College, career fair set

Published 9:58 pm Wednesday, November 4, 2015

For students, it’s never too early to plan for the future.

The Suffolk public school division is hosting its third annual College and Career Readiness Fair for grades 7-12 on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

“It is just an opportunity for students and parents to hear from someone or ask someone questions,” said Bethanne Bradshaw, spokeswoman for Suffolk Public Schools. The event, she added, would be useful “whether you’re a middle school student or parent trying to plan for high school, or a high school student or parent looking towards the future.”

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The event will take place at King’s Fork Middle School and feature more than 20 college, university and business exhibits available in the gym.

There will also be 19 workshop sessions offered at four different times throughout the day.

A few typical workshops will cover transitioning to high school, finding the perfect college, resume writing and interview skills.

But there will also be workshops on more obscure topics, such as biomedical sciences, International Baccalaureate and engineering.

“Families come back year after year,” said Bradshaw, “Every year there’s something different to learn in addressing the continuum of planning for high school, planning for college and planning for careers.”

So far, 705 students and parents have registered for the event.

The career fair is cosponsored by the Suffolk Education Foundation and is being conducted with the help of approximately 100 volunteers who are either Suffolk Public Schools employees or high school students.

Registration begins at 8 a.m., with workshop sessions starting at 8:30 a.m. and repeating every hour until 11:30 a.m. Colleges, universities and businesses will have information tables and exhibits established from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

In case of inclement weather, the fair will take place Nov. 14. For more information, the school administrative offices can be reached at 925-6752.