Hundreds of area students are preparing for their future and trying to battle stereotypes.
They attended the 22nd Annual Rockford Association for Minority Management Career Day.
More than 400 minority students from Winnebago County are here at the metro center. They've come looking for information on colleges, trade schools and jobs. But they're also finding confidence and motivation.
Guilford junior James Howell dreams of being an electrical engineer one day. But now he's focused on choosing a college.
"It's good to think about where you going to college and your future and plan ahead,” says Howell.
Statistics reveal more young black men are in prison than in college classrooms. Howell says the career day is a chance to change that trend and dispel some misconceptions
"There's a lot of scholarships and opportunities for minorities and it's sad because minorities don't take advantage of them,” says Howell.
Organizers say the event is about careers and self esteem. Students have to have a 2.5 GPA and be a junior or senior to attend the event.