Area students to attend higher education fair

HURON — Juniors and Seniors from Huron High School will be able to visit with representatives from colleges and other post-secondary institutions participating in a Post-High School Education Fair at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at the Huron Arena. Nearly 50 institutions are scheduled to attend.
“Since surveys indicate that parents are the number one influence in their student’s future planning, we are extending an invitation to them to attend the fair,” said Lacey Wilde, Huron High School Counselor.
The fair is free for high school students and their parents, as well as other interested adult learners. Several area high schools will be participating earlier in the day.
Institutional representatives from all of South Dakota’s public universities, technical institutes and most private colleges will be on hand to answer questions. Several out-of-state institutions from Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Iowa, Arizona and Wyoming will be on hand as well.
Lending institutions will also be present to provide information on financial aid. In addition, representatives from the military services will be available to answer questions about their programs and about college funding available through the services.
“These annual programs offer an excellent chance for one-stop shopping by high school juniors and seniors seeking to narrow down their choices of what to do after high school,” said Tom Cool, Executive Director of the Council on College Admission in South Dakota. Cool noted that the programs are intended as part of an overall process, and that students are not expected to complete applications at this time.  
“We feel that this is an important first step for students and that it should be followed by more research and very definitely by a visit to the student’s top two or three picks of post-secondary institutions,” said Cool.