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story.lead_photo.caption Devin Jones, admissions counselor of Ouachita Baptist University, speaks to Atlanta High School students about scholarships and opportunities at the university during the college and career fair on Wednesday in the Truman Arnold Student Center at Texarkana College in Texarkana, Texas. Photo by Hunt Mercier / Texarkana Gazette.

TEXARKANA, Texas — Texarkana College's Truman Arnold Student Center was filled with high energy Wednesday as hundreds of area high school students considered their future during the Greater Texarkana Chamber of Commerce's annual College and Career Fair.

Representatives from area colleges and businesses were on hand to with information, guidance and advice on how the students can be successful during the next step in their lives.

Warren McDaniel, workforce recruiter/advisor for Texarkana College, said the event, which is held in alternate years at Texas A&M University-Texarkana, gives students many options.

"Our goal here is to reach as many students in our area to learn more about as many colleges and careers as they possibly can so that when they graduate high school that they have a good idea of what career and what college degree they want to pursue," he said. "We want to give them exposure."

Dr. David Allard, biology professor at Texas A&M University-Texarkana, was speaking to students interested in science and talking in depth with them about their goals and which career they want to pursue.

"Some had particular things they wanted to do," he said. "There was one young man who was interested in marine science. We don't have that, but I told him, 'For example, well, you can take the biology degree here, and when you do your master's, you can focus on marine science so you can go to A&M-Corpus Christi or A&M-Galveston.'"

He said quite a number wanted to pursue pre-med and he talked to them about which medical schools they were interested in applying to.

"Sometimes there are little tweaks in the requirements at one place," Allard said. "For example, some med schools now require you to take biochemistry and some don't. You need to be looking at that, the three or four med schools you'd like to apply to and see what the differences are."

Approximately 1,900 students will attend the fair, which continues through today.

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