Time and time again, it is stated that education is the key to one’s individual success and a community’s collective growth. Likewise, the pursuit of a college education is still a major academic and professional benchmark that provides improved access to resources, especially as it relates to employment, career choices, and earnings.
At Southwest DeKalb High School, the faculty, staff, and administration are committed to providing access to the aforementioned resources as evidenced in its motto of “Victory in Every Classroom”. As a by-product, the school’s PTSA provides backing and integral programming to support the school, especially its students and parents.
This past Thursday, October 25th, the PTSA hosted its college fair. Unlike most schools, the PTSA sponsors two fairs per year, typically in October (fall semester) and in March (spring semester).
With a focus on capturing as many students as possible, the fair provided students from all grade levels and opportunity to interact with admissions personnel, as well as metro-area alumni. With a plethora of information ranging from testing requirements (SAT and ACT), transcripts, letters of recommendation, interviews, official visits, and scholarship opportunities, the students are able to get a steady foundation and understanding of the college process.
Students from all grade levels (freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior) are in attendance for the fair. Institutions of higher learning such as (but not limited to) historically black colleges like Jackson State, Howard, and Fort Valley, predominantly-white institutions which include (but are not limited to) Kennesaw State and Wake Forest University, as well as 2-year schools (i.e. Atlanta Metropolitan and Georgia Piedmont Technical College) and the military.
Given the wealth of information, along with students, including a considerable number of underclassmen (freshmen and sophomores) in attendance, the PTSA is doing its part in providing improved access to information as it relates to post-high school options for students at Southwest DeKalb High School. Doing so helps with the academic investment young people can make in themselves, and as a result, it leads to improved potential for the professional and personal development that can provide improved employment and career prospects and ultimately provide a basis for building stronger individuals, stronger collectives, and stronger communities.