HBCU Alumnae Share Paths to Success with Vista PEAK Prep. Students

By Jason Maclin, Vista PEAK Preparatory Principal

Recently, twenty-two vendors representing local companies and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) alumnae chapters shared their careers and academic journey with Vista PEAK Preparatory students.

All of the vendors who attended the fair had a different story to tell regarding their pathway to college, which made each of them special in their own way. To many of the student attendees, the visitors' stories encouraged them to continue learning and not give up on their goals to attend college.

During a question and answer session, students learned more about HBCUs and how they provide opportunities for all students, not just students of color. Institutions such as Paul Quinn in Dallas, TX was mentioned as a campus that has begun to support a more diverse population in partnership with other institutions. One student shared that originally, they didn't think the fair was for them but they are glad that they attended because they learned more about colleges that they had not previously considered.

Student Syian said, "I feel like I have so many opportunities offered to me and it's more difficult to choose between which colleges I would like to attend."

Another student, Jordan, said, "I felt like they were all connected as a family which made me feel like they are my second family. I want to go to a college that represents me, and I believe that going to an HBCU will most definitely represent me as a person of color! Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity!"

Many thanks to the Bison staff, community, NHS and other student volunteers who helped to make this event a success.

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