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Auburn hosts third annual middle school career conference

The third annual Auburn Area Middle School Career Conference for eighth-graders is Jan. 12 and 19 at four sites:

• Jan. 12: 7:55 a.m.-9:50 a.m., Cascade Middle School, 1015 24th St NE; 12:15 p.m.-2:10 p.m., Olympic Middle School, 1825 K St. SE

• Jan. 19: 7:55 a.m.-9:50 a.m., Rainier Middle School, 30620 116th Ave. SE; 11:50 p.m. to 1:45 p.m., Mt. Baker Middle School, 620 37th St. SE.

Eighth-grade students from Valley Christian School will participate with students from Mt. Baker on Jan. 19.

The event – a partnership among the Auburn School District, Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce and Communities in Schools of Auburn – encourages eighth-graders to stay engaged in school, plan appropriate high school courses of study, graduate from high school on time and set goals for successes beyond high 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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