College Fair draws 137 colleges, universities for student research

College Fair draws 137 colleges, universities for student research

The 18th annual Charles County College Fair, sponsored by Charles County Public Schools (CCPS), was held Wednesday, Sept. 16 at North Point High School. The event offered more than 3,200 parents and students the opportunity to research 137 colleges and universities, and learn about career options available through serving in the Armed Forces.

A morning session was held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. for Charles County high school juniors and seniors. More than 1,800 students attended the fair as part of their school day. Each year, high school students are asked to sign up for the fair in advance, as space is limited to about 200 juniors and seniors per school. The goal of the fair is for students and parents to visit one place where they can research several future options available after graduation, and talk with recruiters face-to-face.

The College Fair also incorporates activities that focus on the financial aid application process, including workshops held during the evening session. Two financial aid workshops were hosted by Christian Zimmerman, the director of financial aid for the College of Southern Maryland. A total of 1,406 parents and students attended the public portion of the fair held in the evening.

A representative from Congressman Steny Hoyer’s office also participated in the fair and talked to students about congressional appointments to the U.S. Service Academies. Maryland Delegate Edith Patterson also provided information to students about delegate scholarships and opportunities available through the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

The fair is held annually in September and open to the public during an evening session. High school juniors and seniors attend the event during the school day as part of the school system’s focus on college and career readiness. Several high schools will also be participating in Maryland College Application Week Oct. 19-23, which is a state initiative to ensure all high school seniors apply to at least one college. Contact the college and career advisor at each individual high school for more details.

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,500 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Keith Grier, Title IX Coordinator, or Patricia Vaira, Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Keith Hettel, Section 504 Coordinator (employees/adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, Maryland 20646. 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

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