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BSAP College and Career Opportunity Night: Empowerment Through Entrepreneurship, October 25

Posted: September 11th, 2017

Wednesday, October 25, 5:30-9 p.m., Long Reach High School, 6101 Old Dobbin Road, Columbia

For Grade 8-12 students and their parents/guardians.

Keynote speaker: Omar S. Muhammad, Director of Entrepreneurial Development and Assistance Center, Morgan State University



Breakout Session Descriptions

*Choose three 30-minute workshops to maximize your experience.

Please keep in mind this itinerary can be modified at any time without notice.

Pursuing Your Passion: The High School GT Research Program

Presentors: Debbie Blum, Coordinator, HCPSS Gifted and Talented Education Program Zion Hadley, 12th Grade Student, Long Reach High School
Location: Room 232

Critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication — these essential 21st century skills serve as the foundation of the high school Gifted and Talented (G/T) Research Program. This session will explore how students enrolled in the G/T Independent Research and Intern/Mentor courses learn advanced-level skills in an area of interest — from law to computer science, the arts to clinical medicine, education to engineering. Discover opportunities for students to develop their talents in unique and powerful ways as they apply their learning to scholarly research and authentic internships.

Furthering Your Education: The HBCU Experience

Presentor: Jahliel Thurman, Yard Talk 101 CEO
Location: Room 230

This workshop will provide a in-depth and entertaining understanding of the HBCU culture. Students will leave more educated on Greek life; Academics; Student Life and why HBCU history is important. Students also will leave feeling prepared, as they embark on a digital journey presented through Yard Talk 101 content on what to expect upon arrival to their college campus and after when they’ve become proud alumni’s of that institution.

“Pathways” for Students to Federal Careers

James D Bridges, Sr., Human Resources Director, Maritime Administrator
Location: Room 228

This session provides tips for students to use in developing a plan conducting an informed search for Federal internships and using the tools to make their search more successful. Additionally, the session provides attendees tips for using the website to obtain free information that some organizations charge a fee to share and books are being sold.

Financial Aid 411

Dawn Lowe, Director of Financial Aid Services, Howard Community College
Location: Room 226

This session is for students and parents who are considering how to make up the difference between tuition costs and what a family can contribute through income, savings, loans, and student earnings. Hear helpful hints about completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Discover how to research and apply for funding provided by colleges and private organizations.

Preparing for the 9th Grade Experience (For 8th and 9th grade students & parents)

Irene Bademosi, HCPSS School Counselor of the Year, Mount Hebron High School
Location: Room 224

Explore academic options for entering high school on your “right” path. Hear about options for Career Academies, Project Lead the Way and other choices for success.

Entrepreneurship 101 Panel

Moderator – Tressa Azarel Smallwood, CEO of Life Changing Books & Co-Founder of MegaMind Media
Location: Room 222

Thinking of owning your own business? Learn the skills necessary to be successful. You can start your career now! Learn from the experts! Entrepreneurs share in the key factors of their success.

Panelists: LaSeandia Harley (Chesapeake Home Health Care), Cleveland Spears (Strive365), Kenneth Robinson (By The Spirit Cleaning), Seneha Speaks (Se’Henna Mendhi/Henna by Seneha) and Simrin Speaks (SimPly Beautiful)

The Money Talk: Rules to Live By

Brenda Minnich, Howard County Education Federal Credit Union
Location: Room 218

A basic primer for how to manage your money, keep your credit rating good and keep your vital information secure. Prepare NOW for financial success!

Where Do I Go From Here…College, Career, Entrepreneur?

Kim Scarborough, Cosmetic Chemist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Location: Room 216

Be ready for an active dialogue on how to pursue a rewarding career through various paths. Whether you decide to attend a 4-year university, a 2-year community college, a trade school, go into business for yourself or all of the above, greatness awaits you. Learn how to build your path toward success.

Apprenticeships in Maryland: Discover the Possibilities

John Millen, Loretta Dicks, Jane Sinclair, Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation, Division of Workforce Development
Location: Room 214

Explore the earn-and-learn strategy, combining on-the-job training with related classroom instruction, blending the practical and theoretical aspects of training for highly-skilled occupations.

The Community College Atmosphere

Denelle Alton/Catrina Diggs, Howard Community College Admissions Counselors
Location: Room 212

Community Colleges have a lot to offer! Learn about available programs, what students can gain from a 2-year college experience (like HCC) and strategies for a successful transition to a career or a 4-year institution. In addition, hear about academic support services programs designed to help students transition to college such as Howard Pride Silas Craft, Rouse Scholars and Ambiciones.