[Source: Jonathan Rogers, National League of Cities] — Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, city council members, school board members and local funding partners recently celebrated the opening of a new, full-service college planning center at the Burton Barr Central Library in downtown Phoenix. Developed through a partnership between the city’s Youth and Education Programs Office and three higher education institutions, College Depot will provide access to a range of free services to help high school students prepare for postsecondary education.
These outreach, resource and referral services are aimed at improving access to information for college planning, financial aid and admission, and will include:
- One-on-one assistance with the college application process;
- Workshops for students and parents on college readiness, financial aid and scholarships, applications, personal statements and test preparation;
- College planning software to match students with the right colleges, scholarships and internships; and
- College fairs and appointments with bilingual university and community college counselors.
The library’s College Depot is expected to serve at least 2,500 students and parents within six months of opening. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]