DETROIT -

Detroit families who know that college is an important step on the road to success for the city's young people will meet face-to-face with experts on college readiness and opportunities Thursday and Friday at Greater Grace Temple.

Organizers said as many as 4,500 students and families from Education Achievement Authority schools, Detroit Public Schools and local charter schools will attend the Greater Grace Temple's National Scholarship Service event.

"We're here to help change our students' lives for the better," Education Achievement Authority of Michigan Chancellor Dr. John Covington said. "A college education or excellent skills training for the workforce will be very important factors in the dream of our students and their families for healthy and productive lives after high school. This partnership with Greater Grace Temple and the National Scholarship Service will bring information about college opportunities right to our families."

During the day Thursday and Friday from 8:30 to 1 p.m., students from the EAA, Detroit Public Schools and local charter schools will meet at Greater Grace Temple, located at 23500 West Seven Mile Road, with representatives from many colleges and universities from across the country.

Thursday night from 6 to 9 p.m., organizers said elementary and middle school students and their families will join high school families and students for a college fair and college readiness workshops.

At the Thursday night event, students and families will learn about preparing for the PSAT and PLAN, the SAT, ACT and AP tests and other important indicator exams for college readiness. Organizers said the testing workshops will be led by officials of the College Board and the Princeton Review.

Students and families also will be able to attend separate workshops to learn the basics of success at college, how to get financial aid and scholarships, get help on preparing families for college, and learn campus safety tips through a partnership between the EAA and the State of Michigan Police.

Some of the colleges, universities and other organizations involved in the college fair this week include Bowling Green State University, Florida A&M University, Grand Valley State University, Henry Ford Community College, University of Detroit Mercy and many more.

To learn more about this week's event, click here.

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