Tri-County College Fair(2)

  • Monday, October 25, 2010

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD-(October 25, 2010)Activity on the University of Maryland Eastern Shore campus takes on a new fervor Tuesday, Nov. 9, when buses roll in from high schools in and out of the area delivering some 1,500 juniors and seniors to the ninth annual Tri-County College Fair.  The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the William P. Hytche Athletic Center.

    "This is our (UMES') chance to provide a valuable service to the community, a one-stop shop for options in higher education," said Tyrone Young, director, admissions and recruitment.  "Prospective college students and their parents can speak to college recruiters from all over the country, saving them the time and money it would take to travel to them."

    Young says attending a college fair locally was an opportunity that he didn't have when he was a senior at Pocomoke High School.  The UMES event is now the largest college fair on the lower Eastern Shore.

    "UMES wanted to provide area students with an event comparable to their peers in metropolitan areas," Young said.

    More than 90 colleges representing a variety of niches in higher education will participate.  Specialty institutions such as Johnson & Wales University (hotel and restaurant management), the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics and the West Virginia Institute of Technology have responded along with military institutions such as the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and the Valley Forge Military College.  Religious-based colleges attending are Messiah College, Methodist University and Moravian College. 

    Some of the private colleges represented will be High Point University, Hood College, McDaniel College, Southern Vermont, Saint Augustine's College and Washington College.  Among the public institutions participating include Frostburg State University, Salisbury University, Shepherd University, Towson State University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, West Chester University and West Virginia University.

    "Of course, it's also a good way for local students to come on the campus at UMES for the first time and see what we have to offer local students," Young said.  Several UMES departments will exhibit their unique fields of study, he said.

    For more information about the free event, call 410-651-6411 or email tyoung@umes.edu.

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    Gail Stephens, assistant director, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-651-7580, gcstephens@umes.edu.  

    Bill Robinson, director, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-621-2355, wrobinson3@umes.edu.