The Ivy Center for Education Inc. will host a free “ACT Boot Camp” at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff starting with registration at 8:15 a.m. Saturday, March 31.

The session is in partnership with Go Forward Pine Bluff, UAPB STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) Academy and the Department of Industrial Technology Management and Applied Engineering.

Charity Fleming Smith, the principal associate for education at Fetterman and Associates and founder of the Arkansas College Prep Academy and staff will be boot camp facilitators.

Students will follow the following schedule March 31:

• 8:15 to 8:45 a.m. — Registration will be held the Rust Technology Hall at UAPB, 1911 Reeker St. (Participants should park in the lot across the street and Ivy Center members will provide directions).

• 9 a..m. to 1 p.m. — ACT Strategy and Techniques will be held at Rust hall – Room 109.

• 1 to 2 p.m. — Lunch will be provided.

According to a news release, ACT Boot Camp is for 9-12 grades and it’s being held in preparation for the April 14 ACT exam. High School Seniors are top priority. Students who plan to attend the boot camp must be registered for the April 14 exam. They must be registered with ACT by March 9 at or

Students should sign up with their counselors or career coaches by March 23 in the following districts: Dollarway, Pine Bluff and Watson Chapel. Each district will have 33 seats.

The guest presenter, Smith, has trained students across the state to improve their ACT scores.

“Gains made by Arkansas College prep students generally significantly exceed the progress of local programs,” according to the release.

Smith has served as the president of the Arkansas ACT Council and a National ACT facilitator for states implementing Universal ACT. She helped Arkansas educators draft the Universal ACT which allows grade 10 or 11 students to take the ACT test free.

During the past 15 years, scholarships total exceed $30 million for her individual tutoring classes. Today, Smith is known as the ACT Doctor to Arkansas students. She has received numerous awards and recognitions. She earned her doctoral degree from the University of Arkansas with post-doctoral certifications from Harvard University and Stanford University, according to the release.

Mattie Collins, president of the Ivy Center, urges students to attend.

“We are delighted to host this very important ‘ACT Boot Camp’ on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff,” Collins said. “We look forward to seeing our wonderful college bound students (high school seniors are top priority) at the ACT Boot Camp on Saturday, March 31, 2018.”

After the workshop, UAPB representatives will tell students about the faculty, facilities and opportunities.

For more information about Charity Fleming Smith and ACT, visit and .

For more information about the Ivy Center for Education visit their Facebook page or contact Mattie Collins at or or Patricia Berry at .