At its 26th annual occurrence last year, the Southern New Hampshire Spring College Fair, hosted by Pinkerton Academy, saw 2,000 attendees and 150 vendors. This year promises to be just as eventful.
“This will be my ninth year doing it,” said Tammy Craft, Manager of Pinkerton Academy’s School Counseling Department. “and we’ve always had a nice April evening. I hope that the snow goes away by then!”
This year’s college fair will take place on Thursday, April 13th, from 6pm-8pm in the Pinkerton Academy Field House after Pinkerton Academy’s second annual career fair. The event is open to students and families throughout New Hampshire at no cost.
Over the past few years, the college fair has seen the inclusion of trade schools, two-year colleges, schools of hair design, and military services in addition to the “traditional” four-year colleges and universities. Staff from the NH Community College system will also be there for students who are interested in starting out at a 2-year technical school or college and later on transferring to a university, to help them navigate through the process.
For those students who feel they will not be ready to enroll in college, trade school, etc after graduation, representatives from Winterline Global Education, a “gap-year” program based out of Cambridge, MA, will be available to help guide them. Gap-year programs offer high school graduates a chance to take a year to learn through travel, or to study different trades, while giving them some time to soul-search while they decide on the right path for them.
There will be two sessions made available again by popular demand for families who would like to learn more about the financial aid process in preparation for post-secondary education. Karen Collins from the NHHEAF will be present to explain the FAFSA, as there have been some changes made to it in this past year. One session will be available from 5:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., and the second session will be from 6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., both taking place in the Ek Science building in the Manning Lecure Hall. Space will be limited to the first 70 attendants.
There will also be two sessions for parents of juniors to learn more about what their child should be doing in preparation for the college application process. Two Pinkerton Academy counselors will be putting on presentations on the important things going on during this time, and will also offer a quick review of the Naviance program. These sessions will be available from 6:10 p.m. – 6:40 p.m. and from 6:50 p.m. – 7:20 p.m. in Room 320 – the second floor of the EK Science building. Students will be available to direct parents to the correct room.
Along with their families, the majority of students in attendance are typically sophomores and juniors, who are starting to figure out their post-secondary direction, with some seniors who are still left on the fence as to what they want to do. The event is advertised to freshmen, although many do not attend.
“It’s too early for many of them,” Craft chuckled. “They don’t want to think that far into the future yet.”
But to the older students scouting schools and programs, the Southern NH Spring College Fair offers a chance to speak personally with various school representatives and have questions answered about their prospective college. Parents will also have the opportunity to meet with their student(s)’ school of interest, and have questions answered about funding options available to them.
For more information on the college fair, contact Tammy Craft in the Pinkerton Academy School Counseling Office at (603) 437-5200 ext 1189.
See related story on page 7 about the Career Fair preceding this event.