College Expo 2017
Gaston County Schools
College and Career Expo 2016  
College Expo 2017
Saturday, April 1
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Gaston College Lena Sue Beam Building
201 Highway 321 South, Dallas
Hey, students and parents:  You are invited to the College Expo 2017!  It will be held on Saturday, April 1 in the Lena Sue Beam Building at Gaston College in Dallas.  
Here’s your opportunity to:
  • Meet with college representatives.
  • Get answers to your questions about planning for college.
  • Learn about applying to and paying for college.
  • Hear about career opportunities in our area.
Representatives from colleges and universities throughout the Southeast will be available to answer questions, give out college literature, and provide information about applying for scholarships and financial aid.  
High school and middle school students and their parents from Gaston County and surrounding areas are encouraged to attend.  Admission is free.    
Students interested in attending college or selecting a career should not miss this exciting event.  Drop in, browse around, and meet college and business representatives.

For more information, call Dr. Ami Parker, director of counseling services, at (704) 810-8813. 
To get updates and news about the event on Twitter, search for #CollegeExpo2017.
Information Sessions
The following sessions will be offered for students and parents.  The sessions are free.
• Preparing the College-Bound Student
Presented by Robin Leach, LEAP coordinator for Gaston County Schools
10:00-10:45 a.m.
Session Description: 
Mrs. Leach is a former undergraduate admissions counselor and international recruiter for Gardner-Webb University. She will share her expertise about the college application process. She also will highlight information and answer questions about the initial steps needed to pursue admission into different college settings.
• Let's Talk About It: Mental Illness Diagnosis and Supporting Students
Presented by Rwenshaun Miller, found and executive director of Eustress, Inc.
10:00-10:45 a.m.
Session Description:
Illnesses such as depression, ADHD, and bipolar disorder can affect a student’s ability to perform in an educational setting and in other aspects of life. Learn about resources available to help and how we can break the stigma surrounding mental illness.  The presenter, Rwenshaun Miller, has worked in the mental health field for 10 years and understands the challenges faced by individuals with limited resources.  He will provide information about how to address their needs. Eustress, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that focuses on raising mental health awareness by creating an atmosphere where it is OK to talk about mental health challenges. 
• Financial Aid Session
Presented by Timeka Ruffin, regional representative, College Foundation of North Carolina
11:00-11:45 a.m.

Session Description:
This session will focus on the process of applying for state, federal, and institutional financial aid for college, how financial helps in paying for college, and what to expect from colleges through the financial aid process.

• Career and College Promise at Gaston College
Presented by Amy Weisgerber, coordinator for educational partnerships, Gaston College
11:00 - 11:45 a.m. 
Session Description: 
Want to learn more about how high school students can earn college credit tuition free while still in high school? Please join us for an overview of the Career and College Promise (CCP) program at Gaston College. CCP provides dual enrollment opportunities for eligible North Carolina high school juniors and seniors, allowing them to accelerate completion of college certificates, diplomas, and associate degrees that lead to college transfer or provide entry-level job skills.

• Using the College Foundation of North Carolina for College and Career Planning
Presented by Timeka Ruffin, regional representative, College Foundation of North Carolina
12:00-12:45 p.m.
Session Description:
Ever wonder how the College Foundation of North Carolina (or you may know it as can help in preparing for college? This session will show you how this free website can help you in whatever stage in college planning you are to successfully plan, apply, and pay for college.

• A Fist Full of Dollars: Smart Strategies on How to Apply and Pay for College

Presented by  Crystal Davis, student recruiter, and Jennifer Nichols, director of admissions and counseling, Gaston College
12:00-12:45 p.m.
Session Description: 
Going to college can be confusing and expensive. In this session, we’ll explore things you need to know about applying to college and the many resources available (scholarship, grants, loans, and more) for making smart decisions at this crucial time.
• NCAA Athletic Eligibility and Clearinghouse 
Presented by Mathieu Chapman, school counselor, Highland School of Technology
1:00-1:45 p.m.
Session Description:
Students and parents will learn about the NCAA sports eligibility requirements for Division I, II, and III schools. Topics include the application process for the NCAA Eligibility Center and the necessary grade point average and test score (SAT/ACT) for eligibility. 
• Going to College  
Presented by Xina Lowe, reference librarian, Gaston County Public Library 
1:00-1:45 p.m. 
Session Description:
This session will introduce the free resources that the public library has available to help anyone who is interested in going to college. If possible, come prepared to use your own electronic device to learn about these resources.
Here is a list of the colleges and universities that will have representatives at the College and Career Expo:
Art Institute of Charlotte
Auburn University
Belmont Abbey College
Campbell University
ECPI University
Guilford College
Johnson & Wales University
Lander University
Limestone College
Montreat College
Paul Mitchell - The School, Gastonia
Queens University of Charlotte
Roanoke College
Salem College
University of Alabama
Universal Technical Institute
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Western Carolina University
Wofford College
This list continues to grow as colleges and universities confirm their participation.
We look forward to seeing you at the College and Career Expo!
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