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Afterschool network brings vital training to school, children’s program administrators



Nevada Afterschool Network (NAN) together with Nevada Parent Information and Resource Center (NVPIRC) invites administrators of schools and after-school programs to a free seminar to learn about an important free training and outreach program that will be offered to their staff members this fall. The seminar, set for Thursday, August 18th from 9:30 to 11:30 am at the Nevada Department of Education in Carson City (700 E. Fifth Street) will provide administrators a sneak peak of what their staff can learn about the essential need for college education for Nevada children and how they can engage families to help make college a reality for their youth.

Topics to be addressed:

  • Best practices for engaging families about the importance of college education and how they can make it an attainable goal for their kids
  • “Why College” – addresses the need for a college education and how parents can support their child in pursuing that goal
  • “How to Pay for College” – helps parents explore the various options to help pay for college including learning about scholarships, grants, loans, savings plans, work study, etc.
  • School Tours – opportunity for families to tour a local college/university campus and learn more about college life and requirements

Nevada’s college-going rate and college graduation rates are well below the national averages, according to research from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce (June 2010). Nevada ranks 43rd in the percentage of population that’s over 25 years-of-age holding a bachelor’s degree or higher (that only 21.8%). In addition, the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce predicts that by 2018, 53% of all jobs in Nevada will require some post-secondary training beyond high school. It is with this focus that NAN and NVPIR want to educate Administrators and their staff about how they can engage families with kids from elementary to high school about the essential need to strive for and achieve a college education.

Nevada Afterschool Network, a program of Community Chest, Inc., which brings together policymakers, educators, childcare providers, parents and more who are interested in supporting the success of Nevada’s youth believes that bringing this type of beyond-the-school-day education for families is key to student success. “Building partnerships and collaborating with programs like Nevada Parent Information and Resource Center makes it possible to build a strong foundation for Nevada’s students and engage them and their families in important topics beyond the school hours,” said Director of Nevada Afterschool Networks, Danielle Bowen. “It’s crucial that Nevada’s youth and their families are made aware of what programs are available to them and how they can use these programs to reach higher education and achieve their dreams.”

To register for the seminar visit this link: http://www.nevadaafterschoolnetwork.org/nan_luncheon_reg.php. For more information about Nevada Parent Information and Resource Center visit www.nevadapirc.org. For more information about Nevada Afterschool Network visit www.nevadaafterschoolnetwork.org.

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