College Knowledge Lunch Breaks

How to Plan for College

Stacy Lightfoot – VP College & Career Success– PEF

When: October 29, 2014 — EPB Building

As a parent, counselor and trusted adult, your encouragement plays a critical role in helping students prepare for college. Students rely on their parents, school counselors, mentors and advisors to ensure that they are prepared for the college admission process. Your goal is to convince your students that college is within their grasp. There’s so much to consider when it comes to getting ready for college: where to go, what to study, how to apply, how to pay for it all, and more. Parents and students are often lost in the process. It’s never too early—or too late—to explore options for college or career school. In this session, we will walk through some key steps in preparing for college and provide resources that can help you and your family along the way.

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College Knowledge Lunch Breaks - November

The Top Ten Financial Planning Mistakes Made by Parents

Presenter: Chris Ford, STIS Private Financial Advisor , Suntrust Bank

When: November 4, 2014 — Suntrust Bank Building

With very little attention to this subject, it’s no wonder that parents are making mistakes left and right about how to appropriately plan and save money for their student’s education. Sadly, with so little time between a child’s birth and the start of college, there’s typically very little time to recover from college planning mistakes. Whether you’ve just had your first child or major college expenditures are just a few years away, it’s never too late to make sure you’re on the right track. It’d definitely be a wise investment of your time to check learn about the financial college planning mistakes parents make. A financial advisor will present pertinent information that’s highly beneficial for parents.

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Boys Leadership Summit 2014

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In 2010, a group of men from various organizations (e.g. fraternities, 100 Black Men, Shriners, Masons, service organizations, etc.), with an interest in helping young African-American males become successful and productive adults, hosted the first Boys’ Leadership Summit (BLS) in October 2010. These men answered a charge by Michael Baisden, an international radio personality, who encouraged communities to join together to impact the lives of our young black men.

Based on Dr. Shaun Harper’s report titled “Black Male Student Success in Higher Education” he found that Black men’s dismal college enrollments, disengagement and underachievement, and low rates of baccalaureate degree completion are among the most pressing and complex issues in American higher education. So, in 2012, PEF worked on several initiatives to empower men of color, young and old, to convene at luncheons and conferences to share their stories of triumph and collegiate success.

This year, PEF is joining forces with the founders and organizers of the Boys’ Leadership Summit to host a collaborative workshop for young men that will target males in grades 6-12 and include college males as well. Together, these organizations hope to provoke conversations that will engage, empower and encourage our young men to achieve to greater heights.

The 5th Annual Boys Leadership Summit 2014 is a free one day conference (breakfast & lunch provided) held on November 15, 2014   (9 am – 2 pm), that will serve as an opportunity for middle and high school males and their parents as well as young men in college to learn from experts and each other how to become successful and productive adults. We will cover topics to help attendees learn to cope with issues and problems facing youth today. Registration and breakfast will start at 8:00 am. The summit will be held at UT-Chattanooga’s University Center.

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The first 50 people who register online AND attend the summit will have their names placed in a bowl to win an awesome gift at the end of the day.

 For more information contact:

Temus Terry – (423) 316-0698

College Goal Tennessee 2015: Navigating Your Future

College Goal Tennessee 2015: Navigating Your Future is a free, half-day conference that will serve as an opportunity for high school and college students, parents, and educators to learn from experts and each other how students can be successful in college. We will cover topics from financial planning for college to what employers are looking for to navigating the college application for the student athlete and much more. This conference will confront real topics that affect the persistence of students in college, and it’s a rare opportunity to hear the ideas and concerns of all these groups at one conference. Sessions will be led by business leaders, college admissions and financial aid experts—the best in their field. Continental breakfast and lunch will be served.

At this conference, College Goal Tennessee will provide free on-site assistance for high school seniors and current college students filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Time: Saturday, January 31st, 2015 – 9 am – 1 -pm (Registration and meet & greet at 8:30 am)

Place: The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga – University Center, East Fifth Street 


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