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Parents and Guardians College Planning Conference History


The Annual Parents and Guardians College Planning Conference was established by Dr. Patricia H. Smith (2013). The conference was established to provide parents and guardians with the resources to plan, organize, and navigate through the college planning process. Parents from the community have played a significant role in planning and marketing the conferences.

At each conference, College Scholarships have been awarded to high school students whose parents and guardians have attended the conferences. The scholarships were provided by small & large organizations and individual patrons. 

In March 2015, the conference was identified as a 501(c)3 company 

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​Parents and Guardians College Planning Conference, Inc. Board Members

Dr. Patricia H Smith, President 

Michael Smith, Vice President

Lydia York, Treasurer and Secretary

Standing Committees
Conference Planning Committee
Fundraising/Development Committee
The first conference was held  May 2013 in Wilmington, DE 
Conference Theme: "A Holistic Approach for Parents/Guardians"

The second conference was held May 2014 in New Castle, DE
Conference Theme: "Parents Make the Difference" 

The third conference was held May 2015 in New Castle, DE
Conference Theme: "Parents Helping Parents"

The fourth conference was held May 2016 in New Castle, DE
Conference Theme:  "Parents, Students and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Education"

The fifth conference was held May 2017 in New Castle, DE
Conference Theme:  "Journey"  Demystifying the College Planning Proces

The Sixth conference was held May 2018 in New Castle, DE
​Conference Theme: "Paying for College"