St. Patrick hosts annual college and career fair
On Wednesday, August 26, St. Patrick Catholic High School hosted a college and career fair. The fair was held in the school cafeteria from 8:30 until 12:00. All students attended the event. Students were able to ask college admissions counselors and career professionals any questions they had.
Several careers were represented at the fair. Businesses from across the Mississippi Gulf Coast came to the fair. Singing River Hospital, Bradford O’Keefe Funeral Home, The Peoples Bank, Hancock Bank, Saad Healthcare, Mississippi Highway Patrol, Biloxi Police K9 Unit, Gulfport Fire Department, Biloxi Fire Department, Walter Anderson Museum, and Huntington Learning Center came to the event. As a gastroenterologist, John D. McKee, III, MD came to answer any questions that students may have about how to enter the medical field.
Numerous colleges also attended this event. Admissions counselors traveled from Mississippi State University, University of Mississippi, Mississippi University for Women, University of South Alabama, Louisiana State University, University of Southern Mississippi, Millsaps College, Mississippi College, Spring Hill, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Loyola University New Orleans, William Carey University, Belhaven University, Jackson State University, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Delta State University, and Chris’ Beauty College to attend the fair at St. Patrick.
College admissions counselors travel across large distances to convince high schoolers to attend the college they represent. For instance, Spring Hill admission counselor Sylvester Twiggs is in charge of recruiting across the entire 48,434 square miles of Mississippi and Mobile County, Alabama. Even though these admission counselors go to hundreds of high schools, they always look forward to visiting St. Patrick Catholic High School. This was Laura C. Dicas’, University of Alabama at Birmingham Assistant Director of Non-Resident Recruitment, fifth visit to St. Patrick. She always enjoys visiting St. Patrick because, “everyone is welcoming and friendly.”
St. Patrick senior, Cecilia Collins, said of the college and career fair, “It was a great opportunity to talk to representatives of colleges that I want to go to.” Collins was not the only St. Patrick student that attended the college and career fair. All St. Patrick students had the opportunity to ask college admissions counselors about college entrance requirements, student-teacher ratio, average ACT score, enrollment size, acceptance rate, and scholarship opportunities.
Story by: Desiree Goodfellow; Photo credit: Desiree Goodfellow