Friday, October 14, 2016

Annual College Night a success for students and campus

Area high school students and their parents had the opportunity to explore the offerings of approximately 50 colleges and universities during the annual College Night event held on Oct. 12 in the Shoemaker Center on the Ohio University - Chillicothe campus. Both the Chillicothe campus and Athens campus of Ohio University were among those represented at the event.

This annual event is key realization of OU-C’s mission. In helping local students and families connect with institutions, organizations and various financial support options, the Chillicothe campus is able to fulfill its role serving as a community resource.

“No matter where area students pursue their college dreams, our hope is to serve as the first step in their journey,” said Dean Martin Tuck.

The Chillicothe Campus was founded in 1946, largely to provide World War II veterans the opportunity to use their GI Bill benefits to pursue their college dreams. The annual college night event is a continuation of that opportunity, opening doors to area families, many who may be connecting with a college representative for the first time.

“College Night provides OU-C the opportunity to not only share insights on the college admissions and financial aid processes, but it is an incredible chance to watch students embark on the very first step in finding a career that allows them to turn their passions into professions,” said Tuck.

Those who attended College Night had the opportunity to explore degree options, transfer options, admission requirements, and college costs as well as financial aid options. Besides the various educational institutions, representatives of some branches of the Armed Forces and various scholarship and loan programs were in attendance.

“We want to ensure that area students are aware of the advantages that OU-C offers, including the friendliness of a small campus and resources of a national university. More than that, it is important that that our area students realize the opportunities that are available to them,” OUC Director of Student Services John Fisher said.

For those unable to attend, or for on-going support, students are encouraged to visit the Student Services Office in Bennett Hall where dedicated staff can assist with everything from the admissions process, financial aid, advising and more.

The local Kiwanis Club chapter and OU-C sponsored the College Night event.

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