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Righetti seniors plan to take charge of their futures during the Reach Higher Academy that is kicking off on Wednesday, September 7.

The Academy, which will involve several sessions that wrap up in October, are part of the First Lady’s Reach Higher Initiative. It’s an effort to inspire every student in America to complete their education beyond high school, whether at a professional training program, community college or four-year college or university.

Topics featured inside the Warrior cafeteria include key information about the application process, financial aid, resumes, required testing, brag sheets and other necessities, according to School Counselor Eric Blanco.

“The counselors here at ERHS are very excited to collaborate with our community partners: UCSB, Santa Barbara Foundation and Allan Hancock College,’’ said School Counselor Julie Santoyo. “These community partners will help bring vital college and career readiness tools to our students. The Reach Higher Academy will be a fun-filled experience and students are guaranteed to walk away with tangible tools.’’

Staff also will be encouraged to wear college or career gear every Thursday to promote college and career readiness until applications are due on November 30, Santoyo added.

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