College and Career Night is an annual event intended to give parents and students an inside look at potential colleges and career options. This year it is located at WHS on September 23, bringing in students from all over the Conejo Valley.
“It’s a combined effort between all five high schools including Century Academy and Conejo Valley High School and it’s always really popular, highly attended and a great resource for all students in our district.” said College and Career Center coordinator Rebecca Mertel.
This night is broken into 2 sections, The College and Test Preparation Fair from 4:15-6:15 p.m. and Workshop Presentations from 6:25-8:15 p.m. The test preparation will be held in the WHS quad, and the workshops are held throughout the campus in 28 different classrooms.
According to Save the date- CVUSD College and Career Info Night on CVUSD’s website, the workshops are broken into 3 different sessions: Session 1 from 6:25-6:55 p.m., Session 2 from 7:05-7:35 p.m. and Session 3 from 7:45-8:15 p.m. Workshops are further broken down into themes such as “Selecting and Applying to College” and “Tips for your college application”.
There are 60 colleges attending, including UCs, CSUs and private out of state colleges. Each has a different college environment and requires a slightly different type of student. Representatives from these colleges will be in the quad starting at 4:15 p.m. before workshops and several will speak at workshops to discuss key parts of the application process.
“I am looking forward to hearing about the college application process and financial aid resources and hopefully learning how to fill out some of the financial scholarships or the FAFSA.” said Hadley Barber ‘20.
Freshmen, sophomores and juniors are the focus of the fair because they are getting started with the college application process. However, seniors can still talk to admissions counselors if they have not yet finalized their college application lists.
“It’s a great preparation tool for kids to start thinking about college and what they want to do, and where they want to go,” said Mertel. “[It also gives] a lot of important information to help them along the way with their application process.”