PLAINFIELD, NJ — Students at Plainfield High School participated in the annual district college fair on Wednesday.  Students in grades 9-12 were able to visit the fair and consult with college and career representatives.

Over 52 institutions representing colleges and universities, HBCUs, the armed forces, technical schools, in-state and out-of-state colleges and community colleges were present.  Sayyid Acosta, an 11th Grader, said he liked the fair because “It gave the students options.” He said he took a moment to speak to the National Guard representative to find out more about the program.  Acosta is interested in becoming an engineer.

Chelsea Young, a member of JFROTC and a future lawyer, said, “The fair was excellent.  It’s great that the school held the fair during the day because students are more likely to come if it’s done when they are able to go during the day, since many have after school activities. It was also amazing the school is encouraging the students to look at their options.  I saw in-state and out-of-state colleges, and students can see if they are willing to stay at home or venture out and see what’s out there.”

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Werner Garcia, who is interested in a nursing career, said, “It was great to attend the fair to find out information about each college and see which has more benefits.”

Bowie State University, the Superintendent’s alma mater, invited the students to the campus next month.

Plainfield Public Schools’ District College & Career Readiness Counselor Mr. Lee Best coordinated the college fair with the assistance of the Plainfield High School Guidance Department and Ms. Denise Shipman, Supervisor.

For more information, please call 908-731-4333 or email gmontealegre@plainfield.k12.nj.us.