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Coshocton C.A.R.E.S holds college fair

| October 17, 2018

Garret Bassett attended the college fair at the Coshocton County Career Center on Oct. 16. He is seen with his mom, Lori and sister Lilly as he talks to the representative from Mount Vernon Nazarene University. Jen Jones | Beacon

COSHOCTON – Coshocton C.A.R.E.S (Community Action Resources to Educate Students) held its annual college fair at the Coshocton County Career Center on Tuesday, Oct. 16.

More than 60 representatives from the military, colleges, tech schools and trade schools filled the halls of the school for eager students to visit. Lynn Hill, from Coshocton C.A.R.E.S, said, “This is a wonderful opportunity for people from Coshocton to see so many schools without having to travel.”

Brian Crilow, director of Coshocton C.A.R.E.S, said the group is a non-profit to help schools with college and career planning. “When we started, the push was for all students to go to college. That’s changed now, with the economy and so many manufacturing places that need employees. We want to show students there is a wide range of paths to their career.”

“This is an exploration activity. The students can find colleges with the programs they are interested in and get more information about the school. With this information, they can decide which schools they want to visit. This is really convenient for parents to come, too.”

“One of the most common things we hear is that the college fair helped a student figure out where they wanted to go. Maybe they didn’t decide that night, but they got the information they needed to make an informed decision.”

Raquel Foster and Morgan Matis are both seniors at Ridgewood High School who attended the fair.  Foster said she came to get a better look at different colleges and ask questions. “I’m thinking about Cincinnati or OSU. I want to study biology.”  She is looking for a bigger school and got a lot of new information about colleges she hadn’t thought about attending.

Matis is planning to study chemistry. “I came to find information to help tip the scales for which college I want to go to.” She is considering both Kent State and Mount Union. “I like getting the different points of view. The reps are so helpful.”  Matis is thinking about a medium size school as she doesn’t want a huge one where she would be lost in the crowd or too small where everyone knows everyone else.

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