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DHS College Fair helps families plan, students succeed

The dozens of colleges and universities represented at Denison High School’s recent College Fair were as diverse and unique as the hundreds of students and families who packed the DHS gymnasium seeking answers to questions about everything from room, board and tuition to scholarships, work-study programs and financial aid.

The college representatives came from near and far, including such local institutions as Grayson College, Austin College, Southeastern Oklahoma State University and the University of North Texas as well as far-away institutions that included the University of Connecticut, Tennessee State University, Colorado State University and Virginia Tech.

“A total of 73 colleges and universities set up tables and welcomed students and families to our first College Fair of the 2018-19 school year,” said Carrie Boettger, DHS Lead Counselor. “The diversity in representation this year was exceptional, including some of the nation’s top-tier universities as well as some really great community colleges, highly respected military institutions, culinary schools and technical colleges. Our goal is to get our students and parents working together to not only choose the institution that best suits the needs and interests of the students…but also the family budget. Financial aid is definitely available, but students and parents need to know where to look, when to apply and how to navigate the system.”

For students interested in career opportunities, National Government Services/Anthem representatives were on hand with information on career training and job opportunities in such fields as Marketing, Medicine/Health Care, Accounting/Finance, Legal, IT, Human Resources, Business Development, Communications and more --- as well as great benefits that include college tuition reimbursement, on-the-job training, health insurance, 401(k) with company match, opportunities for advancement and other great perks.

“This year’s fair truly offered something for everyone,” said Boettger. “Tuition rate hikes in recent years have been very substantial, making it imperative for our students and families to plan now…and get those scholarship applications completed and submitted early. There are money-saving options out there, as well as low-cost loans, grants and a wide variety of scholarships. Planning is key. With careful and timely planning, college can be a very rewarding and successful experience for everyone involved.”

Tennessee State University’s representative at the DHS College Fair made a point of sharing laughs as well as pertinent information with the students who crowded around his table throughout the afternoon.

Representatives from Community College of the Air Force provided DHS students with information and brochures challenging them to consider careers in Cryptologic Language Analysis, Aircraft Maintenance, Security Forces Specialists and other exciting fields during the school’s recent College Fair

National Government Services/Anthem representatives attended Denison High School’s recent College Fair to give students information on career training and job opportunities in Marketing, Medicine/Health Care, Accounting/Finance, Legal, IT, Human Resources and other fields --- as well as program benefits that include tuition reimbursement, on-the-job training, health insurance, 401(k) plans, advancement opportunities and other great perks.

A large group of DHS students lined up at the Texas State Technical College table to gather information on the school’s “Less Lecture/More Hands On” study program. The college was one of 73 institutions of higher learning that participated in this year’s College Fair in the DHS gymnasium.

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