HURON, Ohio – More than 60 juniors from Sandusky High School and EHOVE Career Center will descend on the Bowling Green State University Firelands College campus on Thursday, Aug. 18 to participate in the Tech Prep Welcome Picnic and Scavenger Hunt.

Sponsored by the BGSU Firelands College Access Program, the event is held to give area students the opportunity to learn about college in general, the BGSU Firelands campus, and the Tech Prep program.

Tech Prep is a federally-funded program for high school juniors and seniors that blends advanced technology with rigorous academic courses. The program also seeks to provide a seamless transition between high school and college. 

Students in Tech Prep can earn up to an average of 15 college credits by the time they graduate from high school and approximately 85 percent of local Tech Prep high school graduates continue their education at the collegiate level.

“As these young men and women begin to finish their high school career, it is critical that we continually remind them of the importance of a college education and encourage them to seek post-secondary degrees,” said David Janik, manager of the College Access Program and Tech Prep at BGSU Firelands.

Data from the US Census Bureau shows that the higher the educational degree an individual completes, the more earning potential he/she will have throughout a lifetime.  Individuals who complete a bachelor’s degree will earn nearly $1 million more than a high school graduate throughout their life.

On Aug. 18, the high school students will be joined by parents and families members as they tour the campus, meet the staff and current Tech Prep students, and learn about the opportunities which are available through the Tech Prep program – all in an entertaining scavenger hunt environment.

For more details on the Tech Prep Program, contact David Janik at 419-433-5560.

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