Escambia High School under the direction of educator Jewel Cannada-Wynn invited historically black colleges and universities (HBCU’s) to raise awareness of the educational possibilities for Escambia County students. The colleges in attendance were Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University (Alabama A&M), Huntsville, Alabama; Bishop State, Mobile, Alabama; Concordia College, Selma, Alabama; Edward Waters College, Jacksonville, Florida; Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) Tallahassee, FL; Grambling State University, Grambling, Louisiana; Miles College, Fairfield, Alabama; Selma University, Selma, Alabama; and Southern University, New Orleans.
The weekend started on the evening of Friday, April 22, 2016 with the HBCU’s presenting an informative session providing the history of HBCU’s and their continued importance and place in the community on the Blab television show, Bridging the Gap, hosted by Audra Carter. The initial airing of this event will occur on Thursday, April 28th at 8:30pm on Blab TV. An additional episode will air in May. The college fair took place at Escambia High School on Saturday, April 23rd. Students from Escambia and Santa Rosa County visited the booths, collecting information and inquiring about available programs such as engineering, medicine, education, physical therapy, and any available scholarships. This event brought awareness to the community of the variety of educational opportunities HBCU’s provide for students, particularly those students that have had a challenging high school experience. Students with lower high school GPA’s could still attend college, an opportunity not available at many other colleges and universities. The HBCU education at these schools can assist students in completing their high school education before starting their college program.
From the success of this event, the HBCU’s expressed forming a partnership with Escambia High School, returning to host a second college fair at Escambia High School for all Escambia County High Schools this fall.
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