2011-04-02 / News

Free college fair is set for April 13

GRANVILLE - The first Licking County college fair since the early 1990s is set for Wednesday, April 13 at Granville High School, 248 New Burg Street.

More than 80 colleges from around the country are expected to participate in the 6 to 8 p.m. fair. The event is free and open to all parents and high school students in the area. Students and parents will have the opportunity to obtain admissions materials as well as speak directly to admissions representatives.

“A college fair is an opportunity for a high school student to have multiple conversations with college admission officers in a very short period of time and all in one location. Compare that to taking a college visit to all of the different schools a student could talk to during a college fair and you see how efficient and cost-effective the use of a college fair can be from a family’s perspective,” said Granville High School Principal Ryan Bernath. “More importantly, a college fair gets students thinking about the next stage in their life. They spend some real time contemplating what they are interested in pursuing after high school, where they can get the training for that program, and what they need to do in high school to prepare them for that journey. The earlier a student has those conversations about future planning, the more likely they will be successful during their high school and college experiences.”

In addition, educational sessions designed for parents and students of all high school students - not just juniors and seniors will be featured throughout the fair. Topics include: the college application process, financial aid, admission test information and comparisons of different types of institutions of higher learning.

Students and parents are encouraged to attend informational sessions together. Reservations are not required. Session topics and times include:

6:15 - 6:45 p.m. “What can I do now to pay for college?”

This session will highlight savings strategies for college, along with the different types of financial aid and the timeline to apply for aid.

Speaker: Kristine Butz, Associate Director of Financial Aid, Butler University “Technical College? Community

College? Or 2-Year

Degree Programs? What does it all mean?”

Hear from panelists representing each type of school and learn about the similarities and differences between them.

Speakers: Mark Labutis, Admissions Representative, Central Ohio Technical College; George Chatters, Admissions Advisor, Columbus State Community College; Amy Roe, Admissions Counselor, Hocking College

6:50 - 7:20 p.m. “Differences between the ACT & SAT”

This session will highlight the differences in the test sections, types of questions and more!

Speaker: Victoria Thompson- Campbell, Senior Consultant Postsecondary Services, ACT Midwest Region

“What Can I Do Now to Pay for College?”

This session will feature savings strategies for college, along with the different types of financial aid and the timeline to apply for aid.

Speaker: Kristine Butz, Associate Director of Financial Aid, Butler University.

7:25 - 7:55 p.m. “The Path to College: 10th, 11th, & 12th Grade”

Parents and students will learn a general timeline for each year of high school. Topics addressed will include: academics, extracurricular activities, testing, campus visits, and finding the application.

Speaker: Dan Pohl, Admissions Counselor, The Ohio State University

“In-State or Out-of-State? Big School or Small School? Public or Private School?”

Hear from panelists representing each type of school to discover the differences between these types of colleges and universities.

Jessica Leary, Admissions Counselor, Denison University; Cristina Sanchez, Admissions Counselor, Bowling Green State University; Christina Kast, Admissions Counselor, West Virginia University.

The Fair is a collaborative effort of 14 area high schools in Licking, Knox and Muskingum counties. For more information, visit: www.granville.k12.oh.us/ collegefair or find the college fair detail on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LCountyCollegeFair.

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