NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)- New Haven Public School students who will graduate in 2016 are meeting with recruiters and getting geared up for college life. The director of college and career pathways for New Haven Public Schools, Dolores Garcia-Blocker said, “last month they all sat for the SAT. They received their scores back and so now it is the process of bringing in colleges.” Colleges from all over New England are visiting New Haven Public Schools and getting juniors ready for life after high school.
Garcia-Blocker added, “at the booths they are meeting with college recruiters, asking questions, they are figuring out financial aid opportunities and scholarship opportunities.” This year there are even more options for students at the College Fair Consortium. 44 Universities set up booths, including four colleges from Puerto Rico. “we have so many students here that have origins in Puerto Rico so it makes sense to bring the University of Puerto Rico here and expand opportunities behind the United States border,” said Garcia-Blocker.
Denise Rodriguez with the Foundation for Puerto Rico said, “there are many hispanic young people that are interested in studying in Puerto Rico. They are interested in a bilingual education and they want to be bilingual professionals to be competitive in this increasingly competitive labor market.” Students say the college fair is a great experience. Nyliscia Howard told NEWS8, “it is good to start early and it’s good to know what you want to do.” Student, Reval Martinez Jr. said, “we don’t see many colleges from out of state, it is a great stepping stone to persuade us to take the next step in life.” The college application process begins in August.