College recruitment event held in Pennington

The first Northshore College and Career Fair was held in the Pennington Center Tuesday for high school students to find out information about secondary education from universities across the nation.

“The purpose of the event is for recruitment, a way for high school students to come and visit other colleges,” said Keslie Smith, coordinator of recruiting at Southeastern’s Office of Admissions.  “Formerly known as Tangi Night, this year we have partnered with St. Tammany and have changed it to the Northshore College and Career Fair.”

Inside the Pennington Center, tables were lined along the length of the room, each occupied by colleges and universities from around the nation, including Notre Dame, Ohio State University, Vanderbilt and Ole Miss. Local universities were on hand as well, such as Louisiana Tech, Louisiana State University and Southeastern.

“We’re expecting around 3,000 students, and we have about 100 colleges from across the nation set up here at the college and career fair,” said Smith.

Other booths were available for those looking beyond secondary education. St. Tammany Parish Public Schools and North Oaks Health System were there, providing information not only to high school students, but graduates as well.

“Everyone here at Southeastern have been very nice and helpful to everyone here,” said Heather Koepp, clinical coordinator for the North Oaks School of Radiologic Technology. “The students and their parents have had a lot of things to ask, and I believe that this has been one of the best college and career fairs.”

Koepp also mentioned the parking space allotted for the vendors.  University Police had set aside the lot beside the Pennington Center and, along with the Office of Admissions, the event seemed to be well planned.

“I’ve attended this since 2001,” said Koepp.  “It was very organized this year, as far as the parking, and it was very nice to have that space reserved for easy access.”

St. Tammany parish partnered with Tangipahoa parish and Southeastern and provided a bus that carried around 40 students from Salmen High School.  As for the event, Assistant Principal Saudah Blackman-Stokes thought the amount of high school students that attended was significant.

“This was a huge turnout for the college and career fair,” said Blackman-Stokes.

For more information about future recruiting events, contact the Office of Admissions by phone at 1-800-222-SELU (7358) or by email at [email protected].