High School Students, Families Invited to Join Panel of Experts on October 1 for 2020 College and Career Planning Night

Albemarle County Public Schools (ACPS) has one strategic goal for all students—that they will graduate having actively mastered the lifelong-learning skills they need to succeed as 21st century learners, workers and citizens.

This Thursday evening, beginning at 5:30, high school students and their families are invited to talk with experts about life after high school as part of their college and career planning. Counseling directors from all three comprehensive ACPS high schools will host several experts from leading colleges and universities in conversations about identifying the right school, developing strong applications for admission, and qualifying for scholarships and financial aid. In addition to helping students prepare for college, the virtual event also will include information about military service and work-based learning.

Presentations will focus on how attending a community college and earning an associate’s degree will enable students to transfer to a four-year state university; college and career paths through military service; work-based learning experiences with public and private employers; and more.

Nationally, most high school students graduate without having had a work-based experience while in school. These experiences can be a major contributor to the career readiness of students, helping them develop organizational, goal-setting, and interpersonal skills that contribute to success in college, in the military, or in the workforce.

Beginning at 5:30 on Thursday evening, students and parents can join the college planning panel virtually through Zoom. Then, at 6:30 p.m., participants can join presentations on specific topics. Information on available topics and access links to the presentations are available online through the College Planning Night 2020 document.

Participants will be able to ask questions by using Zoom’s chat function at the bottom of the screen.

Among the colleges and universities that will be represented on the 5:30 panel are the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, James Madison University, the University of Richmond, Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC), and Appalachian State University.

CONTACT: Phil Giaramita, Public Affairs and Strategic Communications Officer
PHONE: 434-972-4049