College, Career Planning Night for Central Virginia Families Will Be This Wednesday, September 16, at Monticello High School
(ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Virginia) – Over 40 college admission officials, from Michigan to South Carolina and from Alabama to Syracuse, will be making presentations this Wednesday evening, September 16, at Monticello High School when the school conducts its annual College Planning Night.
All high school students and their families can receive information about leading two- and four-year colleges and universities, how to select a school, file a competitive application, and research financial aid and scholarship options. The program will begin at 5:30 in the evening and conclude at 8:30.
Also on hand will be representatives from the Commonwealth’s college savings plan, Virginia 529; from Virginia’s Staffing Choice, an employment search firm; from the military services; and from Piedmont Virginia Community College and the University of Virginia, who will talk about connecting with student disability services.
“There will be a wide range of the finest colleges and universities in Virginia and other states represented in one place at one time. This will be an invaluable opportunity for high school students and their families to begin or add to their planning for their post-graduate careers,” said Irvin Johnson, Monticello’s Director of School Counseling.
Among the sessions that visitors will be able to attend are workshops on how to write college essays and complete competitive applications, on the college admission testing and credit transfer process, for student athletes, and about financial aid.
“Students and families will be able to discuss their college and career choices with experts and attend workshops that will enhance their prospects for gaining admission to the colleges and career paths they desire,” Johnson said.
Between 5:30 and 6:30 on Wednesday evening, participants will be able to visit informational displays and talk with college admission representatives. A presentation on the college selection process by Macy Lenox, the Assistant Dean of Admissions for the University of Virginia, will begin at 6:30, followed by workshops from 7:10 until 8:30.
“This event is open to all high school students, grades 9-12,” Johnson said. “It never is too early to begin planning for life after high school. We urge all high school students in the Central Virginia area to be a part of these very useful conversations,” he said.
CONTACT: Phil Giaramita, Public Affairs and Strategic Communications Officer