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Release: Oct. 7, 2002

Sioux City minority students to learn about college opportunities in Iowa

SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Some 300 to 400 minority students in the Sioux City Community School District will attend the annual Career, College & Leadership Conference, Wednesday, Oct. 9, to learn about opportunities at The University of Iowa, as well as at Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa. The event, co-sponsored by the UI, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Sioux City Convention Center.

Adele Lozano, program assistant for Opportunity at Iowa, says the event offers 9th to 12th grade minority students in Sioux City the opportunity to attend workshops on the opportunities offered them by the state’s Regent universities, and to get the answers to their many questions and concerns.

"It’s difficult for many of these students to travel to Iowa City to learn about college," Lozano says. "So we spend the day with them in workshops and one-on-one question and answer sessions. It’s an excellent way for us to help them find not only the answers to questions, but some confidence as they approach this new, exciting, and somewhat intimidating path in their lives."

The conference includes workshops on subjects from how to prepare for college to filling out application and financial aid forms.

"The 9th and 10th graders need information about what classes they should be taking, about maintaining their grades, and taking the ACT and SAT tests. The 11th and 12th graders are in need of more immediate information about financial aid, deadlines, and application forms," Lozano says.

The UI has been a leader in co-sponsoring the Career, College & Leadership Conference in the Sioux City district since its inception in 1988. It is one of many state-wide programs in the UI College Bound program, which includes campus visits, special orientation programs, community banquets, college fairs, partnerships, pen pal programs, and other events aimed at encouraging and supporting minority students on their way to a college career.

Note to Editors and News Directors: Adele Lozano and Joe Coulter, Director of UI Opportunity at Iowa will be in attendance at the conference in Sioux City and available for further comment.