“We have some representation from the apprenticeship programs and construction trade programs, and people often don’t understand that you can make money while you’re training,” she said. “And you can make the same amount or more money than right when someone comes out with a bachelor’s degree.”
Also, the fair aims to allow chances for attendees to understand the litany of oft-unknown scholarships and grants that are available. Perrill says research into some of them provide astounding simplicities that can turn into college money.
“One of the most popular parts last year that was kind of new is that I created a scholarship table of scholarships that aren’t always (widely) represented,” she said. “Last year we had about 20 of those and this year we have about 40, and it was cleared off in about 40 minutes. It’s an opportunity for those organizations to have those smaller scholarships displayed.”
Perrill said one of the great misnomers of scholarships that keep people from applying is that they think they have no chance, or that only one is given out. She said that often isn’t the case, and applying is simply the key to getting some college money many students never thought possible.
“There are a lot of agriculture scholarships that might not get the applicants they need,” she said. “I think there’s a little something for everyone on that scholarship table.”
Education regarding military schools will also be available for those interested, and the workshops will be repeated for those who may miss them. Perrill said it is a major focus of the HCN to provide opportunities for community members and employers who are looking to hire local talent, thus allowing those who graduate to stay proximal to where they live.
“We just want to put a little more focus on what the community needs and how we can start bringing those classes for employers and employees to meet their goals as well,” she said. “It’s our job to provide that.”
The Hendricks County Fairgrounds is at 1900 E. Main St., Danville. For more information, call 745-8804 or visit the website at hendrickscollegenetwork.org.
Just the facts
WHAT: Hendricks College and Career Fair
WHEN: 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 28
WHERE: Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds and Conference Complex