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‘Discover Your PATHe’ Program for High School Students Transitions to Online Format

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Free event to offer guidance on higher education to Pinellas County students and families

The coronavirus outbreak may have disrupted plans for an on-campus program designed to teach Pinellas County high school students about pathways to higher education, but the event will go on as a virtual experience.

Discover Your PATHe will be held August 1-7 for rising juniors and seniors. This free event is an opportunity for students and their families to learn everything they need to know about successfully navigating the complex journey to post-secondary education.

The event is an outgrowth of Pinellas Access to Higher Education (PATHe), a community outreach program offered by USF St. Petersburg and St. Petersburg College (SPC) that provides equitable and attainable pathways to higher education for all students in Pinellas County.

Originally planned as an on-campus experience, Discover Your PATHe was converted to an online experience due to concerns regarding the covid-19 virus.

“The health and safety of students, faculty and staff is always our top priority,” said Carolina Nutt, director of COMPASS student experience, who oversees the PATHe program. “We look forward to hosting this event on campus in the future when we are able to do so again safely.”

All of the online sessions will be held via Microsoft Teams.

A session for parents and guardians will be held on Saturday, Aug. 1. It will cover a variety of topics, including:

  • The college admissions processes
  • Navigating financial aid
  • Helping your student become college-ready

Student workshops will be held throughout the week. Sessions will include:

  • Choosing a college
  • High school vs. college
  • SAT and ACT testing strategies
  • Money matters
  • A panel discussion with college students

By the end of the event, students will better understand college admissions, develop a plan for how to apply, identify key test strategies to use on admissions tests and practice principles of time management. Students will also get an opportunity to establish connections with other students from local high schools, USF St. Petersburg and SPC.

Details and complete registration information are available at the PATHe website.

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