Regional College Fair will be virtual event offering a wide range of opportunities for local students to access information and resources related to higher education and post-secondary career options

The Coachella Valley’s annual regional college fair grew into a popular and heavily attended event over the four years it was held at the Agua Caliente Resort. Due to the pandemic, the event was moved to a virtual platform in 2020. This year, a second virtual event is planned for Oct. 14 offering an even wider range of opportunities for local students to access information and resources related to higher education and post-secondary career options.

The Regional College Fair concept began almost ten years ago when leaders throughout Coachella Valley came together through OneFuture Coachella Valley and wrote the Regional Plan for College and Career Success, with the common goal of increasing access to higher education, college completion and career success for local students. The Regional College Fair Alignment Team was formed and a group of partners including the three local school districts and higher education partners collaborated to design a Regional College Fair that would to support growth of a college-going culture in the Coachella Valley.

This year’s event will be on Thursday, Oct. 14 from 4 to 8 p.m. It starts with a visit to and will include the opportunity to visit with representatives from over 100 representatives from colleges, universities, branches of the military and financial institutions.

“This year, community partners across the Coachella Valley rallied together to create the first-ever virtual, live college fair on Oct. 14,” said Kate Anderson, co-chair of the college fair committee. “It’s a great opportunity for middle school and high school students and their parent(s) to attend so they can begin creating their pathway to higher education.  While we will miss meeting in person for the college fair each year, this year’s event provides access to information regarding college and career, financial aid, career planning, tips for college applications and more.”

Pre-registration for the event is strongly encouraged, and those who do register prior to the event, will be eligible for prizes including gift cards, movie theater tickets and more. The event will include several webinar tracks with multiple workshops in each so attendee can find what they need the most. Tracks include College Planning Roadmap, Career Exploration, Scholarships, Mindfulness and Wellness and Essential Skills. Presenters will be from Coachella Valley school districts as well as College of the Desert and Cal State San Bernardino.

“Our commitment to ensure that every student in our valley has free access information to higher education and career options after high school continues to be our number one priority” said, Dr. Julio Omier, event co-chair. “This year, our community partners across the Coachella Valley came together to ensure we continue this commitment through this Virtual College & Career fair. “Our students in the valley will be our leaders in our community in the future, and we want to continue to inspire and educate our youth of setting and executing a plan after high school. The plan of college and/or career starts in elementary and continues through middle and high school. It is extremely important for parents and students alike of all ages to attend the Coachella Valley Virtual College & Career so they can learn and get all their questions answered and take advantage of an abundance of resources.

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