Free events on March 8 and April 5 stress the importance of a college education

February 1, 2007

DEARBORN / Feb. 1, 2007---Registration is now open for “On the Move,” a pair of free, one-day events geared toward introducing socially and economically disadvantaged individuals to post-secondary education at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

The first “On the Move” event will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8 at the campus’s Fairlane Center-North Building, located off of Hubbard Drive between Evergreen Road and the Southfield Freeway.

A second event will be held Thursday, April 5 at the same time and in the same location.

Accompanied by volunteer mentors, participants will attend a college course; hear a panel discussion by returning students who will share their own college experiences; and receive information about how to apply for college, register for classes and apply for financial aid and scholarships. Representatives from local colleges, universities and service organizations will staff informational tables.

“The goal of this effort is to help participants realize the importance of a college education in their efforts to become financially independent,” according to Patricia Schlaff, special events manager at UM-Dearborn. “Many ‘On the Move’ participants are referred to this event by domestic-violence shelters, social-service agencies and community support groups. However, this event is open to all. If you are considering attending college, but wonder if this is an achievable option, this event is for you.”

Early registration is under way. Seating is limited. Deadline to register for the March 8 event is Feb. 28. Registration deadline for the April 5 event is March 30. To register for “On the Move” call 313-583-6511.

The “On the Move” program also is seeking volunteer mentors. For information on becoming a volunteer mentor, please contact Vera Mical at 313-593-3960.

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CONTACT: Jennifer Sroka
PHONE: 313-593-5644
The Office of University Relations
Room 1040, Administration Building
University of Michigan-Dearborn