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TEXARKANA, Texas — Texas High School will be holding a virtual College Night on Monday to give students from all grades an opportunity to meet with colleges and learn about their next educational options.

Typically, this would be an in-person event for students with about 80 or 90 colleges, workforce programs and military recruiters having booths in the Texas High cafeteria.

Bettie Stark, associate principal for college and career readiness, said while they would usually hold the event interpersonally, the virtual platform could be a blessing in disguise. It will make it possible for more colleges to attend nationally than before, giving students a wider range of options to learn and choose from.

"That's definitely an advantage," she said. "When it's in-person, we've usually had more regional universities who come and travel to us, in the three-to-five hour range. And usually we have about 80-to-90 participate. Now, we've got over 150, so lots of opportunities for the kiddos."

Some of the colleges participating will include Clemson University, Mississippi State University and Oklahoma State University.

Participating colleges will be live in virtual booths to chat with students and answer questions from students in grades 9-12. Stark said staff will be able to track who logs in and to how many different websites they go to.

"I really hope that parents and students will both participate, because they can do it from home," she said. "Every student has had an opportunity to get signed up. I'm anticipating good attendance."

(The event will be from 5:30-7 p.m., within the TACRAO Online Fair at falltacrao.swoogo.com/2020virtual.)

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