County Prep hosted a college and career fair on October 9th, 2014. There were many hands that helped to orchestrate this event including the administrators, the teachers, the guidance counselors, Ms. Galluccio, Mr. Patten and his Audio/Visual students, as well as the maintenance and security staffs, the transportation staff and the Culinary Program. Colleges, universities, as well as the military and apprenticeship programs were in attendance. There were a total of 40 organizations representing New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Florida, Vermont and Connecticut.
Overall, feedback was positive. County Prep culinary students had the opportunity to showcase their work. Chef Palsi’s, Chef Collins’s and Chef Delesky’s students greatly impressed the fair attendees with their lunch which was served immediately before the fair. “Amazing lunch!”, “Very impressed!” and “Can we please come back again next year?” were a few of the comments made after admissions counselors sampled the food prepared by the students.
The admissions counselors were also impressed by the juniors and the seniors who attended the fair. The general comment was that County Prep’s students were well-informed and focused as they circulated through the event. The event itself allowed students to gather information about potential colleges and career options in a “one-stop-shop” situation.
After speaking with a variety of students after the fair, Ms. Ulivella (who planned the event) was satisfied that the fair accomplished its purpose which was to expose students to the myriad of possibilities that are available to them after high school in one convenient location. She also hopes that the fair inspired students to research further to make well-informed decisions. Ms. Ulivella stated, “It’s an exciting but big decision and one that will affect the course of a person’s life. I wanted to help aid in that process.”