March 23, 2009 (Vol. 9, No. 5)
Bronx Institute Helps Families Prepare for College
The Bronx Institute at Lehman is planning a series of workshops this summer designed to help families prepare students for college.
A month-long summer academy will train family members to use technology to search for colleges, financial aid, scholarships, and career opportunities. The academy also will offer assistance with drafting college applications, essays, and financial aid forms. Participating families will tour college campuses in the tri-state area and meet with admissions and financial aid officers.
"Our commitment is unwavering to the students and their families attempting to make informed college choices and achieve college admission," said the Institute's executive director, Professor Herminio Martinez. "Applying to college and being a successful student is central to the mission of the Bronx institute."
Aware that many students from the Bronx will be the first in their families to attend college, the Bronx Institute brings together family members as early as middle school to begin the process of planning for college and developing a working knowledge of the financial resources available to help pay for higher education.
Families with middle school-aged children also may attend the Institute's High School Choice conference, which walks families through the high school application process. For students entering high school, the Institute offers programs that explain the high school course and credit system, requirements for a college-ready high school diploma, how to read high school academic transcripts, and the importance of New York State Regents exams, as well as other standardized tests like the S.A.T. and A.C.T. Additional college preparatory workshops are offered throughout the academic year on the Lehman campus.