Students get jump-start on college plans | Local News

Sophomore Morgan Hanslip knows she wants to go to college.

A finalist for a Pottawattamie Promise Scholarship, Hanslip and her mom, Danielle, decided to attend Monday night’s College Crossroads event held at Thomas Jefferson High School.

“We’re just getting an idea of what’s available for her out here,” Danielle said. “You can go online and look at any college you want, but it’s nice to meet the people and get an idea of what they have to offer you.”

The third annual college career fair brought out more than 300 people and featured more than 60 booths with representatives from area colleges, military branches and career organizations.

“One of the reasons we started College Crossroads is because we wanted kids to start earlier with college and career planning, so that they would have doors of opportunity available to them,” said Carla Hartenhoff, counselor for Thomas Jefferson. “We’re really pushing not just the senior high (students), but the middle school, too.”

The event, open to Council Bluffs and surrounding communities, featured a college fair and offered informational sessions on scholarships, filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, the importance of getting involved at school, playing collegiate sports, college entrance exams and college admission processes.

Even though Thomas Jefferson freshman Mason Strong knows that he wants to be a firefighter when he graduates, he and his family still wanted to attend Monday night’s event.

“It’s a good event to go to get a picture of what they have to offer and who offers what careers,” Mason said. “It’s a good place to go if you don’t know what you want to do and if you want to figure out what careers could benefit you.”

South Dakota State University admissions counselor Sanna Strenge kept busy at her booth with a…

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