School District of Palm Seaside County goes virtual for HBCU faculty tours

WEST PALM Seaside, Fla. — Some Palm Beach County substantial faculty college students are using their higher education excursions just about.

“I am incredibly prepared to graduate,” Temerah Williams mentioned.

Williams is aware of her time is shorter at Palm Seashore Lakes Substantial College. As an alternative of continuing her schooling at a white establishment, she’s deciding on an HBCU, or Historically Black Faculties and Universities.

“I am not definitely from a Black place or minority area, so heading to Palm Beach front Lakes, it seriously, like, opened my eyes to what HBCUs can offer,” she mentioned.

She’s already been recognized to various educational institutions for following fall.

“I bought a few acceptances in Alabama — Alabama A&M, Alabama Point out — but in Florida, I am on the lookout at Florida A&M,” she mentioned.

The School District of Palm Seaside County has been executing an HBCU recruiting tour for decades.

“It commenced out with a charter bus and us traveling to nine schools about 3 times, and it devolved to very last 12 months, we had near to 30 colleges and awarded near to $15 million in scholarships,” Eunice Vivar, with the university district, said.

This 12 months the district had to adjust because of to the pandemic. They have partnered with Miami-Dade, Broward, and Osceola counties to set up an HBCU recruitment tour.

“We have in excess of 34 educational institutions in excess of two months, every fully commited to paying one particular hour all through our tour to present details to our college students and group and family members,” Vivar said.

So, the dilemma is how numerous students show up at HBCUs from Palm Beach front County?

“It’s been a alternatively compact share,” Vivar explained. “Fewer than 5% of our learners have long gone to HBCUs.”

Williams mentioned she has included inspiration simply because new Vice President Kamala Harris went to an HBCU — Howard College in Washington.

“It really is incredibly inspiring to know that, inevitably, some of us can do the exact same and just inspire as a lot of persons as she did,” she reported.