Aspen High, CRMS sponsor college fair | AspenTimes.com

Aspen High, CRMS sponsor college fair

John Colson

Students from as many as 50 Western Slope high schools are expected to show up at Aspen High School on Oct. 2 to learn as much as they can about higher education choices.Their “teachers” will be admissions officials from more than 120 universities and colleges around Colorado and the United States. It’s the first major college fair on the Western Slope.Sponsored by Aspen High and Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale, the college fair will start at 9:30 a.m. and go until 2 p.m., with Aspen High and CRMS students getting first crack at the college representatives from 11 a.m. to noon. Students from the rest of the region will have from noon to 2 p.m. to learn all they can.Organizers Kathy Klug at Aspen High and Carolyn Williams at CRMS have contacted schools from Alaska to Florida, including such Ivy League institutions as Yale, Cornell and Dartmouth. The idea, Klug said, is to provide Western Slope high school grads with the same options as graduates from the cities on the Front Range have.”They have about 100 fairs down there,” she said, while “there’s never been a college fair on the Western Slope of this magnitude.”Klug and Williams have been working for more than a year and a half, with a committee of 35 parents and others, to put the fair together, with the help of a grant from Alpine Bank.According to Klug, roughly half of the annual graduating classes from Western Slope high schools go to colleges or universities within Colorado, which she said is “a good value, a good education.” But for Western Slope grads seeking information about out-of-state schools, the pickings have been fairly slim in terms of face time with admissions officials and information tailored to the particular student’s needs.The organizers chose a Sunday, she said, because there were already college fairs scheduled in other parts of the state for Sept. 30 and Oct. 3, which meant the college reps would already be in the state.”We think that this is an excellent way to bring the water to the horse,” Klug said.At this week’s school board meeting, Klug said all local residents, not just parents of students soon to enter college, are welcome to attend the College Fair and check things out. But she asked that those who are not there for their children to figure out which college they want to attend please not tie up the time of the college reps’ unnecessarily.John Colson’s e-mail address is jcolson@aspentimes.com