Entering the College Zone

Entering the College Zone

Program Description
Since 1995, NBCDI in collaboration with its Affiliate network implemented the Entering the College Zone (ECZ) program in cities across the country.

NBCDI accomplished the mission of ECZ through an extensive network of partnerships between families, major urban school systems, colleges and universities and NBCDI’s own network of community-based Affiliate chapters nationwide. Conducted on college campuses, NBCDI and its partners engage middle school students and their parents in a comprehensive college preparation program.

Program Overview
ECZ empowers underserved middle school students and their parents by equipping them with the skills and resources that will allow them

to navigate though the college application process. The program was founded on the premise that access to information is key to opening the door of opportunity and closing the achievement gap between students of various races, ethnicity and socio-economic backgrounds.

2012 Program Highlights
The BCDI Atlanta Affiliate sponsored the 2012 ECZ in collaboration with the Jean Childs Young Middle School on February 22nd. The goal of this year’s ECZ was to expose middle school students (grades 6th-8th) and their parents to postsecondary opportunities through interactive workshops, a college fair and connections with positive role models. ECZ is designed to motivate middle school students and their parents to begin planning for college while students still have the time to gain the necessary skills and academic grounding for collegiate success.

There was a lot of excitement in the air as presenters, staff and students begin arriving anticipating the day’s activities. Students received backpacks to hold their materials from the college fair. Assemblies were held for each grade, with dynamic moderators such as Keith Jordan and Jack Daniels. The assemblies also included panelists comprised of college students sharing their collegiate experiences. Workshop presenters brought a wealth of knowledge from Spelman College, Clark/Atlanta University, The Ron Clark Academy, the Wholistic Control Institute, Mercer University, Georgia Piedmont College, Griffin Technical College and the National Black Arts Festival.

The college fair was well received by the students and included representatives from:
Mercer University, Georgia Perimeter College, Atlanta Technical College, Spelman College, Fort Valley State University, and Georgia Piedmont College.

A workshop for parents was held prior to the event at Jean Childs Young M.S. on February 16th. Parents had the opportunity to interface with Tamala Hill, Financial Aid Counselor at Georgia Perimeter College and Tameka Williamson, author. Also, parents received handouts and information on the graduation requirements from Counselor Sonya Wright.

A special thanks to Dr. Kelvin Griffin, Principal and Counselors Sonya Wright and Sharon Allen for their collaboration and commitment to the 2012 ECZ program.