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Date: November 2, 2007
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970; Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

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Montgomery College, Women’s Bar Foundation to Host Seminar for High School Students on “Preparing for Success,” Nov. 17
Event to Feature Workshops, Keynote Address by Rashida Jolley, Miss District of Columbia 2000

Montgomery College and the Montgomery County Women’s Bar Foundation, Inc. are hosting the seventh annual “Preparing for Success” seminar for local high school students on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Montgomery College’s Rockville Campus, Theatre Arts Arena, 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, Md.

The all-day seminar program is designed for high school girls who plan to attend college or enter the workforce. The day begins with breakfast and remarks from keynote speaker Rashida Jolley, Miss District of Columbia 2000. The participants attend workshops focusing on resume writing and interview techniques; budgets, checkbooks and credit cards; the college admission process; and street law and safety issues. An event tradition, “The Right Look” fashion show, using models from the program’s participants, will conclude the program.

The program is free of charge and open to high school students in public, private, and alternative schools, as well as girls in independent living programs. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Free bus service to the event will be provided from several local high schools. Pick-up at Watkins Mill is at 9 a.m. Service from Montgomery Blair, Gaithersburg and Paint Branch High Schools is at 9:15 a.m. Buses will also pick up students at Quince Orchard, Einstein, and Blake High Schools at 9:30 a.m.

Additional “Preparing for Success” sponsors are the Montgomery County Public Schools, Montgomery County Commission for Women, the J. Franklyn Bourne Association, and the Maryland Hispanic Bar Association.

The “Preparing for Success” program has won two awards, one from the Maryland State Bar Association and one from the Montgomery County Bar Association.

The program is just one of the community projects sponsored by the Montgomery County Women’s Bar Foundation each year. The Foundation awards scholarships to students at local law school and Montgomery College. Christine Bernstein of Montgomery College recently received a scholarship of $1,500.

For registration and other information, log on to www.preparingforsuccess.org or contact Donna Van Scoy, Esq. at 301-610-0110.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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