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Take a Workshop on Financing Post-Secondary Education
Take a Workshop on Financing Post-Secondary Education

The Bibb County School District's GEAR UP program, Create Your Future, is partnering with SunTrust Bank to present the first of a series of monthly workshops to help families financially prepare for college. The first workshop, "Financing Your Future," will be held Thursday, January 24, from 6-7 p.m. at each of the District's middle schools. The workshops are open to all parents and students.

GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a college access program providing students and families with the resources they need for college success. The grant was first awarded to the District in 2011 to follow a cohort of students from what was then their sixth and seventh grade years through their graduations in 2017 and 2018. To date, 3,600 students from throughout the District have been served. The students receive support services such as tutoring, mentoring, summer camps, and college tours to help make their dream of attending college a reality.

"Part of the mission of GEAR UP - Create Your Future is to increase the economic development and quality of life for students and their parents by offering avenues to post-secondary education," said Janice Flowers, GEAR UP Project Director for the District. "Financing a college education can put a financial strain on the budgets of most families. It is important that families begin saving money now to finance a college education later. These workshops are designed to provide training and resources to help families effectively prepare for the rising costs of financing a college education."

Middle school locations are:

·         Appling Middle School, 1210 Shurling Drive

·         Ballard-Hudson Middle School, 1070 Anthony Road

·         Bloomfield Middle School, 4375 Bloomfield Drive Extension

·         Howard Middle School, 6600 Forsyth Road

·         Miller Magnet Middle School, 751 Hendley Street

·         Rutland Middle School, 6260 Skipper Road

·         Weaver Middle School, 2570 Heath Road

For more information about this workshop, contact GEAR UP - Create Your Future at (478) 765-8537.

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