Black Parents Association hosts college prep workshop

Tuesday, April 7, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA – Parents and students will have the opportunity Thursday to learn about admission processes, financing and other aspects of getting prepared for a college career.
The Black Parents Association of Columbia Public Schools is sponsoring its first College Prep Workshop from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at St. Luke United Methodist Church, 204 E. Ash Street.

“If students have aspirations of attending college, they need to know what is required of them to get admitted,” said Nathan Stephens of the Black Parents Association.

Students in ninth to 12th grade are encouraged to attend along with their parents. 

Stephens said research has shown that with increased parental involvement, academic performance increases. In addition, he said he believes that some kids need to know that their parents want them to attend college.

“As an organization, we support parental involvement in the education of their children,” Stephens said.

Colleges with representatives at the event include: Central Methodist University, Columbia College, Lincoln University, MU, Stephens College and William Woods University. Kaplan Testing Services will offer test-taking strategies. 

Caroles Taylor of the MU Financial Aid Office will be at the workshop to talk to students about financial aspects such as tuition, scholarships and student loans. 

Students who have already taken the ACT are encouraged to bring their test scores with them.  

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Nathan Stephens at 268-9673.