X

College & Career Training in Alaska

The aroma of pumpkin spice is in the air. It is after all, the month of October. For juniors and seniors in high school this means—it’s College & Career Fair season in Alaska. College Fairs put representatives from a number of colleges across the country together with parents and students in one huge location to help students narrow down their college or training choices. This is a great opportunity for students to show their interest in an institution and to ask questions to make sure the college is a good fit for them.

Before attending the College & Career Fairs near your hometown, it’s best to be prepared. Below are a few tips to help you void aimlessly wondering the many rows of exhibit booths only to end up with a lot of swag and no answers. 

Highlight Your School Choices

Most College & Career fairs have a list of institutions that will be attending and the event may get crowed very quickly. Look at the schools that are attending then pick out the ones that peak your interest, research each institution.

Ask Questions

Develop questions that address your concerns. Below are a few that will get you started:

  1. What does the admission process look like?
  2. What are the ACT/SAT requirements?
  3. What is the cost of attendance for the upcoming school year?
  4. Does your college offer on-campus housing?
  5. What type of activities does your college campus-life offer?
  6. Does your institution participate in the Western Undergraduate Exchange program (WUE)?
  7. When are your Admissions and Financial Aid deadlines?
  8. What are the top programs at your institution?
  9. Is there job placement to help for graduates?
  10. In addition to federal aid from the FAFSA, what other financial assistance is available from the college or state?

Dress for the Occasion

A three-piece suit isn’t necessary, but appearance matters, so make a good impression. Dress neatly and act politely. Keep in mind that some colleges may be looking for students who take the process seriously.

Get Contact Information and Take Notes

Don’t forget to pick up the business card of the college representative you visit with incase you’d like to send a thank you note (it’s a polite thing to do) or if you have additional questions later. Finally, remember to take notes. Carry a pad and pen with you if needed.

Above all, have fun and enjoy the chance to connect on a personal level. Here is a list of the dates for the 2019 College & Career Fairs in Alaska.

About the Author

Christina Campbell

Christina Campbell

ACPE: College & Career Specialist

Christina Campbell is a College & Career Specialist with the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education. She has a BS in Journalism and Communications from Eastern New Mexico University, and a Broadcast Meteorology Certification in Geosciences from Mississippi State University. Christina was on the original implementation team that brought College Goal Sunday to Alaska in 2005. 

Related

One Big Reason to Make Loan Payments In School: Why pay when you don’t have to? To save money!

One Big Reason to Make Loan Payments In School: Why pay when you don’t have to? To save money!

If loans are part of your plan for college or career training, the first way to save is to do your r...

Read More >
What are the AmeriCorps, The Peace Corps, and Job Corps all about?

What are the AmeriCorps, The Peace Corps, and Job Corps all about?

Many of our blogs are focused on individuals who seek to improve themselves through colleges and car...

Read More >
4 Easy Steps to Planning the Perfect School Schedule

4 Easy Steps to Planning the Perfect School Schedule

Before you can attend any classes, you have to schedule them. Here are some tips to maximizing your...

Read More >
The Alaska CAN Network | 6th Annual Conference – Educational Equity

The Alaska CAN Network | 6th Annual Conference – Educational Equity

Representatives from Alaska agencies, institutions, school districts, industries, businesses, and Al...

Read More >
ACPE’s Success Center New Appointment Scheduling System is Now Live!

ACPE’s Success Center New Appointment Scheduling System is Now Live!

ACPE’s Success Center Team is happy to announce that we have launched a new online appointment sche...

Read More >
Net Cost: Beyond the Sticker Price of Schools

Net Cost: Beyond the Sticker Price of Schools

The price of colleges can seem a bit daunting, and some families spend years preparing to pay for co...

Read More >