Waxahachie ISD will participate in the second annual Ellis County College & Career Fair from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the Waxahachie Civic Center.  

Nearly 100 colleges, universities, technical schools, and career institutions will attend the fair, set up booths and have representatives on-site to answer questions from parents and students.

Additionally, larger universities such as Texas A&M University and the University of Texas Austin will be in their own rooms giving presentations.  

Waxahachie ISD has partnered with Red Oak High School, Midlothian High School, Palmer High School, Ennis High School, and Italy High School to coordinate the county wide event.  

Hosting a county wide event greatly increases the chance of attracting representatives from colleges and schools.   

Since colleges and universities operate on a “tour schedule” each fall, they typically spend two weeks in each region of Texas to make sure they reach everyone by Thanksgiving.  

By hosting one large county wide college and career night, it becomes more attractive to colleges and universities since representatives typically spend only two weeks in the North Texas region.  Furthermore, the larger fair helps to bring in almost every major college in the state.

The college and career fair is completely free; however, students must register online beforehand and print their registration ticket to be granted admission to the fair.  

Computers will be available the night of the fair, but it is highly encouraged that students pre-register so that the process will go much faster.   

To register, visit: www.gotocollegefairs.com and click “Students Register Now,” then choose “Texas” and then choose the first option, “TACRAO fairs.”   Upon arriving at the page, students will fill out the short information form and print out their ticket.   

The tickets will be scanned by colleges and universities throughout the fair to collect contact information and student interests.  

The Ellis County College and Career Fair is associated with TACRAO (Texas Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers).

“The Ellis County College and Career Fair is a great opportunity for Waxahachie ISD students to acquire knowledge and information from on-site recruiters about colleges and universities that they would otherwise need to drive across the state to acquire,” said David Truitt, Waxahachie ISD Interim Superintendent. “Waxahachie ISD is committed to putting programs in place to make our students College Ready, Career Ready, and 21st Century Ready.”   

Parents and community members wishing to obtain more information on the Ellis County College and Career Fair are encouraged to contact Dr. Nicole Mansell, Waxahachie ISD Director of Public Relations, at 972-923-4631 or nmansell@wisd.org