College and Career Night Out Celebrates Post-Secondary Opportunities
A record number of colleges, job training programs, military organizations, and community resources were represented at College and Career Night Out on September 30 at Fremont High School. More than 50 organizations were on-hand to help local students explore their post-secondary options.
After shifting to virtual visits and events in 2020, this year’s event drew students and families from across Newaygo County to learn more about post-secondary education, career opportunities, and financial aid. WE CAN! Newaygo County—the local career and college access network—and Fremont Area Community Foundation organized and sponsored the event.
Melissa Miller, Supervisor of Early College and Student Success Services for the Newaygo County Regional Educational Service Agency, said that the event was designed to spark curiosity and connection regarding college and career opportunities for local students.
“With so many factors that can influence a student’s decision to pursue higher education or training after high school, this event continues to serve families in this process by bringing numerous resources and representatives under one roof,” said Miller. “Families are able to make connections, get their questions answered, and hopefully realize there are many resources to support them as they navigate this selection process.”
Attendees enjoyed pizza and were able to attend informational sessions on financial aid, choosing a college, the Promise Zone, and career preparation through apprenticeships.
After informational sessions concluded, a college and career fair in the gym allowed students to speak with representatives from a wide variety of public and private colleges and universities, military branches, trade schools, and career training programs. Partners from Early College Newaygo County, Gerber Foundation, Newaygo County Area Promise Zone, Newaygo County Career-Tech Center, and Fremont Area Community Foundation shared more about the resources their organizations offer to students and families.
Event organizers extend their thanks to their hosts at Fremont High School, the community members and students who volunteered during the event, session presenters, and the local businesses who supported food and beverages, including Bill’s Shop N Save and Walmart.