Contact: Ramiro Fonseca
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
25th Annual Career and Education Day Presented by the Houston Hispanic Forum
November 9, 2010 (HOUSTON, TX) – The 25th Annual Career and Education Day, presented by the Houston Hispanic Forum, begins at 8:00 a.m. Saturday, February 19 at the George R. Brown Convention Center. The annual career and education day has become a Houston tradition and a valuable resource for students and parents seeking higher education opportunities.
Brigadier General Joe E. Ramirez, Jr., a native of Houston, will deliver the keynote address at Career and Education Day. Recently appointed as the commandant of the Texas A&M University’s Corps of Cadets, he is an alumnus of Houston’s Stephen F. Austin High School. Brigadier General Ramirez is well respected and a proven leader with an incredible record of success. The Houston Hispanic Forum is honored to welcome him to help celebrate a milestone in its 25-year history.
The annual event has attracted an average of 17,000 participants each year and continues to provide guidance to students and families on the process of preparing for college. The one-day event is FREE and gives students from grades 6 through 12 and their parents an opportunity to learn about careers, the college application process and information on how to pay for college.
With careful planning, students and parents can ensure they get the most from what Career and Education Day has to offer. Participants are encouraged to attend different interest sessions presented throughout the day to further learn about careers of interest. All junior and senior students are encouraged to take advantage of the College Admissions and Financial Aid Information Plaza. The information plaza will be staffed with experts to assist with the completion of the college admissions application, ApplyTexas (www.ApplyTexas.org) and the FAFSA online application (www.fafsa.ed.gov).
The FAFSA application is the first step to applying for all federal aid which includes grants, scholarships, student loans and work-study programs to help pay for college. This process requires tax information and for this reason IRS-certified tax preparers from the Neighborhood Tax Centers (www.neighborhood-enters.org) will be available to prepare your 2010 tax return for free, if eligible. Parents and working students are encouraged to bring their tax documents for free, fast and accurate tax preparation.
Middle school students are urged to participate in the program designed to prepare them for high school and to ensure a successful path to pursuing a college education.
Information sessions are also scheduled to provide information on financial assistance for international and immigrant students who may not otherwise qualify for federal assistance. Experts from participating corporate sponsors and representatives from over 80 colleges and universities will be on hand in the Exhibit Hall as well to answer questions specific to each student’s situation.
Career and Education Day offers more than 50 panel sessions conducted by professionals from various career fields such as accounting, banking, engineering, journalism, graphic design, culinary arts, technology, law, the arts and many more. Sessions for parents will also be available in Spanish covering current and up to date information regarding various topics of interest. Lunch is served for free to those participating in Career and Education Day. Free child care is also available.
The Houston Hispanic Forum, a local non-profit organization, has presented Career and Education Day for 25 consecutive years. Career and Education Day, the largest event of its kind in the nation, has benefited thousands of young students from the greater Houston area. For more information call 713-522-8077 or visit www.hispanic-forum.org.