Students talk about the possibility of college at GCT Opportunity Fair

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - Doors are opening for students from all over Region 8, as Greene County Tech's annual Opportunity Fair took place Wednesday morning.

Students from not only GCT, but Crowley's Ridge Academy and Marmaduke were in attendance. Greene County Tech senior, Breanna Cook, says she learned a lot from the people there. "There are a lot of colleges here and everyone wants to just talk to you and explain everything and tell you what they can give you," Cook said. "I thought it had a lot of opportunities and information about the colleges."

Counselor Breta Dean says they host the fair for GCT and other area students to provide them with information and opportunities. "We are able to give students the opportunity to visit with representatives from a number of colleges, " Dean said. "Today they get to visit with many different people and get a lot of information to help them decide where they might want to go. We also want to give students who may not be able to get to the colleges to visit on their own the opportunity to learn more about them. We also want to give students information about possible career choices."

Greene County Tech Junior, Michael Huffman, took a tour of the colleges with two particular subjects in mind. "I've found out that all the colleges that I've went through and checked out have fabulous Psychology courses and band programs. Fairs like this are a very good idea to let students look around and see what courses colleges offer."

While speaking with different people, Cook she discovered an option she was previously unaware of. "You don't know about some of the colleges and I didn't even know about the Naval Academy until I came out here today and it sounds like a really good option for me. I think the Naval Academy has better options since they give you two years to decide if you want to do that the rest of your life and so that's what I'm personally interested in because I want to be a nurse."

Dean says the Opportunity Fair has been taking place at Greene County Tech as far back as 1998. "Our fair has increased and grown each year. We try to invite more and more representatives from businesses and colleges each year."

The 2011 Opportunity Fair had over forty booths and more than five hundred students were in attendance. Dean says they make it a point to invite students from other schools to help them all get the information they need for their futures.

"We try to include the smaller schools around us. The ones who maybe don't have the opportunity to host the event like we do. The kids that attend get to see what each school has to offer and it gives the college representatives the opportunity to discuss what scholarships are available."

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