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Release: March 13, 2000

UI workshop helps ninth-graders with college planning

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- It's never too young to start thinking about your academic career. That's why on Saturday, March 24, the University of Iowa will offer Iowa ninth-graders, parents and teachers "Envisioning Your Future: An interactive workshop about planning for high school, college and beyond."

The workshop, which runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Terrace Room of the UI's Iowa Memorial Union, is open to any ninth-grade student, parents or educators interested in planning for college for themselves, their children or their students.

Topics to be covered during the workshop include:

-- What courses to take in high school and college

-- How to choose the best college

-- What to expect when your child goes off to college

-- How to plan for a career after college graduation

-- How to finance a college education

A variety of academic representatives will be on hand to answer questions, including the UI's Academic Advising Center, Office of Student Financial Aid, Career Development Services, Office of Admissions, Connie Belin and Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development and ACT.

The event is being sponsored by the University of Iowa through a generous gift from William H. Chrisman, a fourth-generation Iowa farm owner with property near Mapleton and McClelland.

The fee for the event -- which covers the workshop, lunch, refreshments and a resource manual -- is $15 for one person, $25 for two people, $35 for three people and $45 for four people.

Call the Belin-Blank Center at (319) 335-6148, or toll-free at 1-800-336-6463, for more information on registration and the workshop.