That is why FAST (First-generation Aspire to Succeed Together), in collaboration with the Adela de la Torre Honor Society, is bringing Parent University to help educate parents in the local community on the high school and college experience.
FAST is the NIU student committee that assists the AmeriCorps VISTA on campus raise awareness the interests and needs of first-generation college students among the campus and local community.
Parent University is a program that aims to increase the level of knowledge regarding the necessary steps to successfully pursue a higher education among parents. The plan is to bolster existing efforts and create new ones to meet education needs among parents and students in the community.
Parent University consists of is a series of free workshops that serve to provide information to parents in the community who might lack “college readiness” information. Additionally, these workshops will help educate parents on their student’s high school and college experience.
Parent University will be offered to the DeKalb and Sycamore area residents, free of cost, with most sessions taking place at Sycamore High School and facilitated by NIU and Kishwaukee College staff.
The main goal is for parents in the local community to be well informed on essential information that is necessary for their students to succeed in their current and future educational stages. In addition, students also will be exposed to information regarding college access and success.
The first session – “Getting into College, High School Years” – was held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, at Sycamore High School. Every session is free and open to the community. The next classes are February 24: Financial Aid & FAFSA and March 17: Admissions.
For more information, contact Lucero Martinez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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