CHS exposed to life after high school at annual College Fair

Annual event highlighted by 35 booths, live music, free food, and free merchandise


Johanna Aragon

Colton students check out postsecondary materials at the annual College Fair, held on Nov. 4.

Colton, CA—On November 4th, Colton High School held its annual College Fair during 1st and 2nd lunches. Booths representing 35 colleges and programs lined DC Lane providing a host of information for students interested in pursuing postsecondary opportunities including  universities, community colleges, private schools, and military.

The event is the brainchild of the Colton High School counseling department, who want to expose CHS students to a wide range of opportunities available to them after graduating high school.   

“It’s a great idea to expose these schools and programs to our students,” said head counselor Daniel Checo. 

In addition to the booths, the College Fair featured live music from a group of Colton High School students calling themselves Los Del Rancho. They entertained both lunches with their versions of banda songs.

Local community members provided free tacos, taquitos and water for students and teachers. Several expressed their emotional satisfaction being part of this experience and doing this for students.

“I think it wonderful that this is happening, knowing that students have different options after graduating,” said English teacher Candice Tapia. 

To encourage participation, the counseling department collaborated with several teachers on a stamping system. Students visited booths and participated in activities to earn six stamps in order to win prizes and receive extra credit. College booths also distributed candy and school merchandise.

”It was overwhelming seeing many colleges,” said sophomore Jocelyn Burgos “I learned about many colleges that I may be interested in.”