On March 30, the Asian American Civic Association (AACA) hosted seven local colleges and universities, as well as an educational documentation agency, in a college fair aimed at showcasing the kinds of education the organization’s Next Steps Transitional English Program (STEP) students can look forward to after graduating. More than 70 students attended.
“I study at the AACA and I really want to go to college,” said Yuewen Tian, a student in AACA’s Next STEP English Program.
Tian, who holds a degree in pharmacy in her homeland of China, hopes to go on to get a degree in English once she has completed her Next STEP education to make full use of her previous experience. “I got a lot of information [today],” she said.
Shinobu Ando, Academic Advisor at the AACA, hopes that the college fair will entice students to enroll in September or January.
“We want to make them aware of the choices that they have, the options that they have,” Ando said. “We hope as many students as possible [enroll in September or January], and we expect around 25 to 30 will do so.”
“Many of our Early Childhood Education classes are taught in Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin and English,” said Jane Dolloff, Admissions Recruiter at the Urban College of Boston, highlighting the ways in which many higher education institutes cater to the needs of an immigrant population.
Calling the fair “exciting”, Michael Foley, Admissions Associate at Quincy College, said the college was dedicated to “success for [the] students,” and “wanted to engage the community into furthering their educations through undergraduate or advanced degrees.”
Along with the Center for Educational Documentation, the higher-education institutions at the fair were Roxbury Community College, Bunker Hill Community College, University of Massachusetts – Boston, Cambridge College, Urban College of Boston, Quincy College, and the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology.