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PROBE college fair to visit local students

COVINGTON — The annual PROBE College Fair tour begins next week in Georgia, and students in Newton and Rockdale counties have a chance to visit some of the stops.

PROBE is the organized college fair tour that attracts representatives from non-profit educational institutions to shopping malls, civic centers and high schools throughout the state of Georgia.

The fair is scheduled to stop at Alcovy High School from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4. The school is located at 14567 Ga. Highway 36 in Covington.

The fair also will visit The Mall at Stonecrest from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19. The mall is located at 2929 Turner Hill Road in Lithonia.

Each fair should have more than 100 college representatives in attendance.

During the PROBE fair, students and parents will have the opportunity to speak with college representatives on topics such as financial aid, housing, programs of study, admissions requirements, scholarships, and campus life.

“We love having parents, as well as students, attend the fairs,” said Bill Smith, executive director of PROBE. “Students should be equipped to ask questions that they can’t get answered on a website or through brochures. Things of a personal nature are what they should be asking.”

This year, students can get a barcode at www.gotocollegefairs.com and many of the colleges will have scanners to capture their information for their databases.

Students may register before attending but registration is not required to attend the PROBE College Fair. Students can visit the website www.gotocollegefairs.com and click “register now;” they can then click the state of Georgia on the map and scroll to select the fair they plan to attend.

The fair will visit other sites around the state until November.

A complete list of stops and more information are available on the PROBE website, www.gaprobe.org.