Resource Fair provides students different services


Tisha Lenon

The Community Resource Fair took place on Thursday, April 21 in Falcon Square. Different resources to educate on services provided and how they can help students were presented for the Cerritos College community. Photo by: Tisha Lenon/ TM

Tisha Lenon, Staff Writer

Different resources to educate on services provided and how they can help students were presented for Cerritos College community in form of a fair.

Cerritos College hosted the eight Community Resource Fair on Thursday, April 21

Some of the resources included are childcare, healthcare, shelters, social services, credit counseling etc.

The agencies for students are hands on and they provided information as well as answered questions on the services offered.

Rebecca Johnson, Biological anthropology major, said she saw a flyer and decided to stop by.

“I think it’s a great opportunity for students to see the many resources that are offered.”

One agency that caught Johnson attention was Clearpoint Credit Counseling Solutions.

“I talked to one person as part of the credit counseling for people that may not be financially literate to offer free counseling to the students, like what’s the real purpose of a credit card, how to manage your debt, ” stated Johnson.

The agency offers debt consolidation, budget counseling, housing counseling, and homebuyer workshops.

Some others agencies that showed up included:

· Casa Youth Center

· City of Norwalk Social Services

· Employment development department

· Didi Hirsch MHS, Suicide Prevention Center

· Planned Parenthood

Some resources from the college were the Veteran’s Center, Disabled Student Programs and Services, the Student Health Services, the Transfer Center, among others.

Re-entry Resource Specialist Shannon Estrada, was in charge of the event and available to assist and agencies or students who had questions.

“A lot of students don’t know what’s out there that might be able to help them or family member so it’s just to educate them on what available.”

Throughout the fair students were also able to be entered in a raffle.

To be entered they needed to visit a minimum of five booths and get three signatures on their completed student evaluation form.

This resource fair has been hosted every semester for the past four years.

For more information on what the colleges offer contact Shannon Estrada in the Re-Entry Resource Program at (562) 860-2451, ext. 2362