- Faith & Family
Last week, Miami Northwestern Senior High School [1100 NW 71st Street] held up its commitment of promoting a college-going culture. The Liberty City high school hosted its 12th annual college fair in the Lee Perry Sports Complex.
“What we have tried to establish here at Northwestern over the years is a college going atmosphere,” said LarMarc Anderson, Miami Northwestern’s College Assistance Program (CAP) advisor. “So far it has been very successful. We have had tremendous turn-outs each and every year. We are really trying to make sure that these kids go to school.”
Hundreds of students from neighboring schools were invited, as well as adult community members, interested in continuing their education.
“Basically what we are trying to do through this fair is provide exposure,” said Irene Wisenbaker-Clark, coordinator of the college resource center for Northwestern. “We want to give kids the opportunity to find out, learn information and research all the different varieties of colleges and universities and other vocational and technical institutions. We want them to know that there is a wide variety of opportunities available for them. We understand that not everyone is interested in the traditional college experience. We wanted to put students in a situation where they could speak one-on-one with recruiter.”
The fair had representatives from an estimated 80-plus schools to attend. Joanne Jefferson, 21, attended the fair in pursuing of enrolling in a technical program.
“I did not go to college when I graduated high school because I had a child early, she said. “I missed that opportunity in my life but I came out today in hopes of creating a new path for myself. I am interested in being able to finally take care of my son on my own. All I want is to be a good provider for him. I would like to get in a program involving nursing or something in the medical field.”
Fifteen-year-old high school freshman, Jeffery Barnes, said that the fair was beneficial to him.
“This is very good for the community,” he said. “The West is on the right track with this program. I already know I want to go to college, but for the people that aren’t as sure as me, I think this will get them focused.”
By Randy Grice