Kanawha schools host annual college fair for high school students

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia high school juniors and seniors are learning more about how to apply to college and careers.

“It’s kind of at that point where you have to pick what you want to do for the rest of your life, so it’s kind of overwhelming,” said Regan Raines, a senior at St. Albans High School.

Kanawha County Schools hosted its 41 Annual College Fair Tuesday at the Charleston Civic Center. More than 85 institutions and organizations had tables set up to interact with students.

Raines is interested in attending Marshall University next year as a biology major, so she spoke to a representative with the College of Applied Sciences about the application process.

“For me as a student, that’s a lot more reassuring to know that I have someone I can contact there someone that I’ve seen before. It’s definitely a lot more personal having just a website,” she said.

Chelsea Adkins, a senior at Riverside High School, said she liked interacting with college representatives face-to-face.

“When you get on websites you don’t really know what to look at, but here you get immediate answers from people so I like that a lot,” she said.

Adkins has her eyes on the University of Charleston and West Virginia State University to become a special education teacher.

“I just feel a really great connection to those kind of kids. I want to do something that I enjoy every day for my career,” she said.

The event featured a variety of institutions and organizations from 4-year to 2-year college programs, trade schools, military, law enforcement jobs and more. The Charleston Police Department, Toyota and others were on hand for Tuesday’s fair.

“We’ve brought a variety of post-secondary institutions and options together here in one place, so that really there’s a program or option for all students,” said John Duffy, director of counseling and testing for Kanawha County Schools.

The fair also featured ACT/SAT registration tables, a financial aid table and about a dozen Kanawha County business tables.

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