High school juniors and seniors clocked face-to-face time with representatives of more than 100 colleges and universities Wednesday during the Charles County College Fair held at North Point High School.
The fair offers students an opportunity to learn more about schools they have already researched while introducing them to those that are new to them. It also gives colleges and universities the chance to shine.
“I like that I can learn about different colleges and what they have to offer,” said Alexus Woodland, a La Plata High School junior, who is interested in majoring in social work. “I’m looking for a college where the classes aren’t very big so I can get that one-on-one attention.”
Ryan Smith, a junior at Henry E. Lackey High School, said he also likes seeing the various features of each school and getting a jump on the research and application process. “I like to see my options before approaching deadlines like applications and test scores. I’ll have plenty of time to make a decision instead of making a rush decision,” he said.
Smith, who is interested in studying aerospace engineering, said learning more about his options early will also help when it comes to applying for financial aid.
Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students left an impression on college representatives. “I definitely feel these students have been prepared,” said Philadelphia Zimmermann, senior assistant director of admissions at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla. “They have their questions ready.”
Assistant directors of admissions from seven Historically Black Colleges and Universities, members of the U.S. Armed Forces, a representative of Congressman Steny Hoyer’s office and Sen. Arthur Ellis were at the fair where more than 1,700 upperclassmen visited during the day. About 825 parents and students stopped by the evening session where financial aid sessions were led by Christian Zimmermann, director of financial aid for the College of Southern Maryland. Ellis talked with parents about legislative scholarships available.
While the college fair held an evening session for parents and families with financial aid presentations, more financial aid presentations will be held at CCPS high schools.
Presentations will be hosted by each high school. Parents and students can attend any session, regardless of the school the child attends. The schedule is:
- Henry E. Lackey High School Wednesday, 6 p.m. Oct. 9
- La Plata High School Tuesday, 6 p.m. Sept. 24
- Maurice J. McDonough High School Thursday, 6 p.m. Oct. 3
- North Point High School Thursday, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 10
- St. Charles High School Monday, 7 p.m. Sept. 23
- Thomas Stone High School Tuesday, 6 p.m. Oct. 8
- Westlake High School Thursday, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 10
Charles County Public Schools provides 27,108 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.