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College Night Success at Gulf Coast State College

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For high school juniors and seniors, finding the perfect college to attend can sometimes be intimidating.

Gulf Coast State College made it easy by creating a one stop shop for students to get information about multiple schools.


About 1,000 students and parents walked through the halls of the new Advanced Technology Center to take part in the annual College Night.

"College night.. It is so much fun," said Dr. Melissa Lavender, GCSC Vice President of Student Affairs. "It's a great time for us to be able to get our high school students from our service districts to come on our campus and meet with other colleges and universities from around the region."

50 colleges gathered to give prospective students the information they need.

"I'm here because it's a really great way to see the schools all in one place and to see the different requirements," said Laura Herring, a high school senior. "There are different requirements for the scholarships and the honors. So, I was really interested in seeing that and all their different programs."

"I decided to come out to this event because I wanted to look at a lot of real prestigious colleges like SCAD, Flagler, so on," said Courtney Rogers, a high school junior.

"We are really just trying to help students locally just kind of give back to the community," said Carissa Williams, Admissions Representative for the University of West Florida. "So, if we can help them with their educational goals, we definitely want to do that."

It's a win-win situation for students, parents, and schools.

"There are great vehicles by which colleges can enroll students," said Clint Hobbs, Vice President of Enrollment at Young Harris College. "I have been doing this 25 years and the panhandle and Florida.. The programs across Florida have always been fruitful."

For GCSC, it's all about bettering the community.

"Our goal for this is a goal we have at Gulf Coast," said Lavender. "That is that we want to give students opportunities, anybody in the area.. We want to give you an opportunity."

If you missed College Night, Gulf Coast State College will have information available from all the school that attended in their career services office.