High School Students Attend College & Career Fair
Over 3000 juniors and seniors from all six high schools from the Huntsville City School District had a chance to talk with college admissions representatives and area employers at the College and Career Fair, which gave them an opportunity to explore future plans after graduation. This “one stop shop” atmosphere provided students direct access to over 75 colleges and several local businesses to learn more about different careers available in North Alabama, and to find out details on the educational requirements to get a job and succeed. UAHuntsville once again hosted the event at the school’s Fitness Center on the school’s campus.
“We do this every year,” says College & Career Counselor Nancy Wolfe, “we call it the largest field trip on the face of the planet.” For some students, this was a great opportunity to investigate different schools or programs they were considering. Twelfth grade student Emma Taylor says, “I think it’s awesome because, for people like me, I’m trying to decide between a few colleges.” She goes on to say that while she has an idea about her plans after graduation, this event lets her investigate what different schools offer for her program of interest. Andrew Roberts, another twelfth grade student, says that he was able to ask a lot of questions about admissions, scholarships, and score requirements. It is a unique chance for HCS students to meet one-on-one with college admissions officers.
The Expo was a part of College and Career Connection Week, which included a variety of long-term education and career plans. Teachers and staff shared their college and career stories with their classes, and students engaged in activities to investigate college majors they are interested in, career clusters for those choices, and researched businesses that might employ a graduate in that field. The week is sponsored in part by the Huntsville / Madison County Chamber of Commerce, the Schools Foundation, our local colleges, and Huntsville City Schools.