About 200 families joined Clarkston GEAR UP staff and 20 different colleges and military branches from the inland northwest for the 6th Annual Clarkston High School WSU GEAR UP “Family College Planning Forum” on October 28th. The event kicked off with a pizza dinner and college fair and provided families the opportunity to mingle with recruiters. Following dinner, a keynote speech was delivered by John L. Stevenson, Ret. US Naval Academy. Mr. Stevenson discussed the importance of conducting research on best educational/career pathways, and finding the most efficient, economical means of attaining that undergrad degree, as well as landing the first job in your field. The entertaining and interactive keynote helped families realize the importance of researching the pathways to a satisfying career.
After the keynote, informational breakout sessions were conducted on a variety of post-secondary topics including: college financing, the applications process, scholarships, student life, and much, much more. Presenters came from University of Idaho, Washington State University, Lewis-Clark State College, Gonzaga University, Head Masters School of Hair Design, Eastern Washington University, Eastern Oregon University, Lewis Clark Credit Union, and Walla Walla Community College.
Following the breakout sessions, students and parents gathered in the cafeteria for a reception with the recruiters, which provided additional time for one-on-one interaction. GEAR UP received an incredible amount of positive feedback from attendees who expressed gratitude for hosting such a great opportunity for parents and students to learn about the different options after high school. Thanks to all of the representatives from the different institutions for making this family forum such a huge success!