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October 7, 2013

Colleges come to TC

TRAVERSE CITY — Grand Traverse area students can see what dozens of colleges and universities have to offer during College Night at the Hagerty Conference Center.

The event, which starts Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., is hosted by the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District and Northwestern Michigan College's Great Lakes Maritime Academy. Students from throughout the Grand Traverse region can attend for free and learn about more than 50 colleges, universities and military organizations.

"It's a great opportunity," said John Berck, director of enrollment management and admission at the maritime academy. "To have 50 colleges and universities represented here is pretty special."

Berck said the event attracts roughly 1,000 people each year. It is the largest college fair in northern Michigan, he said.

Karen Szcodronski, an instructional service consultant for TBAISD, said there will be a mix of two-year community colleges, large public universities and smaller private liberal arts colleges at the event. High school students of all ages should consider attending, she said.

"This kind of opportunity is really good for sophomore and even freshman to start the search," Szcodronski said. "Then they can kind of narrow their minds down as they get older."

NMC officials also will hold financial aid workshops at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. to answer questions about the financial aid resources.

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