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Scottsdale Unified School District students to attend Oct. 17 college & career fair

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Scottsdale students will encounter views of adulthood at Oct. 17 fair

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More than 100 colleges, universities, community colleges and technical schools. Military branch representatives. College application support. Student financial aid assistance. Scholarship resources. Local businesses whose work aligns with Career and Technical Education pathways. CTE teachers and guidance counselors.

They’re all part of Scottsdale Unified School District’s second annual College and Career Fair from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at Chaparral High School, 6935 E. Gold Dust Ave.

The SUSD College and Career Fair is free but requires students to register in advance through their SUSD Google email accounts at

All SUSD high school students and their families are invited to become acquainted with the plethora of post-secondary options that are available for high school graduates — right here in the Valley of the Sun.

“We want to make it easy for our students and their parents to access the important information they need to start making post-secondary plans,” said Amy Downs, the district’s director of college and career readiness.

Ms. Downs explains post-secondary education can be more than a traditional college experience.

“It’s about more than where or whether one chooses to go to college,” Ms. Downs said. “It’s also about enrolling in high school coursework that earns college credits and industry certifications now, so that opportunities in professions and careers will be available for to students right out of high school or later, after additional education.”

Representatives of local employers, such as HonorHealth, Banner Health, Capital One, the city of Scottsdale and Hyatt, whose businesses center around the subject matter of SUSD’s 16 CTE career pathways, will also be on-hand to discuss work-based learning opportunities, career options and education requirements.

Prizes, such as Phoenix Suns tickets, BOSE Bluetooth speakers and Stanley tumblers, will be drawn every 20 minutes during the three-hour event in the Chaparral gym. Students must be present to win.

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