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College Fairs are for Adults too! Help for Adult Learners at Portland National College Fair

Contact: Endi Hartigan, Communications, Oregon University System – Office: 503-725-5702
Source: Debbie Porter, Oregon Adult Learner College Line, Oregon College Access Challenge Grant – 1-877-848-4669

With support of a federal grant, the State of Oregon will host a booth on accessing college, November 12-13


Friday, November 12 from 9am to Noon and Saturday, November 13, 2010 from 1pm to 5pm 


Adult Learner College Line Booth, Portland National College Fair, Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, Portland, OR 97232. EVENT IS FREE.  Preregistration recommended, not required. Go to:  http://www.nacacnet.org/EventsTraining/CollegeFairs/ncf/Fall/Pages/10FPor.aspx


Thinking of going back to college? Starting for the first time? Representatives of the Oregon Adult Learner College Line will be present to answer questions from adults about getting a college education at Portland's National College Fair. Funded through a $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the Adult Learner Line is specifically for Oregonians ages 25 and older who are interested in going to college, but need some help and direction on how to enroll, seek financial aid, and generally navigate the process.

Oregonians who cannot attend the fair can call the Adult Learner Line Monday-Friday, between 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m., at 1-877-848-4669, for free advising and information on enrolling in a 2- or 4-year college or university in Oregon, how to get financial aid, transfer credits, or get specific information on programs for returning or first-time students, childcare options, and other areas. The telephone resource line is supplemented by on-line help at www.OregonOpportunities.gov.

More information about the college fair can be accessed at http://www.nacacnet.org/EventsTraining/CollegeFairs/ncf/Fall/Pages/10FPor.aspx


The Adult Learner College Line and web site are just one component of the College Access Challenge Grant Program (CACGP) funded in 2008 through the federal government, which is directed at increasing awareness of and access to postsecondary education in Oregon. The CACGP is a formula grant program that is designed to foster partnerships among Federal, State and local government entities and philanthropic organizations to significantly increase the number of underrepresented students who enter and remain in postsecondary education. The Oregon University System is the fiscal agent for the grant. For more information on the College Access Challenge Grant Program, contact Joe Holliday at Joe_Holliday@ous.edu.

Oregon University System (OUS) comprises seven distinguished public universities and one branch campus, reaching more than one million people each year through on-campus classes, statewide public services, and lifelong learning. The Oregon State Board of Higher Education, the statutory governing board of OUS, is composed of twelve members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon State Senate. For additional information, go to www.ous.edu.

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