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Off to college for a glimpse of campus life

Published February 25, 2007


ST. PETERSBURG - Pinellas Technical Education Centers, St. Petersburg College and the University of South Florida St. Petersburg are each expecting hundreds of high school students this week, when the facilities open their campuses to those who have already passed the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.

Testing in reading, math and science begins Monday at county high schools, but upperclassmen who don't need to take the test can use the day to visit area colleges.

"A fair majority of most of our seniors have already passed the FCAT ... so we wanted to provide a useful alternative to the kids who don't have to take it," said Dave Barnes, director of workforce education for Pinellas County Schools.

The schools will provide information on majors or career tracks, and give tours.

Students who visit USF St. Petersburg must attend one of two hourlong information sessions that will cover a wide spectrum of issues like enrollment services, housing, financial aid and scholarships.

"The goal is that in between these two sessions, they'll be able to tour the campus and go into the residence hall," said university spokesperson Julie Booth.

SPC will provide maps for students in a "treasure hunt" format to encourage students to explore one of four campuses being featured, said SPC events specialist Frank Jurkovic.

Students will make stops to get information from departments including admissions, financial aid, various degree programs and student activities, said Mark Strickland, SPC's director of enrollment management.

If you go

School days

Career fair: Pinellas Technical Education Centers' career fair runs from 8 a.m. to noon Monday at its Clearwater campus, 6100 154th Ave. N, and 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday at its St. Petersburg campus, 901 34th St. S. Information: 893-2500.

FCAT Day: SPC's FCAT Day begins at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the following campuses: St. Petersburg/Gibbs, 6605 Fifth Ave. N; Seminole, 9200 113th St. N; Clearwater, 2465 Drew St.; and Tarpon Springs, 600 Klosterman Road. Information: 341-4772.

College Day: USF St. Petersburg's College Day will be from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. Sign in at the Campus Activities Center. Information: 873-4800.

[Last modified February 24, 2007, 20:31:50]

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