More Than 12,000 Expected at National College Fair

WI Web Staff Report | 10/14/2011, 4:08 p.m.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Mayor Vincent Gray, accompanied by his entire education team of District of...

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Mayor Vincent Gray, accompanied by his entire education team of District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) Chancellor, Kaya Henderson, Deputy Mayor for Education De'Shawn Wright and State Superintendent of Education Hosanna Mahaley, will participate in the Oct. 18 National D.C. College Fair.

The event, which involves a partnership between Mahaley's office (OSSE) and the National Association of College Admission Counselors (NACAC), takes place 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in downtown.

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The fair celebrates October as College Awareness Month, and middle and high school students from all eight wards of the District will attend. This marks the first year middle school students have been invited to participate, and overall, the effort is part of a long-term strategy by the Gray Administration to engage students -- younger and earlier - about their college careers.

OSSE has contracted 98 charter buses to transport DCPS and D.C. Charter School students to the fair. In addition, 4,000 Metro fare cards have been issued to schools so students can arrive by public transportation.

Last year's fair--the largest ever in the D.C. region -- attracted more than 8,500 students from the DCPS and charter school systems as well as from districts in Virginia and Maryland. However, plans for the 2011 fair call for a significant increase in attendance, with more than 12,000 parents and students expected to participate. In addition, representatives from some 300 colleges and universities from across the country and other places are expected to be on hand.

Students and their parents can contact their high school guidance counselor for further information. They, are also encouraged to visit www.dconeapp.dc.gov to pre-register for the fair.