Historically Black colleges and universities are looking for students who want to go to college and a local organization continues its efforts to make essential connections.

The United College Action Network, better known by its acronym, U-CAN, hosted its 21st Annual Historically Black College Recruitment Fair May 13-15. The spring fair will be  held virtually due to COVID-19, but will offer the same valuable information and resources the event has become known for. 

The event is scheduled to take place Thursday, May 13 and Friday May 14 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The recruitment events are typically held at school sites in the Sacramento area and throughout Northern California and Nevada.  Founded in Sacramento in 1988 by Dr. Alan and Donna Rowe, U-CAN is a non-profit corporation whose mission is to inspire, prepare, and support students, especially economically and culturally disadvantaged and at-risk youth, in gaining admission to and graduating from four-year colleges and universities. U-CAN focuses on historically Black colleges and universities in the United States because their mission and values match its own. HBCUs, Dr. Rowe says, provide nurturing environments and are willing to work with students and families to make the four-year college experience a reality for promising students with GPAs as low as 2.5. 

Fair participants can learn about HBCUs and ways families can afford higher education at various campuses. Some recruiters will offer on-the-spot admissions.

Represented schools include Alabama A & M University, Alcorn State University, Benedict College, Bethune-Cookman University, Florida Memorial University, Grambling State University, Jarvis Christian College, Norfolk State University, Spelman College, Talladega College, Texas Southern University and Tuskegee University.

To register, or for more information, call (916) 896-3000 or (916) 396-2832 or visit www.ucangotocollege.org.