Baltimore City High School Hosts College Preparation Conference

Baltimore City High School Hosts College Preparation Conference 
Area youth service providers celebrate American Education Week 


For Immediate Release

Media Contacts:

November 17, 2005

Jacqueline Massey, 
ACCE Director & Conference Coordinator

Christopher N. Maher, Principal, ACCE 

Ruth L. Tyler, Public Information Officer
Mayor’s Office of Employment Development

Baltimore MD:

What: In recognition of American Education Week, five area youth-service providers are co-hosting a college exploration conference to offer valuable information for at-risk Baltimore City youth and their families about the steps required for college preparation and admission.

When: Thursday, November 17, 2005, 5:30-8:00 p.m.

Who: The college exploration conference is sponsored in part by Academy for College and Career Exploration (ACCE), The Center for Student Opportunity, YO! Baltimore, A College Choice, FUTURES Program and the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development

Where: Academy for College and Career Exploration 
2500 E. Northern Parkway
Baltimore, MD 21214

Description: The conference will offer four workshops to encourage students to pursue a post-secondary education and provide parents/guardians insight on how to apply for college admission and financial assistance. 1. PSAT Basics presented by Jennifer Reed, a guidance counselor at ACCE. 2. Top 10 Things Colleges are Looking For presented by Bonnie Sudduth, director of A College Choice. 3. Financial Aid Basics, presenter, Sharif J. Small, certified planning specialist, SJS Financial Firm, LLC. 4. Marketing Yourself as a Student Athlete, presented by Gregory L. Peel, president and founder of The Athletic Group.

Background: ACCE is a small, public city high school which opened in Fall 2004 with 150 first year students. The school features spacious classrooms and science computer and media labs. The school offers opportunities to explore post-secondary education at Johns Hopkins University and Baltimore City Community College and career possibilities at local business, non-profit organizations and city government agencies. With three trimesters, ACCE offers paid work experiences, credit recovery, internships and community service enrichment.

ACCE was created by the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development, and The Sar Levitan Center at the Johns Hopkins University Institute for Policy Studies.

For more information about ACCE, please visit

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