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  • 2017 Host Sites and Dates Announcement

    (Photo courtesy of Whitman College)

    College Horizons is very proud to announce our host universities for summer 2017!  We are pleased to announce that in 2017, College Horizons students will have the opportunity to attend one of two programs at either Princeton University in Princeton, NJ or Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA. These two programs compliment each other very nicely by offering us a west coast and east coast option. The application for these programs will be released by October 15, 2016.  Sign up early to receive an application as soon as it becomes available on our Apply Page.

    The 2017 dates for each program are as follows: June 17-23 for Princeton University and July 8-14 for the Whitman College program. Each program will be 6 days long and bring up to 100 Native students to campus for our annual crash course on the college application process. 

    For tips on applying to College Horizons in 2017, join us as we host an informational webinar on October 12, 2016 from 1pm to 1:30pm MST. A Q&A session will follow the webinar for those able to stay.  This webinar is intended to provide information for prospective applicants to the program, parents and educators. For a full description and for info regarding upcoming webinars, please see our Webinar page. 

  • CH Hires Amelia Caté Former VISTA Volunteer

    Nothing makes our team more happy than welcoming an invaluable staff member to our ranks! Today we celebrate the hiring of Amelia Caté, who has served as our AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer during the previous two years. Today, she occupies her new position as Program Associate and in this role Amelia will oversee many important aspects of our annual programming and organizational data processes. 

    (Photo: Three women pose for photo in front of clocktower on Amherst College campus. Amelia Caté is pictured on left, Sara Cohen of Amherst Admissions center, CH staff member Christine Suina on right at our Amherst 2016 program.)

    Amelia shares some thoughts on her recent transition, "Serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA for College Horizons for the past two years has provided me tremendous knowledge, growth and experience. I chose to work with College Horizons because I want to continue making impact to students and families in our native communities. I know what it’s like to be the first in my family to attend college and not know anything about the college admissions process. It was scary to even consider going to college because I felt that I could not do it, until I found College Horizons. I would not be where I am today if I had not attended College Horizons 8 years ago. Now that I’ve made it through, I want to help students that are going through the same doubts and struggles as I once did in high school. By paying it forward, I hope that my service to our students can help them achieve their goals in higher education so that they too can graduate from college, return to their communities and improve their nations. I am extremely proud to be a part of this amazing program. College Pride, Native Pride!” 

    Caté's contributions have been noticed by fellow staff members too. "Amelia has really proven her worth to our organization. In two years, her contributions have allowed us to expand and solidify various components of our programming. Her attention to detail, solid work ethic and history with our organization, among other standout qualities, make us extremely lucky to have her," offered co-worker, Hilary Abe. 

    The Staff and Board of College Horizons would like to extend a very warm welcome to Amelia and express our deep thanks and appreciation for her previous contributions as an AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer.

    You can learn more about Amelia by visiting our CH Staff page.

  • College Horizons' Executive Director Interviewed by NPR

    A short piece on College Horizons was recently published by NPR, featuring an interview with our Executive Director, Carmen Lopez. We anticipate a longer piece to be published in the near future.  Stay tuned for more info and see the full NPR article here!

  • Special Thanks to Intern Ashley Claw, CH '13!

    (Photo of Executive Director Carmen Lopez and 2016 Duke Engage intern Ashley Claw at University of Michigan. Description: Two women, smiling, stand center to pose for a photo outside of a campus building.)

    The staff of College Horizons would like to express our deep appreciation for Ashley Claw, CH '13 at NYU!  As part of a Duke University program for undergraduates called Duke Engage, Ashley Claw elected to volunteer as an intern with College Horizons for two months. Ashley finished her internship with College Horizons on August 3 but her work has made a lasting impact for the year to come! She jumped in with us as we threw a myriad of tasks her way - everything from program curriculum coordination to finances, from cleaning up student files and mail merges to spreadsheet and data entry work.  She also served as a program assistant while participating in Graduate Horizons 2016 at University of Michigan.

    "On top of her dedication to our work, it was wonderful to see Ashley immerse herself in the broader Native communities of the Albuquerque area. We are proud she chose us and couldn't be more pleased with her contribution to our programs," offered Carmen Lopez, Executive Director of College Horizons. A huge thank you to Ashley Claw and the Duke Engage program for making this possible!

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