Students in southeast Ohio got a sneak peak at prepping for college Thursday evening at Zane State.
Hosted by the Muskingum County Community Foundation and Scholarship Central, "College Night 2011" aimed to educate students on applying to colleges, scholarship opportunities, financial aid and student life through various seminars. Muskingum County Community Foundation's Heather Sands helped run Thursday evening's program and says it's important that if students are interested in going to college, to start thinking now.
"Our focus with college night is high school students but we open it up to middle school students cause we think that the earlier you can get started, the better and more prepared the students will be," said Sands.
Sands says because of the lagging economy and uncertainty of jobs, students need to know earlier what their options are for certain industries and that can mean money towards tuition
"We want to make sure they know that there's scholarships there but also scholarships to attend different institutions locally and away so that way they can prepare themselves earlier," added Sands.
This is "College Night's" 5th year. Sands says each year the turnout has grown with more than 400 prospective middle and high school students in attendance.