Uptown’s Senator Marisol Alcántara And CUNY In The Heights Hold College

State Senator Marisol Alcántara, together with Seny Taveras, Executive Director of CUNY in the Heights, held a College Resource Fair featuring close to 30 universities and more than 20 education professionals to help local youth apply for college today. Education professionals were available to help students with their applications, personal statements, college resumes, and interview skills. The fair took place at CUNY In the Heights, 5030 Broadway, Ground Floor (Between 213th and 214th Street). There were two raffle drawings for free iPads and information booths for a variety of colleges and universities.

State Senator Marisol Alcántara said: “Many of the youths in our community might see college as out of their reach, which is why I thought it was important to bring colleges to them. At this college resource fair, we have a wide variety of colleges for students to learn about, including small private schools, large public universities, and everything in between. I also remember how stressful it was to be a student applying to college, and so I also wanted to give support in the form of professional advice to the students of my community. I hope to continue hosting this College Resource Fair for years to come.“

Seny Taveras, Executive Director of CUNY in the Heights, said: “CUNY in the Heights is so pleased to be able to offer these services and this outreach to our community. We want Washington Heights’ youth to know that their dreams are within reach both within the CUNY system and through the private school community. I especially thank Senator Marisol Alcántara, without whose support this event would never have happened.”

“We thank Senator Alcántara and her team for putting together this College Resource Fair. We are proud to support this effort to make college more accessible; it is critical that all students are given the opportunity to pursue a degree at the college or university that best meets their needs. The investment these students make in themselves by pursuing a degree will pay dividends for the rest of their lives for themselves, their families and the entire New York community,” said Mary Beth Labate, President of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities.

“Now more than ever, it is important that individuals receive high quality immigration legal screening to identify available paths to stay in the US with their families and their communities,” said Angela Fernandez, Esq, Executive Director of Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights. “There are unique challenges that immigrant college students face and NMCIR is proud to be part of today’s College Resource Fair.”

La Unidad Latina Foundation is delighted to participate in this event. We are excited to leverage our community of Latino Professionals to help guide the next generation of students aspiring to be successful in college and beyond. – Julio Casado, President of La Unidad Latina Foundation.

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