A free forum to assist parents with the higher education enrollment process will be held next month at a Bayside learning and social development center.
Ted Teng, founder of Bayside's Advanced Teaching Initiative Co,, was joined by Councilman Peter Koo, state Assemblyman Ron Kim and City Council contender Austin Shafran on Wednesday afternoon to announce the Sept. 21 forum.
"A lot of choices that parents are making these days are based on hearsay or what their kids tell them, but not from direct sources," Teng said. "This event will help parents understand the education system and how to get into high schools and graduation acceptance requirements."
The forum runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Advanced Teaching Initiative, located at 211-55 45th Drive in Bayside.
It will include appearances by bank officials, who will discuss saving money for college, as well as a law school forum, a talk with admissions advisers, representatives from CUNY and SUNY and a section on high school requirements.
"We are holding students to a higher standard overnight and it's very test driven, which can be confusing to parents not familiar with the system," Kim said. "As a first generation college student, I wish I'd had someone to tell me which schools I should apply to."
For more information on the forum, call 718-819-0038.