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Guidance Hosts College Fair

The Kennedy Catholic Guidance Department hosted over three dozen colleges and universities for a College Day designed for juniors, sophomores and freshmen.  College representatives have historically visited Kennedy on an individual basis throughout the fall season.  The Guidance Department chose to sponsor this event so that Kennedy students would have access to a variety of representatives in order to compare schools more effectively.

“The goal is to bring our students face-to-face with admissions representatives as early and as often as possible,” Director of Guidance Samantha Black said. “In addition to making a positive first impression, it also gives them an opportunity to learn more about the schools and opportunities that might interest them.”

The list of colleges included 19 New York schools, 5 Connecticut colleges and 2 from New Jersey, plus another dozen from beyond the tri-state area.  Among the Empire State schools were St. John’s University and SUNY Albany, which along with Iona College, collectively offer 72 college credits to Kennedy students through an ongoing partnership.

In anticipation of the event, the Guidance Department prepared students in advance on how to maximize their interaction with the college representatives.  “The College Day is an opportunity for students to learn whether a college is a potential match based on their strengths and interests,” Marie Riffel said, “so we encourage our students to prepare in advance by thinking about issues such as campus location, student life and majors.”

Mrs. Black said last year’s graduating class earned more than $17 million in merit scholarship awards, which she attributes to the strong student-teacher dynamic at Kennedy, and to the achievements and accomplishments of our talented student body.

I.T Specialist Mike Kealy has been utilizing the Naviance college application system to communicate the event to students, parents, and faculty. He has generated enthusiasm within the school community and has created a partnership with Kennedy and the colleges attending.

Tables were set up in the Commons for representatives, and students had ample opportunity to frequent them during their lunch periods as well as designated class visits. For more information, please write to Guidance@KennedyCatholic.org

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