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Workshops Aim To Help Detroit Students, Parents Prepare For College

DETROIT (WWJ) - Who has more anxiety when children leave for college -- the kids or their parents?

That will be just one of the topics discussed at Thursday night's "Detroit City Wide College Fair," from 6 to 9 p.m. at Greater Grace Temple on 7 Mile Road. It's all part of a plan to help students and their parents prepare for college.

As many as 4,500 students and families from Education Achievement Authority schools, Detroit Public Schools and local charter schools will attend Greater Grace Temple's National Scholarship Service event.

"We're here to help change our students' lives for the better," EAA Chancellor John Covington said in a statement. "A college education or excellent skills training for the workforce will be very important factors in the dream of our students and their families for healthy and productive lives after high school."

During the day Thursday and Friday, students will meet with representatives from many colleges and universities from across the country. Thursday night, from 6 to 9 p.m., elementary and middle school students and their families will join high school families and students for a college fair and college readiness workshops.

At the Thursday night event, students and families will learn about preparing for the PSAT and PLAN, the SAT, ACT, and AP tests and other important indicator exams for college readiness. The testing workshops will be led by officials of the College Board and the Princeton Review.

Students and families also will be able to attend separate workshops to learn the basics of success at college, how to get financial aid and scholarships, get help on preparing families for college, and learn campus safety tips through a partnership between the EAA and the State of Michigan Police.

Colleges, universities and other organizations involved in the college fair include:

  • Alabama A&M University
  • Alabama State University
  • Albany State University
  • Art Institutes
  • Berklee College of Music
  • Bethune Cookman College
  • Bowling Green State University
  • Central State University
  • Florida A&M University
  • Fort Valley State University
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Hampton University
  • Henry Ford Community College
  • Johnson C. Smith University
  • Lawrence Technical University
  • Marygrove College
  • Michigan State University
  • Oakland Community College
  • Oakland University
  • Purdue University
  • Robert Morris College
  • The Citadel
  • Tuskegee University
  • United States Coast Guard
  • University of Detroit Mercy
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Michigan Dearborn
  • University of the Virgin Islands
  • University of Toledo
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Wayne State University
  • Western Michigan University
  • Xavier University of Louisiana
  • Focus: HOPE
  • Henry Ford Community College
  • Wayne County Community College
  • University of Windsor
  • Everest Institute
  • United States Army
  • DeVry University
  • Black Caucus Foundation of Michigan
  • Sensible Business Institution
  • Fit-4-Life
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