College hosting annual Mid-Ohio Valley College Night on Sept. 19

Josh Thrash ’08 said community interest and support in the annual Mid-Ohio Valley College Night has caused a ripple effect among colleges and universities around the region.

“Because of the popularity of the fair among local high school students, we have many new schools attending this year,” said Thrash, an Admission Counselor at Marietta and the organizer of the event. “This year we have 10 different states represented in our college night.”

This is the ninth consecutive year Marietta College has hosted the College Night, and Thrash said there should be more than 80 institutions of higher education represented.

From 6:30-8:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 19, high school students can learn more about their options for post-secondary education. Co-sponsored by Marietta College and The Marietta Times, the event will be held in the Dyson Baudo Recreation Center on the College’s campus. High School students from 15 counties, along with their parents, are invited to attend.

These counties include Athens, Guernsey, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Vinton and Washington counties in Ohio as well as Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Tyler, Wetzel, Wirt and Wood counties in West Virginia. Last year’s attendance at the college night included students and parents from almost 30 high schools in the region.

The college fair is designed for high school students beginning their college search who are looking for either two- or four-year institutions, a military organization, or a trade or technical school. It gives those interested the opportunity to speak face-to-face with representatives.

Marietta College officials are pleased to bring this valuable program to the region’s students and families.

“The Mid-Ohio Valley College Night is a great experience for local high school students to interact with more than 80 colleges and universities,” Thrash said. “The idea of this event is to get students engaged in the higher education mode of thinking. We are committed to an event that promotes higher education opportunities for our local area.”