Greater Grace College Fair and Career Expo celebrating ten-year run in Wayne County

Posted at 4:52 PM, Nov 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-01 16:52:08-04

For a decade WXYZ-TV has given area students information on one of the biggest college fairs and career expos in Wayne County.

It's going on again this Thursday and Friday at Greater Grace Church in Detroit.

We spoke to a family who has attended each and every year. Rhonda and Tom Douglas have three kids, a daughter and their two sons in high school.  Zay is a senior and Isaih is a freshman at west Bloomfield High School.

They've attended the Greater Grace College and Career Expo every year since it started in 2006.

Rhonda Douglas says it's overwhelming, the information about college scholarships, how to take SAT's, just different resources and organizational skills.

Zay Douglas hopes to attend Michigan State University and one day become a doctor. He's a well-rounded kid whose in theatre, choir and in a medical mentorship program.

Tom Douglas says it's exposed his sons to what it takes to separate themselves and stand out in a crowd of peers.

Zay's little brother wants to follow in his footsteps and go to medical school. He started attending the greater grace college fair in middle school.

Isaih says when he talks to some of his friends he knows stuff that they don't know and he recently took the SAT two saturdays ago and was one of the only 9th graders there.

Tyrone Winfrey is a former DPS School Board Member and is now one of the Leaders of the EAA School District. He says he believes in this fair where three to four thousand students flock to every year.

Winfrey says there are workshops about what's it's like to be on a college campus, rap sessions about what it's like to be a student on a black college.

50 or more colleges are represented but it's also about jobs from skilled trades, public safety and the military, with the mission being to expose kids to options.

Options Daryel Peake got at 18 as a senior at Mumford High School by attending the very first college fair. He now helps organize it. His message is simple, invest in your child's education.

Something the Douglas family did early and it's now paying off.

The Greater Grace College Fair and Career Expo is this Thursday and Friday at Greater Grace church in Detroit. The event runs from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. and then from 5:30 p.m. until 9 p.m., then on Friday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

There will be workshops, SAT and ACT classes, speakers, college admissions representatives and much more.