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Friday, Sep 06 2013 10:26 AM

'First Look': College Night coming up Monday

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    Bakersfield High School guidance counselor Katie Price talks about Kern County College Night on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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Representatives from more than 100 colleges and universities will converge upon Rabobank Convention Center Monday night for the 14th annual Kern County College Night.

It's an opportunity for students and parents to learn about schools and attend information sessions on everything from obtaining financial aid and scholarships to writing a personal statement to deciding on a college. It runs from 5 to 8 p.m.

The free event put on by the Kern County Superintendent of Schools attracts 6,000 to 8,000 people each year, Katie Price, a Bakersfield High School guidance counselor, said Friday on "First Look with Scott Cox."

She said she encourages students to study what interests them.

"Most of the careers that these kids are going to have, they don't even exist right now," Price said.

The counselor echoed what others in local business and education have said before: Few people in Kern County have college degrees, and businesses are looking to hire qualified workers.

At College Night, students and parents will be able to talk to representatives from public and private colleges and universities.

Local and California schools will be there, as will out-of-state schools including Notre Dame, Arizona State University, Colorado School of Mines, University of Massachusetts, Missouri University of Science & Technology and Oregon State, according to the Superintendent of Schools Office.

Breakout sessions are slated for 5:15 and 6:30 p.m. Later sessions will cover NCAA rules for incoming college athletes and finding the perfect college.

College Night is sponsored by PG&E and Chevron.


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