Preparing to go to college can be a daunting challenge for any potential student, whether it’s an 8th grader entering high school or an adult learner figuring out how to balance education with work and family responsibilities.

Next month, FloridaShines and its partners will host “College 101: Think It, Plan It, Do It,” a series of free webinars designed to assist students regardless of what stage of life they are in.

Each session will focus on a different segment of the student population:

Adult Learners (February 3)

  • LouisDilbert, Director, TRIO Educational Opportunity Center, Florida A&M University
  • Donnella Clarke, MSc, PMP, Program Director, Educational Opportunity Center, Indian River State College
  • Oliver Sapp, Senior Regional Advisor, TRIO Educational Opportunity Center, Florida A&M University

Earn a credential, advance your career. Education is one of the best ways to move up to a better job or prepare for a new career. This session will help you understand your options, financial aid, and how to build a schedule that works with your life.

High School Seniors (February 10)

  • Karemah Manselle, Associate Director, Office of Student Financial Assistance, University of Central Florida

You’ve been accepted. Now, how to pay for it? FAFSA, FFAA, evaluating financial aid offers, verification. Tune in to this session to make sense of the financial aid maze so you can build a solid plan to cover the cost of college.

High School Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors (February 17)

  • Monique Byrd, District College & Career Specialist, Office of School Counseling, Polk County Public Schools

There are multiple pathways to success. Which is right for you? Do you have a plan for life after high school? Enroll, enlist, employ?  Learn how to map out your future, take the next steps to prepare, and find scholarships to make it all possible. Don’t wait – senior year is just around the corner!

8th Graders (February 24)

  • Matthew Fritzius, Curriculum Supervisor, Career, Technical, Adult & Community Education (CTACE) Department, Broward County Public Schools

You’ve got big dreams. You need a plan. With so many choices, planning for your future can feel overwhelming. Begin thinking about the life you want to build now, and discover key steps to take in high school that will help get you there.

This event is possible because of the following partners:

Do you have students — of any age — who are confused by the college-going process? Encourage them to register at to learn more.


Education experts team up to answer college-going questions during free “College 101” event

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