College Fair Format Changed for Parents

The Annual Broken Arrow High School College Fair is Oct. 26 at the BAHS gym. This event that annually produces one of the area’s top participation rates of colleges and universities hopes to increase participation of parents, which is why this year’s College Fair, will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. instead of during the school day as in previous years.

“We found a school day setting for the College Fair guaranteed student participation, but it proved difficult for many parents to attend because of jobs and other responsibilities,” BAHS Counseling Department Chair Linda Hefley said. “Parents were having to ask us after the fact about something that their child had brought home from the fair, and it created some frustration issues for the parents. We want parents to have the opportunity to get their questions answered from the experts, and this format change will enhance those opportunities for parents who can attend an evening college fair session with their child.”

One aspect of the evening that parents will especially find helpful is a financial aid presentation that will be made available at 5, 6, and 7 p.m. in the BAHS cafeteria as the College Fair activities occur in the BAHS gym.

Even though the time of day has changed for the College Fair, representation of colleges has not, which means parents and students will have the opportunity to visit in person with a plethora of college representatives offering the latest insight and information on entry deadlines and requirements, course offerings, and scholarship opportunities.

“Instead of having to go to several colleges and burning up untold number of gallons of gas, this fair brings the colleges to Broken Arrow so that parents and students are able to get answers to their questions from real people who have essential information. It’s an excellent event that we are proud to offer our students and their parents,” Hefley explained.

For additional information regarding the BAHS College Fair, scheduled for Oct. 26 from 5 to 8 p.m., parents may contact the BAHS counseling office at (918) 259-4310.

Updated 10-26-2006

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