College Fair returns to Newton

COVINGTON - Area educators are asking students to return to school Tuesday evening for a special event that could help them plan their post-secondary education.

The traveling PROBE College Fair will make its second visit to Newton County with an event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Alcovy High School, located at 14567 Ga. Highway 36 in Covington.

The event is free and targeted for 11th- and 12-grade students and their parents, but it is open to the public.

PROBE's Executive Director Bill Smith encouraged students from eighth to 12th grades to attend the event with their parents.

"The earlier, the better," he said.

At the fair, students and their parents can talk to representatives from more than 100 colleges and universities, which will have tables set up with pamphlets and other literature.

As of press time, a complete list of attending colleges weren't available, but normally representatives from institutions like Emory University, the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Georgia and other colleges and universities in Georgia and surrounding states have attended.

The event is a time for students - and their parents - to ask questions about the school, the application process and requirements. Event organizers suggest students bring a list of questions and some paper and a pen to take notes.

The PROBE fair, which started its tour earlier this semester, already has visited several locations around the state and has plans to visit many more; however, the event at Alcovy High School is the last event of the year in Newton and Rockdale counties.

The fair visited Newton County for the first time last school year, when it came to Eastside High School. The fair also visited Stonecrest Mall in early September this year.

Smith suggested that students who have visited previous fairs attend this one as well in case other schools show up to this one or if they didn't get a chance to talk to all of the schools they wanted to during previous trips.

A complete list of dates and more information about the fair is available at www.gaprobe.org.