As part of our annual community open house this year, a panel of parents and students will share their experiences in choosing a college. This dialogue session is open to everyone and will feature a Q&A format with each of the panelists along with questions from the audience. I am always interested in hearing how people choose from their higher ed. options.
Typical questions I hear include: I’m not sure what I want to study, can I afford college, where are the jobs, can I transfer later, how can I work and go to school too, and the like. This dialogue session is an opportunity for those making (or helping someone make) a college choice decision to think through all of the variables. I just know it will be enlightening for many!
And with the current skills gap impacting many employers in our state and nation, today’s work environment requires relevant skills for employment. Our goal with events such as the open house and the parent panel is to help parents and young people, as well those looking to change their direction mid-career, understand what the real employment opportunities are in our region, and the education and training they will need to successfully land those opportunities.