College, career fair is success

To the editor:

On March 12, TRIO Pre-College Programs hosted a College and Career Fair for local ninth-grade students. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the schools, presenters and sponsors who made the event a success.

First, we would like to thank the administrations of Baraga High School, Calumet High School, Chassell Township Schools, Hancock High School, Houghton High School, Jeffers High School and L’Anse High School for bringing their ninth-grade classes to the fair. We love serving your schools and appreciate your support.

Second, we would like to thank the following local businesses and colleges for sending representatives to speak with and encourage local students:

Allied Health, American Forestry Management, Bay College, Copper Island Engraving, Cyndi Perkins;

Dial Help, Finlandia University, Gogebic Community College, Great Lake Recovery Centers, Green Timber Forestry Consulting;

GS Engineering, Hancock Community Art Center, Keweenaw National Historical Parks, L’Anse Manufacturing, Lexul;

Michigan State Police, Michigan Technological University, Michigan Tech Employees Federal Credit Union, Northern Michigan University, OHM;

Phoenix House, REMC1, Superior National Bank, UP Audiology, UP Engineers and Architects and the Van Pelt and Opie Library.

Finally, we would like to thank the local businesses and organizations who supported the event:

Applebee’s, Culver’s, Cyberia Cafe, Dairy Queen, Domino’s Pizza, Jim’s Foodmart;

Jimmy John’s, Kirkish Furniture, McDonald’s, Pat’s Foods, Pepsi Bottling of Houghton and Tadych’s Econo Foods.

We would like especially to thank Finlandia University and its maintenance staff and the Portage Health Foundation.

As a college access and success organization, it is our passion to help students explore a variety of opportunities for their future. We would not have been able to provide this event to 300-plus ninth-grade students without the support of the local community. We look forward to making next year’s event bigger and better.

Kailee Laplander