Choosing the right college and career is a big decision for new students.
To help, the Northwest Iowa College Fair at Iowa Central Community College Wednesday gave provided glimpses of what's available.
Several hundred juniors and seniors from area high schools, as well as Iowa Central students, had the opportunity to talk to representatives from 74 colleges and military branches in the Career Education Building on the Iowa Central campus.
Des Moines Area Community College representative Ciel Friess, left, talks with Ethan Wiederin, a junior at Prairie Valley High School, about DMACC programs during the Northwest Iowa College Fair at Iowa Central Community College Wednesday morning.
Some students knew fully what they want to study and which colleges they wanted to talk to. Others attended to explore their options.
"I'm just getting started seeing what's out there," said Tagan Dodson, a Southeast Webster-Grand senior.
Sgt. Michael Trenary, with the Iowa National Guard, manned a table and explained to interested students how they could attend college while still getting military experience, and have at least a portion of their education costs covered.
"It all fits hand-in-hand with college," said Trenary.
Ethan Wiederin, a Prairie Valley High School junior, stopped to talk with a representative from Des Moines Area Community College. Although he has a year to consider his options, Wiederin is fairly sure he knows what he wants to study and where, he said.
"I'm pretty sure I'm going to go to DMACC," said Wiederin, "probably doing something in building trades."
Valeria Escamilla, a second-year Iowa Central student, stopped to get some information at the Iowa State University booth. Escamilla may transfer to Iowa State to study engineering.
"I'm in pre-engineering right now," she said. "I plan to continue with that."
Prairie Valley junior Jordan Ayala talked to college representatives. He was impressed with the education program at the University of Northern Iowa.
"I liked UNI," Ayala said, "but I'm still seeing what is out there. I think I'd like to go into teaching."
Zoe Schneider, another a Prairie Valley junior, was looking at her options, she said. She's interested in college athletics.
"I know I want to play volleyball," said Schneider, "and maybe do athletic training."
Nicholas Kavanaugh, an admissions representative for UNI, said he was pleased with the way the morning went.
"I talked with a lot of students," said Kavanaugh. "It stayed pretty constant all morning. I think it was a pretty good turnout."