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Ohio State holds classes, workshops on Saturday for campus exploration day

Ohio State will welcome 300 parents and students to campus on Saturday (5/16) as part of an effort to increase college awareness among families with minimal college-going history. The families, from eleven Columbus City Schools, are part of the Ohio State's Blueprint: College program, one of many partnerships with Columbus City Schools to promote college readiness.

The campus exploration day is the highlight of the six week long college planning program that Ohio State offers to parents of 4th and 5th graders at select Columbus City Schools. The program culminates with a graduation ceremony on May 30.

Blueprint: College Campus Exploration Day kicks off at 9 a.m. at the South Campus Gateway with a presentation from the Ohio College Access Network on the "KnowHow2GO" campaign.

As part of the day, students tour campus with current Ohio State students while parents complete a college financial aid tool and learn about summer reading programs offered by Columbus Metropolitan Library.

At lunch, students and parents will hear from Greg Washington, professor and dean of the College of Engineering, about his experiences as a first generation student.

Families will see what goes on in Ohio State classrooms in the afternoon as they attend two academic exploration sessions. The sessions include a class with current Ohio State medical students about how to do diagnostic testing, and a trip to the OSU Airport.

WHAT:Columbus City Schools families visit campus for Blueprint: College Campus Exploration Day

WHEN: Families arrive at 9 a.m. Lunch is at 11:45 a.m. at the Drake Union. Exploration sessions are at 1 and 2 p.m. in academic areas.

WHERE:Various campus locations