Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards Hosts the 5th Annual College and Career Fair
For the past five years, Congresswoman Donna Edwards has hosted the College and Career Fair for students in the Greater Washington, DC area to prepare them for life (and education) after high school. This year, the event was hosted at the brand new Oxon Hill High School in Prince George’s County, MD. We were honored to participate as an exhibitor for the third year to provide a career checklist (junior high school, high school, and college), resources for starting the career preparation process, and highlights from our inaugural Wealth & Wellness Summit.
More than one thousand students attended the event seeking resources to help them prepare for higher education, gain admission to college, get internships, and obtain resources to help them prepare for career opportunities.
The program began with a welcome by the Congresswoman, and then students had an opportunity to attend several break out sessions, to help them prepare, plan, and become proactive in their educational and career pursuits.
It’s Never Too Early to Start Thinking About College featured insight from Gisela Ariza, The College Board; Raymond Harrod, First Generation College Bound; Anthony Howe, Drew Freeman Middle School; and, Raolatu Raji, Oxon Hill High School. The second workshop, How to Write a College Essay, included a panel of experts from local universities: Derrick Davis, University of Maryland – College Park, and Tyrell Huggins, Bowie State University.
The workshop, Financial Aid Resources for Post-High School Education, highlighted various funding sources for students. Panelists included representatives from the Maryland Higher Education Commission, Jumpstart Coalition for Personal Financial, the United States Department of Labor, Wells Fargo, United Negro College Fund, and the University of Maryland – University College.
Led by the organization Educational Excellence, students learned strategies for SAT Preparation, and the session, Admissions Decisions – the Hard Truths, presented behind-the-scenes perspectives of the college admissions teams and featured panelists from Congresswoman Edwards’ Educational Advisory Committee, Northeastern University, Clark Atlanta University, and Rutgers University.
One of the fair’s highlights included a host of hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities led by Discovery Communications, Patriots Technology Training, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, US Patent and Trademark Office, Metro Warriors, and Art Way Alliance.
More than 200 educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, and companies exhibited during the fair, including a number of local and national colleges and universities: Howard University, Spelman College, Fisk University, Montgomery College, Rutgers University, University of Maryland, Ohio State University, and Northeastern University.
Community organizations came out to provide resources to students to help prepare them for the college experience and career pursuits. Groups and companies such as the Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. for women in business, Men Aiming Higher, The College Board, and Liberty Tax professionals were on hand to dispense advice and materials to the participants.
For more information about Congresswoman Donna Edwards’ College and Career Fair, visit the website.
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