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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Center helps students, families plan for college

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  • It's never too early to plan for college. Now, local high school students can start that planning at the Ardmore Public Library through the Plan4College Center.
    The center includes a table with large signs in the back of the library.
    Visitors will find the latest resources to help students learn how to plan, pay and apply for college. The Plan4College Center offers students and families a one-stop shop for their college information needs.
    The site hosts a computer dedicated solely for college planning along with informational brochures. Visitors are just one click away from learning about courses to take and grades to make, exploring colleges, finding a career, filling out college applications and applying for financial aid.
    "We understand that preparing for college can be challenging," said Oklahoma State System of Higher Education Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. "The idea behind the Plan4College Center is to offer students and families a comfortable and familiar atmosphere where they can go to work on their college plans with assistance from a friendly face."
    The center is available whenever the library is open, which is 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.
    Plan4College Centers are made possible through Oklahoma GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs), a federally funded program, administered by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. GEAR UP is a college access program that provides students and their families with college planning resources.
    "We appreciate the cooperation of the Ardmore Public Library staff for hosting this Plan4College Center in their community. Their dedication in providing these services to the students and families of Ardmore is to be commended," Johnson said. "Early planning for college is important. We look forward to seeing many students and their families visit the Plan4College Center to take those first steps toward college success."
    For more information about Plan4College Centers, visit okhighered.org/gearup/plan-4-college.shtml or call 800-858-1840.
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