Italian American Career Advice Panel: How to Apply to College and Get the Most Out of the Experience

Sep 26, 2021 476

BY: Victoria Passarella

Wednesday, 9/29. 6-7:30pm eastern. Free. RSVP here. Panel of Italian American professionals will discuss the best strategies for students and parents when preparing to apply to college. As an organization that is founded on the passion of empowering leaders in the Italian American community, we feel this topic is very important, particularly because Italian Americans have historically been amongst the least formally educated populations in the United States

We encourage you to read this study by the Calandra Italian American Institute, specifically read pages 1 - 4: Italian American Youth and Educational Achievement levels: How are we doing?The study includes information about how in the late 1980s and early 1990s New York City high school system, Italian-Americans had the third highest dropout rate "This resulted in Italian Americans having the third highest drop out rate in New York City after the Hispanics and Black high school students"

Now many Italian American high school students are interested in attending college but do not have access to the best resources because many of their parents, grandparents, and other members of their community have not gone away to college. Many students have said because of being one of the first people in their family to go to college, they were very intimated and confused about college.

Moderator: Victoria Passarella, Founder, Italian American Leadership Network. Panel: Robert Pertusati, Associate Dean of Admissions and Director of Admissions Recruitment, Stony Brook University; Sarah Stiglianese, School Counselor, Fontbonne Hall Academy; Tim Casale, School Counselor, Garden City High School; Francesca Amato, Assistant Superintendent, Academic Affairs and Innovation, Weehawken Board of Education.

The day of the program everyone who registered will receive the Zoom link to the live event

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SOURCE: Italian American Leadership Network

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