Shasta County students in pursuit of higher education will now have a guaranteed seat at a local college – as long as they meet the requirements.
Reach Higher Shasta is launching a program called, "Shasta Promise", which would ensure that all students who meet the enrollment criteria of five partner colleges and universities will be admitted to one of those campuses.
Shasta County Superintendent of Schools Tom Armelino said that the program will guarantee students who meet the requirements a spot at one of the participating universities.
"Now we are preparing them, letting them know that not only if you're prepared, now you can have guaranteed enrollment," Armelino said. "If they're looking at a student from outside the county and they're looking at a student from inside the county, they're gonna choose that student inside the county first."
The colleges involved include Chico State, College of the Siskiyous, Simpson University, Southern Oregon University and Shasta College.