Despite many challenges in education in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew and school being disrupted for a considerable amount of time, organizers say the Annual College Fair will still be held.
The event is set to take place at the Bishop Michael Eldon School (BMES) Auditorium on Sunday, November 20 from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The event for high school seniors is staged by the Grand Bahama Principals’ and Vice Principals’ Association (GBPVPA), being coordinated by a different high school each year.
This year, the task was awarded to Tabernacle Baptist Academy and they have managed to secure several institutions from overseas, and within The Bahamas to present their courses, discuss what is required to enroll and costs.
During a press conference on Tuesday (November 15) afternoon at the Ministry of Education’s conference room, Gia Walters, president of the GBPVPA said that it is important all Grade 12 students make an effort to attend.
“All seniors are encouraged to come out and see what is on offer at these different colleges. The seniors will be able to find a college that offers their field of interest and be able to speak with their representative,” Walters added.
Interim principal at Tabernacle Baptist Academy and coordinator for the College Fair, Edward Johnson stated, “We are expecting an exciting College Fair, despite our struggles after Hurricane Matthew. Thanks to God we are ready and raring to go.”
Johnson informed that 18 colleges have already registered and more are expected to be at the BMES Auditorium on Sunday.
Included in those attending will be –Acadia University, Burman University, University of The Bahamas, Florida Memorial, Holland College, Keiser University, Liberty University, Lynn University, Mt. St. Vincent University, University of Prince Edward Island, BAMSI, Bahamas Maratime Institute, and Mesiah Jordan Southern.
Johnson said that the organizers are particularly excited Bahamian colleges have committed to take part.
“We are very excited about our local further education institutions participating. This will be an especially great Fair, and will demonstrate that Grand Bahama is back up and ready for business,” Johnson noted.
Guidance Counselor at Tabernacle Baptist Academy, pastor Wayne Carey shared the excitement of not only the seniors, but the school counselors as well.
“This school year started out with Ann Russell from the Ministry of Education’s Scholarship Department explaining to the students at the various high schools what they will need to prepare and collect,” Carey stated.
The school counselor said that after Russell’s visits, the students were told about the foundations and how to present themselves to an institution they are interested in and how to apply for the government or private scholarships available.
Carey added that the Ministry representative emphasized the importance of collating a portfolio and ensuring certificates and qualifications are in hand on Sunday to share with the college representatives.
“Most of the students are prepared and excited – they have a great opportunity before them, which will allow them to get a higher level of education,” Carey concluded.
Published Wednesday, November 16, 2016