College Night at ICC

By WEEK Producer

October 20, 2010 Updated Oct 20, 2010 at 9:56 PM CDT

Students preparing for college have a lot of questions, like where should I go and what will it cost? The answers to some of those questions can be found at Illinois Central College Wednesday night.

Kyle Thomas is a freshman at Illinois Central College, so he's done college night before. Even though Kyle's already enrolled at ICC, he's back to see where his next stop might be as he pursues a career.

"I'm hoping to transfer. I'm hoping to be a lawyer, so I've got a lot of school ahead of me. I'm looking at transfer classes right now," said Thomas, a freshman at ICC.

Dominique Woodworth is more proof that college night isn't just for high school upper-classmen. Woodworth spent 25 years in the military. Now she wants to teach.

"This is awesome. I got to talk to two of the colleges I'm thinking about transferring to. They're going to send me some more information and I've got a whole arm full of information," said Woodworth.

Wednesday's annual College Night at ICC is expected to draw over 2,000 students. They'll meet representatives of more than 80 colleges and universities, mostly from the greater Midwest.

ICC admissions representative Mandy Penning says its an opportunity students would be wise to take advantage of. And she says if you're still in high school don't wait until you're a senior.

"The sooner you start the planning process the easier its going to be in the long run to not have it be a headache, not have it be overwhelming, to be able to ask the appropriate questions to be able to get everything in line for a smooth transition from high school into college," said Penning.

And Penning says that planning should include parents.

"Any time you have the complete family involved I think that's a great way to do this together. A lot of the processes of getting started with a college does take the entire family."

Penning advises students to check with representatives about scholarships that might be available. And don't be shy. Ask questions.

ICC's college night is free and runs from 5:30 to 8 pm on Wednesday in the school's Library and Administration Building.