not all colleges or universities will let kids do that. Enter The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire in San Bernardino.

    “We want students to know exactly what our programs are like, what the facility is and who teaches what,” says Director of Admissions Monica Jeffs. “Taking away any possible anxiety is what our Bridges To Success program is all about.”

    Riverside and San Bernardino County high school administrators simply select one of their college-bound students interested in pursuing a career in design or media arts to experience a “day in the life” of an Art Institute student.

    The visiting student will first join the Ambassador’s Club, a group of the university’s most academically successful student ambassadors and leaders, to be personally guided through the day’s program.

    The student will take part in an introductory session, learning how admissions works, what financial aid opportunities are available to them and what career services are provided. They’ll then learn the best ways to gather information about classes and careers in a college environment.

    He or she will meet the school’s faculty members and sit in on actual college classes in their field of interest. There’ll be study groups and workshops, too, plus a session to learn about the Art Institute’s scholarship programs where more than $150,000 in scholarships are awarded annually.

    Then they cap the day off with a lunch provided by the school.

    But, it’s not over yet. Lastly, attending high schoolers will be asked to prepare a report or presentation to take back and deliver to their own class.

    What better way to learn exactly what college life at the Art Institute of California – Inland Empire is really like? These selected students don’t have to read it in a brochure, ask around to friends or spend the months just wondering. With the school’s Bridges to Success program, these students will actually know.

    The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers the following degree programs: Bachelor of Science degrees in Game Art & Design, Graphic Design, Culinary Management, Interactive Media Design, Interior Design, Media Arts & Animation; and an Associate of Science Degree in Graphic Design, and Culinary Arts.

    Each program is offered on a year-round basis, allowing students to continue to work uninterrupted toward their degree. It is not too late to join the winter class in January 7th. “If you are ready to start now, call the campus to schedule a private tour and we will do our best to help you begin your degree program, “ said Monica Jeffs, Director of Admissions.

    Campus President Byron Chung says, “The primary mission, focus and ultimate goal of The Art Institute is to assist students toward the successful achievement of a satisfying career in their chosen field. To this end, we have brought together a dedicated group of individuals who are committed to providing students with career-oriented curricula – including the organizational, interpersonal, and theoretical, as well as, the practical skills needed to become a well trained entry-level job candidate in today’s competitive job market.”

    For more information on The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire or the Bridges to Success program call Melissa Medina-Cosio at 909/915-2109 or toll free to 800/353-0812.


    The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire is one of The Art Institutes (www.artinstitutes.edu), with 34 educational institutions located throughout North America, providing an important source of design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals. For more information, call The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire at (909) 915-2100 or visit www.artinstitutes.edu/inlandempire.

    Photo caption:  Culinary students learn the fundamentals of the culinary arts before they pick up a knife.

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