By Carmen Rodgers
Flat Rock Missionary Baptist Church will hold College and Career Night for students of all ages from around the Tallassee area. There will be college and university recruiters on hand to offer information about various programs and financial aid options.
“We just felt like there was a need to let students know that they have options,” said Michelle Cole, event coordinator.
The event will offer students an opportunity to see what these colleges and universities have to offer. Even students who already know what university or college and which program they wanted to attend are encouraged to attend.
“This is for any student who wants to know more about college and funding options for college,” Cole said.
There will also be recruiters from various branches of the military on hand to explain the opportunities available for students who may not seek the traditional route to college. Several trade schools will also be on hand to explain what their programs have to offer students in the area.
“We’ll have some people from the military institutions there,” she said. “We realize that every student is not going to go straight to college. In the past, we have had the marines, the army and the national guard.”
While College and Career Night is designed for high school students, this event is open for all who are interested.
“College and Career Night is designed for high school students in Tallassee and surrounding areas,” Cole said. “We say ninth through the twelfth grades, but we’ve had students in the seventh grade come before. It’s for any student or parent with a student who would like to gather scholarship information and find out about financial aid opportunities.”
Because Flat Rock Missionary Baptist Church is hosting the event and is centrally located, this is an opportunity for students from Tallassee High School, Elmore County High School, Wetumpka High School, Notasulga High School, Tuskegee High School as well as surrounding private schools and homeschooled students to learn more about continuing education.
Receiving an acceptance letter from a college or university is very exciting time for a student. However, funding the step in a student’s education can be daunting. This is why FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) representatives will be available during College and Career Night to assist any student who is ready to take that next step.
“If they have questions about the FAFSA, there will be someone at a booth that can go over it with them and they will go ahead and put the student’s information in,” Cole said. “In the past we have had students attend who had already graduated from high school and they were getting ready to go to college the next semester.”
The FAFSA is the application students fill out in order to determine their financial aid eligibility. FAFSA needs to be filled out each academic year. Often it’s parents who fill out the FAFSA forms. Therefor,e this event could benefit parents as well as students.
“This is one-on-one for the students and the parents,” Cole said. “Recruiters will tell them what they need on their ACT, SAT and everything that the students needs to do.”
While this event is geared for students, it’s the community, Tallassee and surrounding communities, which will ultimately benefit from this event.
“The whole purpose is to help the community,” Cole said. “I live in Tallassee but I want to help any student that I can.”