Regional College Night spotlights local education options

VIENNA – While it may be October, many area high school students with hopes of attending college next fall are trying to decide where they want to go to further their education.

In an effort to give those students a look at what is available locally, Washington State Community College in Marietta sponsored the first Regional College Night @ the Mall in Vienna Tuesday, to provide an opportunity to explore local options.

“We wanted people to be aware there are a lot of good resources, training and education opportunities locally; they don’t need to go far away to get a quality education,” said Nicole Kuhn, assistant director of admissions at Washington State Community College. “It was really important for us to have local schools come out tonight.”

Kuhn said the schools at the event represented a variety of options.

“People are looking for all kinds of different types of training and education,” she said.

Kuhn said the program at the mall was a chance to reach a larger audience.

“Some schools will have college fairs on their campus and college reps will go to schools and talk to students,” she said. “They don’t always get to talk to the parents and supportive persons and as far as our adult learners are concerned obviously we can’t reach them in high school so we wanted to have a ground for people to come out and see the resources available.”

Kelsey Good, a senior at Parkersburg South High School, said she learned of the event from friends at school and decided to take a look at what local schools had to offer.

“It was an opportunity to get more information,” she said. “I’m undecided right now about where I will go but I am looking at these also.”

Mary Brand and her daughter Angela Modesitt were at the college night. Brand said while her daughter is a sophomore, she has been thinking about her college plans.

“She’s been interested in colleges and we are here to figure where to go,” she said. “She has a couple of years to figure out what she wants to be.”

Dakota Thompson, a senior at Belpre High School, said he learned more about some of the local schools he did not know. He said the college night gave him more to think about.

“I’ve managed to think of others. I’ve kind of widened my search a little,” he said. “I’m leaning toward OU for music.”

His mother, Marian Thompson, said she also learned more about local schools.

“We learned about Hocking College,” she said. “We had no idea they had a recording studio; that’s important since he may major in music.”

Participating schools were Washington State Community College, Hocking College, Ohio Valley University, West Virginia University at Parkersburg, Ohio University, Marietta College, National College, and The Career Center – Adult Technical Training.