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College Knowledge Expo for high school students and parents

TAHOE/TRUCKEE - The Tahoe Truckee region boasts high quality, affordable college prep resources for current public and private high school students. The nonprofit organization Learning Bridge of the Sierra is collaborating with Adventure Risk Challenge, Sierra College and Sierra Nevada College to provide useful information for college-bound high school students at the College Knowledge Expo on Wednesday, Oct. 24.

"The College Knowledge Expo offers parents and students a chance to learn how affordable college can be. We will review financial aid essentials as well as provide useful tips for students," said Emily Wexler, director of Learning Bridge of the Sierra's College Preparation Program.

Public, private and home-schooled students are encouraged to attend the free event. Families can come for a portion of the evening or for specific educational sessions. Volunteer translators will be on site to share information and communicate questions and comments from Spanish-only speaking attendees.

Learning Bridge of the Sierra, a 501 c 3 nonprofit organization that serves adults and teens in North Tahoe and Truckee, receives support from the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation and individual donors.

Interactive presentations

Attendees are encouraged to arrive at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 24 to enjoy complimentary refreshments. Presentations begin at 6 p.m. and each presentation includes tips and actual resources as well as time for questions.

At 6 p.m. attendees will learn how they can afford college by taking advantage of financial aid packages. Wexler will share financial aid insights and invaluable resources for all college bound students based on actual case studies with Tahoe Truckee students who have attended CSU, UC and private four-year colleges. Accurate information on the Dream Act will also be provided.

At 6:30 p.m. Laurie Brown from Adventure Risk Challenge will lead participants in an activity that will help them be more informed about writing a meaningful personal essay. ARC is a UC Berkeley literacy and leadership program for high school youth that links wilderness to academics, adventure to leadership, environmental science to literacy and confidence to activism. Brown was born and raised in North Lake Tahoe and attended George Fox University in Portland, Ore. She has traveled and worked around the world including stints in Sao Paulo, Chaing Mai and Yosemite. ARC offers free academic support and writing workshops in the Wellness Center at Truckee High School on Tuesdays and in Ms. Van Winkle's classroom at North Tahoe High School every Thursday after school. To learn more about ARC, go to the College Knowledge Expo or contact Laurie Brown at lbrown@berkeley.edu or 530-906-5005.

At 7 p.m. representatives from Sierra College and Sierra Nevada College will share useful information about their respective colleges. Sierra College is part of the California community college system, and the Tahoe-Truckee campus offers approximately 60 classes each fall and spring semester. Current Tahoe Truckee Unified School District students receive highly discounted tuition of just one dollar per unit for Sierra College classes and enjoy the benefits of gaining college experience and skills as well as college credit while still enrolled in high school. Sierra Nevada College (SNC) is a private, liberal arts college located in Incline Village, Nev. The SNC curriculum emphasizes entrepreneurial thinking and social, economic, and educational sustainability. The majority of students receive financial aid and students can transfer as college juniors after successfully completing 60 units at another college or university.

For more information about the College Knowledge Expo or Learning Bridge of the Sierra's College Prep Program offered on a sliding scale, contact Emily Wexler at 530-426-2710 or emily@learningbridgesierra.com. Event information is also noted on Learning Bridge of the Sierra's new Facebook page at facebook.com/LearningBridgeoftheSierra.

Any nonprofit organization that offers exceptional college prep programs or services is encouraged to share their information during the 5:30 to 6 p.m. refreshment time. Contact event coordinator Nicole Cheslock for more information. She can be reached at 530-548-5010 at nicole@nicolecheslock.com.

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