Students Attended the 39th Annual Chester County Virtual College Fair
High school students and their parents were eager to learn about their post-graduation options on October 19, when over 100 colleges nationwide joined the Chester County Virtual College Fair. This virtual fair, powered by StriveScan, closely replicated the experience of attending an in-person event. Over 629 students and their family members explored schools from coast to coast in a matter of hours, listening to college and university representatives from across the nation.
"The organization of this fair exceeded my expectations. We were able to hear from multiple colleges in one setting, including universities that were not originally on her radar. The registration was easy and knowing that the sessions were recorded and available after the fair is amazing," stated Ms. Saboori, the mother of a Collegium Charter School senior.
“I am extremely happy with how the fair turned out. Even during a pandemic, we were still able to connect students with institutions in a safe manner. We are known for holding a college fair every October and StriveScan was essential in our success,” said Jay Della Ragione, CCIU’s special events coordinator.
The fair provided an opportunity for students and their parents to hear from representatives from colleges and universities, as well as nursing schools, junior colleges, community and technical colleges, trade and skill schools and branches of the military. Participants and representatives discussed entrance requirements, financial aid, campus life and academic programs.
Among the participating colleges and universities were Bloomsburg University, Drexel University, Immaculata University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Thaddeus Stevens College and West Chester University. Out-of-state institutions included Clemson University, High Point University, University of Alabama, University of Mary Washington, University of Tennessee and Virginia Tech.
Additionally, 37 students attended the Transitioning Beyond High School, a unique opportunity offered for students of all abilities to learn about their options after graduation. Various topics were 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.
The College Fair is organized by the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) on behalf of the guidance counselors of Chester County and sponsored by CCRES Educational and Behavioral Health Services (www.ccres.org). For more information regarding the fair and other CCIU events, please contact Jay Della Ragione at JayD@cciu.org or call 484-237-5053.