GEAR UP-St. Louis will hold the “Class of 2011 College & Career Fair” from 9 a.m. to noon April 24 in the Century Rooms at the Millennium Student Center at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. The fair is free and open to high school juniors and their families from partnering high schools.

GEAR UP is a six-year, $28-million federal initiative aimed at improving high school graduation rates and increasing college enrollment. The program is operated through the College of Education at UMSL, in cooperation with St. Louis Community College. The program receives additional non-federal matching funds, making it a $56 million initiative.

There are currently 6,881 participating students from 22 schools in 10 school districts in the program. The participating school districts are: Bayless, Ferguson-Florissant, Hazelwood, Jennings, Normandy, Ritenour, Riverview Gardens, St. Louis Public Schools, University City and Wellston.

The fair is designed to promote college and career readiness and help GEAR UP students take the next step toward planning for college, choosing a career and fulfilling their future aspirations.

Participants will have a chance to meet and talk with college admission representatives to learn more about admission requirements and scholarship opportunities. During workshops and panel discussions, participants also will be able to visit with industry professionals who can answer questions about career fields and internship opportunities.

A continental breakfast and transportation will be provided for both students and families.

To register call 314-516-4702.

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Jen Hatton

Jen Hatton