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Higher education is on tap at 2017 Holmes County College Fair

A large number of higher education institutions will be under one roof at the Harvest Ridge Expo Center in Millersburg.


The Holmes County Education Foundation will host and sponsor its annual Holmes County College Fair on Monday, Oct. 16 at the Harvest Ridge Expo Center building from 6-7:30 p.m. The fair is a free event and is open to all residents of Holmes and surrounding counties. Parents and high school students as well as home school and adult students are encouraged to attend.
“It will be nice to have a central home for all of our students, and we are excited to be moving this into the new expo center,” said Darla Stitzlein, executive director at HCEF.
Having offered the event for close to 15 years, the HCEF college fair continues to provide ample opportunity for area students to seek valuable information on higher education information.
Even as time has gone on, Stitzlein said they are continually grateful that close to 70 presenters continue to come to their event, which makes this opportunity even more enticing four students and their families to garner important details on what schools offer and financial-aid options.
“The more variety we can provide for prospective students, the more they will be able to take away from their experience at the fair,” Stitzlein said.
While students come and go, Stitzlein said the fair itself has remained fairly stable in what it presents to students.
“As far as what we offer, nothing has really changed over the years," Stitzlein said. “It is still all about providing the opportunity to explore a multitude of colleges and other options, to learn more about what schools offer which majors, finding financial-aid options, and most importantly finding that perfect fit for students where they can feel comfortable and grow.”
The college fair has something for everyone, whether the student is looking for that four-year experience at a large or small school that allows them to get out on their own for the first time or whether they want to stay close to home and attend a community college that is far less expensive while still getting quality education.
“Both options are wonderful, and we will have plenty of everything for students to explore,” Stitzlein said. “As long as a student is willing to work hard and apply themselves, either option is going to get them ahead in the long run. It is just a matter of how much they want to spend and what kind of debt they are willing to take on that will determine which route they take.”
Stitzlein added that many students who attend the fair, whether they are seniors or freshmen, might not even know what they want to pursue in college. She said the fair is ideal for those students, and they are excited to be able to be a part of that college exploration.
She also said that for the first time the HCEF is teaming up with the Holmes County Training Center, who will provide clients to set up and tear down for the event.
“It’s a nice partnership because it exposes them to community involvement, and it helps us too,” Stitzlein said.
The list of presenters attending the 2017 College Fair includes Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center, Ashland University, Aultman College, Baldwin Wallace University, Bluffton University, Cedarville University, Chatham University, Cleveland State University, Defiance College, Eastern Mennonite University, Gannon University, Goshen College, Heidelberg University, Hiram College, Hocking College, Indiana Wesleyan University, Malone University, Marietta College, Mercy College of Ohio-Youngstown, Mercyhurst University, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Muskingum University, North Central State College,
Ohio Christian University, Ohio Northern University, Ohio State School of Cosmetology, Ohio University, Ohio Wesleyan University, Kent State University Tuscarawas, Penn State University, School of Advertising Art, Stark State College, Terra State Community College, Thiel College, the College of Wooster, the Ohio State University-ATI, the Ohio State University-Mansfield, the University of Akron, the University of Akron-Wayne College, U.S. Coast Guard, University of Cincinnati, University of Findlay, University of Mount Union,
University of Rio Grande, Walsh University, Westminster College, Wilmington College, Wright State University, Youngstown State University and Zane State College.
Representatives from colleges, universities, technical schools, adult-education programs, nursing schools, branches of the military as well as the Holmes County Education Foundation will be available to visit with students and families. Each family will receive a list of the exhibitors present.
The Holmes County College Fair is a great opportunity for students and parents to gather information about higher education as families take that next step in a student’s life. For more information call Kaeli Dial at the Holmes County Education Foundation at 330-674-7303 or email at info@hcef.net">info@hcef.net.

Published: October 9, 2017
New Article ID: 2017171009956