High-school students and their parents had the opportunity to browse through information about technical schools, business colleges, cosmetology schools, the military and universities.

About 75 exhibitors were on hand at the third annual Cambria County College Fair, sponsored by the Cambria-Rowe Business College.

The event, held at the Frank J. Pasquerilla Conference Center, 301 Napoleon St. in downtown Johnstown, will be open today from 9 a.m. to noon for high-school students and members of the public interested in education opportunities.

Amanda Artim, director of admissions for the Cambria-Rowe Business College, 221 Central Ave., Johnstown, said the event gives families the opportunity to get a lot of information in one place.

“It’s open to someone who is graduating or a junior preparing (for college) or to someone who has lost their job,” she said.

“If you have no idea what you want to do, it’s a great event to just come and see what is available to you.”

Courtney Mack, enrollment manager for Robert Morris University, Allegheny County, said the large turnout – hundreds of parents and students streamed through Monday – should benefit recruiters.

“We have a great honors program, so we are looking to recruit some top-notch students,” she said.

Cody Kendera, a Central Cambria senior, said he and his mother came to learn about the schools in the area.

Kendera, who wants to study biochemistry or chemistry, is still undecided on which school he would like to attend.

“I finally get to meet some of the people from the various schools and see what their campuses are like,” he said.

Kendera hopes to eventually attend medical school and said the event enabled him to find programs that best suit his needs.

Judith Hunter from the Commonwealth Technical Institute, 727 Goucher St. in Upper Yoder Township, said the school offers many career-training programs.

Hunter, a vocational rehabilitation counselor, said college fairs encourage students to learn about different schools and find the one that best suits their needs.

Brandy Kenner, 17, a senior at Westmont Hilltop, said the event included a lot of Pennsylvania schools, and that was fine by her.

Kenner, who hopes to study nursing, was interested in finding information about schools her friends attend in the Keystone State.

She has already visited and applied to many schools in Virginia and North Carolina but was interested in some schools that are closer to home.

Her mom, Mary Kenner, said it is nice to have the event close to home.

“Honestly, I would recommend this more so for parents,” she said. “You can never start too early to begin researching educational opportunities.”

Exhibitors included Seton Hill University, Edinboro University, DuBois Business College, the Pennsylvania Academy of Cosmetology, Pittsburgh Technical Institute and West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Representatives from financial institutions were also available to talk to parents and students about school loans.

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