Hundreds of Detroit high school seniors to apply for college

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DETROIT - Hundreds of students from Detroit high schools will come together Tuesday to apply for college all at one time at an event that represents a step toward the future for the students and their families.

The event, made possible by the Education Achievement Authority and the Detroit Parent Network, is a first of its kind where the students will get to meet with college and university officials face-to-face to begin a future that may have been just a dream for some.

The event will take place Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Central Collegiate Academy at 2425 Tuxedo Street in Detroit.

Many of the students who will attend live at or near the poverty line. After meeting with college and university officials, the students will sign their college applications and receive financial aid forms to complete.

Students will be coming from Denby High School, Ford High School, Mumford High School, Pershing High School, Southeastern High School and Central Collegiate Academy -- six schools that are operated by Education Achievement Authority, a statewide organization created to turn around the performance of Michigan's lowest-achieving schools.

"Preparing for success in life doesn't stop with high school graduation," Education Achievement Authority Chancellor John Covington said. "Our students need to go on to college and other postsecondary education and training if they are going to be ready for the tremendous opportunities they will have in the future. The people who get the jobs of the future will have more than a high school diploma, and our students and families understand that.

"Having all our seniors come together at one time to apply for college and to meet with postsecondary leaders will help create momentum for the students and their families and help them plan for the huge next steps that now are only months away."

The students' families will also have an opportunity to get more information about college opportunities for students Tuesday night from 6 to 8 p.m. at Central College Academy.

The event marks the first time seniors from the six Detroit high schools have come together to apply for college en masse.

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