On March 6th, the San Bernardino School District, in partnership with the City of San Bernardino, led a “Path to Success” field trip designed to excite junior high students about local options in higher education. Six hundred students from Richardson, Shandin Hills, Rodriguez, and King Middle Schools participated in the event.
The Art Institute, Valley College and Cal State University provided free campus tours and presentations. These three schools are also participants in the Omnitrans GoSmart program, which offers students unlimited free bus rides with their student IDs. Funding for the discounted fare program comes from student fees and administrative sources.
Omnitrans sponsored transportation for students between institutions on city buses and its sbX rapid transit service. Representatives from the bus agency were on hand to assist each group in navigating their route. sbX was a particular hit with the teens who loved the free Wi-Fi and immediately took advantage of the power outlets to charge their phones.
“It was a very successful event,” says Omnitrans Marketing Manager Nicole Ramos. “In addition to firsthand campus experience, it gave us the opportunity to introduce many students to public transit for the first time and teach them a few travel basics. With rising tuition costs and limited family transportation, we’re finding that more and more students are relying the GoSmart program to make it viable for them to pursue higher education.”
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