D211 Post: Parents and Students Learn to Navigate College Preparation Experience

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Students and parents listen to a presentation about college financial aid during the First Generation College Symposium at Palatine High School Sept. 27.

            More than 600 parents and students learned how to navigate the sometimes-complicated process of preparing and applying for college during Township High School District 211’s First Generation College Symposium at Palatine High School Sept. 27.

            Over the course of the evening, the attendees listened to presentations which ranged from what to expect in attending large colleges to applying for financial aid.  Sessions were conducted in both English and Spanish.

A presenter discusses the benefits of attending community college during the First Generation College Symposium at Palatine High School Sept. 27.

            Claudia Sierra-Sokop, one of the event coordinators, said people were very thankful for the event.

            “A lot of people had their questions answer,” she said.  “Questions that were posted to the website were answered.”

            Sierra-Sokop said it wasn’t only parents of first generation college students who were thankful.

            “We had parents who went to college that came because so much has changed since they went,” said Sierra-Sokop.

            She said the staff is continuing to monitor the website for questions.

            “Any questions which were posted after the event ended, should have answers by Monday,” she said.