After a morning of visiting with colleges from across the state during Stephenville High School’s kickoff of College Week Monday, soon-to-be college students and their parents were invited to stop at the mobile Go Center.
“The mobile Go Center is similar to the Go Centers located on the SHS and Tarleton State University campuses,” said SHS counselor Kristi Adams. “It is a trailer full of computers, counselors and trained professionals just for students’ and parents’ college needs.”
The trailer belongs to Tarrant County College but is on loan to Tarleton which brought it to SHS for College Week. Crystal Smith, a representative from Tarleton, said a trained student worker comes to the high school’s Go Center two mornings a week to assist students with their college needs.
“Our goal is to get students to college, no matter where they go,” she said. “If they come to Tarleton, that’s just a bonus. We really just want them to get into a post-graduation program.”
Go Centers can help with everything from registering for the ACT or SAT tests and exploring career paths to applying for colleges, researching scholarships, and applying for financial aid.
According to Smith, juniors and seniors use the Go Centers to help them make college decisions. At one point in the day, the whole trailer was filled with juniors using the computers and pamphlets provided by the mobile Go Center to investigate testing and application requirements.
“I came out here to check out some colleges because I’m not sure where I want to go yet,” one student said. “I have a few in mind now.”
While getting students to apply is the No. 1 goal, Smith said the second thing most students need help with is financial aid and scholarships.
“Lots of kids just need help finding out where they would be best suited. Once we get that figured out it’s all about how to pay for it,” she said. “We want to get these kids into colleges and universities to continue their education and training, and we’re here to help in any way we can.”