College Day connects high school students to higher education

By See Vang

The Asian American Civic Association’s Youth Council hosted 36 colleges and attracted more than 100 students and parents to the third annual College Day on Oct. 20.

Like the past two years, College Day focused on providing nontraditional students, such as adult learners and immigrant, families the opportunity to learn about and interact with college representatives from all over Massachusetts. Jodi Then from the Massachusetts Education Financing Authority led a financial aid workshop explaining the different forms and processes often used by private and public colleges and universities.

College Day 2013 took place on Oct. 20 at the Asian American Civic Association. A panel on “Does College = A Good Job? The Efficacy of a College Degree in Today’s Society” was moderated by Richard Goldberg, with panelists (left to right) Tony Kwan, Bak Fun Wong and Nam Pham. (Image courtesy of See Vang.)

College Day 2013 took place on Oct. 20 at the Asian American Civic Association. A panel on “Does College = A Good Job? The Efficacy of a College Degree in Today’s Society” was moderated by Richard Goldberg, with panelists (left to right) Tony Kwan, Bak Fun Wong and Nam Pham. (Image courtesy of See Vang.)

In addition to college representatives and the financial aid workshop was a panel discussion on the topic of “Does College = A Good Job? The Efficacy of a College Degree in Today’s Society.” Panelists included special assistant to the superintendent of Boston Public Schools Bak Fun Wong, developer Tony Kwan and Viet AID executive director Nam Pham. Each panelist shared their unique perspective regarding college and its contribution to their definitions of success.

The 36 colleges that participated this year were Babson College, Bay State College, Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, Cambridge College, Boston University Metropolitan College, Brown University, Bunker Hill Community College, Curry College, College of the Holy Cross, Dean College, Emerson College, Endicott College- Boston, Fisher College, Gordon College, Harvard University, Lesley University, Massachusetts Bay Community College, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Massasoit Community College, Pine Manor College, Quincy College, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Regis College, Roxbury Community College, Salem State University, Wheelock College, Simmons College, Suffolk University, Tufts University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Massachusetts Boston, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Urban College of Boston, Wellesley College, Wentworth Institute of Technology and Wheaton College.

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