Hundreds attend HBCU Experience college fair at MCC-Penn Valley

hbcu_2114More than 600 high school students from districts all over the metropolitan area turned out Tuesday for the HBCU Experience, a college transfer and recruitment fair featuring historically black colleges and universities.

Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley hosted the fourth annual event at the Education Center to introduce high school and community college students to the many transfer options available.

Ranadoua Jones

MCC-Penn Valley student Ranadoua Jones was busy staffing the registration table. “It’s significant to start a connection early and to give students a feel for what’s out there and their options,” Jones said.

“They can ask direct questions to the school of their choice that a counselor probably couldn’t answer.”

Jones, who’s working on an associate in arts degree at MCC, is planning to transfer to UMKC next fall to study leadership and pre-dentistry.

hbcu_2120In addition to meeting with college representatives, students attended workshops such as College Prep 101, Transfer Made Simple and Money Matters.

Dillard University (New Orleans), Fisk University (Nashville), Grambling State University (Louisiana), Harris-Stowe State University (St. Louis), Jackson State University (Mississippi), Langston University (Oklahoma), Lincoln University (Jefferson City, Missouri), Morris Brown College (Atlanta),  Rust College (Holly Springs, Mississippi), and Xavier University of Louisiana (New Orleans) were among the institutions that had representatives available for students.


High school juniors and seniors came from districts including Kansas City Public Schools, Kansas City, Kan., Belton, Hickman Mills and North Kansas City.

Officials from the YMCA of Greater Kansas City, Full Employment Council and the Education Opportunity Center were also on hand to provide information about their college preparatory services.

Radio station Hot 103 Jamz aired remotes from the event.

KSHB’s Terra Hall covered the event. Click here to watch her report.