Antelope Valley school district helps make college choice easier
More than 70 colleges to attend event
In an economy, where a high school diploma is hardly worth anything, the Antelope Valley Union School District (AVUSD) decided to help out its community and is hosting College Information Night and Harvest Celebration September 28 at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds, 2551 West Avenue H, Lancaster from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The forum, which is open to all students, parents and members of the community, will showcase different colleges and make scholarship information available. The event will also host free information workshops on choosing a career, financial aid, choosing a college, writing a college essay, ACT/SAT information, as well as session workshops that will provide important information on post-secondary education.
The event is not the first of its kind and has actually been around for about 20 years. However, this will be the second time that the event is held at the Antelope Valley fairgrounds.
“In the past, we had [the event] at Highland High School, but we outgrew the site because of the widespread interest with over 2,500 people attending,” said Betsy McKinstry, Career Technical Education Director of the Antelope Valley High School District.
The event is so popular that this year more than 70 colleges nationwide have already confirmed to attend the event. Some of the colleges participating include USC, Michigan State, Humboldt State, Cal Poly Pomona, UC Davis, Universal Technical Institute, Wyotech, Hope International, Biola, UC Riverside, CSU Fullerton, CSU Bakersfield, DeVry, Fresno Pacific, and La Sierra.
In addition, there will be booths with financial aid, scholarship, and National Collegiate Athletic Association information.
“The goal of the event is to increase the awareness of post-secondary institutions for students and parents of the Antelope Valley which will eventually increase the amount of students who attend college,” said McKinstry. “Economic development of the region is directly tied to an educated and skilled workforce. The jobs of the 21st century are requiring more knowledge and education, which directly connects to education and training beyond high school. The event provides an opportunity for direct communication with representatives from post-secondary institutions so students can make more informed choices about the education goals and how they relate to their career interests.”
The information night, which is supported financially through donations and by AVUSD, also includes a Harvest Celebration, that showcases all of Antelope Valley Union High School District’s schools. The Harvest Celebration gives an opportunity for parents to speak with school administrators about college and how to better prepare their children for the journey.
“[Participants] should expect to gain knowledge on post-secondary institutions, the options available and the requirements for admission to these institutions. This will allow students to make more informed choices about their education goals and prepare now,” said McKinstry.
For more information on the event please visit www.avrop.avhsd.org.
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