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Posted on Mar 4, 2019

College fair returns to Quincy Junior High School

Students and parents wanting to see a future beyond high school graduation may yet again get a glimpse of it March 1.
The annual Quincy School District College Fair returns to the Quincy Junior High School campus on March 7, with representatives of several colleges singing the praises of their own classrooms and labs to an audience of Quincy hopefuls.
This is the fourth year of College Fair, and every year it’s been “a huge draw,” said QJHS principal Scott Ramsey, who added that the event is not exclusive to any age. It’s open to students of all ages, including students from Quincy Valley School.
Hundreds of people attend every year, and this kind of turnout is what the district sought when it started College Fair.
“This is what we were hoping for,” Ramsey said. “We were looking for a college night that would promote the college-going mindset and culture, and we also wanted to provide opportunities for students who were not four-year-university-bound.”
Western Washington University, Central Washington University, Eastern Washington University, Washington State University and the University of Washington will have representatives on campus that evening. Three two-year colleges will also have representatives: Big Bend Community College, Wenatchee Valley College and the John Deere program at Walla Walla Community College.
“The John Deere (program) is something new for us,” Ramsey said.
Katia Perez, parent engagement coordinator for the district, added that WWU’s visit was also a first in the four-year history of College Fair.
“I’m hoping for an even bigger turnout this year,” Perez said. “It’s a good opportunity for the students in our district to learn about career options and college options after high school.”
In addition, two technical schools will have representatives on site: Perry Technical Institute, out of Yakima, and Charter College, which has a branch in East Wenatchee.
Lastly, experts on the College Bound scholarship program, on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and on Wenatchee Valley College’s College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) will also be there.
The event is free to the public, with dinner starting at 5 p.m. and presentations beginning around 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Child care is available for parents with younger children. Translators will be available in every room where there is not a bilingual presenter.
“We have something to address pretty much everybody’s needs,” Ramsey said.

By Sebastian Moraga,