Transfer Fair offers pathway options
Students wanting to take the next step in their college careers are invited to the sixth annual Transfer Fair on Thursday, March 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The event will be held in the lower level of the Gannon Commons and the second floor of the Gannon Building, located on LCC’s main campus. There is no cost to attend and registration is not required.
According to Patty Spagnuolo, director of the University Center and Transfer Initiatives, between 35 and 40 private and public colleges and universities are scheduled to attend, most of them Michigan based.
“That’s what the transfer fair is really all about: to bring schools to the students,” Spagnuolo said. “The beauty of that is that they have them all there in one place. The student doesn’t have to make separate visitations to each school just to talk to someone.”
Spagnuolo said one of the advantages of the Transfer Fair is that representatives can guide students one-on-one through the process of transferring and answer questions in a relaxed environment.
The fair is marketed toward students of any age with a recent associate degree or 30 credits or more. However, anyone who is interested in transferring to a four-year institution is invited to attend, according to Spagnuolo.
Students are encouraged to bring an unofficial transcript with them to the fair, but it is not required.
Spagnuolo encouraged students to approach any booth they find interesting.
“As much as the student might feel uncomfortable about approaching those representatives, that’s what they do for a living,” she said. “They love to talk to students and find out what they’re interested in.
“I don’t think that I’ve ever come across a school that is upset if you come to their table and then opt out. Don’t feel committed … any good college representative wants you to go where it fits for you.”
“I’m most excited to meet some new students,” said Jennifer Spenny, University of Michigan-Flint Lansing site coordinator. “It’s a chance for me to show the LCC students what we offer in the Lansing area and, if they want to go to Flint, what we offer there.
“The funnest part is talking to students about the programs that we offer and seeing what their interests are and seeing if there’s anything that would fit them.”
Spenny said there seems to be a belief that institution officials are all competing for the same students.
“Really we’re out there just to present ourselves and to see if we’re a good fit for the student,” Spenny said. “It’s important for our transfer students to find the best fit.”
Chris Stokdyk, Northwood University Lansing program center manager, said events such as the Transfer Fair help bridge the gap between students and four-year institutions.
“It’s really good for us to get that exposure and to get out and meet with students,” he said. “We don’t see many students just coming over in (the University Center) and just inquiring.
“The earlier we can meet with students, the better,” Stokdyk continued. “If we meet someone at the transfer fair, that’s great for us and great for them as it turns out.”
Spagnuolo expressed the importance of students pursuing their degree.
“One of the reasons that the Transfer Fair is so very important is that students understand the value of their degrees,” she said. “First of all, there’s the first value in getting an LCC associate degree. Most all schools that are involved in the Michigan Transfer Agreement will take an associate degree for transfer,” she said.
“Secondly, the value of going on and getting your bachelor’s degree as far as making you marketable for jobs in Michigan. Students really need the extra degrees and education in order to do well and succeed in life.”
For more information about the Annual Transfer Fair, visit www.lcc.edu/uc/getthere or call Teri Huff, University Center administrative assistant, at (517) 483-1363.