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Second annual HBCU, HSI and TSI College Fair to connect students with college reps

College recruiters meet with students at last year's college fair event. The Second Annual Historically Black Colleges & Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions and Tribal Serving Institutions College Fair slated for 6:30 p.m. on March 3 at Overland High School will reflect the core values of the Cherry Creek School District.

“This event reflects CCSD’s goal of inclusive excellence,” said Joi Green, Cherry Creek Schools’ counseling coordinator, referring to goals set out in Cherry Creek Future Forward, the district’s roadmap for maintaining excellence well into the future. “This is a homegrown, grassroots effort to build relationships between students and universities. The representatives from colleges will be in our district, and they’ll have a chance to interact face-to-face with our students.”

For the second year in a row, high school students from across the Cherry Creek School District will have access to a broad spectrum of representatives from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI), as well as Tribal Serving Institutions (TSI). Sponsored by the Cherry Creek Schools Foundation, which contributed $5,000 to the event, the College Fair will include breakout sessions, campus tours and other opportunities for students to find their pathways of purpose at the post-secondary level.

The interactive college fair scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on March 3 at Overland will feature a wide array of college representatives from across the nation who’ll offer students information about admission requirements, scholarships and other specific programs tied to each individual school. Students are encouraged to bring copies of their unofficial transcripts for on-the-spot admission and scholarship opportunities.

Like last year’s event, this year’s college fair will feature panel break-out sessions and testimonials from alumni from a wide range of schools. New this year will be the inclusion of Tribal Serving Institutions, which will complement representation from more than a dozen HBCUs and HSIs. District dignitaries will also be on hand to offer college representatives specific information about the district and its programs.

“Last year, students really loved talking to the representatives from all of the different schools,” Green said. “A lot of students and families had been begging for a district-sponsored event like this to take place, and a lot of the college representatives were impressed by the students and the district resources.”

Angela Diggs, the director of recruitment for Virginia State University, was one of dozens of representatives from more than 30 HBCUs and HSIs who toured the district last year. Though Diggs and her colleagues from across the country only had a day to explore a district of more than 108 square miles, they left with plenty of good impressions and strong connections to bring back to their home institutions.

“Your students here are top-notch, and I really hope they grasp and take advantage of the amount of opportunity that’s available to them,” Diggs said. “Scholarships are available to all of the institutions that are here. I just want to encourage them to have the conversation about what’s available to them.”

This year’s college fair will offer a place for that same conversation to continue.

 Posted on 2/18/20 at 2 PM