PROGRAM CONTACT: ADELE LOZANO
MEDIA CONTACT: CHARLES S. DRUM
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0048; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Oct. 7, 2002
Sioux City minority students to learn about college opportunities in Iowa
SIOUX CITY, Iowa Some 300 to 400 minority students in the Sioux City
Community School District will attend the annual Career, College & Leadership
Conference, Wednesday, Oct. 9, to learn about opportunities at The University
of Iowa, as well as at Iowa State University and the University of Northern
Iowa. The event, co-sponsored by the UI, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2
p.m. in the Sioux City Convention Center.
Adele Lozano, program assistant for Opportunity at Iowa, says the event offers
9th to 12th grade minority students in Sioux City the opportunity to attend
workshops on the opportunities offered them by the states Regent universities,
and to get the answers to their many questions and concerns.
"Its difficult for many of these students to travel to Iowa City
to learn about college," Lozano says. "So we spend the day with
them in workshops and one-on-one question and answer sessions. Its an
excellent way for us to help them find not only the answers to questions,
but some confidence as they approach this new, exciting, and somewhat intimidating
path in their lives."
The conference includes workshops on subjects from how to prepare for college
to filling out application and financial aid forms.
"The 9th and 10th graders need information about what classes they should
be taking, about maintaining their grades, and taking the ACT and SAT tests.
The 11th and 12th graders are in need of more immediate information about
financial aid, deadlines, and application forms," Lozano says.
The UI has been a leader in co-sponsoring the Career, College & Leadership
Conference in the Sioux City district since its inception in 1988. It is one
of many state-wide programs in the UI College Bound program, which includes
campus visits, special orientation programs, community banquets, college fairs,
partnerships, pen pal programs, and other events aimed at encouraging and
supporting minority students on their way to a college career.
Note to Editors and News Directors: Adele Lozano and Joe Coulter,
Director of UI Opportunity at Iowa will be in attendance at the conference
in Sioux City and available for further comment.