NASHVILLE, Tenn. (TSU News Service) – When it comes to choosing a college, high school senior Gabriel Faulcon’s mind is made up. He’s going to Tennessee State University.
“TSU has always been a part of my life; I am from Nashville, I go to University School of Nashville,” said Faulcon, who has been a part of an independent study program at TSU for almost two years. “I am interested in becoming a veterinarian, and so as soon as I heard TSU offered animal science, it made me even more excited about coming here.”
Faulcon, whose father, Gary, also attended TSU, was one of more than 8,000 middle and high school students and their parents and relatives who attended the Metro Nashville Public Schools College Fair at TSU’s Gentry complex on Sept. 21.
More than 170 colleges, universities and post-secondary institutions from across the nation took part in the fair. It offered students the opportunity to review information on admissions, financial aid, costs, college life and programs to help them decide their choice of college or university.
TSU is the first university or college to host the MNPS College Fair in its decades-long history, according to TSU officials.
“This is an exciting opportunity for Tennessee State University,” said Dr. Curtis Johnson, associate vice president for administration and chief of staff. “Having this at TSU gives us an opportunity to showcase the campus to people who would otherwise not come here. So, showing them what we have to offer, given that our various colleges and departments are participating, is exciting for us.”
MNPS Chief of Schools, Dr. Sito Narcisse, said the Metro schools are excited to partner with TSU to host the college fair. He said TSU has been a major partner and the biggest pipeline for teachers in the entire system.
“TSU has been a great partner, and we appreciate how the university has supported us like today with thousands of kids and their parents attending this fair,” Narcisse said. “We are one of the largest urban school systems, not only in the state of Tennessee, but in the country, with about 6,000 teachers out of our 11,000 employees. We’d like to sign TSU teachers early, even as they are in their courses, to ensure jobs for them as they come out.”
TSU officials say hosting the college fair is the result of a long relationship between the Office of Enrollment Management and Student Success, and the MNPS Guidance Counselors’ Office. For the last seven years, TSU has also hosted the mandatory annual high school guidance counselors’ training for MNPS.
“We are ecstatic to be the first university to host the Metro Nashville Public School College Fair,” said Dr. Gregory Clark, director of High School Relations and NCAA Certification. “The fair has taken place at different locations throughout the city. We are just excited to welcome so many institutions from throughout North America.”
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