Cecil College hosts Go to High School, Go to College

Published on October 4, 2023

Hands raised at an indoor event.

NORTH EAST, Md.: Cecil College hosted more than 100 male students from the Cecil County Public School District and beyond for a “Go to High School, Go to College” event on the North East Campus, sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. – Iota Alpha Lambda Chapter.

This event is a national initiative by Alpha Phi Alpha which concentrates on the importance of completing secondary and collegiate education as a road to advancement for underrepresented men. Throughout the day, students were informed of the many academic, skilled trades and certificate programs Cecil College has to offer, financial aid and scholarships, and strategies that facilitate success. U.S. Department of Education statistics corroborate the value of this extra impetus in making the difference in the success of young minority males, given that school completion is the single best predictor of future economic success.

Cecil College Dean of Continuing Education and Workforce Development Miles Dean informed those in attendance that Cecil College has a multitude of skilled trades programs that lead to a path of success. Associate Professor of Computer Science Dr. James Morgan talked to the students about the value of the degree programs at Cecil College and reflected on how he was the first person from his family to earn a college degree.

The CCPS students were introduced to a panel of four Cecil College students – Aidan Hayes, Mark Lee, Keshawn Gardner, and Daniel Onasanya – to discuss the life as a college student. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Iota Alpha Lambda Chapter President Trevor Chin informed those in attendance of the Alpha Phi Alpha scholarships available for “high school students to pursue their dreams.”

The keynote speaker was the Hon. Judge William Davis, Associate Judge for the Circuit Court for Cecil County, who spoke about the importance of having a Plan A, Plan B, and a Plan C. “I am very fortunate for where I am today. I didn’t start out to become a judge. I wanted to be a lawyer who represented professional athletes. It is so important to have backup plans and to take advantage of the opportunities that befall you,” said Hon. Judge Davis.

The “Go-to-High-School, Go-to-College” program was established in 1922 by the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Alpha men provide youth participants with excellent role models to emulate.