QCHS broadens approach to College and Career Fair

More than 90 colleges, trade schools, military branches and business leaders participated in the virtual event.
Posted on 04/27/2021
Students seated at their desks watch their computers during the QCHS College and Career fair.By Gary Weckselblatt

Quakertown Community High School students had the chance to visit online with more than 90 colleges, trade schools, military branches and business leaders during its virtual College and Career Fair on April 22.

The options, which were quite broad, included a game and simulation developer, a portfolio manager/credit analyst and representatives discussing careers in manufacturing and entrepreneurship and nonprofit leadership.

“We know that there has been a depletion of skilled workers in electrical, plumbing and heating, ventilation and air conditioning,” said Eric Gozzard, a QCHS counselor who coordinated the event. “We want to make sure the kids are aware of those training opportunities for them. It broadens their options and helps them make informed decisions.”

Mr. Gozzard partnered with school leaders in the Pathways program, assistant principals Jennifer Carolla and Jason Magditch and teachers George Banas and Laura Neilson to increase the scope of the annual event. Teachers also played a huge role, monitoring their classrooms and helping students stay engaged. “They were all phenomenal,” Mr. Gozzard said.

He said he looks forward to getting the event live at the high school again, and hopes that happens next year. “I think there’s more to be gained with face-to-face interaction between students and adults to develop people and social skills,” he said.

The schools, businesses and military branches participating included:

Air Force Reserve, Air Force ROTC, Allegheny College, Alvernia University, Arcadia University, Army, Aviation Institute of Maintenance, Binghamton University SUNY, Bloomsburg University,
Bryant University, Bucks County Community College, Cedar Crest College, College of Mount Saint Vincent, Delaware Valley University, DeSales University, Dickinson College, Drexel University, Edinboro University, Elizabethtown College, Emerson College, Goldey-Beacom College, Gwynedd Mercy University, Harcum College, Harrisburg University of Science & Technology, Haverford College, Hofstra University, Holy Family University, Hussian College, Immaculata University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, James Madison University, Johnson & Wales University, Kean University, King's College, Kutztown University, La Roche University, Lebanon Valley College, Lehigh Career & Technical Institute, Lincoln technical Institute, Lycoming College, Marines, Marymount Manhattan College, Marywood University, Mastery Plumbing, Messiah University, Millersville University, Moore College of Art & Design, Moravian College, Neumann University, Northampton Community College, Paul Smith's College, Penn State University, Pennco Tech Trade School, Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, Pennsylvania College of Technology, QNB Bank, Ramapo College of NJ, Rider University, Robert Morris University, Saint Anselm College, Shippensburg University, Slippery Rock University, Susquehanna University, University of Tennessee, University of Valley Forge, Triangle Tech, U.S. Navy, U.S. Navy Academy, United States Military Academy, University of Alabama, University of Delaware, University of New Haven, University of Pittsburgh, University of the Arts, University of the Sciences, Ursinus College, US Air Force - Active Duty, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Tech, Washington College, Welder Training & Testing Institute, Wentworth Institute of Technology, West Chester University, Widener University, Wilkes University, Williamson College of the Trades.

Gary Weckselblatt, QCSD Director of Communications, writes about the people and the programs that impact the Quakertown Community School District. He can be reached at 215-529-2028 or gweckselblatt@qcsd.org.
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