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 Options, Opportunities at Black College Expo

Hundreds of students connected with Hundreds of students connected with historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) and other two- and four-year postsecondary options at the second annual Black College ExpoTM on Tuesday. 

Students came from across San Diego County with their schools and with their parents to explore opportunities, many of which were new to them. 

The expo was held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the MLK Center at the Bayview Baptist Church campus in San Diego. In addition to more than 25 representatives from colleges and univerisities, there were also learning sessions throughout the day on college readiness and financial aid.

"I just got accepted to Talledega College," said Alyssa Mayo, a senior at San Diego High School. "With a $4,000-a-year scholarship offer."

Mayo was just one of many students who received on-the-spot acceptance and scholarships based on her transcripts and test scores.

This was her first time hearing about Talledega, a private HBCU in Alabama, but she was already considering out-of-state schools and now she has a new path to consider. 

"I'm getting to meet a lot of colleges I've never heard of before," said Cameron Walker, a senior at Coronado High School, who attended the expo with his mother. A student fills out paperwork for on-the-spot acceptance at the Black College Expo.

The event was organized by the National College Resources Foundation in partnership with the San Diego County Office of Education.

"Our whole mission is to make sure every student graduates with options," said Dr. Paul Gothold, county superintendent of schools. "That includes making sure they're exposed to postsecondary opportunities early and often through events such as the Black College Expo."

The Black College Expo was developed nearly 20 years ago to help empower underrepresented students, demystify the college admissions process, and promote equal access to higher education by providing positive guidance and pathways. The event seeks to educate all students about historically black colleges and universities.