With the pressure of college applications and the need for scholarships bearing down on students, the Vicksburg Warren Alcorn Alumni Chapter has plans to help alleviate that stress.
On Nov. 2, the chapter will be hosting an ACT prep class from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Alcorn State University Vicksburg Center, 3505 Pemberton Square Blvd., Suite 5.
“We’ve been hosting the event for a few years now, and the reason we do it is to help students here in Warren County improve their scores,” said Mary Ann Peoples, vice president of the alumni chapter. “Most of the students that start in the seventh grade and stick with it generally see their scores improve by two to six points.
“We also have adults who might be working on nursing degrees and need to raise their score by two points who come to the workshop.”
Peoples credits the the success of the event to her fellow Alcorn alumni.
“The facilitators, former Alcorn State alumni that we have come in, do an awesome job of making sure that the students have all the tips and strategies that they can use,” Peoples said. “They give them a sample of what the test is going to look like, and they’re just really in-depth. The kids and the adults say they enjoy the workshop.”
This class is offered annually, and it usually attracts more than 100 students each year.
“We don’t want to overwhelm our facilitators,” People said, “but generally, it’s between 125 and 140.”
The class is $20 per student, and you can register online here.
“It gives us a chance to meet with students who are potential Alcornites,” Peoples said. “We do like that.
“We just want to ensure that whatever area they decide to go in when they leave school, whether it be the work force or junior college, that they’re prepared. So that’s our biggest thing: making sure they have what they need to go on with their career choice.”