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With all that has transpired in and around higher education in the past 14 months, admissions and related testing have begun to look very different. Students and parents are challenged with navigating a new - and seemingly every-changing - landscape for college admissions requirements and preparation. PCPR will feature Akil Bello, assessment reform expert and Senior Director of Advocacy and Advancement of FairTest: The National Center for Fair and Open Testing. With more than 3 decades of experience working on testing issues as a tutor, analyst, and advocate, Bello will bring his expertise to the discussion of the what current landscape in admission testing means for the students we serve.

Akil Bello presented at this past February’s PCPR Forum and is a major expert contributor in the Netflix documentary “Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal”.

Registration for the Zoom meeting can be found at

You are invite to the Western PA College Success Roundtable Meeting, 10 am to noon on May 11th. This meeting will focus on opportunities for our region’s secondary students. Our featured speakers will be:

Joyce E. Cirelli, Community College of Beaver County, Dean of High School Academies & Dual Enrollment,
Karla Stallworth, School 2 Career Program Director, Oakland Planning and Development Corporation (OPDC).

You can register here:

Camden College Access Network
Please join us for our CCAN meeting that is taking place tomorrow, Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 10-11:30a where author and educator Rann Miller will be discussing strategies to help students and educators with the transition back to in-person learning. We have included the link down below! Feel free to forward this to anyone you believe would benefit from this webinar and if you have any questions, please reach out! We look forward to seeing you all!

WebEx Link:

For the Community

Temple University Summer II Dual Enrollment Opportunity
Temple University’s College of Education and Human Development is excited to announce a Summer II dual enrollment opportunity designed for rising juniors and seniors in the School District of Philadelphia who are interested in exploring the teaching profession and possibly majoring in education in college. The course, "Kids in Crisis: When Schools Don't Work" will be offered from July 12th- August 11th, with synchronous virtual meetings on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4 - 6pm and is offered at no cost to students or their families. This dual enrollment course will count on both students' college transcripts and on SDP transcripts as an “Arts and Humanities” credit.

For more information, please see the course descriptions and schedule here. We encourage you to share our flyer with eligible students.

The application is NOW OPEN, and closes on Friday, May 21, 2021.

Community College of Philadelphia Advance at College Experience (ACE)
Experience higher education with Community College of Philadelphia’s summer ACE (Advanced College Experience) program. An opportunity that a student will never forget, ACE provides college-level courses for highly motivated students going into 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grades, as well as students up to age 21 pursuing a high school equivalency credential. We accept public, private, charter, archdiocesan and home-schooled students. Philadelphia residency is not required. Through ACE, you can make new friends, explore a career interest, study timely and relevant issues and earn college credit.

All ACE Summer 2021 courses will be offered online in either synchronous or asynchronous formats. There will be no classroom instruction.

Applications are requested by July 1, 2021. For more details on courses and registration go

The RISE Scholarship is a need-based savings and scholarship program, which offers students scholarship money in exchange for saving $500 of income. Once the student hits $500, RISE will match their savings anywhere from $2000 - $4000!

View the flyer with additional information here.

Apply here:

Scholarship deadlines are approaching! View the Philadelphia Foundation’s list of scholarships at

A scholarship for Philadelphia residents. “The Octavius Catto Scholarship” #DebtFree college education

Workready is offering a Virtual Summer Internship Toolkit - read more click on this link -

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