With over 1,000 attendees, BPS’ Historically Black Colleges & University (HBCU) Information Session and Fair was a success for the second year in a row. The Fair, which took place at Viera High School, brought great excitement for future Brevard graduates and members of our community.
Since the 1800s, HBCUs have served a vital role in providing post-secondary educational opportunities for African Americans and have grown into prestigious institutions for students of all backgrounds and ethnicities.
Starting in 2022, this event supports Secondary Leading & Learning’s commitment to promoting college and career readiness and access; elevates participation in accelerated programs for underrepresented students; and serves as a special district-wide observance of Black History Month.
Students and families were able to connect with HBCU college reps, alumni, and current HBCU students who were excited to share the possibilities and importance of college and career pathways. Sixteen HBCUs were represented, including Florida A&M University, Bethune Cookman College, Howard University, Florida Memorial University, and more.
Special presentations and on-site assistance from BPS Departments were available for FAFSA, Scholarships, Career & Technical Education, Accelerated Programs, Parental Choice Options, ESOL, Head Start, Brevard Foundation, Adult & Community Education, and more.
The event also included edutainment with performances from Heritage High School’s Marching Band, Palm Bay High School’s Diva Dancing Team, Poetic Sole Step Team, and two local chapters of the Black Greek Fraternity Step Team. Students and parents were also eligible to receive great prizes for simply attending. With the support of volunteers, local sponsorships, and community support, the HBCU Information Session and Fair continues to be one of Brevard County’s most anticipated events.
Highlights from the fair can be found on the event page, along with information about upcoming events available. To learn more about the district’s Black History Month 2023 observance communication and highlights, visit BPS Embraces Diversity: Black History Month 2023.