EC prepares for Northern California campus tours

Update: Minor changes have been made at 8:43 p.m.

The El Camino College Transfer Center is offering university tours for Northern California universities from March 16-19, according to the Transfer Center.

As a community college, EC has a large population of students who intend to transfer to four-year institutions to pursue their bachelor’s degree.

However, many students in the South Bay area don’t have the opportunity to visit these campuses before, or even, after they apply. These tours are designed to fix that problem by taking the students in large groups to see the various schools.

“I think they should go,” Peter Hamilton, 20, economics major said. When Hamilton was asked if he would go on a tour he said that he would go if offered the chance.

Many EC Transfer Center-student workers and full-time faculty work hard to make sure that the word gets out about various tours so that students can take advantage of these opportunities.

“It is important to make informed decisions to see if the schools are a good fit,” Blanca Prado, Student Services/Transfer Adviser and campus tour chaperone said.

Many students found that by visiting these campuses, they were able to make better, more-informed decisions when it came to picking the schools after they had taken part in the tours.

“I would definitely recommend it,” Jorge Aguirre, 20, architecture major and Transfer Center student worker said. “I went on a USC tour. You want to be amazed every day in a place you can be happy in since you’ll be there for two or four years.”

The Transfer Center is open from Monday to Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., according to the website. The last day to submit the completed application for the Northern California campus tours is Friday, Feb. 13, by 1:00 p.m. to the office of Blanca Prado in SSC 108L.

“I’ve had some students tell me it changed their lives,” Prado said. “It’s definitely something to take advantage of.”