Commentary

Clark leads HBCU college tours

jaclarkNobody asked me, but, if Jo Ann Clark has her way; there will be no “gap” in the great information our kids can get about going to college.

On Saturday, Feb. 28 the 11th Annual Thinking College Early Fair will be held at St. Paul Harding High School from noon to 3 p.m.

The flyer says grades fifth through 12th. I think all kids out of strollers ought to be there. And childcare is provided for those who are younger. Young people should have it modeled from early on that college is what comes after high school just like spring follows winter. It’s the normal progression. Naturally, Historically Black Colleges and Universities will be well represented among the schools there looking to recruit. Clark has been leading college tours into the South for years. Try to get your child on one.

As I pointed out a few months back, HBCUs have always been more successful with our students the “other schools.” They produce college graduates and PhDs way out of proportion to the percentage of our kids that they enroll. The atmosphere is more welcoming. The faculty is more supportive and there’s hot sauce in the cafeteria.

There’ll be sessions for parents on the college admissions and financial aid processes.

I feel about college fairs the same way I feel about elections – I always go. If you take your fifth grader every year for the next eight years, no one will be able to keep them out of college. It’s a great investment of time and money. Remember, those little knuckleheads are the ones you’ll be leaning on in your later years.

See you there.

February 25, 2015
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