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Auburn to host conferences for middle schoolers

Auburn's middle schoolers are getting a chance to look at their possible futures.

Eight-graders will participate in the second annual Auburn Area Middle School Career Conference on Jan. 12 and 19. The conference was made possible through the partnership of the Auburn School District, Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce and Communities in Schools of Auburn. The organizations are encouraging eighth-graders to stay in school, plan appropriate high school courses of study, graduate from high school on time and set goals for successes beyond high school.

Conferences slated:

Jan. 12

• 7:50-9:50 a.m., Rainier Middle School

• Noon-1:55 p.m., Mt. Baker Middle School (Eighth-grade students from Valley Christian School will participate).

Jan. 19

• 7:50-9:50 a.m., Cascade Middle School

• Noon-1:55 p.m., Olympic Middle School

Earlier this month, students participated in career interest surveys to determine which career informational sessions they will attend during the conference. The career conference begins with an assembly followed by five sessions with representatives from local businesses, high school programs, community and technical colleges, four-year universities and the College Success Foundation.

Representatives from the College Success Foundation will highlight the foundation’s College Bound Scholarship, which guides low-income seventh- and eighth-graders on the path to a college education by offering the promise of tuition when the student reaches college age.

Students who sign a pledge by June 30 of their eighth grade year are eligible. Students promise to graduate from high school, demonstrate good citizenship, and seek admission to a college or university.

The College Bound Scholarship is a state-funded financial aid program administered by the Higher Education Coordinating Board (HECB). Students may apply online at www.hecb.wa.gov/collegebound.

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