Rachel Ortega of Black College Expo
Serving Underrepresented Youth with Assistance to College, Scholarships, Careers & More
( BLACK PR WIRE) DIAMOND BAR, Calif., Oct. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Black College Expo will be stopping by the city of New York and Prince Georges County this month to offer students opportunities to get in college and to get money for college. The expo will take place on Saturday, October 24th 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in New York at the Javits Center and Saturday, October 31st, 2009 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the University of Maryland, College Park in the Reckord Armory.
The mission is share resources with students to help them get to college, pathways to internships and careers, and help students find money to pay for their education. One of the main seminar topics will be “How to find money for College.” There will be a special roll out of a program for college students to receive up to $4,300 a month for college. Students will meet with various colleges, including 30+ historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Some colleges will be accepting students on the spot. Industry representatives will also be actively recruiting college students and recent graduates for internship and career opportunities.
The Black College Expo and its non-profit arm, National College Resources Foundation (NCRF), is a full service student outreach program geared towards underrepresented youth and their families to curtail the high school drop out rate (currently at 30.1% nationally, according to EPE Research Center 2008) and to increase the college graduation rate among underserved and underrepresented groups. “Our goal is to do all we can to make college a reality for more of our youth and guide them toward positive career choices,” says Founder, Theresa Price.
The day’s events culminate with scholarship presentations to deserving students, a KFC step-show & dance competition and surprise celebrity guests. National spokespersons for the program are actor/comedian Kel Mitchell and Grammy nominated artist rapper Yo-Yo.
The Black College Expo, visits five to seven cities annually including Los Angeles, Oakland, Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, New York and Washington, DC/Maryland, now in its tenth year, has helped to increase college enrollment tremendously, in some cases by as much as 50% at some HBCUs. Black College Expo has helped over 250,000 students get into college and has given away over $500,000 in scholarships.
National sponsors for the 2009 BCE include: Title Sponsor Navy, KFC, Wells Fargo, Internal Revenue Service, Southern California Edison, The Gas Company/SDG&E/Sempra Energy, NAACP 100 Remix, Black Enterprise, Upscale Magazine, Union Bank, CVS/pharmacy, and Safeway.
For additional information about the BCE, tickets, scholarship program, or exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities, please contact our corporate offices at: (877) 427-4100 or please visit our website at: www.thecollegeexpo.org