College Awareness Day is all about getting students and families to understand that college dreams can become a reality for all!

Time to mark your calendars.

On Thursday, January 11, 2018, NYC public schools will celebrate the City’s third annual College Awareness Day.

College Awareness Day is the DOE’s citywide celebration of college attendance and the opportunities that a college education can bring to students and their families. Organized as part of the DOE’s College Access for All initiative, College Awareness Day aims to start conversations about college in City schools of all grade levels

Throughout the day, schools across City will organize activities, in-class workshops, discussions, and class presentations from NYC schools alumni about college, including campus life, financial aid, and potential careers. Ultimately, the event aims to help students of all ages understand that attending college is attainable, affordable, and can help them achieve successful and fulfilling careers and lives. After all, research shows that college degree recipients are healthier, earn higher salaries, have better financial security, and serve their communities more often than peers who do not earn a degree.

“As the first person in my family to attend college, I know the importance of early conversations and planning around college and careers, and that’s exactly what College Awareness Day does,” said Chancellor Carmen Fariña during last year’s event.

To show support for College Awareness Day, we are asking parents, staff members, older students, City schools alumni, and other concerned citizens to consider wearing apparel from your former/favorite colleges throughout the day on January 11; after all, any college-related item could help spark an inspirational conversation with a young student that can change his/her life forever.

For more information about College Awareness Day, please contact us at nyccollegeaccessms@schools.nyc.gov. To learn more about how your local school will celebrate the event, please contact your school’s parent coordinator or Parent-Teacher Association.

See you on January 11!

The Morning Bell

Official blog for the NYC Department of Education, home of over 1.1 million students across 1,800+ schools

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