Do you recommend that students and families attend college fairs?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    College counseling director Jerome Cole explains the importance of students and parents attending college fairs.

    Jerome A. Cole, MA

    Jerome A. Cole, M.A., is the Director of College Counseling for the Edmund Burke school in Washington, D.C. and the founder of Cole Educational Consulting Services (Cole ECS.) He has worked with students and families for over seven years to help them plan and strategize for college. As a college counselor at Burke, an independent college preparatory high school founded in 1968, Mr. Cole oversees a program that is designed to support students and families as they go through the selection and admission process for college. Mr. Cole advises over 100 students each year in a small academically challenging environment where every senior is expected to apply to and enroll in college. Prior to Burke, he was a school counselor at Bethesda-Chevy Chase high school in Montgomery County, Maryland. He has successfully counseled hundreds of students and helped them prepare for admission to a variety of schools such as: American University, Clark-Atlanta University, Davidson College, George Washington University, Harvard University, Pitzer College, Stanford University, Temple University, and the University of Maryland at College Park, to highlight just a few. He established the consulting firm Cole ECS to provide students and families with the necessary information and support to make the best choice for college. Cole ECS defines the best choice as the optimal learning and social environment to ensure a student’s holistic success, culminating in on-time or early graduation and desirable post-graduate options. Mr. Cole earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Catholic University, and then went on to obtain a Master of Arts in Education and Human Development from George Washington University. He is certified as a school counselor and is a member of the National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC).

    Jerome Cole: My name is Jerome Cole; I am the Director of college counseling at the Edmund Burke School in Washington D.


    , I am also the founder of the Cole Educational Consulting Services. I have a Masters degree in Education and Human Development with specialty in Secondary School Counseling from the George Washington University. For the past seven years I have worked in both public and private school settings, helping students and families, strategize for college. Today I am going to talk about some of the strategies, some of the steps that you and your students should take to determine, how you go about selecting a college and then ultimately how you go about being admitted to a college.

    Host: Do you recommend that students and families attend college fairs?

    Jerome Cole: I think the college fairs in the open houses are very, very valuable for couple of reasons I think. One, it allows students and parents the opportunity to meet with colleges and to gain more information. It also allows them to get to know you, even if its in a crowded room with lots and lots of people around, if you can have a five minute discussion, trust me that college person that you are meeting with, that individual will remember you, they are going to be notes taken, they are going to go in to your file, so it is value in doing that. I think the other thing is with the fairs, you have an opportunity to hit a bunch of schools in one setting and one opportunity, so you want to take advantage of that.