Somehow those years just flew right by, and now your sophomore or junior is starting to look at colleges. Weren’t you just changing her diaper a few minutes ago? Wasn’t it yesterday he was playing with Hot Wheels in the driveway?

The reality sets in. It is time to look at schools. But how do you even begin. Thankfully, parents in the Methacton School District have a nearby ally in this hefty task.

Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) will partner with Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling (PACAC) to present the annual Montgomery County Regional College Fair on Wednesday, Oct. 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 

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“As a result of renovations to MCCC’s gymnasiums, the fair will be held at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School, 201 East Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting,” explained MCCC Director of Communications Alana Mauger. “The event is free and is open to the public.”

The event, open to all parents of county high school students, will aim to arm local parents and their students with helpful information to select the right college.

For information on the workshop, contact admissions@mc3.edu or 215-641-6551. An updated list of participating colleges and universities will be posted to MCCC's Facebook page prior to the event, though Mauger said the school expects a crowd.
“Representatives from more than 160 accredited colleges and universities will be on hand to speak with students and their parents about admissions criteria and procedures,” she said. “High school students in grades 10, 11 and 12 are encouraged to attend along with their parents and friends.”

Mauger said the education does not have to be limited, however, to those in high school.

“The fair will also be beneficial for transfer and adult students, as well as for college students seeking a place to take courses while home for the summer,” she said.

Those in attendance can also find out information about paying for college, too.
“Financial aid officers from local colleges and guidance counselors from Montgomery County high schools will be prepared to answer questions regarding paying for college and the college search process,” said Mauger. “In addition, representatives from lending institutions and financial advisors will offer information about their services.”
Those specifically interested in finding the cash to continue education can attend more tailored workshops. Admissions and financial aid workshops with both be offered at 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. During the “Introduction to Admissions” workshop, participants will learn about application procedures, writing an entrance essay, early action and early decision options, scheduling a campus visit and other relevant topics. During the “Financial Aid” workshop, participates will get an overview of the financial aid process.

If MCCC is your main focal point, they have you covered there, too. Montgomery County Community College will hold three open houses this fall to provide prospective students and the community with information about the College’s programs, campuses and activities. The open houses also are free of charge and are open to the public.

The College’s West Campus, located at 101 College Drive in Pottstown, will host an open house on Thursday, Oct. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the South Hall Community Room.

The College’s Central Campus, located at 340 DeKalb Pike in Blue Bell, will host an open house on Saturday, Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. noon in Parkhouse Hall.

“Both open houses will provide prospective students and their families with information about MCCC’s credit and non-credit programs,” said Mauger. “Admissions representatives will be on hand to answer questions about the admissions process, transfer opportunities, e-learning, financial aid and intercollegiate athletics, among other topics, and members of the College’s faculty will share information on the 100+ associate degree and certificate programs that are part of a comprehensive curriculum.”

 If cooking is your or your child’s future, the college will have special workshops to learn more about the art of cooking, as well.

The Culinary Arts Institute of Montgomery County Community College will also host an open house on Saturday, Nov. 15 from 10 a.m. to noon at its new facility located at 1400 Forty Foot Road in Lansdale. 

“Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the kitchens and classrooms while learning about MCCC’s Culinary Arts and Pastry and Baking Arts associate degree programs, as well as its Culinary Enthusiast classes,” said Mauger. “Student Success Center advisors will be on hand to answer questions about the admissions process and financial aid, among other topics.”

For more information and to pre-register for open houses, visit mc3.edu/openhouse or call 215-641-6551.

To learn more about all the Montgomery County Community College has to offer, visit mc3.edu online.