PEORIA (25 News Now) - Local High School students attended an interactive college fair at The Renaissance Coliseum Bradley University on Thursday.
The fair showcased institutions that recruit Central Illinois high school students, including Bradley and Illinois Central College, but also emphasized Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Greek organizations.
Not only did students get a chance to look at college choices, but they were able to learn about opportunities they could pursue during their time in college, and after they graduate.
Marc Supreme is part of the Peoria Yani Collective and organized the college fair through his DIGIM initative. “What we’re trying to do is make it an environment where students can not only get some college fair experience and be able to talk to colleges and get an idea of what they want to do in the future,” he said.
The students also participated in breakout sessions. Supreme says it was important to showcase the variety of opportunities for students after high school graduation. “This is not about going to college. This is about figuring it out. And that’s what we want to help students do.”
The break-out sessions were called “How to Become.” They featured community professionals who offered insight on starting careers in a number of industries including entertainment, music, entrepreneurship and government.
The college fair is expected to happen again the spring before high school graduations. D.I.G.I.M. stands for ‘D@mn I Graduate in May.’