Area students to attend higher education fair

Area students to attend higher education fair Students from Vermillion High School will be able to visit with representatives from a number of colleges and other post-secondary institutions participating in a Post-High School Education Fair on Thursday, Oct. 25 at the DakotaDome from 9 to 10 a.m.

The fair is free for high school students and their parents, as well as interested adult learners. Several area high schools will be participating.

Institutional representatives from all of South Dakota's public universities, technical institutes and most private colleges will be on hand to answer questions. Among the many out-of-state schools participating will be Creighton University, Omaha, NE, Iowa State University, Ames, North Dakota State University, Fargo, and University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Lending institutions will also be present to provide information on financial aid. In addition, representatives from the military services will be available to answer questions about their programs and about college funding available through the services.

"These annual programs offer an excellent chance for one-stop shopping by high school juniors and seniors seeking to narrow down their choices of what to do after high school," said Tom Cool, executive director of the Dakota Association for College Admission Counseling.

The fair is co-sponsored by area high schools and the Dakota Association for College Admission Counseling.

Cool noted that the programs are intended as part of an overall process, and that students are not expected to complete application for admission at this time.

"We feel that this is an important first step for students and that it should be followed by more research and very definitely by a visit to the student's top two or three picks of post-secondary institutions," said Cool.

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