NEW YORK — The College Board, a leading education nonprofit organization, is taking its college planning expertise and resources on the road through a series of bilingual town hall conferences in select cities across the country. Worcester State University has teamed up with the College Board to bring this town hall— called Destino Universidad — to Worcester on Thursday, June 7. The town hall will feature interactive panel discussions and workshops designed to provide college planning guidance on financial aid, admission procedures and course planning[a].
“As an organization created to promote access and equity in higher education, the College Board is uniquely positioned to guide Latino families on the road to college,” said Peter Negroni, senior vice president at the College Board. “As the number of Latino students aspiring to college continues to increase, we are committed to ensuring that these students have access to the resources and support that will ensure a successful transition to college.”
Destino Universidad is a collaborative effort among universities, colleges, school districts, community-based organizations and media outlets to provide Latino families with college planning resources and promote a college-going culture. Through its “Es el momento” campaign, Univisión has mobilized its affiliates to support and promote the tour. “We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with the College Board’s Destino Universidad. We know that it is extremely important for parents to be informed about incredibly beneficial and free resources and programs available in our community for their children,” said Ivelisse Estrada, senior vice president of corporate and community relations, Univisión Communications.[b]
At Destino Universidad at Worcester State University the focus will be to highlight a panel of college students and high school students who will speak about One Goal, Many Paths. The event will include panel discussions featuring local educators and College Board members, followed by workshops that will guide families in the following areas:
· Researching and applying for financial aid and scholarships
· Applying to college and learning how students can stand out in a competitive admission environment
· Maximizing high school course work to be prepared for college success
· Accessing free, online resources to support college planning
· College tours and networking opportunities.
· Reception and live music
“We welcome the opportunity to host this valuable College Board event at Worcester State,” said President Barry M. Maloney. “Destino Universidad provides a great opportunity for families to learn everything they need to know to make college or university possible.”
· WHO: Education Leaders, Community Leaders, College Students, Middle and High School Students
· LOCATION: Worcester State University, 486 Chandler Street, Worcester, Mass. (Student Center)
· CONTACT: Lea Ann Scales, assistant vice president of Public Relations & Marketing 508-929-8018, firstname.lastname@example.org
Worcester State University
Worcester State University is a four-year public university with 26 majors including traditional liberal arts and sciences, teacher education, biomedical sciences, business, non-profit management, visual and performing arts and the health professions. Our students learn in small, friendly classes taught by committed, accessible faculty offering engaging research opportunities to graduate and undergraduate students alike. Worcester State University is the only Massachusetts State University to be named, “Best in the Northeast,” by the Princeton Review eight years in a row and is recognized for its community service and outreach.
Worcester State University is dedicated to offering high quality, affordable undergraduate and graduate academic programs and to promoting the lifelong intellectual growth, global awareness, and career opportunities of our students. To this end, we value teaching excellence rooted in scholarship and community service; cooperate with the business, social, and cultural resources of Worcester County; collaborate with other institutions of higher learning in the region; and develop new programs responsive to emerging community needs. Through the Latino Education Institute we reach 1,500 families annually and help them realize a college education for their children.
Set on 58 acres in the residential west side of Worcester, Massachusetts, Worcester State University is an attractive and safe campus within an hour’s drive of all major population centers in New England. For more information, visit www.worcester.edu.
The College Board
The College Board is a mission-driven, not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of more than 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT® and the Advanced Placement Program®. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.
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Editors Note: To view a PSA video of the event, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4ujcL5TbMo