Choosing a College: A Parent-to-Parent Panel Discussion

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.

FVTC’s Annual Community House draws around 2,000 visitors. This year’s event will feature a parent panel discussion on how to choose a college.

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.

The open house runs from 3:00-7:00 pm and the parent panel on the Appleton campus will be held from 5:30-6:30 pm. in room A160, inside entrance 15. You can get more info here: We’re also offering a free Starting Your Own Business workshop at 5:00 pm, plus for those who apply to the college in person during the open house, we’re waiving the $30 application fee.

I hope to see you at one of our locations this Tues., Oct. 2!

One thought on “Choosing a College: A Parent-to-Parent Panel Discussion

  1. Catholic colleges in PA

    Thanks for sharing this! As an alumnus I can say that choosing a college isn’t easy, nor is it a fast decision to make. You have to take into account if the school offers your major, how much for tuition and other fees, if you want to commute or live on campus, how far from home it is, what extracurricular activities and so forth. I live in Jersey and attended a private Catholic high school, so I considered Catholic colleges in PA and Delaware as well as nonreligious schools in those areas. There’s a lot to take into consideration so be careful in the selection process.


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