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Destination College Schedules Workshops Helping Parents, Students With College Process

January 26, 2009 - Entering the college "world" can be an intimidating process for both the students and their parents.

To help ease any fears and make the transition run as smoothly as possible for both parties, Collin College's Destination College program has scheduled three free workshops during February.

The first is "Destination College: The Parent Workshop" from 6-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5 at the Spring Creek Campus (SCC) Conference Center, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway, in Plano.

This year's keynote speaker is Robert Franek, Princeton Review's chief expert on higher education issues and lead author of the annual "Best Colleges" guide. Franek visits more than 50 colleges a year and has been a lecturer and panelist on college admissions for audiences of educators, parents and students. He is regularly interviewed as an expert source by national media in print, on radio and TV.

This popular workshop includes dinner and will provide parents the essentials of planning and preparing themselves and their children for the college experience. Topics covered will include timelines, choosing colleges, applying to college and paying for college. Attendees also will receive a copy of the 2009 Parent Resource Guide.

"Princeton Review: SAT/ACT Mini-Assessment" will be from 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Feb. 21 at the Preston Ridge Campus Event Center, 9700 Wade Blvd., in Frisco.

During this seminar, students will take the Princeton Review Assessment, a combination of questions representing the SAT and ACT. By using this tool, students can determine which test they might be better suited for. Princeton Review representatives will also explain the differences between the tests.

Concluding the month's workshops is "Collin College Pre-admission Partnerships: Transferring to Universities" from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 24 at SCC.

Hear from representatives of the institutions with whom Collin College has 10 pre-admission partnership agreements. Details will be provided about their partnership programs in a panel setting. Afterward, the representatives will have information tables and be available for individual questions.

To register for the workshops, e-mail For more information about the workshop or Destination College, contact 972.377.1772 or log on to

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