Right Stuff for College

Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 711, FAX 703-324-2010

Dec. 29, 2005

Get the Right Stuff for College on Jan. 7

Project Discovery will hold its sixth annual conference for high school students interested in college on Saturday, Jan. 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Falls Church High School, 7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church. The free conference will feature workshops on financial aid, choosing a major in college, becoming a student/athlete and leadership training. Students also will have the opportunity to link with professionals from many fields to explore possible career paths.

Master Jhoon Rhee, the father of modern Tae Kwon Do, will give the keynote speech and share his philosophy of happiness and success. He also will lead a special small session on success. Rhee, like many of the students who participate in the Project Discovery program, was the first member of his family to attend college when he came to the United States to study.

During the lunch break, Project Discovery students will display their fashion design skills and environmental awareness during a “trash fashion show.” All of the outfits in the show are made from items that otherwise would have been headed for the trash.

“We are very excited about our conference lineup this year,” said Swaim Pessaud, Project Discovery program manager in the county’s Office of Partnerships. “I think the students will definitely benefit from hearing Master Rhee, participating in the workshops and connecting with professionals who represent a wide variety of career choices.”

Project Discovery encourages students from underserved families to achieve educational excellence and pursue a college education. The program provides information about tutoring, life skills workshops, SAT preparation, college visits, cultural enrichment and access to scholarships. Parents also are included in workshops on higher education and other activities. The majority (97 percent) of Project Discovery’s graduating seniors enroll in post-secondary education. Project Discovery is a partnership among the county, Fairfax County Public Schools, colleges and universities, area businesses and families. It is partially funded by the Virginia Department of Education.

For more information or to register for the conference, contact Swaim Pessaud at 703-324-5216, TTY 711 or at swaim.pessaud@fairfaxcounty.gov. Conference registration forms also can be downloaded from www.fairfaxcounty.gov/partnerships.


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