Students Connect with 80 ‘Top Choice’ Post-Secondary Schools at College Night

Students Connect with 80 ‘Top Choice’ Post-Secondary Schools at College Night
Posted on 11/21/2016
Students Connect with 80 ‘Top Choice’ Post-Secondary Schools at College Night

College Night 2016

Pasadena High students Miranda Cortez and Sophia Solis talk to a representative from Texas A&M about their college careers. Watch the video below.

Hundreds of students throughout the area filled the hallways of Deer Park High School-South Campus recently for the annual College Night Fair.

Hosted by Pasadena, Deer Park and La Porte ISDs, along with First Baptist Christian Academy, students and their families had a chance to network with representatives from over 80 institutions all under one roof to learn how to plan the next step in their educational journey.

“We are very proud of the success of our joint effort,” said Karen McCarley, director of college readiness and counseling. “The recruiters did a great job of engaging students and their parents in conversations that will help them make the best decisions for their post-secondary goals. The students were well prepared to share information about their future plans.”

The event attracted colleges, universities, and technical and specialty schools, along with United States military and naval academies. Some of these included Baylor University, Houston Baptist, University of Texas, Texas A&M, University of Houston campuses, University of Alabama, the Academy of Art institute, Penn State, along with the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the Universidad de Las Americas in Puebla.

In addition to talking with campus representatives, attendees also learned about various resources available for students through financial aid and scholarship opportunities during a presentation by Chandra Gonzalez, scholarship manager with Project GRAD Houston.

As a first generation college bound student, Dobie High junior Victoria Charles and her family decided to attend the fair for guidance about applying for post-secondary opportunities.

“She will be the first to go to college so we want to make sure she is prepared and understands what her options are,” Veronica, her mother said. “This event makes it easy to get information because everything is all in one place and we don’t have to travel to each college campus. Even searching for information online can be overwhelming.”

Her daughter, Victoria, said the event will help her focus in school.

“College Night has been beneficial for me because now I know what I need to focus on in school in order to look like the best candidate for my top choice schools,” Victoria said.

College Night 2016
Dobie junior Victoria Charles and her family receive information from college reps at College Night.

College Night 2016
Pictured: Victoria Charles and her mother Veronica.