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College Connect offers new L.I.F.T. workshop series

Program aims to guide and prepare students for post-secondary education

Post Date:08/07/2014 5:30 PM

Contact: Denise Rentschler


TEMPE, Ariz.
– High school students and their parents are encouraged to attend free College Connect workshops from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 16, Sept. 20, Nov. 1 and Jan. 31 at the Tempe Public Library, 3500 S. Rural Rd.

“College Connect aims to provide students and their families with the resources and tools necessary to navigate the college process,” said Councilmember Robin Arredondo-Savage. “Members of the community-based partnership are committed to ensuring our youth are properly prepared for the future.”  

The workshops will provide guidance on many topics including college preparation, careers and college majors, funding options for college including scholarship searches and financial aid, essay writing, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form completion and more.

Students attending each workshop will be entered in a drawing to win a $250 scholarship. Five scholarships will be awarded by the Ramsey Social Justice Foundation at the completion of the College Connect workshop series in January 2015.

LEARN Sat., Aug. 16
  • College preparation timelines
  • Funding via college savings plans
  • Admission testing

INVESTIGATE Sat., Sept. 20
  • Careers & college majors
  • Getting the most out of College Fairs

FUND           Sat., Nov.1

  • Funding via financial aid & scholarships
  • Scholarship searches
  • Essay writing

TRANSITION Sat., Jan. 31
  • College Goal Sunday overview & dates
  • FAFSA: overview & completion

The City of Tempe has partnered with Tempe Union High School District, Tempe Elementary School DistrictASU , Grand Canyon University, Mesa Community College, Rio Salado College and the University of Advancing Technology to create College Connect. The community-based program has been specifically designed to assist young people in fulfilling their dreams of a post-secondary education.

Visit for more information and to reserve your spot at the free workshop.


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