Annual 2020 Vision College & Career Summit: March 13-16, 2018

The 2020 Vision College & Career Summit is a week-long series of events to engage Berkeley’s students in college and career related activities beginning on March 13, 2018. Our goal is to create several opportunities for students to “design their future” as they imagine and learn about college and career possibilities. 

Throughout the week, students of all ages, preschool through high school and beyond, will participate in college and career awareness activities that includes guest speakers talking about their professions, presentations, student panels, school library programs, fire trucks and more.

Fire trucks and representatives from the Berkeley Fire Department will visit several elementary schools and there will be special programming at each school site, including school libraries that are hosting special career week readings and book recommendations.

Middle school students will learn about classes and career oriented programming available in high school and meet high school students from the Robotics Class and the EMT Tech program.

The events for high school students consist of a series of informational panels, “TED-talk” like presentations, and career exploration opportunities.

More detailed schedule:

College & Career Summit Flyer for High School Students – 2018

There will be a “Summit Kick Off” Tuesday morning, March 13th at 9:30am. As the emcee for the event, Skyler Barton from Berkeley City College will welcome students who participate in the AVID, RISE, Bridge and Y-Scholars and other programs at Berkeley High School and Berkeley Technology Academy. Superintendent Donald Evans, Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin, and Berkeley City College President Rowena Tomaneng,will be in the Little Theater at Berkeley High School to kick off the four-day series of events and awareness education and join the students in listening to the keynote address by Alameda County Public Defender Brendon D. Woods.

A Parent 2 Parent Evening is being held on Tuesday, March 13 from 6-8pm at the YMCA Teen Center (2111 Martin Luther King Jr. Way). The evening will include a presentation about the requirements for college and an opportunity for parents to hear from parents who have walked the path to college with their own kids, with a focus on first generation college students.

The week-long summit will close on a high note Friday afternoon at 2:30pm with a panel of Entrepreneurs speaking to students and answering questions about what it takes to start your own business. More details in this flyer.

The Summit is part of Berkeley’s remarkable community collaboration, the 2020 Vision for Berkeley’s Children & Youth, a cradle-to-career initiative launched in 2008 with the goal of providing equal opportunities for all children regardless of race, ethnicity or income and eliminating the achievement gap in Berkeley schools. The Summit is organized by the Mayor’s Office with other City staff, Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD), Berkeley City College (BCC), UC Berkeley and other community partners.

All event details are in this collection of flyers.

For more information contact: Barret Donahue, College & Career Summit Event Coordinator,


Kindergarten, Station 3 FirefightersKindergarten, Station 3 Firefighters

1st Grade, Lori Droste, Berkeley City Councilmember, District 81st Grade, Lori Droste, Berkeley City Councilmember, District 8

3rd Grade, Erin Tsuchimoto, Pediatrician3rd Grade, Erin Tsuchimoto, Pediatrician

4th Grade, Nina Orike, Neuroscientist4th Grade, Nina Orike, Neuroscientist

5th Grade, James Small, Drummer5th Grade, James Small, Drummer

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