AACA College Day Promotes College Education in Immigrant Communities
By Teresa Cheong
The Second Annual College Day organized by the Asian American Civic Association Youth Council on Sept. 30 hosted 38 colleges from around Massachusetts and attracted over 150 students and parents.
A sequel to a similar event last year, the College Day aimed at providing an opportunity for immigrant families to learn more about college admission process and financial aid application. The event also geared toward adult learners this year.
Margaret McKenna, president emeriti of Lesley University, said college education was vital to young people in her opening speech.
“Whether or not you go on a two-year, four-year college, or a master degree or a PHD, whatever you do will enrich your life and the lives of other students in that college and university,” said McKenna. “So don’t let the price tag scare you off.”
Amy Guen, one of the founders of AACA and South Cove Community Health Center, also thanked the colleges for bringing an important education bridge to the community.
“Each of you [college representatives] brings opportunities to young people and outstanding students. We welcome you for coming and welcome you to Chinatown,” said Guen.
With 11 more colleges participated in this year’s event, the AACA Youth Council was interested in including out-of-state colleges next year.
The colleges participated were Benjamin Franklin Institute of Boston, Bentley University, Boston College, Brandeis University, Bunker Hill Community College, Cambridge College, Center for Educational Documentation, Curry College, Dean College, Emerson College, Emmanuel College, Endicott College, Gordon College, Harvard University, Lesley University, Mass Bay Community College, Mass College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Massasoit Community College, Newbury College, Northeastern University, Pine Manor College, Quinsigamond Community College, Regis College, Roxbury Community College, Salem State University, School of Museum of Fine Arts, Simmons College, State University of New York, Albany, Stonehill College, Suffolk University, Tufts University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Massachusetts Boston, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Wellesley College, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Westfield State University, Wheelock College and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
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