APS hosts college information workshop

2020-02-11 | Albuquerque Journal

Feb. 11-- Feb. 11--ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Albuquerque Public Schools is hosting an event on Wednesday night to eliminate some of the mystery surrounding college applications.

The free, bilingual workshop will teach students and parents about higher education options and where to look for scholarships. APS staff will also be offering FAFSA help.

The "Hispanic Scholarship Fund College 101 Night" will be held at Cibola High School from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The national Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the nonprofit sponsoring the event, will deliver some of the presentations as well as University of New Mexico volunteers, said Associate Superintendent Madelyn Serna Mármol.

"There's a lot of students who think they can't afford college but this is a great way for them to plan for it and pay for it," she said.

Serna Mármol said all students are invited regardless of grade, ethnicity or whether they attend an APS school, adding that first generation college students are particularly encouraged to attend.

As of Friday, about 400 students and family members had registered, according to the associate superintendent.

The district held a similar event in 2018, which brought about 500 participants.

A district news release said a light dinner and refreshments will be provided.

Registration can be done online: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2020-college-101-albuquerque-registration-86718963755