HBCU Fair in East Orange, N.J. (237539)
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Hundreds of students came out earlier this month for the annual Summer Work Experience Program Kickoff and HBCU fair to connect local students with Black colleges from across the country.

The event took place at the Cicely L. Tyson School of Fine and Performing Arts where students met with representatives from HBCUs and local colleges and universities, chapters of the Divine 9 Black Fraternities and Sororities and other organization representatives.

Several East Orange city officials, who are alums of HBCUs, also participated in the event and spoke with students.

Colleges that participated at the fair included Bennett College for Women, Cheyney University, Clark Atlanta University, Florida A&M University, Lincoln University, Morgan State University, North Carolina A&T State University, Shaw University and Virginia State University.

“One of the greatest limitations for many of our children is the lack of exposure to new opportunities and experiences,” said Mayor Lester E. Taylor III, a graduate of Howard School of Law. “Working with the East Orange School District and our higher education partners, we are connecting our talented students to institutions that were founded with the fundamental belief that all children can learn and achieve success.”

Students were also able to learn more about East Orange’s Summer Work Experience Program. The program lasts six weeks, allowing students ages 14 to 18 to work in public sector jobs, day care centers, the municipal court and other city departments.