Area high school students and their parents had the chance to have these and many other questions answered during the annual Williams County College Fair held Monday, September 15, 2014 at Edon Northwest Local Schools. This year, over forty enthusiastic representatives from two-year community colleges, four-year public and private universities, technical schools and branches of the armed forces were on hand to talk with prospective students throughout the ninety-minute event.
“The goal of the college fair is to gather together representatives from educational institutions to meet with our students and their parents,” shared Amanda Reiter, Grades 7-12 School Counselor at Edon Northwest Local Schools. “It affords everyone a wonderful opportunity to speak directly with these college and university representatives about their programs.”
“Tonight was a good experience for our kids,” added Montpelier’s Guidance Counselor Stephanie Friend. “It helped them to start thinking about their future and what they’d like to do after school ~ their job plans; their career plans.”
Additionally that evening, College Fair organizers made available a special workshop “College Entrance Planning: Acing the ACT” for participants to also attend. Presented by Corey Kempe from Sylvan Learning Center, the forty-five minute session offered quick strategies for high school student test-takers regarding the high-stakes test that influences college admissions and scholarships.
Over the past ten years, the annual Family Guidance Night ~ initially sponsored by the Edon Northwest Local Strategic Planning/Youth Development Committee ~ has grown into a well-respected and highly attended college fair currently sponsored not only by Edon Northwest Local Schools, but by North Central Local, Millcreek-West Unity Local and Montpelier Exempted Village School Districts as well. While this year’s fair was deemed a huge success ~ approximately two hundred people came and went at their leisure ~ counselors Diane Veres, Amber Metzger, Stephanie Friend and Amanda Reiter look forward to planning another informative and exciting event for next fall.
If you were unable to attend the 2014 Williams County College Fair or need additional information regarding post-secondary educational opportunities, please don’t hesitate to contact your school Guidance Counselor; they’re eager to assist you with your future plans.