College Fair offers info to MCHS students |

College Fair offers info to MCHS students

Teachers, cosmetologists, thespians, medical professionals — they all need to learn the basics for their line of work somewhere, and the more thought they put into where to start their career path, the better.

Moffat County High School students got a glimpse of some of the secondary educational opportunities available to them Wednesday morning at the school's College Fair. Representatives from 30 universities, colleges and other programs packed the MCHS gym, coming from across Colorado, as well as establishments of all different levels from Wyoming, Kansas, Nebraska, Arizona and South Dakota.

Upon setting up her booth, Admissions Coordinator Erin Query quickly got a big response from students interested in information on Northeastern Junior College in Sterling.

"Rural kids from the Western Slope do really well in Sterling," Query said. "We're very similar to CNCC, just a little bigger."

Among the first few stops for MCHS senior Faith Christiansen were the reps from University of Northern Colorado and University of Colorado-Boulder. Although she still is weighing the pros and cons of which school would be best for her, she already knows what she wants to study.

"I want to find the best theatrics program," she said. "I'm looking into the English department, too, because I'm also thinking of teaching."

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The juniors and seniors were allowed to visit with representatives first, but the entire student body was able to peruse the wealth of information. Freshman Nate Lewis and sophomore Hannah Reynolds gathered as many college-related materials as they could.

Lewis said he has wanted to go into the field of cooking for the past five years, while Reynolds sees a future for herself as a mental health therapist.

"It's pretty helpful to have all this stuff," Reynolds said. "It helps you learn about the academics and all the tuition prices, so you can plan things out and know if you'll be in debt."

Christiansen said she has received plentiful brochures and other mail from schools across the country, though few are financially feasible.

"I can't even pretend that I could afford most of them," she said. "I really want to go to New York, but I want to know about what other alternatives I have here."

John Paradis, associate director of admissions for Colorado Mesa University, said the turnout and enthusiasm was the best he has seen in his circuit of Western Colorado, traveling to high schools in Summit, Routt and Rio Blanco counties.

"Craig is always one of our busiest," he said. "We went to Steamboat, and they have theirs at night, so it's a little more quiet. On the one hand, it's good because the parents can ask more in-depth questions, but you just don't see as many people then."

MCHS guidance counselor Paula Duzik will host Senior Parent Nights on Oct. 8 and 9 to give parents any additional information they need on helping their child through the college application process.

"We go through admissions, get started on the financial aid process, I talk to them about scholarships, we go over testing, stuff like that," she said. "Everything you need to know to apply."

Andy Bockelman can be reached at 970-875-1793 or

If you go…

What: Senior Parent Nights

Where: 6 p.m. Oct. 8 and 9

When: Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane

The meeting is for parents of Moffat County High School seniors who soon will be graduating regarding the next step of their education. Guidance counselor Paula Duzik will discuss topics like college applications, scholarships, financial aid and more. Among the discussion points will be registering for the ACT and SAT, the Web sites for which can be found at and The deadline to register for the soonest ACT test date, Oct. 26, is Friday, and the deadline to register for the Nov. 2 SAT is Thursday. For more information, call Duzik at 970-826-6610.