Waukegan to College Invites Students, Parents and Teachers to an Open House March 14

  • Waukegan to College staff members will be on hand during the March 14 open house to meet with prospective college-bound students, their parents and local teachers.Top Row, Left to Right: Priscilla Uriostegul, Program Support & Logistics Coordinator; Laura Rio, Program Director; Aaron Aarnold Arnold, Executive Director; Destani Boyd, Middle School Program Associate; Liz Fales, Director of Development & Community Engagement.Bottom Row, Left to Right: Krystina Briones, College Persistence Manager; Cecilia Rico, College Readiness & Access Manager.Waukegan to College Staff

    Waukegan to College staff members will be on hand during the March 14 open house to meet with prospective college-bound students, their parents and local teachers.Top Row, Left to Right: Priscilla Uriostegul, Program Support & Logistics Coordinator; Laura Rio, Program Director; Aaron Aarnold Arnold, Executive Director; Destani Boyd, Middle School Program Associate; Liz Fales, Director of Development & Community Engagement.Bottom Row, Left to Right: Krystina Briones, College Persistence Manager; Cecilia Rico, College Readiness & Access Manager.Waukegan to College Staff

 
 
Updated 3/11/2022 11:13 AM

Waukegan area students seeking a path to a college education are invited to an informative open house next week, on the evening of March 14. The parents of students, as well as Waukegan middle and high school teachers, are also invited.

The event is hosted by Waukegan to College, a 13-year-old, growing non-profit organization that serves the community by assisting local students to apply to and graduate from four-year colleges and universities.

 

The open house will give guests an opportunity to learn about Waukegan to College programs and the application process for participation. The event will take place in two back-to-back sessions, the first for middle school students, between 6:00 and 7:00 pm, and the second for high school students, from 7:30 to 8:30 pm. Both sessions will be held at the Waukegan to College offices, 410 Grand Avenue, located inside of Christ Episcopal Church. Guests should enter through the glass vestibule door near the rear of the parking lot.

Waukegan to College advisors help students discover their potential and eliminate barriers to higher education in ways that simply are not available without cost elsewhere in the community. Since its start in 2009, with 25 students and two staff members, Waukegan to College has grown to serve over 400 students with comprehensive educational programming.

Nearly 70 students have graduated from a variety of colleges and universities across the country, including The University of Illinois, Lake Forest College, Northwestern, Knox, Georgetown, Tufts, Duke, Stanford, Dominican University and many more. This year alone, 21 graduating high school seniors, all of whom were participants in Waukegan to College programs, were awarded a combined total of over $3 million in scholarships through the organization's Scholarship Club.

"At Waukegan to College, our work empowers students and their families in a city that has experienced large shifts in demographics and economic losses," said Elizabeth Fales, Director of Development and Community Engagement. "Many local schools do not have the resources to assist students with the challenging and nuanced path to college. At Waukegan to College, students and their families find the motivation, support, and resources they need to reach higher and succeed to high school graduation and through college."

Anyone interested in attending the open house, please contact Pricilla Uriostegui, pricilla.uriostegui@waukegantocollege.org, or call (224) 628-3067.

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