College Resource & Information Fair set for Feb. 27

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To help students pursue post-secondary education options, Harvesting Scholars will present its inaugural College Resource & Information Fair Feb. 27. The event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at the Cartersville Civic Center, 435 W. Main St.“The college fair is geared toward students in eighth through 12th grade as well as those who have graduated and are interested in going back to school,” said Gloria Calhoun, founder of Harvesting Scholars. “There will be various types of colleges and organizations represented to give students the experience of speaking face–to-face with college recruiters. Attendees will have an opportunity to see and hear firsthand the GPA and entrance exam scores needed to enroll as well as the differences in what each program has to offer and what they are seeking in students.“Recognizing that attending a larger college or university may not be the best fit for everyone, various types of schools were invited to expose students to other options. Some may do better with enrolling in a certificate program while others may not be interested in college at all. For those students, something is also available. A representative from the Goodwill Career Center will be on-site to provide resource information for anyone seeking a job or exploring a specified career.”During the fair, at least 20 tables will be manned with representatives from colleges and organizations, some of which include Auburn University, Chattahoochee Technical College, Georgia Highlands College, Dillard University, Empire Beauty School, Reinhardt University, Savannah College of Art and Design, University of West Georgia, New Frontier of Bartow County, the AASCA, Soul Sistas Run Inc., Rome chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Morehouse Naval ROTC and the Morehouse Naval Academy, and The City Outreach STEM program.“We want them to come away with a better understanding of what they need to do to be successful as they begin to choose the college or university they will attend,” Calhoun said. “Even though the school of their dreams may not be represented at this event, this experience will prepare and help to point them in the right direction and lay the foundation for what they need to be prepared for.”The College Resource & Information Fair also will offer three workshops titled “Financial Aid,” “Campus Safety” and “Understanding the Athletic Recruitment Process.”According to a news release from Harvesting Scholars, “The Financial Aid workshop will discuss Filling out the FASFA, Move on When Ready Program for High School Students, and affordable options for students as they are preparing for college. Kristie Teasley, Director of Financial Aid at Chattahoochee Technical College, will be the presenter and will answer questions and meet one on one with those who need guidance.“As students begin choosing which college or university to attend, there are several precautionary measures that should be considered to ensure safety while on campus. Point University’s Director of Safety and Security, Fred Berkeley, will provide a workshop giving safety tips and questions to ask college admissions and recruiters so that students know before they go.“Lastly, so many talented student athletes find themselves in the dark about what to do and how to get noticed by college coaches to play sports on the next level. Mike Gilliam, Former World-Class Athlete, Hall of Fame Inductee, National Champion, Division I Coach and founder of Opportunity Through Athletics, Inc. will present information about how to get noticed by college coaches and explain how the athletic recruitment process works. He educates about the 5 Step Recruitment process and how to handle each one. He motivates student athletes and parents about the things they need to be working on to prepare for college academically, athletically, and personally. There will also be a panel of college athletes that will participate and talk about their experiences as high school students going through the process. There will be a special guest appearance from an NFL superstar from the Atlanta Falcons who will also participate on the panel.”For more information about the College Resource & Information Fair, contact Calhoun at 470-315-1965 or harvestingscholars@gmail.com.