Video conferencing allows Detroit high schoolers to virtually visit colleges

Friday, August 6 2010

High schools in Detroit are unveiling a new college counseling suite that will allow students to video conference with college representatives, reports the Associated Press.

The suite will be housed at the Communications and Media Arts High School, but individual suites are planned for each of the district's public high schools.

The suite includes research areas, computers, manuals and brochures intended to help students research which college or university will be the right fit for them. Students will also be able to take entrance exams and attend preparatory workshops in the suite's seminar area.

But perhaps most impressively, the suite will include video conferencing technology. Using the video conferencing, students will be able to take virtual campus tours, speak face-to-face with college representatives and attend interviews without ever leaving their hometown.

The technology could be huge for students who cannot afford to fly around the country attending interviews and conducting campus tours.

The suite is part of the makeover that the Communications and Media Arts High School is receiving as part of NBC's new television show, "School Pride," which will premier on September 24.

The Detroit public school system is Michigan's largest, and serves nearly 90,000 students at 172 schools.ADNFCR-3295-ID-19921524-ADNFCR