More than two dozen colleges, technical schools, and branches of the armed forces will be at Chillicothe High School on Wednesday, Sept. 13, from 6:30 until 8 p.m. in the commons.

More than two dozen colleges, technical schools, and branches of the armed forces will be at Chillicothe High School on Wednesday, Sept. 13, from 6:30 until 8 p.m. in the commons. All interested students and parents in the area are encouraged to attend, according to Cindy Baker, CHS career/college readiness counselor. Reservations are not needed, but students are encouraged to sign up ahead of time at www.strivefair.com to easily provide your information to colleges you meet at the fair. Representatives from the following are scheduled to be in attendance:  Central Methodist University, Columbia College, Culver-Stockton College, Graceland University, Grand River Technical School, Hannibal-La Grange University, Lindenwood University, Missouri State University, Missouri University of Science & Technology, Missouri Valley College, Missouri Western State University, North Central Missouri College, Northwest Missouri State University, Southwest Baptist University, State Technical College of Missouri, Stephens College, Truman State University, University of Central Missouri, University of Missouri – Columbia, Westminster College, William Jewell College, U.S. Army, and U.S. Navy. The event is targeted for high school juniors and seniors and their parents, but is also open to anyone in the community who is interested in learning about higher education options, Baker said. Students from area schools are invited to attend as well, Baker said, noting that CHS is partnering with Southwest and Tina-Avalon schools for the event. Approximately 100 students attend the college night each year. “It gives students an opportunity to visit with college representatives to get information about applying to colleges, learning what financial aid is available and what scholarship opportunities exist,” Bake said. The students can also learn about campus life and college sports opportunities as well as school clubs and organizations.