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Vol. LXII, No. 40
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
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Library’s First College Fair Hosts Admissions Reps Statewide

Ellen Gilbert

“This is specific to New Jersey,” Teen Services Librarian Susan Conlon said last week at the Princeton Public Library’s first College Fair. “People seem to appreciate that we’re doing this,” she added as she surveyed the students and parents stopping by information-laden tables staffed by college representatives in the library’s Community Room. “They can focus on their specific options here in the state, without worrying about choices elsewhere.”

Seton Hall’s admission assistant Kellen A. Smith reported that she had informed students about a variety of programs they had not known about before, while recruiter Maria Tazza noted the variety of subject specialties, including hospitality, funeral service, aviation, information technology, business, and communication, at Mercer County Community College (MCCC). Ms. Tazza also pointed out the variety of options offered by MCCC, from a “jump start” program giving high school students a leg up on college courses, to the “New Jersey Stars,” high-achieving students who receive free tuition and assurance of admission to a four-year school school.

Referring to their busy and far-reaching travel schedules, Ms. Conlon noted that admissions representatives “loved the idea” of coming to Princeton. Those who were not able to come in person provided literature about their respective schools. Handouts from Centenary College in Hackettstown encouraged students to discover their “passion for fashion,” with offerings in apparel construction, textiles, sketching, portfolio development, and trend forecasting. Other participating schools included Georgian Court-Meridan Health School of Nursing, Stevens Institute of Technology, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Stockton College, New Jersey City University, Rutgers University, and Rider University. Ms. Conlon expected that, with “good feedback,” the college fair would be back next year.

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