It’s that time of the year again. The time when those at college thing Spring break and those who are almost ready to go to college begin to wonder which college or university is right for them. Luckily enough for the second group, there was plenty of help at hand for those who were making that often difficult choice on Wednesday night here in Somersworth.
This took the form of the college and universities bringing their various colleges to the High School. The evening began at 5p.m. with a community dinner, that as catered by the Career Technical Center’s Culinary arts program. Spaghetti, meatballs and garlic bread were the order of the night and made for a tasty start to the evening. The dinner was served by several teachers from the school who volunteered for the position and made for a nice touch.
After dinner was devoured by those who attended, many of the parents and students set about the unenviable task of figuring out what for many will be a very hard but important decision. Assembled in the gym were around 40 possible colleges and job training opportunities, from around the New England region and beyond. Parents and students gravitated excitedly to the college that caught their interest and asked the assembled representatives the pertinent questions.
I ran into Somersworth native, John Joyal, who was there representing the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard where he has worked for many years. He wanted to tell the community about the great apprentice program that the Shipyard offers. There were also local companies represented in the form of Lindt Chocolate, who also offer a job training program and according to the rep already has at least one Somersworth area resident/student in the program. D.F.Richards and several other local companies could also be found in the gym and were busy informing parents and students of other options that are possible as well as college.
Whilst most of the options were local or at least in the New England area, the one that stood out for me, was the University of Alabama. That is a long way from home, but it represents the diversity of opportunities open to those who are willing to take the leap, and travel far and wide. City year, the Marine’s and the State police were also in attendance and judging from the crowd that was gathering around their booths were popular options for many attendees.
As I left the hall, the bake sale that had been organized by the class of 2017, and as School Superintendent Jeni Mosca commented, the chocolate brownie or in my case, the vanilla cupcake made the perfect dessert as well as ending for the evening. This was the first time the college fair had been held in the evening, and judging by the attendance and the happy faces, I have a feeling it won’t be the last time.