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Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD) will hold grand reopenings this year for upgraded high school campus centers that help students prepare for the working world and assist with college applications.

Three college and career centers—at Dana Hills, Aliso Niguel, and Capistrano Valley high schools—are reopening in spring, a news release from CUSD said. Reopening ceremonies for Dana Hills and Aliso Niguel were held Thursday and Friday. Capistrano Valley’s event will happen in May.

The college and career readiness center at Dana Hills High School is among several upgraded Capistrano Unified School District centers. Photo: Courtesy of College and Career Advantage.

Services offered at the centers include college funding assistance (FAFSA), early college program information, and student mentoring programs. New flooring, paint, furniture, desks, and computers were part of the upgrades.

“We need to make this a little more ‘wow’ so students will want to come in,” said Pati Romo, executive director of college and career readiness for CUSD, on why the district is revamping the centers.

CUSD aims to get kids thinking about attending college and working toward a career, and having a plan in mind for doing so, Romo said.

The upgrades are funded by the K12 Strong Workforce Program and Career Technical Education Incentive Grant, both state programs. Other revamped centers throughout CUSD are expected to open in the near future, Romo said.

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