Expo will help high school graduates enroll in college

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Now that “Pomp and Circumstance” has faded from memory and the graduation balloons are deflated, it’s time to prepare for life after high school.

Taking the next step to enter college can be daunting — but it doesn’t have to be.  That’s because experts in financial aid, enrollment and career counseling will gather this month to help high school graduates with their enrollment needs. Dallas County Community College District’s annual EduCareer Expo takes place Thurs., June 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  at North Dallas High School, 3120 N. Haskell Ave. in Dallas.

The event is open to all 2017 graduates of the Dallas Independent School District who want to enroll in one of the district’s seven college campuses; Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Eastfield, El Centro, Mountain View, North Lake or Richland. DCCCD also offers online courses.

“At DCCCD we are ready to help with one-stop shopping to get you enrolled and ready for classes,” said Molly Bewley, the district’s director of community engagement and outreach. “College enrollment can be cumbersome and confusing but we’re here to lessen the burden.

“This fun come-and-go event is perfect for the recent graduate who may not have made a college plan or whose plans may have changed,” Bewley said.

Students can access their high school transcripts and can learn about the Rising Star scholarship. Rising Star provides academic and financial support for qualified students. Created by DCCCD Foundation, Rising Star assists those who have demonstrated financial need and met certain academic requirements.

Counselors will provide information about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid known as FAFSA and a myriad of all types of financial benefits available to students of all income.

Graduates will also learn about DCCCD’s vast credit and continuing education programs, career options, training and the latest in technology.

Health officials will administer shots for the mandatory meningitis vaccine. All entering college students must get the vaccine prior to enrolling or provide proof they obtained the booster dose at least five years prior to enrolling. Students may also provide an appropriate exemption.

The vaccine is free for Medicaid or CHIP recipients 18 and under.

Acceptable private insurance plans are Blue Cross Blue Shield/PPO and United Healthcare. Cigna (PPO) is also offered and subject to co-pay.

For students with private insurance other than the ones listed above, the cost is $135.00

Students who are 18 and without any medical coverage may qualify under the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program. The cost is $14.00. Students who have reached age 19, may qualify for the Adult Safety Net (ASN) program and pay $25 for the vaccine.

EduCareer is a partnership between DCCCD and DISD.

For more information, email dcccdoutreach@dcccd.edu or call Jourdain Southerland at 214-378-1893. To learn more about Rising Star, visit https://www.dcccd.edu/pc/scholother/scholarships/risingstar/Pages/Eligibility.aspx

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