Students getting ready to embark on their post-secondary education next fall will have a chance to check out colleges and universities in the province starting Friday.
The Ontario College Information Program will be at Fort High from 8:45 until 10:30 a.m.
Nine colleges will be set up in the small gym to offer students and parents information and the chance to ask questions about their programs.
Universities will be at the school Monday, Oct. 7 from 2-3:15 p.m.
Friday’s event is open to all Grade 11-OAC students, with those students taking college/university or university preparatory classes invited to the Oct. 7 presentation.
“We encourage parents and guardians of students to make use of those events to ask questions,” FFHS guidance counsellor Mary Jane Gushulak said this morning.
“There will be a lot of questions about the ‘double cohort’ as well as expenses, residences, and meal plans. Some of these are different from questions the kids have,” Gushulak noted.
Students already have begun preparing for the event by attending seminars outlining some of the questions they should be asking.
Since both Grade 12 and OAC students will be starting their post-secondary education at the same time next fall, there are concerns as to whether students will be able to attend the school of their choice or if there will be room in residence for them.
Gushulak stressed this is a key time for students since they must start applying for schools in the next couple few months.
“They have to start making decisions on applying soon. The deadline for applying to universities is Jan. 15 and for colleges it is Feb. 1.
“[But] we like to have them all done before Christmas break so the students really have to think about it now.”