Tulare County Office of Education event still gives students connection to college

Tulare County Office of Education will hold its annual College Night online on Tuesday, Sept. 8

TULARE COUNTY – Tulare County’s annual College Night will look different this but it will be akin to what those already in college are experiencing this fall.

The Tulare County Office of Education announced last week that registration is now open for the annual event, which will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 8. This year’s event will be virtual with representatives from nearly 60 colleges and universities available. Students may meet with representatives of their choice, but are encouraged to have questions prepared for their virtual visits.

“Based on our success with virtual teacher recruitment fairs which simulate the look of a convention center-style event, we utilized the same technology to make College Night virtual,” said Tim Hire, Tulare County superintendent of schools. “Students and parents will enter the event through a grand lobby before discovering the booths of the representatives in the Exhibit Hall.”

Attendees are required to register at tcoe.org/VirtualCollegeNight. Registration will remain open through September 7. The event will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. Registered students may login to the event as early as 4 p.m. to view the virtual lobby, High School Hall, Exhibit Hall, and other exciting features.

The event will also feature breakout sessions covering financial planning, college admissions, and tips on preparing for college. The breakout sessions will be prerecorded and can be viewed at any time during the event.

California’s three main post-secondary education systems – California State University, University of California and California Community College Commission – started their fall semesters online but as high school students will no doubt discovery, not all college experiences are the same, even in the midst of a pandemic. There are a few similarities, that students must wear face masks whenever on campus, in-person is being allowed for labs and career technical education courses, dining halls are now grab-and-go, and housing is limited to one person per room, not your typical dorm experience. Libraries are offering curbside pick up and are offering online job coaching, storytimes, adult literacy, K12 tutoring, homework help, ebook lending, and 3D personal protective equipment, among other services.

Campuses located in counties on the state’s monitoring list, such as Tulare County, are not allowed to have in-person lectures. Places like gyms, bowling alleys and pool halls will all be closed on campuses but some of those services are returning on campuses not on the watch list.

For more information on College Night, contact Paula Terrill at [email protected].

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