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Largest Iowa College Fair draws hundreds to Des Moines

September 26, 2013

CEDAR RAPIDS - The Golden Circle College Fair is being held Sunday in Des Moines and will showcase nearly 150 colleges, universities and career resources, creating an opportunity for those planning for college within the next couple of years to explore options.

"Being in this profession for 13 years, the Golden Circle College Fair is by far the best college fair I have ever been a part of. I strongly encourage all students and families interested in post-secondary education to attend," Ryan Williamson, counselor at Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, said. "This fair provides the most diverse display of colleges and universities from across the country. The amount of information shared is unprecedented. I can't speak highly enough about the Golden Circle College Fair."

A college fair is the ideal place to learn more about schools students might consider too far away to visit, too expensive or exclusive, or otherwise unattainable. Presented by the Iowa College Access Network and ACT, the fair runs from 12:30 to 3 p.m. on Sunday at the Iowa Events Center in Hy-Vee Hall. Hy-Vee Hall is located at 730 Third St. in downtown Des Moines.

"We really encourage high school sophomores and juniors, as well as others in the planning process, to visit college fairs," Jennifer Coffman, event coordinator and program coordinator for the Iowa College Access Network, said. "The Golden Circle is a great fair to attend simply because so many schools exhibit. Students can talk one-on-one with representatives of schools from across the country in one afternoon."

A new feature of the fair this year is the addition of career resources such as ACT, Inc. ACT, one of the leaders in college preparation testing and research, will offer presentations throughout the fair to educate attendees on planning and preparing for college.

"ACT brings a new level to Golden Circle and really expands the scope for students and parents," Coffman said. "In today's every-changing job market it's important for students to not only plan for college put to have a career path in mind when they are making college decisions. The addition of ACT to the fair this year brings career expertise and data to a new level."

More than 100 Iowa and Midwestern schools are joined by colleges from Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut, among others.

For more information about the Golden Circle College Fair, or to register for a barcode visit



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