The Pella Chronicle
---- — During Iowa Private College Week Aug. 5-9, Central College will welcome about 500 high school student, parents and guests to campus. The coffee house-themed sessions will begin at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the Graham Conference Center.
During the sessions, students will be invited to tour academic buildings, residence halls and athletic facilities. Faculty members will be available to discuss the many educational opportunities at Central including internships and global experiential learning. Students will also meet coaches and current students.
On the schedule is a student panel where Central students will answer questions about college life. Visitors will receive information about financial aid and hear stories about successful and distinguished alumni throughout the session.
“Iowa Private College Week (IPCW) is the perfect opportunity for students and their families to understand how incredibly well Iowa’s independent colleges prepare graduates for their lives after graduation,” said Carol Williamson. “In today’s competitive job market, employers and graduate schools are looking for students willing to go beyond their required courses—they are interested in students who can demonstrate internship experiences, global and culture understandings as well as critical and analytical thinking skills. Not only are Central students well prepared in this way, they complete their transformational education in four years.”
At the end of each session, visitors are invited to lunch or an ice cream sundae bar at the award-winning Central Market. All visiting students will receive a free Central Dutch T-shirt and will have the application fee waived if they decide to apply.
Twenty-six Iowa non-profit colleges and universities will participate in IPCW to benefit college-bound high school students and their families. After each campus visit, students will receive a stamp on their IPCW “passport.” With three or more stamps, students who apply and are enrolled at Central are eligible for one of two $500 bookstore vouchers.