West LA and LAUSD host students at the Black College and Career Fair in Culver City

CULVER CITY, Calif. (KABC) — The transition from high school can be scary. With that in mind, organizers came together to host the second annual Local District West Black College and Career Fair.

“Last year at this event, I was inspired to go to college because I didn’t really want to go,” said Kamari Meredith, a 12th grade student at Alexander Hamilton High School. “One of the MCs spoke about his journey and it’s similar to mine except he’s played sports. So I was like, ‘He did it, I can do it.’”

This year, the fair was held at West Los Angeles College, and high school students from LAUSD’s Local District West came to attend.

“We are so lucky to have her here on our campus,” said Jim Limbaugh, president of West LA College. “It’s a beautiful campus. We hope it gives them the kind of atmosphere that helps them understand the importance of education.”

There was music, food and performances. The event featured workshops, financial support, personal statements and grants. Students also had the opportunity to apply free of charge to over 20 historically black colleges and universities with just one application.

“An event like this is important because you have multiple choices about where you want to go,” said Kyra Adams, a senior at Dorsey High School.

“The dancers come out, we have the step team that comes out, and it shows different cultures,” said Dejah Champagnie, a grade 11 student at Dorsey High School.

“It gives us a chance for different colleges to see what they’re like,” said Honee Halcrombe, a junior at Dorsey High School.

Nearly a thousand 11th and 12th graders from across the unified school district were expected to attend the event, and more than 60 colleges and universities attended in person. The organizers said it was about accessibility.

“The opportunities for them are endless, regardless of where they come from, regardless of their ethnicity, race or creed,” said Remon Corley of Local District West. “We want them to know that there are opportunities beyond what they may or may not already know, and that we want to offer them those opportunities.”

Although this is only the second show, the organizers are looking forward to making it an annual event.

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