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Program will prepare students for math-based careers
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With the assistance of coaches, HiMAP helps students enhance their problem-solving skills and prepare them for math-based careers. - photo by Photo Contributed

The High School Math Access Program, or HiMAP, has been helping students for 20 years with a proven program that has maintained its core resources and assistance to help students achieve in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

HiMAP is designed to enhance students’ math and science skills, while also encouraging them to pursue careers in those fields with a variety of outlets. HiMAP activities include coaching sessions in Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, General Science, and Computer/Technology. Students will be given presentations on how to improve their study skills and note taking, as well as information on how to apply for colleges, scholarships, and financial aid.

 “Students can come to the program for homework help,” said California State University, Stanislaus Mathematics Professor and the Director of Math Grants Viji Sundar. “If they don’t have homework, they can participate in a technology or engineering program. We also have math labs available for students.”

Students can also participate in coaching sessions for the Future City Competition, which is a national competition that scores 6th through 8th grade students on their ability to imagine, design, and build cities of the future.

“We’re teaching these kids good habits that will encourage them to do their homework and get that mindset of wanting to go to college,” said Sundar. “This powerful access program will prepare them for math-based careers in the future.”

The program also includes yoga, meditation, and pilates sessions for students.

HiMAP will have an orientation and informational session Saturday in the Mary Stuart Rogers Building 27 to walk potential students through the expectations of the program, as well as introduce them to the faculty and coaches. All parents and HiMAP participants are encouraged to attend.

The sessions will be available for students in grades 6 – 12 and will take place on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in Naraghi Hall Building 35.

Those interested in the program are encouraged to register online or in person. Even though there is no registration deadline, the program is limited to 60 students.

If paid in full, the cost for attending the program is $200 for the 2014-2015 school year. The cost for those interested in just doing Fall 2014 or Spring 2015 is $125. Additionally, individuals who register before Saturday will receive a free T-shirt.