UCS Academic Blitz helps students plan for success

Area students can create a successful game plan for their educational future at the eighth annual Utica Community Schools Academic Blitz on Thursday, January 29 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Henry Ford II High School, 11911 Clinton River Road in Sterling Heights.

While the Blitz is specifically targeted to students in grades 5 through 10, the event is open to all area families interested in specific options available in UCS and after graduation. The evening allows parents and students to develop a plan that takes advantage of the unique programs and services in the district.

The evening will begin with guest speaker Deborah Stieffel, Vice President for Enrollment and Student Affairs for University of Detroit Mercy. Following the presentation, families will be able to choose from 14 breakout sessions. Sessions include topics such as: financial aid, advanced placement offerings, dual enrollment, advanced opportunities for junior high school parents, special programs available to high school students, a special workshop held by high school students specifically for junior high students, the UCS high school specialty programs and Career and Technical Education.

            Informational booths will also be available during the night for parents interested in meeting with counselors, local college officials, academic summer school options and college savings plans.

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