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Tenth annual parent conference set for March 17 at UCR

Tenth annual parent conference set for March 17 at UCR

(March 12, 2001)

About 1,000 parents are expected to attend the 10th annual parent conference "Education: A Family Affair," scheduled for 7:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at the University of California, Riverside.

The conference, presented by UCR's Early Academic Outreach Program, is offered free of charge each year to parents who want to learn more about higher education, financial aid and how to help their children prepare for college. Workshops - offered in both English and Spanish - will explore ways in which parents can help inspire their children to greater academic achievement, options for financing college costs and learning about scholarship opportunities, and how college can prepare students for a broader range of career paths.

The day's activities will begin with a college fair near the Bell Tower at UCR where parents and their children can visit with representatives from University of California and California State University campuses, as well as private universities.

UCR's Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP) serves schools and students from economically and educationally disadvantaged communities, assisting students in preparing for University of California admission. The parent conference focuses on providing parents with the information and training to support their efforts to help children prepare for college.

"When you inform and inspire a student, your potential impact is with the student. But when you inform and inspire parents, your potential impact broadens to encompass the family and the community at large. Working together, EAOP and parents, we can positively impact their children's pursuit of a college education, " said Rod Smith, assistant director of the Early Academic Outreach Program. Last year's conference drew more than 1,500 parents and students.

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