New Center In St. Louis Helps Students Transition From High School To College

Jun 11, 2013

The summer between senior year of high school and freshman year of college can be daunting for students pursuing a college degree, especially for low-income families and those seeking to become first-generation college graduates.

A new center located in the Delmar Loop (618 N. Skinker) is addressing the “summer melt” problem.  That’s when high school graduates who intend to attend college in the fall slip through the cracks during the summer months.

The center is an effort of St. Louis Graduates and is called the High School to College Center.  It’s open now until August 18 from Noon – 5:00 p.m. seven days a week.  More information is available by calling 314-932-6956.

The center offers free advice and aims to help students who:

  • Need assistance figuring out financial aid, where to live and how to get to college
  • Are having trouble accessing the college online enrollment and course registration system
  • Need help completely necessary framework

St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh talked with:

  • Faith Sandler, Co-Chair of St. Louis Graduates and Executive Director of the Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis
  • Shauna Cunningham, volunteer guidance counselor and manager of the High School to College Center, guidance counselor for St. Louis Public Schools
  • Khallilah Beecham, volunteer guidance counselor of the High School to College Center, college advisor for Missouri College Advisory Corps
  • Marqualo McDaniels, a graduate of Clyde C. Miller Academy who wants to attend Howard University

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