HBCU Experience introduces students to further higher ed opportunities

MCC-Penn Valley President Dr. Joe Seabrooks welcomes an attendee to the 2013 HBCU Experience, held at Penn Valley on Sept. 20.
MCC-Penn Valley President Joe Seabrooks welcomes an attendee to the 2013 HBCU Experience on Sept. 20.

On Sept. 20, more than 700 high school students attended the third annual HBCU Experience, a premier college transfer and recruitment fair featuring historically black colleges and universities, hosted by MCC-Penn Valley.

The event was designed to introduce HBCUs to high school and community college students as a transfer option, according to Joe Seabrooks, Ph.D., president of MCC-Penn Valley.

“Historically black colleges and universities have a long and stellar history of producing outstanding scholars who have made remarkable contributions to our community, our nation and the world,” Seabrooks said.

Students from Central High School have attended the HBCU Experience since its inception.
Students from Central High School have attended the HBCU Experience since its inception.

High school juniors and seniors from the following schools attended: African-Centered College Preparatory Academy, Central, East, Harmon, Hogan Preparatory Academy, Hope Academy, Liberty, Liberty North, Lincoln College Preparatory Academy, Northeast, Oak Park, Paseo Academy, Schlagle, Staley, Sumner, Washington, Winnetonka and Wyandotte.

The following HBCUs were represented: Alabama State University, Dillard University, Fisk University, Harris-Stowe University, Howard University, Jackson State University, Lincoln University, Morehouse College, Morgan State University, North Carolina A&T State University, Prairie View A&M University, Tuskegee University, University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Xavier University.

University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff shared information about their campus and programs.
Reps from the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff shared information about their campus and programs.

In addition to meeting with HBCU representatives, students also attended a College Prep 101 workshop to learn about beginning the college journey at MCC, transferring to a university, applying for admission and financial aid and achieving college success.

The following community organizations were also on hand to provide information on their college prep services: United Way of Greater Kansas City, Urban League of Greater Kansas City, YMCA of Greater Kansas City, Full Employment Council and Boys and Girls Clubs.