Not at the SouthPark Mall Saturday? That means you missed Northeast Ohio’s largest education event, the SouthPark Mall’s first NewsChannel5 School Expo.
A partnership with SouthPark Mall, Cleveland Metroparks and NewsChannel5 helped folks Saturday “get connected” and “stay connected,” this time with education.
More than 30 schools and programs took part in the expo showing there’s a lot more choices these days when it comes to education. Booths showcased online opportunities and private schools, options many parents admitted, they didn’t know about.
“I was surprised to see how many choices there are,” Dan Ciritovic told NewsChannel5. He and his wife, along with their two kids, walked from booth to booth despite the fact that both of their kids are already enrolled in their choice schools this coming fall.
Peggy Ciritovic said, “The amount of schools here that are represented, I think it’s very nice – didn’t know there were that many private schools and so many different options for … right now they’re [Ciritovic’s children] both in elementary school, which actually goes to 8th grade. However, what are the options beyond there?”
That’s exactly what parents and students discovered Saturday as there were also colleges, universities and adult learning programs participating.
Many parents said more learning options are good for students, but the problem is, it’s not always easy finding everything available.
“Online really,” said Ciritovic when asked where she hears about the different programs. She continued, “but I think it’s better to kind of touch and feel, I really do. The personal interaction that you get with the tables and the people representing the schools, I think that’s the best thing you can do.”
Elena Golsch, another parent there with her children said, “Actually this is probably one of the first I've heard about. I know that they have job expos with people searching for unemployment but I think this is a great opportunity for people to get exposed to what's out there.”
NewsChannel5’s anchors also took part in the NewsChannel5 School Expo Saturday.
Kurt Reddick, General Manager of SouthPark Mall and excited to host the event, told NewsChannel5, “We want to be a focal point of the community and a place where you can go and find out and this is the perfect thing for us where people can found out about opportunities that may benefit for them in the future.”
Adding some humor, Reddick said, “and if they shop and buy some merchandise, then that's great too!”
If you missed the expo, here’s a list of the schools and programs that participated:
Bethel Christian Academy: www.bcakids.org
Birchwood School: www.birchwoodschool.org
Buckeye Online School for Success: www.go2boss.com
Educational Service Center (ESC) of Cuyahoga County: www.esc-cc.org
KinderCare Learning Center: www.kindercare.com
Lake Ridge Academy: www.lakeridgeacademy.org
Le Chaperone Rouge: www.lechaperonrouge.com
Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academies: www.magicjohnsonbridgescape.com
Nexus Academy of Cleveland: www.NexusAcademySchool.com
Ohio Connections Academy: www.connectionsacademy.com
Ohio Online Learning Program: www.ohioonlinelearning.org
Ohio Virtual Academy: www.k12.com/ohva
Starting Point: www.starting-point.org
TRECA Digital Academy: www.treca.org
White Hat Management: www.whitehatmgmt.com
The Academies: www.the-academies.com
Life Skills High Schools: www.lifeskillscenters.com
Chamberlain College of Nursing: www.chamberlain.edu
Cuyahoga Community College: www.tri-c.edu
Edinboro University: www.edinboro.edu
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine LECOM: www.lecom.edu
Sanford Brown College: www.sanfordbrown.edu/Cleveland
Stautzenberger College: www.learnwhatyoulove.com
Central School of Practical Nursing: www.cspnohio.org
Dillard’s SouthPark: www.dillards.com
Education Avenue: www.education-avenue.com
Expo Guest Services The Navarra Group: www.thenavarragroup.com
Lakeshore Community Credit Union, Inc. www.lakeshoreccu.com
The Princeton Review: www.princetonreview.com
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