Col­lege fair sched­uled at Ex­ton Square Mall Mon­day

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - LOCAL NEWS - Staff Re­port

WEST WHITELAND >> High school stu­dents and their par­ents are in­vited to at­tend a col­lege fair Mon­day at the Ex­ton Square Mall.

More than 230 col­leges na­tion­wide will gather for the 2016 Ch­ester County Col­lege Fair from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties will be in booths around the mall at 260 Ex­ton Square Park­way.

Co­or­di­nated by the Ch­ester County In­ter­me­di­ate Unit (CCIU), the fair is open to the gen­eral pub­lic. Ad­mis­sion is free. CCIU rep­re­sen­ta­tives said more than 5,000 stu­dents from 45 area high schools are ex­pected to visit the fair and ex­plore their post-grad­u­a­tion op­tions such as nurs­ing schools, ju­nior col­leges, com­mu­nity and tech­ni­cal col­leges, trade and skill schools and branches of the mil­i­tary. In ad­di­tion to dis­cussing en­trance re­quire­ments, fi­nan­cial aid, cam­pus life and aca­demic pro­grams with the coun­selors, par­tic­i­pants can re­ceive in­for­ma­tional brochures and cat­a­logs.

This year’s fair will also have spe­cial fi­nan­cial aid pre­sen­ta­tions to guide fam­i­lies through the FAFSA ap­pli­ca­tion process. In ad­di­tion, stu­dents can learn about schol­ar­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties and get their fi­nan­cial aid ques­tions an­swered.

Jen­nifer Shealy, CCIU spe­cial events co­or­di­na­tor, said there will be some­thing for ev­ery­one at the fair, from four-year and two-year col­leges to spe­cial­ized schools.

“The fair will fea­ture over 230 col­leges and in­sti­tu­tions from across the coun­try, sav­ing fam­i­lies time and money on col­lege vis­its and help­ing stu­dents to nar­row down their top choices,” Shealy said.

Shealy added that stu­dents and fam­i­lies will have the op­por­tu­nity to visit with ca­reer and tech­ni­cal schools, such as the Au­to­mo­tive Train­ing Cen­ter, the CCIU Prac­ti­cal Nurs­ing Pro­gram and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the armed forces.

Among the par­tic­i­pat­ing lo­cal col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties are: Drexel Univer­sity, West Ch­ester Univer­sity, Wi­dener Univer­sity, Univer­sity of Delaware, Millersville Univer­sity, Delaware County Com­mu­nity Col­lege, Temple Univer­sity and Cabrini Univer­sity.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from more

dis­tant in­sti­tu­tions will also be present, in­clud­ing: James Madi­son Univer­sity, Vir­ginia Tech, Gal­laudet Univer­sity, the Univer­sity of Tampa, Amer­i­can Univer­sity and Colorado Mesa Univer­sity.

The Ex­ton Square Mall Chick-fil-A will also be do­nat­ing a per­cent­age of sales back to sup­port the pro­gram dur­ing the fair if pa­trons men­tion they at­tended the col­lege fair. The money will help sup­port next year’s col­lege fair.

The col­lege fair is or­ga­nized by the CCIU on be­half of the guid­ance coun­selors of Ch­ester County. The CCIU said the spon­sors this year in­clude: CCRES Ed­u­ca­tional and Be­hav­ioral Health Staffing Ser­vices, Wells Fargo and Ad­vanced Col­lege Plan­ning So­lu­tions. More in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the col­lege fair, in­clud­ing an up-to-date list of par­tic­i­pat­ing schools, can be found on the CCIU’s web­site at www.cciu.org/col­lege­fair.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Stu­dents and fam­i­lies meet with col­lege rep­re­sen­ta­tives dur­ing a col­lege fair in 2015 hosted by the Ch­ester County In­ter­me­di­ate Unit, which is host­ing a col­lege fair at Ex­ton Square Mall on Oct. 31.

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