Information Sessions held on March 18 on the first floor of the convention center
Pre-Fair Session 5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Session 1 7:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. and Session 2 7:40 p.m.-8:10 p.m.
Getting College and Career Ready: Pre-fair session
Presenters: Ms. Elizabeth Callahan, Director, Workforce Development, Buffalo Niagara Partnership
Dr. Nathan Daun-Barnett, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education, SUNY at Buffalo
Dr. Steven Harvey, Executive Director, WNY College Connection
Dr. Susan McCartney, Director, Buffalo State College, Small Business Development Center
Mr. Darrell Slisz, Director, Workforce & Education, Catholic Charities
Moderator: Dr. John Craig, Vice President – Education & Outreach – WNED|WBFO
WNED|WBFO is sponsoring this town hall on college and career readiness as part of our Focus on Education project funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s American Graduate initiative. Come learn about answers to these questions and others you may have:
-Can high school graduates today afford not to go to college?
-What kind of teaching & learning is happening in high school and are they aligned with college expectations?
-Are there realistic career opportunities that are available to high school graduates without a degree, but some formal education beyond high school that colleges offer?
-How can I ensure fair value for college costs and future employment outlooks for my children?
-What is the economic climate in WNY and Buffalo for future career opportunities?
College Athletics: Session 1
Presenter: Brandi Guerinot, Director of Compliance, University at Buffalo
Important information for prospective student athletes will be explored. Topics include recruitment rules, academic eligibility, letters of intent, and registration with the NCAA Eligibility Center.
ACT/SAT: Session 1
Presenters: Nicholas Rizzo, Department Chairperson/School Counselor, Clarence High School
Sharon Bertucci, School Counselor, City Honors
An overview of both tests will be presented. Tips and advice on how to best prepare for the tests will be provided as well as how results are used for college admission decisions.
Financial Aid 101: Session 1
Presenter: Kevin Ryan, Senior Financial Aid Advisor, University at Buffalo
You can never have enough information on financial aid. This workshop is designed to help answer questions that students and parents may have about the process of determining financial need and awarding aid.
The Right College: Session 1
Presenter: Dean Reinhart, Ph.D. Associate Director of Admissions, Buffalo State College - SUNY
How do you find the college that is right for you? This workshop will help students and parents examine the important factors to consider when making a decision on where to go to college.
Easy Tips on Writing your College Essay: Session 2
Presenter: Frank Williams, Dean of Admissions Daemen College
This session gives you the opportunity to learn about what colleges are looking for when reading college essays. You will leave this session with confidence in writing your college essay. Some of the questions that will be addressed are; how do I decide on a topic? What are the skills needed to start writing your college essay? How do I know if this is the right essay to submit?
Applying for Private Scholarships: Session 2
Room 106 B
Presenter: Allison Newman, Scholarship Director, Say Yes Buffalo
This presentation offers a brief overview on private scholarships and tips for completing scholarship applications. Learn how to conduct scholarship searches using the internet and receive advice on writing essays for the scholarship application.
Admissions Process for Veterans and Family Members: Session 2
Presenter: Kevin Fricano, Admissions Counselor Transfer and Veterans Daemen College
This presentation is geared toward veterans and family members who may be eligible for the GI Bill benefits. Find out if you are eligible for the benefits and learn how to access the GI Bill when applying to colleges.
Early Decision, Early Action, and Rolling Admissions: What is the Difference?: Session 2
Presenter: Mollie A. Ballaro, Director of Undergraduate Admissions Canisius College
Meet with a panel of admission representatives to learn about the difference between early action, early decision, and rolling admissions. The panelists will discuss and answer questions about each admissions process.