-- — Three higher education institutions in Columbus, in partnership with the Community Education Coalition, will open their doors for a fall festival showcasing how their associate, bachelor's and master's degree programs prepare graduates for rewarding careers with top regional employers.
High school students, parents, working adults, career changers, veterans and others who are considering their educational and career options are invited to attend Community EdFest, a free public event from 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25. Children of all ages are also welcome to attend.
The Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus Campus is located on North Central Avenue near Columbus Regional Airport. All activities (other than the campus tours) will be outside under a large tent on the Campus Quad, located directly behind the Columbus Learning Center. Free public parking is available in campus lots.
Attendees can enjoy free food, games, music and T-shirts. They can also enter to win door prizes, including an iPad, Kindle Fire and tickets to the Indianapolis Zoo. The event will also feature campus tours and an opportunity to learn more about financial aid and educational offerings in Columbus.
Grand prizes will include $1,000 scholarships awarded to six winners who enter a "Why I Want to Attend College in Columbus" contest. The scholarships – good toward classes at IUPUC, Ivy Tech, and the Purdue College of Technology – are being funded by the Community Education Coalition. There will be two scholarships awarded for each school.
To be eligible for one of the six scholarships, contestants should submit a 500-word essay or three-minute YouTube video before 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5.
John Burnett, CEC president, credits Cummins Inc. executive Mark Gerstle with the idea for the event, noting the company's long-standing history of supporting education initiatives.
Burnett said, "We want the public to know that the higher ed programs offered in Columbus are closely aligned with local and regional career opportunities. When students complete their educations, there are good job opportunities available for them."
Details are available at www.communityedfest.com.