College Day, Night motivate future readiness

Garland ISD students and staff celebrated a bright future during College Day and Night Sept. 18. The annual event kicked off with students of all ages showing their college spirit with style. 

“Ms. Ours’ [first-grade] class rocked their college shirts for GISD College Day,” tweeted Steadham Elementary School. “We want our kids to be college and career ready.”

Students continued preparing for post-high school life during College Night at the Curtis Culwell Center. More than 2,200 attended the affair, meeting with representatives from more than 130 institutions of higher learning. 

“College Night provides an opportunity for students and parents to talk face-to-face with college recruiters from all over the country,” said Director of Guidance and Counseling Ruby Armstrong.  

“They have a chance to learn about colleges that may not have been on their radar and learn about the many opportunities available to them,” added Coordinator of Guidance and Counseling Debbie Lee. “Not all students can travel to make college visits, so we bring the colleges to them!” 

Attendees met with a variety of entities, including everything from Penn State University to Eastfield Community College to Escoffier School of Culinary Arts to West Point. 

In addition to exploring opportunities, families also received valuable information regarding scholarships, the college application process, career paths and the PSAT. And, some college-bound students took advantage of a new perk—on-site meningitis shots. 

See highlights of College Day and Night 2018 in the photo slideshow included and on GRS-TV's YouTube channel

Some photos courtesy of Debby Haley.