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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

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(850) 245-0413

College & Career Day Gets Local Students Revved-Up About Their Futures

~ Annual event helps local middle schoolers start preparing for college and career ~

TALLAHASSSEE - More than 500 middle school students from Leon, Gadsden, Jefferson, Madison and Wakulla Counties traveled to Florida A & M University (FAMU) today to participate in the second annual Florida Department of Education College & Career Day. The event, which encourages students to stay focused on their education and pursue their college goals, featured speakers such as State University System of Florida Chancellor Frank Brogan who was surrounded by booths and activities showcasing information on curriculum, scholarships, financial aid, student advising as well as various Florida colleges and universities.

"College & Career Day provides a unique venue that allows many of our local middle schoolers to learn first-hand how to successfully prepare for their futures," said Florida Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson. "I commend our partners in higher education and the business community for working with us to put on this wonderful event and for sharing in our passion to help students pursue their dreams."

The event, sponsored in part by FAMU and the Florida Chamber of Commerce, provided a personal glimpse of the college experience for students by coupling brief campus tours with face-to-face interaction among other students who found success. In addition to the tours and booths, students also learned how to navigate their financial future through free financial literacy products and services.

College & Career Day also included presentations on Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Advanced International Certificate of Education, Career and Technical Education, Gear Up, and FACTS.org, among many others. In addition, representatives from FAMU, Tallahassee Community College, Florida Gateway College, Santa Fe College, Nova Southeastern University, the University of South Florida, the University of Florida, the University of North Florida and the University of West Florida were available to provide information about their programs of study and admissions requirements.

Students looking to learn more about how to prepare for college and career should visit http://www.fldoe.org/students/.