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MNPS Hosts Annual College Night At Fairgrounds

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by Emily Luxen

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Thousands of area high school students are now one step closer to choosing where they want to go to college.

Tuesday, Metro Nashville Public Schools hosted "College Night" at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds. Representatives from over 200 colleges and universities from across the country attended the event, and provided students with information on financial aid, admissions and college life.

"We are definitely trying to change the culture in the K-12 environment of going to college, and being college ready," said Luther Dollar, Counselor at Hillsboro High School.  "This was a big event for the school district."

Nicole Cobb, MNPS Executive Director of School Counseling Services, said MNPS has hosted the event for several years, and it has continued to grow into an important resource for students.

"This event allows students to talk to real people," said Nicole Cobb, MNPS Executive Director of School Counseling Services.  "They see people just like them that are doing what they hope to be doing four or five years from now."

Students who attended the event said it was extremely helpful.

"I love going to college fairs because you get to know the people who go to the college without having  to go visit the colleges," said Kimber Rockey, a Junior at Hume-Fogg High School.

The College Night was held in conjunction with "College Awareness Week" in Metro Schools. All week, teachers and counselors have been helping students research schools online so they were prepared for the college fair.

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