The Charles County College Fair is traditionally the first field trip of the school year for Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) high school juniors and seniors. They visit the convocation center at North Point High School to talk to representatives of colleges and universities, the military and trade schools about “life after high school plans.”
Like so much this year, things are going to work a little differently this go around.
The 23rd annual Charles County College Fair is Wednesday, Sept. 16, and will be held virtually. CCPS students and parents will connect live with admissions representatives through video conferencing using Zoom, Webex and Google Meet on the day of the event.
Students will access a database housed in their CCPS Microsoft Teams account to attend the college fair virtually. Counselors for juniors and seniors will email additional information to students early next week, and the database will remain available after Sept. 16 for students and parents to reference.
At the virtual fair, college and career representatives will hold hour-long live sessions during which they will discuss admissions requirements, the application process and take virtual campus tours. The fair has two sessions — one from 9 a.m. to noon, the other from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Students can “visit” a school on the hour. The first 30 minutes include a presentation, with the second half reserved for questions and answers.
More than 75 colleges and universities, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), U.S. military branches and trade schools will be represented at the virtual fair. The College of Southern Maryland will hold a live financial aid presentation virtually from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Parents and students can join the financial aid Zoom meeting on the evening of the fair.
Charles County Public Schools provides 27,521 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 37 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, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Kathy Kiessling, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Nikial M. Majors, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 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.
CCPS provides nondiscriminatory equal access to school facilities in accordance with its Use of Facilities rules to designated youth groups (including, but not limited to, the Boy Scouts).