Conference for high school students Saturday

Aug. 08, 2013 @ 06:22 PM

The Renaissance Education Group will host its 2nd Annual Emerging Scholars Conference from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday at the Holton Career and Resource Center.

The free back-to-school event is designed for high school students in Durham County and helping them get ready for the upcoming school year.

Conference participants will get tips on how to succeed academically during the impending school year, strategies on how to prepare for college, with workshops focusing on several topics including college preparation, financial literacy, community and global services and healthy living.

This year’s conference also will have a workshop for parents, focusing on how they can keep their children on track while in high school.

The event will feature keynote speaker Megan McGlover. McGlover, an activist, motivational speaker and comedian is making her second appearance at the conference.

Other speakers include Dr. Frances Curtis-Fields, an expert in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education and successfully addressing the academic needs of the “hard to reach” student population and their families; Thomas Luben, a former Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras who will talk about how his experiences as a volunteer shaped the direction of his education and career; and Roger Shackleford, director of Workforce Development at the N.C. Department of Commerce.