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2017 Blueprint for Success Workshops


Workshop:

A Blueprint for Debt-Free College

PresenterS:

Gavin Taylor, Manager, Financial Empowerment Center, United Way of Essex and West Hudson

Kevin Y. Brown, Entrepreneur, Speaker, and Author of 10 Ways Anyone Can Graduate from College Debt-Free

Parents and Students

Audience:  

Description:      

This interactive workshop will teach parents and students how to overcome any economic, social or academic challenges to earn a quality college education.  The presenters will share their strategies to generate funding for education before and during college years; research funding sources available through the college and outside organizations; become more resourceful to enhance college-funding opportunities; and develop an action plan for securing college funding. PLUS, take advantage of opportunities to study abroad, engage in campus activities, and even earn multiple degrees. And all with zero college debt.  


WORKSHOP:

Your Personal Blueprint - Creating Healthy and Realistic Goals for Success

Melissa S. Jackson, Managing Director Entrepreneurship, Rutgers Business School

Alfred E. Blake IV, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Programs, Rutgers Business School- Newark & New Brunswick

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Students

This workshop will engage students in a dialogue on setting goals with healthy expectations. We’ll discuss how culture and social media influence our perceptions of what success looks like, and how to create a plan for building relationship, friendship and life goals.


Workshop:

Your College Blueprint: Finding the Right School for You

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Mary Williams, Director, Outreach & Recruitment, The United Negro College Fund (UNCF)

Students

There is no formula for choosing a college, but there are steps students may take to demystify the college search process and identify colleges that meet their social, academic and financial needs. This workshop will provide high school students with the skills necessary to conduct independent research on institutions, focusing on size and location, institutional resources, and institution type (private, public, 2-year, 4-year, Historically Black Colleges & Universities, etc.) and to determine the steps needed to be admitted to the school of their choice. 


Workshop:

Preparing Your Child for College

PRESENTER:

Dr. Alexis Colander, President & CEO, ARC Consulting & Associates

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Parents

This presentation focuses on how parents can take a more active role in their child’s high school and college success.  We will share useful tips and techniques to discuss the specific tasks and information students should be aware of and working to accomplish during the semester.  Parents will also learn how to identify telltale signs that indicate when things are not going well, and what corrective measures should be taken to get your child back on track for academic success.


WORKSHOP:

Understanding the Financial Aid Process

PRESENTER:

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DESCRIPTION:

Gavin Taylor, Manager, Financial Empowerment Center, United Way of Essex and West Hudson

Parents

This financial aid presentation will provide parents with information on all of the Federal and State grants, scholarships and loan programs available through the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).  We will review specifics on filing the FAFSA as well as critical deadlines, and also provide examples of how the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) determines “need” based aid.  At the end of the presentation, parents will have a better understanding of the cycle of financial aid and how to plan accordingly.


WORKSHOP:

Is a HBCU for You? Benefits of Historically Black Colleges & Universities

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AUDIENCE:

DESCRIPTION:

Emily Nichols- Mitchell, CEO, Accelerations Group & Spelman College Alumni

  • Michael Burke, JR., Ph.D., President, ASIR Materials & Hampton University Alumni
  • Ahmaad Dent, Student, Morehouse College, Class of 2018
  • Laseanda McLellan, Buyer of Regional Concepts, Hudson Group (HG) LLC & Texas Southern University Alumni
  • Blake Newby, Beauty Editor, Glamour Magazine & Howard University Alumni
  • Paul Ramseur, Senior Vice President, Group Portfolio Management Commercial Banking, SunTrust Bank & Howard University Alumni

Students

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s) were created to educate teachers for racially segregated schools. As they grew, their curriculum expanded to include undergraduate and graduate degrees in many disciplines. Their mission, however, has remained focused on providing underserved and minority students with opportunities for a college education. Students will hear from several individuals who will share their personal experiences and discuss the advantages of attending an HBCU.


WORKSHOP:

A Blueprint for Successful Leaders in Any Profession

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Marjorie Perry, President and CEO, MZM Construction & Management Company, Inc.

  • Dr. Robert Giles, Emergency Medical Associates (EMA)
  • Dr. Corey Phillips, ConocoPhillips
  • Valencia Yearwood, Actress & Entrepreneur
     

Parents and Students

This workshop will introduce students to a variety of careers in STEAM and other fields.  Hear industry experts share their strategies for achieving a rewarding career and becoming a successful leader in any profession.



OPEN SESSION:

Career Discovery Center (2:00pm – 4:00pm)

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Parents and Students:

Don’t know what you want to do when you graduate from high school or college?  The Career Discovery Center is a great opportunity to meet with several professionals to learn about exciting careers in a variety of industries and disciplines including Law, Technology, Medicine, Entrepreneurship, Finance, and the Arts.


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College Resource Fair (2:00pm – 4:00pm)

 

Parents and Students

The College Resource Fair is a perfect follow up to the workshop “Your College Blueprint: Finding the Right School for You”.  Meet with admissions advisors and alumni representatives from a variety of local schools, as well as Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).