Thirty HBCUs were in attendance at the HBCU College Fair.

Beltway Church of Christ in Suitland, Md. along with the Upsilon Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Sorority from Fort Washington, Md. hosted an HBCU College Fair on Nov. 15 to help students choose a college and to emphasize that HBCUs are still significant in today’s society.

“A degree is going to up job opportunities. Obama is encouraging us to all have at least one year of college experience out of high school.  Obama wants to be the #1 nation that gives out bachelor degrees. We are currently 12. This is one of the important decisions in your life.  It’s never too late to get a degree,” said Dr. George E. Cooper, executive director of the White House Initiative on HBCUs.

Multiple sessions, workshops, guest speakers and colleges offered guidance to students.  Students were offered a wide range of perspectives, including views from student athletes.

“Coaches in colleges are different from coaches in high school,” said Danielle White, regional sales manager for the Washington Mystics.

“Being a student athlete had made me who I am today because of my competitive spirit.”

The fair included workshops on topics such as applying for scholarships, transitioning from high school to college, college life, ACT versus SAT and having a debt-free education.

“Going to a HBCU is different,” said Andrea Sims-Parson, who served as the event chairperson. “The environment is different.  The college experience is different.  So in coming up with the workshops, we had workshops on college life where we brought in undergrads so they can talk to people about the experience.”

Thirty HBCUs were in attendance, including Hampton University, Howard University, Morgan State University, Norfolk State University, Prince George’s Community College, Virginia State University and Virginia Union University.

“We are having this fair today because we need students to understand that going to an HBCU is still a valuable option,” said Danaeka Spear, vice president of the Upsilon Tau Omega chapter of AKA.  “We want them to know that you can go to an HBCU and get the same education that you can get at a traditionally white school and come out and be competitive in the workforce.”