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Annual Homeschool Expo Draws More Than 1,000 Parents and Students

Posted on: May 23, 2024
By Billy Cannada,

Tiverville, SC—North Greenville University (NGU) partnered with the Homeschool Community of the Upstate to host the Upstate Homeschool Expo on May 18.

The event, designed to offer resources and introduce opportunities to homeschool students from around the region, featured a curriculum library, more than 75 vendors, and several breakout sessions.

“It was a great day on campus at North Greenville, as more than 1000 parents and students attended the 2024 Upstate Homeschool Expo,” said Billy Watson, senior associate vice president for Tigerville operations at NGU. “The event introduced many families to NGU for the first time, and I hope many of these visitors become future generations of Trailblazers.”

Andy Ray, NGU’s senior director for enrollment engagement, said North Greenville University alumni were among those in attendance.

“We were encouraged to see dozens of NGU alumni back on campus with their children,” he said. “Some of these alumni are continuing the legacy of homeschooling, as they were also homeschooled before they attended NGU. We love seeing those generational connections.”

Breakout sessions at the expo offered instruction on curriculum, STEAM learning, and homeschooling children with special needs. NGU officials also presented on college admissions and dual enrollment opportunities.

“Dual enrollment students can get a head start on college and learn in a Christ-centered atmosphere from highly qualified Christian professors who will challenge them to grow spiritually while they learn academically,” said Andy Ray, senior director for enrollment engagement at NGU.

Students wishing to participate in dual enrollment at NGU must have a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale and complete two high school mathematics courses and two high school English courses to qualify.

North Greenville University began hosting the Upstate Homeschool Expo in 2023.

“We are so appreciative of our hosts, North Greenville University, for welcoming us for the second year in a row,” said Jessica Silva of Homeschool Community of the Upstate. “Our gratitude ran deep as we looked around the room. We were so appreciative of NGU, the team of volunteers, the exhibitors, the breakout speakers, and all the homeschool families in attendance. Putting on a locally focused event to support the homeschoolers of the Upstate takes nothing short of a village.”

Watson said the partnership with the Homeschool Community of the Upstate will continue.

“Planning for next year’s event has already begun,” he said.

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