Minnesota State Colleges and Universities officials will speak at churches this weekend in an effort to get more minority students into the higher education system.
They’ll help parents prepare their children for college and urge adults to seek a degree, too. It’s part of the system’s plan to “broaden access to higher education for groups that have encountered societal and cultural barriers to post-secondary education.”
After the services, the MNSCU reps will provide information on the admission process and answer questions.
“Completing high school and college are the two most important steps that young people can take to secure a promising future for themselves,” said Chancellor James H. McCormick. “But I also have seen over the years that a college education gives individuals the skills, the knowledge and the drive to make the world a better place. My message will be that it is important for young people to prepare themselves to be counted in the next generation of the Minnesota’s leaders.”
According to the Minnesota Department of Education, 81 percent of white students in the state graduate from high school in four years, compared with 40 percent of American Indian students, 65 percent of Asian students, 41 percent of African-American students and 40 percent of Hispanic students.
McCormick will speak during the 11 a.m. Sunday service at Progressive Baptist Church in St. Paul. Other officials will speak at:
- Dayton Presbyterian Church, St. Paul;
- House of God, St. Paul;
- Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, St. Paul;
- Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, Minneapolis;
- Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Minneapolis;
- Redeemer Lutheran Church, Minneapolis;
- Zion Baptist Church, Minneapolis;
- Nu Way Missionary Baptist Church in St. Cloud.