By Errice Bond and Julio Duran
Battling Bulletin Student Writers
Coming on the heels of an earlier Financial Aid Day, Glen Mills students and their parents had the opportunity to continue the process of pursuing further education at the school’s College Fair event on December 6th. Nearly thirty colleges, universities and career and technical schools were on hand at the Recreation Center as students sought information about their educational programs.
Dr. Randy Ireson, the Executive Director for the Glen Mills Schools, welcomed everyone and explained the purpose of the event.
“This is a day to look forward, not backwards,” Dr. Ireson told the students.
Glen Mills student Avery Ford felt the same way.
“This is a good day to learn a lot about what opportunities there are in higher education,” Ford said. He has his sights set on a career in the automotive technical industry and met with Pennco Tech, Lincoln Tech, and Universal Technical Institute.
Gerald Toney, a former Glen Mills staff member and now the Assistant Head Coach for the West Chester University football team, spoke with the assembled group of students and parents.
“There are three things that I think are very important,” Toney said during his introductory remarks. “You have to dedicate yourself, know yourself, and set goals.”
Ron Humphrey, father of Glen Mills student Blake Humphrey, appreciates the fact that his son and others had a chance to look towards the future. Mr. Humphrey also met several Glen Mills staff members during the visit.
“I like how everyone sees the positives in the young men,” Mr. Humphrey shared.
The guests were also impressed with the Glen Mills students.
“This is my favorite visit,” Stevens College admissions representative and longtime Glen Mills guest Warren Taylor said.
Thank you to the colleges, universities, and career and technical education schools who participated in the event:
Bob Myers Electric
Community College of Philadelphia
Delaware County Community College
Empire Beauty School
International Association of Heat and Frost
JNA Institute of Culinary Arts
Northampton Community College
PA Government Career Link
Pennsylvania Institute of Technology
Penn State University Brandywine
Pennsylvania Department of Labor
Pennsylvania Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors
Thaddeus Stevens College
Universal Technical Institute
West Chester University
Wheeling Jesuit University
PHOTO: Among other guests, Glen Mills students had the chance to meet with Anthony Castrovillo from the Universal Technical Institute.