2013-07-25 / General Stories

ACC Workshop Helps Foster Care Alumni Get Jump Start on College

Participants will tour ACC campuses, learn about college

AUSTIN, Texas (July 16, 2013) – Austin Community College is hosting a free workshop to help foster care alumni get ready for college. The Jump Start Orientation will be held July 24-26 at ACC’s Highland Business Center (5930 Middle Fiskville Rd., Room 221).

College staff will help participants understand what to expect in college and share information on financial aid, tips for success, and other important topics. Attendees will be able to register for classes as well as meet with faculty and other foster care alumni. There also will be tours of ACC’s Round Rock, Northridge, and Eastview campuses.

“This is the first experience with college for many foster care alumni,” says Loretta Edelen, director of community outreach at ACC. “Students who go through the foster care system benefit from additional support in order to successfully transition into college.”

At ACC, that extends beyond the Jump Start Orientation. The Foster Care Alumni Program connects enrolled students with “campus champions,” who provide guidance and support.

To register for the workshop or to get more information on enrolling at ACC from the foster care system, visit austincc.edu/fca. For more information, contact Edelen at 223.5106 or email edelen@austincc.edu.

About ACC:

More than half of all Central Texas high school graduates choose the Austin Community College District for their college education. ACC helps students meet a variety of goals, including workforce training for high-demand careers, university transfer, college readiness, and attainment of new skills for career advancement. The college is home to the Student Success Initiative, a comprehensive effort to accelerate student achievement and promote innovative instruction. ACC partners with business and industry to create a pipeline of skilled workers and build a stronger, more vibrant economy. With eight campuses and nearly a dozen centers, there is an ACC location near you. Find out more at austincc.edu.

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