KPBSD Partners with PNACAC for the 2016 College Fair

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is committed to connecting our students with a wide variety of post-secondary opportunities, therefore we have partnered with the Pacific Northwest Association for College Admissions Counseling (PNACAC) to provide the 2016 and 2017 college fairs. PNACAC serves the states of Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington, and now Alaska!  Known for providing resources to guide and empower students as they prepare for college admission, PNACA has over 100 college members, which makes this a valuable partnership for the students of KPBSD.

KPBSD is hopeful that the PNACAC membership will increase the number of colleges in attendance at our fair, thus providing more opportunities and connections for our students. PNACAC is host to multiple college fairs every year across the Northwest and we’re excited that the Kenai Fair will be their first in the state of Alaska.  The fair will be held on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 in the gymnasium at Soldotna High School and is free for students and parents/guardians to attend.  Students will simply need to register with their school counselor prior to attending the fair.

For student convenience, PNACAC also offers barcode scanning capabilities provided by gotocollegefairs.com. After entering their information on the website, students can print a barcode that can be scanned by the college representatives of their choice, putting an end to filling out information cards for each individual college.  The barcode scanning is optional, and students wanting to take part in the barcode scanning options will need to take time and create an account prior to the fair, and either print or have the barcode available on their smart phone for scanning during the fair.  Barcode registration is completed online at www.gotocollegefairs.com.

For more information, please contact your School Counselor or Tiffany Eck, the College Fair Coordinator, at 714-8884. We look forward to seeing our Junior and Senior students at the fair!

 

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Teens prep for college and careers

Kenai Peninsula teens from all points in the district arrived at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex to ask questions, and explore options at the sixth annual Kenai Peninsula College Fair on October 20, 2015.

“This year’s college fair was a high quality event for students and college representatives alike. With nearly 50 colleges, trade schools, armed forces, and universities from around the state and nation in attendance, the 300 plus students who attended had the opportunity to personally meet with the schools and recruiters to talk about admission requirements and get a feel about what campus life at each of those schools is like,” said John Pothast, Director of Secondary Education and Student Activities. This is an invaluable opportunity for our students to explore a variety of options for their post-high school futures.”

KPBSD schools sent junior and senior high school students to this event armed with questions and support from their school counselors. Students from local homeschooling programs and private schools were invited to come as well. Representatives from KPBSD and KPC were also there to assist with financial aid questions and scholarship information.

Students gathered in the halls to talk and share what they learned with each other, before beginning the journey back to their home towns—whether that was Seward, or Razdolna, Kachemak-Selo, Voznesenka, Nikolaevsk, the Homer area, or closer to the college fair location at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Living in Alaska, along with the cost of travel, can often make college visits difficult for prospective college students. The KPBSD College and Career Fair brings students together with college and career and technical institutional representatives to meet face-to-face in one convenient location.

“The College and Career Fair is a wonderful opportunity for students to begin to navigate their path to life beyond high school,” said Sara Moore, district counselor. “It is our hope that this event helps to open up the communication lines between students, parents and school counselors regarding the many options available.”

“We are excited to have so many post-secondary institutions visiting our district to meet with our students,” said Sean Dusek, Superintendent. “This partnership allows our students to explore their college and career aspirations in a convenient and safe location. This is due to the large number of students in our district that are qualified for post-secondary education.”

Thank you to the organizers, institutions, and counselors who make this annual event possible for KPBSD students.

Educational institutions included: Alaska Bible College, Alaska Christian College, Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education, Alaska Job Corps OA/CTS, Alaska Pacific University, AVTEC – Alaska’s Institute of Technology, California Baptist University, Central Washington University, College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University, Colorado Mesa University, Colorado State University, Eastern Washington University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Fort Lewis College, Gustavus Adolphus College, Idaho State University, Institute of American Indian Arts, Kenai Peninsula College, Lincoln College of Technology, Linfield College, Mayville State University, Northern Arizona University, Northern Industrial Training, Oregon Coast Culinary Institute, Oregon Institute of Technology, Pacific Lutheran University, South Dakota State University, Southern Oregon University, Southwestern Oregon University, St. Olaf College, The Art Institutes, The College of Idaho, The Master’s College, UAA College of Engineering, Universal Technical Institute, University of Alaska – Anchorage, University of Alaska – Fairbanks, University of Alaska – Southeast, University of Hawaii at Manoa, University of Idaho, University of Portland, and Willamette University.

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