HESPERIA To prepare for the college application process, Hesperia High seniors having been coming in early and staying late after school.


"Sometimes, they think high school students don't get any help or it's just for the valedictorians," said Leslie Rockwell, the school's career and college resource center specialist. "But that's not what we're about here."


About four dozen students attend the two Walk-in Wednesday Workshops each week, Wednesday at 7:40 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. This is the program's third year.


"Twenty kids would line up at lunch to ask questions, and they would ask question over and over," Rockwell said. "When I started the class, I could answer the questions that are always being asked, in a classroom setting."


"Acronyms," she told her afternoon class Wednesday. "Acronyms are important, but they can also be confusing. ... For the next seven months, you'll hear a lot of these."


She mixed in definitions for acronyms like COA (Cost of Attendance) and EFC (Expected Family Contribution) with general advice for college-bound Scorpions.


"If you get bored or lazy and drop out of community college, you will probably never get that (financial aid) money ever again," she said.


The classes discuss standardized tests, scholarships, selecting the right college, college costs and related topics.


About 25 percent of Hesperia High's Class of 2011 attended a four-year college after graduation a school record, Rockwell said but many don't have family members with experience applying for or attending college.


"I want you all to treat yourself by hitting 'submit'" on a college application "by Halloween," Rockwell told students.


For more information about Walk-in Wednesday Workshops, call (760) 244-9898, ext. 3947.