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Bob Broshous, right, a representative from the University of Dubuque, talks to prospective college students about attending the university at Kaiserslautern College Information Night in 2006. The event drew such a large crowd, it will be moved to the Special Events Center on Rhine Ordnance Barracks this year. Several other high schools will be running buses to the fair, planned for Oct. 18.
Bob Broshous, right, a representative from the University of Dubuque, talks to prospective college students about attending the university at Kaiserslautern College Information Night in 2006. The event drew such a large crowd, it will be moved to the Special Events Center on Rhine Ordnance Barracks this year. Several other high schools will be running buses to the fair, planned for Oct. 18. (Scott Schonauer / S&S file photo)

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Finding the right college or university can be a major, life-changing decision.

Defense Department high schools across Europe will host college fairs and workshops in the next couple of months to help high school students and servicemembers make the right decision.

Most of the college fairs will be held in October and November, with a few in December, according to Dennis Bohannon, spokesman for Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Europe.

Many high schools, faced with lower enrollments due to the military drawdown, are combining their events with those of other schools.

Kaiserslautern will host the biggest one from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Special Events Center on Rhine Ordnance Barracks. Organizers moved the program from Ramstein High School because it was so well attended last year.

Representatives from more than 85 colleges and universities are scheduled to be at the event, according to organizer Larry Zani. Schools from places such as Hanau and Bitburg plan to bus students to Kaiserslautern to attend.

Heidelberg High School plans to hold its fair in November and is also organizing a series of brown-bag lunch sessions, called “Choosing a College Umbrella.” The sessions will include information on filling out applications, entrance exams, financial aid and scholarships. The goal of the event is to help students find an institution that fits their needs.

“There is a college for every kid,” said Kevin Brewer, Heidelberg principal.

Dates and locations of college fairs

Alconbury, Dec. 11

Ankara, tentatively set for Oct. 3

Ansbach, Nov. 7

Aviano, will attend Vicenza’s college night, Oct. 24

Bamberg, will attend Hohenfels’ college night, Oct. 11

Baumholder, will attend Kaiserslautern College Information Night, Oct. 18

Bitburg, will attend Kaiserslautern College Information Night, Oct. 18

Brussels, Oct. 1

Hanau, will attend Kaiserslautern College Information Night, Oct. 18

Heidelberg, Nov. 8

Hohenfels, Oct. 11

Incirlik, Nov. 7

Kaiserslautern and Ramstein High School, Kaiserslautern College Information Night, Oct. 18

Lajes, Oct. 17

Mannheim, Oct. 12

Menwith Hill, Dec. 6

Naples, Oct. 18

Patch, Nov. 14

Rota, Nov. 8

Vicenza, Oct. 24

Wiesbaden, Oct. 11

Würzburg, Nov. 14

Source: DODDS Europe

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