On April 4, Valley Regional High School (VRHS) held its 10th annual Post-Secondary Expo in the VRHS gymnasium. Organized and run by VRHS School-to-Career Coordinator Mary Hambor, the expo was open to VRHS students, parents, and all community members.
This year the Post-Secondary Expo included more than 32 different colleges, institutes, and businesses, mostly based out of Connecticut and other areas of New England. The goal of the expo was to introduce students to paths open to them following their high school graduation.
In terms of further education, Gateway Community College of New Haven, the Art Institutes of Brookline, Massachusetts, Goodwin College, the Connecticut School of Broadcasting in Farmington, the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts in Old Lyme, and several others were present at the expo.
Businesses present included John Casablanca Modeling and Talent Management, the Connecticut Water Company, and Whelen Engineering.
John Casablanca Admissions Representative Jordan Hagenow said the expo gives students "a chance to speak to people in the field about what they will be doing."
Hagenow said that speaking with someone in a field that a student is looking into often helps bring light to their choice in pursuing that career or deciding to choose a different direction.
Americorps/Vista, all branches of the United States Armed Services, and the State of Connecticut Department of Public Safety were represented at the expo, as well.
Students in attendance at the expo were very pleased by the experience; freshmen Maddy Ball and Caitlin Farley deemed the experience to be "eye-opening" for possibilities after high school.
Morgan Hines is a senior at Valley Regional High School.