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College caravan rolls into Watervliet High School  

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A Watervliet High School student speaks with an admissions representative from Siena College at the college caravan on Tuesday, Sept. 16.

Watervliet High School juniors, seniors take opportunity to explore colleges, post-secondary options

Twenty-one institutes of higher learning were represented in a college caravan that rolled into Watervliet Jr.-Sr. High School on Tuesday, September 16.

Admissions representatives from the participating colleges set up displays with promotional materials in the cafeteria. Students then had a half-hour to browse the tables, gather information and speak with admissions representatives about schools of interest before the caravan packed up and moved on to its next high school destination. View photo gallery

Guidance counselor David Olszewski said the college caravan (also known as a "mini-college fair") is a valuable opportunity for Watervliet students. “Bringing the colleges on-site provides our students immediate access to 20 schools,” he said. “They can get a lot of useful information in one class period.”

College caravan participants included: Alfred University, Bryant & Stratton College, Cazenovia College, Clinton Community College – SUNY, Fulton Montgomery Community College, Hartwick College, Hudson Valley Community College, Ithaca College, Johnson & Wales University, Johnson State, Long Island University CW Post/Brooklyn, Maria College, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Paul Mitchell the school Schenectady, Schenectady County Community College, Siena College, SUNY Delhi, SUNY Cobleskill, The College of Saint Rose, The Sage Colleges and The State University at Albany (SUNYA).

As a high school junior, James Creaser is just beginning his college search, and visited several college tables including Fulton-Montgomery Community College, Hartwick, Siena and SUNY Albany.

“I’m new to the process,” he said, “so I thought today was a good learning experience to be able to find out what different colleges offer.”

As a senior, Brianna Durkee is currently narrowing her college choices and said that one of the schools in the college caravan is in her top 10. “I’m looking at Hartwick,” she said. “I want to major in pre-med and Hartwick has a really good program. The in-state tuition also helps.”

Heading into the event Brianna said that while none of the other participating colleges were under her consideration at the moment, she thought the caravan provided a good opportunity to learn about other schools. “College is a big decision and it’s good to keep an open mind to all your options,” she said.

Fellow senior Jessica Cunningham agreed. “I think it’s a great idea,” she said. “The caravan introduces students to different colleges that maybe they wouldn’t have thought about before.”

Jessica is interested in becoming a pathologist and is exploring schools both in and out of state. “Few schools offer mortuary science programs,” she said. “Hudson Valley (Community College) has a great program and so does U-Conn (University of Connecticut).”