Council of African-American Parents and Cal Poly Pomona Co-host Higher-Ed Symposium

To prepare parents and students for the demands of higher education, Cal Poly Pomona and the Council of African-American Parents (CAAP) co-hosted the 10th annual Educational Symposium on Sept. 10, at the universitys Bronco Student Center.

The symposium is designed to empower, equip and increase awareness among parents and students so they will maximize their educational opportunities. Workshops offered participants educational strategies proven to increase student achievement. Additionally, the event was structured to encourage parent participation through the use of campus tours, educational workshops and a resource fair.

Well-known motivational speaker Dr. Calvin Mackie, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Tulane University, gave the keynote address. Mackie began his college education in remedial reading after a conditional acceptance at Morehouse College. However, through strength and passion, he went from humble beginnings to earn bachelors degrees in math and engineering, and a masters and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering. He is also an inventor and author.

The event featured a panel discussion with high school students, college students and parents; an education fair; and comprehensive workshops and presentations from academic resources and support services, including Young Black Scholars, College Board, the University of California, National Society of Black Engineers, A Better Chance, ACT, Dean Witter, A Better Chance, Sallie Mae, Princeton Review, Robyn Fisher & Associates, National Council of Negro Women, NAACP and Black College Expo.