BOCES Students Explore Options

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Culinary students at Nassau BOCES Barry Tech review admissions materials with a representative of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America at the second annual Barry Tech College Fair.
Culinary students at Nassau BOCES Barry Tech review admissions materials with a representative of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America at the second annual Barry Tech College Fair.

Representatives from 60 colleges and other industry organizations—including all four branches of the U.S. military—met with students at Nassau BOCES Barry Tech and were impressed with what they saw. Barry Tech students explored a wide array of future college and career choices during the school’s second annual college fair.

“Our students did a lot of preparation for the fair and demonstrated tremendous interest and involvement in the process,” said Barry Tech Guidance Counselor Madeline Falino. “I believe they made an extremely positive first impression.”

Students prepared well ahead of time, charting which schools offer programs of interest and developing a variety of questions. They grilled the reps on relevant topics from admissions requirements and financial aid to campus housing and activities.

“The Barry Tech students did a great job,” observed Canton State University Admissions Counselor Jacob Target. “They came well prepared with insightful questions, and their genuine interest was apparent. They lit up when learning about our major courses of study. Their curiosity was definitely sparked.”

Among the colleges and institutions represented were Alfred State College, Canton State University of New York, The Culinary Institute of America, Farmingdale State College, Hofstra University, Johnson and Wales University, Lincoln Technical Institute, Mercy College, Molloy College, New England Institute of Technology Queens College, Sacred Heart University and the Nassau County Police Department.

“The College Fair gives our students an opportunity to look at their futures beyond high school and explore the possibilities,” said Barry Tech Principal Peter Dalton. “They get a chance to talk to college and industry reps, and learn first hand about the options that are open to them. It helps them to make more informed decisions about their college and career choices.”

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