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WCHS to host college fair Thursday

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Event is Thursday, March 24 from 6-7:30 p.m.

By Geoff Hamill

March is “Go to College Month” at Washington County High School, and principal Paul Terrell is working to get his students, as well as future high school students, ready for college and post secondary education. To help with that process, the high school will host a college fair Thursday at 6-7:30 p.m. in the WCHS gymnasium.
“What we want to do is heighten student and parent awareness of college and how important it is that students receive some type of post-secondary education,” Terrell said. “We are interested in promoting this with both middle and high school students. It’s not just about high school students, but also seventh and eighth graders who need to be preparing for college. We want to get that thought out to students very early.”
At  this time, Terrell said a total of 14 colleges and universities from around the state have committed to attend the college fair, and he is hopeful that others may join. Among those participating are St. Catharine College and the Elizabethtown Community and Technical and College.
Superintendent of Washington County Schools Robin Cochran said she is pleased with the offering of the fair, and feels it meets challenges offered from state education officials.
“I am very excited to see Washington County High School offer this opportunity for the students and families of Washington County,” Cochran said. “The entire Washington County staff and board of education has embraced Kentucky Department of Education Commissioner Dr. Terry Holliday’s challenge to raise our College and Career Ready rate by 50 percent by 2014.  The college fair is just one example of how Washington County High School has strategized to make this happen.  It will be an exciting day for all stakeholders in Washington County when this occurs.”
College readiness is the goal, and Terrell said that starts in the classroom for students at his school with advanced placement, or AP, classes. He said those classes will be discussed with students and parents at the fair who can visit tables about that topic, as well as tables with information about financial assistance for college.
“It should be a well-rounded night. I’m sure the colleges will give some financial assistance information, too,” Terrell said. “We want this to become an annual event, and we want every March to be ‘Go to College Month.’ We want it to evolve and grow into something parents and students look forward to so they can get ready and prepare for their educational future.”