History of the College Readiness Symposium

Beacon of Hope began hosting the 8th Grade College Readiness Symposium in efforts to help middle school students better understand the importance of their education.

Goals of Beacon of Hope’s 8th Grade College Symposium:

  1. To help students become excited about post-secondary education – any classes completed after high school
  2. To enable students the opportunity of visiting a college campus and feel what it’s like to walk around, dine, learn, and enjoy
  3. To equip students with knowledge that will help them make good choices to and through graduation

Why Start this Conversation in 8th Grade?

Some LCS middle school classes count toward graduation requirements!  These classes include earth science, foreign languages, and algebra. These classes will be on high school transcripts and affect student GPAs

Choices made NOW affect your FUTURE

Beacon of Hope is here to help you understand your options and foster GOOD DECISIONS.  For the hundreds of students Beacon of Hope works with each year at Heritage High School and EC Glass High School, many say, they wish they would have made better choices in their 8th & 9th grade years.

Why Continue Education After High School?

Maybe you’re not a fan of homework and tests at the moment. Maybe you’re the first in your family to go to college or you’re worried about the cost of tuition. If any of these ring true, you might be wondering, “Is college really worth it?” The answer is YES and here’s why:

College is the most valuable investment you can make in your future – both financially and personally.

Over the course of a lifetime, someone with a college degree, a technical certification, or military service degree will earn $1 million more than someone with a high school diploma. Simply put, higher education = greater financial stability. Money isn’t everything, but if you want to give yourself the best chance to earn a comfortable salary, to be healthier overall, and feel more confident, a college degree or technical certification is not optional; it’s essential.