JVB Center & Sewa USA Jointly Organize High School Course Selection Workshop


HOUSTON: As part of community outreach and their vision of serving the local community, two prominent organizations, Sewa International & JVB Preksha Center, on June 18th jointly organized a workshop called “Navigating the High School- Course Selection & Beyond”.

The workshop was organized to help middle and junior high school students and their parents. The objective of this 1-hour workshop was to give insight into 4 years of high school course selection process and help maximize their options to better prepare for college and future career pathways. JVB’s Pyramid Hall, where the workshop was held, was packed with over 125 parents and students.


Anuradha Nigam was the distinguished speaker. She is the Department Head and Lead Guidance Counselor at Clements High School in Sugarland, TX. She brings with her 18+ years of rich experience in guiding students in graduation requirements and counseling them for social, educational and psychological needs.

JVB President, Seema Jain was the Emcee of the program. She welcomed the community members with a short speech and gave the overview of the workshop. On behalf of her entire EC Team, she also welcomed and introduced the members of Sewa International, Sachin Dabir, Kavita Tiwari, Rajeshri Jaiswal, and Anuradha Nigam. Sachin Dabir gave a brief presentation of the inspiring work done by Sewa International in different fields and encouraged people to attend and participate in these events.


Rajeshri Jaiswal invited Nigam on the podium. Nigam opened up the session with a visual presentation on how the high school course selection system works. She covered various aspects such as the extra activities to focus on in different grades in their high school career, grading system, GPA, choosing the right levels, AP VS Dual credit, endorsements, Graduation program overview, and college entrance exams etc.

Her presentation included an informational timeline for students and parents highlighting how to maximize student’s potential to receive scholarships, grants and other forms of merit-aid; Importance of PSAT & PACT tests and how colleges value them; and what the more selective colleges really want to see on a student’s application. She highlighted that making the right choice from the start results in more positive outcomes for students and financial savings for parents.


The entire presentation was extremely informational, educational, and inspirational and audience was very engaged and interested throughout. JVB Board member, Pramod Bengani also gave a brief presentation and highlighted the mission and vision of JVB Preksha Center towards Houston Community. The session ended with an interactive round of Q & A with curious students as well as parents from all corners. After her presentation, Nigam stayed past her time to discuss and answer specific questions from audience and even did a one- on- one consulting with individual families.

In closing, Seema Jain did the vote of thanks. She appreciated the time and efforts of all the attendees. She also recognized Sewa International’s Vice President, Arun Kankani for his guidance in organizing this workshop.

If you would like to receive a copy of the presentation, please e-mail Anuradha Nigam @ nigam.anuradha@gmail.com or Sachin Dabir @ dabirsa@gmail.com