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Landstown High School was named a P21 Exemplar School. (Courtesy of
Landstown High School will host a free college planning workshop for parents and students Wednesday evening. (Photo courtesy of

Applying to college triggers all kinds of anxiety, and not just for students.

From applications to scholarships, Virginia Beach City Public Schools want to demystify the process for parents. On Wednesday, Sept. 28 from 6:30-8 p.m., VBCPS will host a free college planning workshop in the Landstown High School auditorium, 2001 Concert Dr.

Melody Cariello, the chair of Landstown’s guidance department, will be on hand for the discussion, according to Dr. Amber Rach, director of community engagement for VBCPS. So will Kelsey Warren, a career coach at Tidewater Community College. Topics will range from college visits and campus tours to college admissions requirements, testing and how to pay for college. Cariello will discuss student recruitment and the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Parents must register to attend, as the auditorium only holds 650 people, Rach said.

For anyone unable to make it to the program tonight, a Power Point presentation will be posted afterward on the VBCPS website, Rach said.

To find out more, call the Office of Community Engagement, 757-263-1936.

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Joan Quigley is a former Miami Herald business reporter, a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and an attorney. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post,, and Talking Points Memo. Her recent book, Just Another Southern Town: Mary Church Terrell and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Nation’s Capital, was shortlisted for the 2017 Mark Lynton History Prize. Her first book, The Day the Earth Caved In: An American Mining Tragedy, won the 2005 J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award.