College Fair at Westchester High School
Students and parents were able to receive important information about college at Westchester High School's college fair.- Jason Lewis for Sentinel
By Jason LewisÂ Sentinel Staff WriterÂ Alumni of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) have been hitting the road to make it back to their school's homecoming. The HBCU experience for Black students is different from the experiences that they will get from most other colleges, and Westchester high school students were recently informed about these schools at a college fair hosted by the Westchester High School Alumni Association (WHSAA).
Representatives of HBCU colleges that were on hand were Hampton, Howard, Prairie View, Tuskegee, Bethune-Cookman, and HBCU Campus Tours was at the event.
John Terry, representative from Prairie View, cherishes his HBCU experience and believes that there is great value for a Black student to attend one.
"You're not just a number at a Black college," Terry said. "The teachers know you, and they nurture you. Your professor will know you and they will be interested in you."
There were also local colleges on hand, which included UCLA, Cal State LA, Cal State Northridge, Loyal Marymount, Westwood College, El Comino, Santa Monica, and others.
The event was a success, as about 100 students, mostly Black, were able to receive vital information about attending college.
"The event today helped prepare our students for college," said Sadia Sanders, who is a graduate of Westchester High School. "The event let them know what the expectation is for their grades coming out as seniors. They were able to go around to the colleges so that they can have information that can be shared with their parents."
Students received information about the requirements to attend college, the application process, financial aid, and the benefits of going to college.
"I think this event is important because it gives my daughter exposure to what is out there and what her options are so that she can start planning early," said Liza Smith, whose daughter attends Westchester. She can make good choices based on the information that she's been exposed too."
The WHSAA has also kept their students busy with the "Comet Clean Up Project." The clean up was an effort to reconnect the students and the community of Westchester to promote better relations.
About 35 students and eight alumni started the clean up at Westchester Park, and they stopped by local businesses to remove trash. The actions were initiated by the students themselves.