Saranac Lake, NY – Busloads of high school students from Essex and Franklin counties traveled to North Country Community College’s Saranac Lake campus on Oct. 5 to meet with representatives from a long list of colleges and universities.
North Country’s second-annual College Fair drew more than 200 high school juniors and seniors from eight school districts. At tables that stretched from end to end of the Sparks Athletic Complex gymnasium, they talked and networked with admissions staff from 61 colleges and universities from across the Northeast.
“It was an excellent opportunity for the high school students to learn about what options are out there after high school, and what college or university could be the right fit for them,” said Rachel Gebhardt, NCCC’s assistant director for admissions. “This is college search and application crunch time for high school seniors. And for the juniors, this is the starting point of making their lists and figuring out where they want to go and what they want to do.”
“It was a wonderful experience for our students,” said Lisette Maguire, a school counselor at Franklin Academy in Malone. “The mix of 2-year, 4-year, public and private colleges was great.”
In addition to meeting with representatives of the various colleges, tours of North Country’s Saranac Lake campus were also provided to some of the visiting students.
“Many of these students are familiar with North Country through our College Bridge program, but this was a great chance to get them physically on our campus and show them what we have to offer,” Gebhardt said.
The College Fair also was also an opportunity for current North Country students to learn more about colleges and universities they could transfer to after graduation.
North Country uses the proceeds from the table fee paid by participating colleges to reimburse bussing costs for the high schools that attend the College Fair.
“That way there’s little to no cost for the high schools to come,” Gebhardt said. “We’re plan to do it again next year and hope to get even more schools involved.”
The event was co-sponsored by Paul Smith’s College.