Modesto Junior College to host conference to bolster black student success

local@modbee.comApril 25, 2013 

— Modesto Junior College will hold a daylong conference on bolstering success for black teens on May 18.

The free conference aims to assist 13- to 21-year-olds in developing a plan that will ensure student success. Parents are encouraged to attend.

Conference workshops and highlights include:

• Transitioning from high school to college

• Financial aid

• Developing effective study skills

• Career options

• Social and interpersonal skill building

The keynote speaker will be Thabiti Boone, a college basketball Hall of Famer, author, leader, minister and humanitarian. Boone is a strong supporter for the White House Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative. Raised from the tough streets of Brooklyn, N.Y., Boone was born to a 13-year-old mother but beat the odds. He took his daughter to college as a teenage father and sacrificed his NBA dream to raise her, becoming one of our nation's compelling success stories.

The MJC African American Education Conference will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 18 in the Mary Stuart Rogers Student Learning Center on the west campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave. The conference is free, but registration is requested to assure enough materials and meals. Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. To register e-mail (include AAE Conference in subject line). For more, call Monika Schortner at (209) 575-7990.

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