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8/1/2019 - Early College Awareness Workshop on September 3, 2019

Find out how to use your high school years effectively in this Early College Awareness Workshop on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 from 6:30-8pm in the Kingsley Room of the Southbury Public Library. This workshop for students in Grades 8-10 and their families is being given by Dr. Carla Shere, a college advisor and past admission officer with over 30 years of experience.

This workshop is ideal for 8th, 9th, and 10th grade students and their families. We will discuss using your high school years effectively with regard to academics, activities, volunteering, and what to do on weekends and during the summers. Some questions we will discuss include:

  • Do your activities match with your interests?
  • To work or not to work?
  • When should test prep start?
  • What classes should I take in high school?
  • Is it too early to talk about financing college?
  • Questions and answers

This workshop is free and open to the public (including non-Southbury residents), but registration is required as space is limited. Registration can be made in person at the Southbury Public Library or by calling 203-262-0626 ext. 3. A second workshop for students in Grades 11 and 12 and their families about Tips for the College Admission Process will take place from 6:30-8pm on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 in the Kingsley Room of the Southbury Public Library, with more information to follow this press release. Both programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library.

Carla Shere’s career has spanned over 30 years in the area of admission and college advising. She has worked in five NYC public high schools, currently at Brooklyn Technical High School which sends 100% of their seniors to college, as well as various community based organizations such as the Riverside Church, New York Junior Tennis League, and New York City Housing Authority. She has also worked internationally as the Regional Director of College Counseling at Enreach in Shanghai, China where she advised Chinese students desiring to attend university abroad. Carla is very involved both locally and nationally in professional organizations, primarily in the area of access to higher education, and has published numerous articles, presented at several conferences, and held many leadership positions.

She has been awarded the John B. Muir award for her research and published articles titled “The Case for Transformation” and “New Directions for Thought and Practice” from the National Association for College Admission Counseling. She has also been awarded the Gregory D. Goldsmith Human Relations award from the New York Association for Admission Counseling and the Award of Excellence from the College Access Consortium New York. Carla received a doctorate from Teachers College where her dissertation research involved an ethnographic study where she lived on campus at the University of Delaware and focused on the transition of high school students to college.