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Latino families get help with college application process with free virtual Town Hall events

LatinaLista — It’s the time of year for high school seniors to kick their college search into high gear. With college application deadlines only a couple of months, and in some cases, weeks away, students and their families have to start wading through the paperwork and requirements to get accepted at their colleges of choice.

For many Latino students, they may be the first in their families to go to college. For them and their parents, the whole college process can be especially confusing. From now until June, the College Board wants to help make the process as effortless as possible for Latino families by sponsoring a series of five free, bilingual virtual Town Hall events.

Dubbed Destino Universidad/Destination College, the streaming online video presentations will cover issues such as preparing for, paying for and successfully completing college.

“Our goal is to help Hispanic students and their parents understand the process for getting accepted and admitted to college, and what steps are needed to earn a degree,” said Peter Negroni, senior vice president at the College Board. “Extending our successful town hall series virtually through CollegeWeekLive will ensure that more students have easy access to information on college admission procedures, financial aid and course planning.”

The Town Hall events will feature:

  • Virtual booths for colleges, featuring electronic brochures, videos, webinars, podcasts and real-time IM and video chat between admissions counselors and students/parents
  • Real-time, interactive Q&A sessions with admissions officials
  • Live interactive video chats with current college students providing an insider’s perspective on their school and the admissions process
  • Networking capabilities to connect students with other students and service providers

The online events will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 26; Thursday, March 14; Tuesday, April 16; Thursday, May 2; and Wednesday, June 12.

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