How much does college cost? How do I apply to become a college student? What programs/majors does your college offer? These were typical questions heard on Wednesday, March 1, at the Robbinsdale Highview Alternative Program College Fair held at Sandburg Learning Center. Instructors Dawn Kalina and Linda Valentine, co-teachers of the Computer Integrated Career Planning class, planned and coordinated the event.
College participants included Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Anoka Technical College, Century College, Hennepin Technical College, Metropolitan State University, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Normandale Community College, North Hennepin Community College, and St. Paul Technical and Community College. A representative from the Page Foundation explained the Foundation’s mission and encouraged students of color to apply for Page scholarships. Hennepin Technical College provided a financial aid officer who fielded questions on the FAFSA and encouraged all students to apply for financial aid. Tyler Treptow from North Hennepin Community College stated that the small informal format allowed the college recruiters to talk one-on-one with students and give them specific information about careers and programs. Students were very engaged.
Two seniors, Makoons Stately and Pamela Nambo Garcia, commented on how useful the session was. Pamela said, “The college fair was really helpful. I heard about new options, and it helped me make some decisions about a nursing career.” Makoons was excited to learn that Metro State offers an Ethnic Studies major because he’s interested in Native American culture and language.