Students and their families can get information and guidance about applying to college at the fifth annual Step into College Conference, which runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at the University of the Sciences.
The nonprofit Stepping Stone Scholars runs the conference, in partnership with the School District, City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, University of the Sciences, and the Mayor’s Office of Education.
“It is not enough to support our children; we have to empower and engage them,” said Reynolds Brown. “Education through information for students and families is the key to ensure that the next generation will have the strength and dynamism to generate a huge transformation in society.”
Chief Education Officer Otis Hackney said, “College and career readiness is essential to a successful education system. Events like this conference strengthen our students’ futures as well as our city’s future, and we look forward to helping students explore their many postsecondary options.”
The conference, first organized in 2013, has served over 1,500 students, counselors, and families. Students as young as 8th grade are invited to attend.
More than 250 free tickets are still available through Wednesday, and families can reserve those tickets online through Eventbrite.
“We believe that our students deserve a chance to use their amazing talents to the best of their abilities,” said Sean Vereen, president of Steppingstone Scholars. “This year's conference will provide students and families with a wealth of knowledge to navigate the college admissions process to find the right path to life after high school.”
David Forde, vice president for community and government affairs at the University of the Sciences, said: “We see Step into College as one of the cornerstones of educating high school students, and their caregivers, on the complexities of navigating the path to where they want to be upon graduation. We are thrilled to once again share our knowledge and campus to those seeking help on how to accomplish their next steps in life.”