39th Annual Chester County College Fair Scheduled for Tuesday, October 19

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DOWNINGTOWN, PA — Preparations are well underway for the 39th annual Chester County College Fair. Representatives from colleges and institutions from across the country are busy readying themselves once again to meet with high school students and their parents to discuss postsecondary opportunities. This year, the fair will look a bit different as participants will join from the comfort of their homes. Hosted by StriveScan and sponsored by CCRES, the Chester County College Fair will be held virtually on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

This virtual fair, powered by StriveScan, will closely replicate the experience of attending an in-person event. Sessions will consist of 45-minute blocks where representatives from six different colleges will present for a duration of six minutes each. Students can interact with representatives from all six institutions throughout the 45-minute session via the Q&A chat feature.

Also, back by popular demand is our Transitioning Beyond High School program, which will be held from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. During this timeslot, students of all abilities and their parents will have the opportunity to listen to presentations and meet with colleges that offer programs for everyone. Various topics will be discussed, including the difference between entitlement versus eligibility when accessing college resources, what programs schools offer for those with disabilities, Intellectual Disability (ID) categorization, receiving a certificate versus receiving a four-year degree and living and transportation accommodations.

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Coordinated by the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU), the college fair is open to the public and admission is free. More than 5,000 students from 50 area high schools throughout southeastern Pennsylvania and northern Delaware are expected to explore their post-graduation options.

“We are excited that we can continue to coordinate our fair for the students and families of Chester County. Even though it will be virtual again this year, we are pleased to be partnering with StriveScan. The sessions are also recorded and will be available at any time after the fair, which is a bonus for those who miss a session or couldn’t attend the fair,” stated Jay Stone, CCIU’s Special Events Coordinator.

Students and parents are encouraged to register and attend multiple sessions with colleges. Stone also added that students and families can speak with representatives from across the United States, as well as nursing schools, junior colleges, community and technical colleges, trade and skill schools and branches of the military service. In addition to discussing entrance requirements, financial aid, campus life and academic programs with the counselors, there will also be a 15-minute breakout room following the 45-minute session for those who wish to have one-on-one conversations with an institution from that session.

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Representatives from approximately 150 postsecondary institutions will participate in the fair. Among the participating local colleges and universities are Cabrini University, Drexel University, Immaculata University, Millersville University, Thaddeus Stevens College, and West Chester University. Out-of-state institutions participating in the fair include Clemson University, Florida Institute of Technology, North Carolina State University, University of Delaware, University of Maryland and Virginia Tech.

The College Fair is organized by the CCIU on behalf of the guidance counselors of Chester County. More information regarding the college fair, including an up-to-date list of participating schools, can be found on the CCIU’s web site at www.cciu.org/college-fair.

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