Do you want to become a top chef or a fashion designer? Write software programs? Make films or create special effects? Students could learn about all of those possibilities at the annual College Fair held recently at Putnam Northern Westchester Board of Cooperative Educational Services’ Tech Center in Yorktown.
Devon Sherman, an Auto Mechanics student from Hendrick Hudson High School, made one of his stops on his quest for information at the Lincoln Culinary Institute booth. “The fair is really interesting,” he said. Representatives from the Lincoln Technical Institute were also on hand.
The Culinary Institute of America, Pace and Mercy colleges, SUNY schools and nursing schools were among the nearly 50 colleges and technical schools on hand to answer students’ questions and give them a glimpse of college life.
Elaine Anderson, a Cosmetology student from Somers who plans to study either nursing or special education in college, found the diversity of schools represented particularly exciting. “It’s really helpful, having all these schools here and hearing from the representatives,” she said.
To round out the mix, the fair also featured representatives from the armed services and community colleges. Prior to the college fair, Tech Center counselors met with all classes to coach students on how to obtain the best information from the admissions office representatives.
“I really think it’s cool how many colleges are here,” said Cosmetology student Melissa Slattery from Lakeland, who checked out Mercy college, among others. “You can really talk to people and get so much information about so many different opportunities.”
Photo: Cosmo students Melissa Slattery, left, and Elaine Anderson, get the lowdown on academic life at Mercy College. Courtesy Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES