Whitney M. Young Jr. Job Corps Center

Whitney Young Job Corps Hosted a College Fair for Students

July 11th, 2018

The Whitney M. Young Job Corps Center held a very successful College Fair to promote higher education. The college fair was well attended with approximately 200 students, staff and at least 17 college representatives participating. Students who desire higher education and wanting to experience college had the opportunity to speak one-on-one with various college representatives and shop around to see which college program is the best fit for them.

Pursuing college was a new experience for many students being that they will be the first in their family to attend a college or university. Carpentry trade student, Rebecca Neri, was uncertain at first what to say, being that she had not previously talked to anyone about going to college. Nor has anyone in her family attended college. Neri asked what advice would they suggest for someone attending college for the first time in their family and if the colleges had any programs geared for first time college-goers in the family. After speaking with several representatives, Neri received great feedback, one college representative stated she should bond with other first time college students in the family and create a club. This way they can share the experience together and support each other.

Nicholas Duvall, CPP / CTR Specialist, said “It’s a privilege to raise awareness of higher education to our students at the Whitney Young Job Corps Center. Looking forward to seeing more student enrollment to colleges in the future”. Prior to coordinating the college fair Duvall has taken several students to University of Louisville to tour their campus, and has recently toured the University of Kentucky and Kentucky State University as well.

The college vendors were thrilled and very impressed with the student’s participation and maturity. Staff received outstanding compliments from various college representatives, stating that the students asked very good questions and were well prepared.

Leading up to the college fair, staff wore college gear of the school they attended to promote their university and promote higher education. Candice Johnson, PhD, with KHEAA, spoke one-on-on to students regarding financial assistance and college preparation. Simmons College of KY provided an upbeat and exciting drumline band performance to show extra-curricular activities to join while attending college. The 2018 College Fair was supported by the following: University of Louisville, University of Kentucky, Western Kentucky University, MedQuest, ATA College, Indiana Tech, Simmons College of Kentucky, MTSU, Kentucky State University, Campbellsville University, Sullivan University, Ivy Tech Community, Bluegrass Community & Tech College, Eastern Kentucky University, and Jefferson Community & Technical College.