Preparing for the next step

Published 10:04 pm Thursday, October 23, 2014

Suffolk Public Schools is gearing up for its annual College and Career Readiness Fair, to be held at King’s Fork Middle School on Nov. 1.

It’s for students in grades seven through 12, as well as their parents, with workshop sessions on a variety of topics related to planning for high school, preparing for college and transitioning to the workforce.

For example, district guidance counselors will present a session titled Transitioning to High School, informing about the program of study, advanced courses and Standards of Learning and graduation requirements.

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On the topic of preparing for college, the Access College Foundation will discuss ways to pay for college, including federal and state grants, loans and college savings plans.

On the job-hunting front, sessions will include resume writing, preparing for interviews and what apprenticeships are all about.

That’s just a snapshot of the 16-odd sessions listed in the program.

The event also includes information booths, where students and parents can discuss college and career options with folks in the know.

Twenty-five different booths were confirmed as of Tuesday, representing an array of colleges and other types of schools, the armed forces and Suffolk Education Foundation.

The event opens at 8 a.m. for registrations, followed by an opening session at 8:30 a.m. and workshop sessions at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m.

The district is strongly encouraging advanced registrations, and this can be done at or by picking up a registration form at any district middle or high school.

Information booths will be available throughout the event.