Students invited to college fair

COVINGTON - Next week, area high school students and their parents have a chance to explore regional colleges, all in one nearby central location.

From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, the traveling PROBE College Fair will make its annual visit to Newton County with an event at Alcovy High School, which is located at 14567 Ga. Highway 36 in Covington. The event is free and open to the public.

"Last Year, we had over 500 people attend our PROBE fair," said Dr. Tina Daniel-Reasey, a guidance counselor at Eastside High School, in a press release. "We are looking forward to an even greater turnout this year, as this is an excellent opportunity for students and parents to see the many options available to them in terms of colleges, programs of study and financial aid."

High school students in Jasper, Newton, Rockdale and Walton Counties, as well as other surrounding areas, and their parents are invited to the fair.

During the event, students and parents can speak to college representatives about financial aid, housing, programs of study, admissions requirements and scholarships, among other topics.

"We recommend that parents and students bring a book bag or something to carry the information packs, applications and other free goodies the college representatives may have to give away," said Stacey Kitchens, guidance department chair at Alcovy High School, in a press release.

At least 65 colleges and universities will be at Alcovy's fair. Expected are such institutions as Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Auburn University, Emory University, Georgia College & State University, Morehouse College, Savannah College & State University and the University of Georgia, among other regional technical and academic colleges and universities, as well as Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine officials.

Michelle Floyd can be reached at michelle.floyd@newtoncitizen.com.

SideBar: If you go

· What: PROBE College Fair featuring 65 colleges and universities

· Who: High school students in Jasper, Newton, Rockdale and Walton Counties and to their parents

· When: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday

· Where: Alcovy High School, 14567 Ga. Highway 36, Covington

· Cost: Free

· More Information: www.gaprobe.org or the AHS guidance department at 770-784-4995, ext. 2113

Select colleges and universities participating in the 2009 Newton County PROBE College Fair:

· Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College

· Agnes Scott College

· Air Force ROTC

· The University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa

· Albany State University

· Auburn University

Art Institutes

· Atlanta Christian College

· Augusta State University

· Berry College

· Clayton State University

· DeKalb Technical College

· Emory University and Oxford College

· Georgia College & State University

· Georgia Gwinnett College

· Georgia Perimeter College

· Georgia Southern University

· Georgia State University

· Morehouse College

· Piedmont College

· Savannah College of Art & Design

· University of Georgia

· University of West Georgia

· Valdosta State University

· Young Harris College