Successful college tour lays ground for next time

BY RHONDA S. SANDERS 810-452-2665

FLINT TWP. — If at first you do succeed, that just makes it easier to do it again.

Following the success of last year’s first campus tour of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Carman Ainsworth’s African American Students Association (AASA), led by Chane Clingman, is making plans for a second tour during spring break 2012 – March 31 through April 7.

“We are completely sold out at this point with a staff of five and fifty-one students.” said Clingman, a CA behavior interventionist and advisor for the AASA.

A different HBCU tour itinerary next year will include stops at schools in Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida. They are Claflin University in South Carolina, South Carolina State, Savannah State University in Georgia, and Bethune-Cookman University and Florida A & M University, both in the Sunshine State.

Included in the $600 cost per person are meals, transportation, lodging, admission to Universal Studios in Orlando and an excursion to Daytona Beach for fun in the sun.

Last year, the week-long tour took in colleges in or near Washington D.C. including Hampton University in Hampton, VA; Norfolk State University in Norfolk, VA, Virginia State University in Petersburg, VA; Howard University in Washington, D.C.; Bowie State in Bowie, MD; and Morgan State in Baltimore, MD.

Campus stops include meetings with academic counselors and other school officials.

Last year’s tour highlights included visits to Washington D.C. landmarks including the White House, attending a NBA basketball game between the Detroit Pistons and the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center, and a beach excursion to Ocean City, Maryland.

Clingman said last year’s tour group consisted primarily of juniors but three seniors who took the tour actually enrolled at colleges they visited.

It was CA’s first H.B.C.U. tour but Clingman has prior experience working with a group outside the school district that conducts similar campus tours.

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