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 Black College Expo to Offer Opportunities for On-the-Spot College Admissions and Scholarships

Representatives from 26 historically black colleges and universities are on hand today to consult with San Diego students about their higher education options at the Black College Expo, a unique event that will include opportunities for on-the-spot college admissions and scholarships.

Howard University, Southern A&M University and Wiley College are among the institutions that will feature booths from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Town and Country San Diego in the Regency Ballroom.

Organized by the National College Resources Foundation, the Black College Expo is co-sponsored by the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) and the San Diego Unified School District.

"Our whole mission is to make sure kids are prepared for the next stage of life after leaving our schools," said San Diego County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Gothold. "That includes making sure they're exposed to a multitude of options for college. The Black College Expo is a unique opportunity for us to connect students with colleges and universities that could unlock their future success."

Juniors and seniors from high schools throughout San Diego Unified -- including SDCOE's own Juvenile Court and Community Schools -- have been invited to bring transcripts and college placement test scores to the event to take advantage of resources, including personalized college counseling, and opportunities to receive college admission and scholarships on the spot.

“San Diego Unified is thrilled to be part of bringing this groundbreaking event to our city. We hope as many students as possible will come take advantage of this opportunity to learn about the unique post-secondary environments provided by our nation's historically black colleges and universities,” said San Diego Unified Superintendent Cindy Marten. “We believe in the academic potential of all our students to graduate ready for college, a career, and the community they will inhabit. The Black College Expo offers students the chance to put their college plans in place. That is why we are so grateful for the partnership with the County Office of Education and the National College Resources Foundation to make this event a reality.”

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.

“For many students, college is the only on-ramp to the opportunity highway of the 21st century,” said Joe Johnson, dean of San Diego State University’s College of Education. “It is wonderful that our local district leaders are providing this unique opportunity to help students pursue post-secondary education.”