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posted: 11/26/2012 4:51 PM

Learn about college at education fair in Elgin

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Submitted by City of Elgin

The community is invited to a College Education Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, in the Heritage Ballroom at the Centre of Elgin, 100 Symphony Way.

The event is a cooperative effort between the City of Elgin Human Resources Department and Resources for the Education of Adults in the Chicago Area (REACh). There is no charge for admission.

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The event will provide information to residents who are interested in pursuing a college degree for the first time, or furthering their education to acquire new job skills. Representatives from sixteen different area colleges and universities will be there to talk to explain their programs, provide guidance and advice on the application process.

The city of Elgin has partnered with REACh to provide this as a resource to help the many residents who are currently unemployed or underemployed.

"We see this as a way to help people get the skills they need to get good paying jobs, and to provide our employers with a trained and educated employment pool" said Mayor David Kaptain. "We hope that residents take the opportunity to attend this free event."

REACh is a nonprofit consortium of educational, civic, and corporate organizations. REACh was organized as a collaborative effort to provide adults easier access to information about educational and financial aid opportunities. Members include academic institutions representing undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs, technical, online, and vocational programs as well as financial institutions, and civic minded corporations.

The association was formally incorporated in 1988 and has grown to include approximately 50 member institutions throughout the greater Chicago metropolitan area.

The event is free to the public. Free parking is available in The Centre parking deck or nearby city parking lots.

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