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Choices on Display at Education Fair

Eau Claire, WI - Area high school students and adults looking to further their education can explore the possibilities offered by over 100 postsecondary schools at the Wisconsin Education Fair Oct. 8-9 at UW-Eau Claire’s Zorn Arena.

Representatives of technical colleges, four-year universities, two-year colleges, trade schools and the military will be present to talk about the opportunities they offer. All Wisconsin state university system schools and several state technical colleges will be represented, as well as colleges and universities in Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Iowa. Both private and public institutions will take part.

Hours of the fair are from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8, and 9-11 a.m. on Oct. 9.

Attendees are invited to move around Zorn Arena, visiting the displays and talking with the representatives of schools and military branches that interest them. There will be no formal presentation.

In addition, financial aid counselors will be available to answer questions about financial assistance
“This is an excellent opportunity for high school students, their parents, adults looking to return to school – anyone who’s interested in higher education – to explore the choices available to them,” said Gayle Ostermann, a pre-college specialist at Chippewa Valley Technical College. “And the Wisconsin Education Fair isn’t just for people interested in four-year colleges. Besides the technical and community colleges taking part, there are a number of specialty trade schools that will be represented, like colleges specializing in culinary arts, music and design.”

Prospective students attending the fair may want to first visit www.gotocollegefairs.com, register there and print out a barcode to take to the fair. Instead of filling out information cards for the schools that interest them, attendees will be able to present the barcode for scanning and the schools will receive the information electronically.

Parking is available at the Hibbard lot off Garfield Avenue on Tuesday evening, but fairgoers should not park in G permit spots. Parking is also available at the Water Street lot, with access to the arena across the footbridge.  On Wednesday, parking may be available on nearby streets, or in metered lots across the footbridge by the Fine Arts Center.

Chippewa Valley Technical College delivers superior, progressive technical education which improves the lives of students, meets the workforce needs of the region, and strengthens the larger community. Campuses are located in Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Menomonie, Neillsville and River Falls. CVTC serves an 11-county area in west central Wisconsin. CVTC is part of the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) and is one of 16 WTCS colleges located throughout the state.