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Students explore options at the Futures Fair

posted Nov 2, 2016, 11:35 AM by Makenna Beesley

The Futures Fair was Oct. 18 at Wichita State’s Koch Arena. Roughly 40 juniors and seniors attended. They left after second lunch and got back before the end of school. Other schools in Sedgwick and Sumner County also attended the fair, including Maize, Trinity, and Wichita Heights.

The purpose of the Futures Fair is to have as much information about postsecondary educational options, including colleges, universities, community colleges, proprietary schools, military, technical colleges, and vocational-technical institutions whose programs lead to certification and/or a degree.

“There were a lot of different schools,” junior Delainey Clum said. “There were big and small ones and schools I’d never heard of. It helped me broaden my idea on colleges to go to.”

Exhibitors included representatives from Butler Community College, the Kansas Army National Guard, Kansas State University, Oklahoma State University, Paul Mitchell the School Wichita, the University of Kansas, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Washburn Institute of Technology, Wichita Area Technical College, and Wichita State University.

“There was a wide variety of good schools to talk to,” senior Marcus Smith said. “It was nice to talk to some out-of-state colleges.”

The Futures Fair is a good way for students that are undecided on what major they want to pursue to find a good college that they like that has majors that are interesting in doing.

“Futures Fair is a great thing to go to,” junior Caylee Harrington said. “You can go your junior year and talk to all these different colleges and narrow your choices down, and next year you can go and talk to those couple of choices even more in depth next time.”


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