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Contact: Ann Hatch

For immediate release — Oct. 10, 2013

(DALLAS) — While high school juniors and seniors are busy thinking about homework, exams, proms and graduation, their college clock is ticking. Time is flying as they text each other, do homework, attend football games and keep up with the latest news on their favorite social networks.

Yes, their college clock is ticking and time is flying, and those students must look ahead, plan for the future and learn more about the steps they need to take to earn a college degree.

The Keys to Success/Las Llaves del Éxito can help. The free, one-day college fair for families will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26, at the University of North Texas at Dallas. Presented by Dr Pepper, in partnership with the Dallas County Community College District and the Dallas Independent School District, the event will provide students with the keys they need to succeed in higher education, including information about how to navigate the system so that they can attend a college or university. Focusing on students in grades 6 through 12, the free program is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at UNT-Dallas, 7300 University Hills Blvd. Registration is scheduled in Building 7400, located on the south side of the campus. Parents are invited, and breakfast will be provided.

In addition to sessions about preparing for college, deciding on a career pathway and understanding financial aid (FAFSA/TASFA), students can apply for the Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway and meet La Grande 107.5 radio personality Shoboy. Several workshops in Spanish and English are scheduled for parents as well.

Other partners include: the University of Texas at Dallas, the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Education Is Freedom, Capital One Bank University Crossroads, Ford Motor Company, La Grande 107.5, Texas A&M University-Commerce, New York Life, McDonald’s, Dallas County Schools, LULAC National Education Service Centers Inc., Univision 23, Texas Woman’s University, the University of North Texas, the University of Texas at Arlington and Wells Fargo Bank.

More than 1,100 participants attended last fall’s event, and more than 200 volunteers will work with students and their parents this year, providing practical information to help them become college-bound. (A related spring 2014 event will be scheduled specifically for high school juniors and seniors.)

College representatives, admissions specialists and financial aid advisors will talk to families about the application process and the steps they need to take to be considered for admission and financial aid.

For more information, call the DCCCD office of outreach at (214) 378-1738 or DCCCD’s Spanish-language line at (214) 378-1713. Details also are available at

View the press release in Spanish

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