EAST ORANGE, NJ – Are you in the 8, 9th, 10 or 11th grade and you want to prepare for college now?  It’s never too early to begin planning, according to Robyn M. Pitts, a retired Microsoft executive, who created “Blueprint for Success – Preparing for College, Work & Beyond.”  The all-day college and career program will be held on Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Paul Robeson Campus Center at Rutgers University.  The Center is located on Dr. Martin Luther Kings, Jr. Blvd in Newark.

“Blueprint was developed to engage area students early to think about and begin planning for college and their future,” said Robyn M. Pitts.  Ms. Pitts has more than 25 years of experience in the technology industry, having worked at Microsoft as a Global Business Consultant, and managing clients including MSNBC, Verizon, Warner Brothers, KRAFT Foods and MTV.  “It is never too early to plan for your future and this workshop will help you do that.”  

“This is the 4th year of BLUEPRINT, which offers valuable resources to help students prepare for college create their own Blueprint for Success,” according to Alexis Colander Roberts, President of The North Jersey Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. She continued, “Our Chapter is honored and please to again host this valuable workshop for parents and students.” 

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According to Ms. Pitts, more than 300 students attended the 2016 BLUEPRINT.  She said students can participate in the following workshops “How to Graduate From College Debt-Free,” “How to Find the Right School for You,” and “Strategies for Successful Leaders.’   She said a number of colleges will be present, including HBCU’s and parents and student are encouraged to visit the Career Discovery Center.  

Other workshops for parents include, “Finding the Right School for You,” “Preparing Your Child for College,” and “Understanding The Financial aid Process.”  

The parent workshops are highly recommended and student sessions operate at the same time.    Presenters include Morehouse and Spelman alumni, a beauty editor from Glamour Magazine, a construction management firm owner, STEM experts and more.  

Ms. Pitts said, “My passion is in philanthropy and women’s issues and most recently in cultural and educational initiatives for students and adults in Essex County.  She is a member of the Executive Board of The North Jersey Chapter of The Links, Inc.   Ms. Pitts has been recognized for her many programs and services, many of them under the umbrella of her work on the United Way of Essex and West Hudson Board.  While Ms. Pitts has received a number of awards, her passion is service to others and philanthropic causes.

“Blueprint for Success” is one of the most unique day-long programs to help prepare students and parents for college,” which is why I encourage you to register today.  

To register for BLUEPRINT, visit them on line at http://www.njlinksblueprintforsuccess.org/.

Pre-registration is required.  Continental breakfast and lunch are served.