MINOCQUA - High School students need to start thinking about life after high school during their junior and senior year.
On Wednesday Lakeland Union High School and Nicolet College hosted the Wisconsin Education Fair to help them with that.
Nearly 80 colleges, universities and branches of the military offered information to high school juniors and seniors from all across northern Wisconsin.
Schools from as far away as Nevada and Alabama came to the fair.
Organizers want students in the Northwoods to have the same opportunities as students who live closer to big cities.
"We don't want our students to be any further behind than any of the other suburban areas so we want to give our students in northern Wisconsin every opportunity to take a look at the different universities out there. So if we can bring the same amount of universities for our students to take a look at, then we're on equal playing field," said Lakeland Union High School Principal James Bouche.
The high school hosts representatives from colleges and universities throughout the year, but the fair is unique.
"It gives students the opportunity to have all the schools together so that there can be a comparison, compare and contrast if you want to look at it that way," Bouche added.
A newer technology available at the fair made it easier for students to sign up for more information from the colleges.
"Our students here at Lakeland Union High School have barcodes with their smartphones so that they can identify the universities with their smartphone and then the universities will follow up with them directly with that technology," explained Bouche.
About 75% of Lakeland Union High School graduates last year went on to a two or four-year school.
This was the 15th year the high school hosted the fair.
|Story By: Lauren Stephenson