L.A. Area Chamber helps more than 10,000 Students learn about Financial Aid and Gives $20,000 in Scholarships at Annual College & Career Convention

October 29, 2015 12:00 pm
by L.A. Area Chamber

Los Angeles –The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with its strategic affiliate, UNITE-LA, provided financial aid and scholarship training to more than 10,000 students who attended workshops at their annual College & Career Convention. They also awarded $1,000 scholarships to 20 students who attended the event on Wednesday and Thursday.

“Chamber members know how valuable higher-education can be for their prospective employees, but they also know how expensive that education can be. L.A. Cash for College is one step closing that gap and helping the region have the workforce it needs,” said Alma Salazar, vice president, Education & Workforce Development, L.A. Area Chamber.

“Providing students with the most up-to-date information about college readiness and financial aid is critical to helping them succeed,” said Los Angeles Community College District Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez. “We really appreciate the Chamber bringing together the business community to share their insights with students, so they can see the real-world value of higher education.”

The two-day convention provided local, college-bound students with the latest information on how to maximize their financial aid for college. It featured financial aid workshops and career panels with experts from local colleges, providing an inside look at how to pay for school and giving students an edge in the application process.

This Convention served students whose schools have limited access to counselors and college resources due to budget constraints. These students will have the chance to speak personally with college and university admissions representatives, financial aid providers and community-based organizations in the convention exhibit hall. The Convention even gave parents the opportunity to attend alongside their children and ask questions during Family & Community night on Wednesday, October 28.

Through career panels, Chamber members had the opportunity to speak to students directly about the value of a college degree and the post-secondary qualifications that they seek in potential employees.

The Convention kicks off a year-long campaign to help students become more familiar with financial aid documents and the resources available to them. In the spring, the Chamber will host dozens of workshops walking students through filling out their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) step-by-step.

The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of business in L.A. County. Founded in 1888, the Chamber promotes a prosperous economy and quality of life in the Los Angeles region. For more information, visit www.lachamber.com.

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