The Junior League of Montgomery hosted the 32st annual College and Career Night on September 17th at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center.  Approximately 5,000 students and parents attended this event from various counties all over Central Alabama. College and Career Night is a unique opportunity for high school students and their parents in the River Region to explore college and career possibilities, gather scholarship information, and learn about financial aid opportunities. Representatives from over 105 colleges, universities, technical, military and vocational schools from across the country were available to meet with students and parents to answer questions and distribute information. Students in attendance registered for an opportunity to enter to win a $500 scholarship from the Central Alabama Community Foundation. The Junior League of Montgomery gave away a $500 scholarship, the winner is Jared Jones, a Gear Up student at Park Crossing.

JaredJonesPictured is Jared Jones, 11th grade GUA student from Park Crossing High School.
With Jared, from left to right, is Alesia Ruffin, MPS IMPACT teacher and Junior League Mongomery Member,
Dorris Lee, Site Facilitator PCHS, Dr. Ivey, Principal of Park Crossing,
and Jennifer Rogers, Site Facilitator at PCHS

 Gear Up was fortunate to be a part of this event as an outreach to our Montgomery school parents. Gear Up was represented by Site Facilitators, Team Leaders and teachers from every school in Region 2.  Several schools promoted this free event by sending home flyers, using social media and the call out system with their school. Students and parents were able to speak with Gear Up representatives and ask questions about the Gear Up program. It also gave Gear Up an opportunity to promote upcoming test prep, recap camp experiences with parents and network with Colleges and Universities in our area.



Parents were also able to take advantage of 2 free Financial Aid Seminars provided by the Junior League of Montgomery. This session topics were:” How to apply for Financial Aid” and” Who is Eligible” and additional recourses to acquire information. For several families with possible first generation college students this resource is invaluable and provides educational opportunities for both parents and students. 


Submitted by Jennifer Rogers, Site Facilitator Park Crossing High School