CAMDEN — A career and college fair open to all students will play host to almost 100 industry representatives Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Caesar Rodney High School. The fair was originally set for March 15, but was rescheduled for March 29 because of a winter storm.
The second annual Riders Career and College Fair will feature college, university, technical school, adult education, trade union and apprenticeship representatives. Military recruiters will also be on site.
“Last year, we resurrected this career fair process in honor of the district’s centennial,” said CRHS principal Dr. Sherry Kijowski. “We want to make college, career and military opportunities accessible to students.”
Although the event is most likely to draw high school-aged students from Kent County, Dr. Kijowski said all are welcome.
“We encourage freshman to come to at least get a sense of what college may cost and get some idea about what opportunities will be available to them after high school,” she said.
“This way, when they get to junior and senior year, they can make the most informed decision possible. We’ve had some middle school families ask if they can come too — everyone is welcome. It’s never too soon to start having this conversation with students.”
The guidance counselor-coordinated event will be held in the CRHS gymnasium. It is an open house format so no registration is required and a vendor map will be available at the door.
Caesar Rodney High is at 239 Old North Road in Camden
Dr. Kijowski encourages family participation as well — vendors geared toward parents are also on site to provide information.
“There are some groups like $tand By Me, Wells Fargo and The Delaware Money School that will be there to talk to families about financial planning for college,” she said. “The fair is also just a good place to get the dialogue going between parents and students about life after high school.”
The format of the fair itself, Dr. Kijowski said, will enable students to become smart consumers.
“It’s an opportunity to look holistically at institutions or career options,” she said. “And because you have multiple vendors there, you can find the thing that is the best fit for you.”
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