About 600 people expected at Getting Ready for College Conference in Richmond Saturday

About 600 people expected to attend free Getting Ready for College Conference in Richmond Saturday

The Getting Ready for College Conference, which is free and open to all 10th, 11th and 12th graders and their parents in the West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD), will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Richmond Memorial Convention Center at 403 Civic Center Plaza.

At the conference, students and parents will have opportunities to learn more about how to make college a reality through workshops on writing personal statements, instruction on how to be competitive for college and choosing the right college for you. Additionally, they will learn about college life from former district students and how to pay for college.

About 600 people are expected to attend the conference. Advance registration is preferred but not required and can be done here.

Organizers expect many attendees to inquire about the Richmond Promise program, a $35 million college scholarship program that intends to provide all seniors living in Richmond with tuition. The funds come from Chevron Richmond’s community benefits agreement linked to the upcoming $1 billion Refinery Modernization Project.

“We’re expecting a lot of questions regarding the Richmond Promise Program and the workshop on financial aid will address that program,” Ed Fund Program Director Robert Bunce said, adding that the details of the program are still being finalized. “There are not a lot of events where students and families can get information about college. At our conference they can learn about the college process and how to pay for college.”

A couple seniors will be leaving the conference with a bit of scholarship money. Graduating district seniors are eligible for two $500 scholarships that will be raffled off at the end of the conference, organizers said.

The event is sponsored jointly by the Ed Fund, City of Richmond, EAOP, West Contra Costa Unified School District, WriterCoach Connection, and the West County College Access Network (WCCAN), a consortium of 25+ organizations dedicated to increasing the number of college-bound students in the district.