One-stop shop for college prep

April 4, 2014 Updated Apr 4, 2014 at 9:21 AM EDT

By Elizabeth Carey, Broadcast reporter- Business First

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One-stop shop for college prep

April 4, 2014 Updated Apr 4, 2014 at 9:21 AM EDT


Nearly 10,000 high-school students from across Western New York will be in downtown Buffalo for the Buffalo National College Fair next week.

This is the 10th year that the event is being held in Buffalo at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

More than 220 college reps from across the country and beyond will be ready and waiting to talk to curious high school students about the college experience.

Dr. Maryanna Fezer, co-chair of the event, said the personal interaction is something you can't get online.

"I think people first think of local colleges, which are wonderful, but it's also nice to expand your research beyond that to other states," she said. "And you might end up back here in the Buffalo area, but it's nice to see what else is out there. This will give you the opportunity to do that."

Fezer is a counselor at Tonawanda High School where she has been preparing students for the college fair. She said students should attend armed with questions.

"So you're shopping for college, but in the meantime, you've got to keep in mind that the college is shopping for the student," she said. "So this is a market time for both for kids to find a college and colleges to find kids and adults to find college for themselves if possible too."

Fezer said organizers do expect a lot of adults to take part this year as they consider two year schools or one year certificate programs in order to change careers.

The event is complete with seven evening workshops for adults and for students and their parents. They'll cover everything from athletics to financial aid.

College Fair will be held next week on April 8 and 9. It kicks off at 9 a.m. both days. You can get more information or register online at www.gotomyncf.com.

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