Louisville, Ky. – Middle school students from the Louisville area and Southern Indiana are being invited to the University of Louisville on Saturday, Sept. 24, to learn how to get a jump on college.

    Students and their parents will have a chance to take part in College 101, a free workshop that encourages them to begin early planning for college. The session will run from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Activities Center multipurpose room.

    The workshop is sponsored by U of L’s College of Education and Human Development, U of L Undergraduate Studies, GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) Kentucky, Jefferson County Public Schools and Chase Bank. GEAR UP Kentucky works to increase early college awareness among middle school students across the state who otherwise might not view college as an option.

    Attendees can find out about college financing, choosing courses in high school to prepare for college and learning good study skills. The program also will feature WAVE-TV news anchor Dawne Gee as a keynote speaker.

    Information will be available from a variety of organizations including U of L, UPS and Metropolitan College, the Lincoln Foundation, Black Achievers and the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority.

    The registration deadline is Sept. 16. Students can pick up registration forms from their middle school counselor or parents can register online at

    For more information, call Debbie Cotton at 502-852-3208.