Local middle schoolers learn about college options

It is never too early to start thinking about the future.
Tribune Staff
Dec 17, 2013

Hosted by the Tri-Cities College Access Network this past Friday, students at both Spring Lake Middle School and Lakeshore Middle School had a chance to learn about opportunities after high school from local college representatives from Muskegon Community, Aquinas, Central Michigan, Baker, Alma and Hope colleges, Careerline Tech Center, and current college students. 

The goal of the College Fair is to foster a Tri-Cities culture of post-high school success and encourage students to work hard each day to prepare for their futures.

Students listened to topics such as one-, two- or four-year degrees, steps one can take to prepare for after high school, what college life is like and more. By the end of the day, students had a better understanding of what college — including a one-year certification, two-year associate’s degree or a four-year’s bachelor’s degree — is all about.

"The college fair really helps students begin thinking about their options after high school and what they should be doing right now to help prepare for their future," said Kim McLaughlin, director of TCAN. "This is the second year we've hosted this event and it’s been an eye-opener for us. From the questions students ask the reps and college students, we are learning just how little they know about college." 

Visit tricitiescan.org for more information about TCAN.

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