Over 2,100 high school students from a 14-county area converged on the State Fair Community College campus Tuesday for the third annual College and Career Day, designed for high school juniors and seniors searching for a career path.
Amanda Stoecklein, director of College and Career Readiness, was one of the main organizers of the event. Her office is the executor of the ACE grant for SFCC. “That’s what pays for this event,” she explained. “It’s a $100,000 grant that we get through MDHE (Missouri Department of Higher Education). This will be the third year we’ve had the grant.”
Judging by last year’s event, College and Career Day at SFCC is quite successful and effective, Stoecklein noted. “The grant allows us to do bus reimbursements for the smaller schools that can’t afford to bus the kids here; that’s the nice thing about the grant,” she said.
About 44 area high schools were represented from SFCC’s service area at the 2013 College and Career Day event. That includes high schools from the Lake of the Ozarks area, Eldon, Jamestown, Marshall, Knob Noster and all points in between. The students that swarmed over the SFCC campus were mainly juniors and seniors, but schools could also include sophomores if they choose, Stoecklein noted, adding that the event was divided into two main areas –- college and career. At the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center, there were 45 colleges and universities represented with displays covering the main floor. And about 17 business and industry booths were set up in the Yeater building for students to peruse.
One of those was the SFCC’s Commercial Driving Academy, which works in partnership with Ditzfeld Transfer. The academy was conducting demonstrations behind the Yeater with an 18-wheeler, attracting a group of 20 young men.
“The Yeater is our highest traffic area,” Stoecklein. “We also have about 16 of our student clubs and organizations set up on the lawn, so they can talk to SFCC students and ask questions about student life while they’re eating lunch.”
Each student walking around the campus carried a bag of info provided by SFCC officials as they stepped off their school bus.
SFCC President Dr. Joanna Anderson welcomed area high school counselors to College and Career Day with a short speech in the hospitality room (Thompson Conference Center). The counselors were acting as chaperones for their high school students.
Stoecklein had the help of a committee to assemble the campus-wide event, which she greatly appreciated. “We had a committee this year, thank goodness!” she said. “And hopefully, we can continue to get funding for this event.” Photo by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.