My name is Gregg Ficarra and I am the Chief Operating Officer of Career Council/National Hispanic College Fairs, Inc. I am a former educator, teacher, coach and administrator for a large public school district in New Jersey. (retired in 2012) Most importantly, I am the father of 3 children, Casey and Cole who are both college graduates and are successful in their chosen careers and Michelle who is currently in her final year of Veterinarian School at Tuskegee University in Alabama.
I am well aware of the desire of all parents to have their children choose and get accepted to a college/university that will provide an education which will prepare them for a productive and successful adult life. I am also aware of the stress this process puts on the student and parents.
We at CC/NHCF take great pride in providing the first step in the college decision process. This process begins when students and parents start to talk with college admissions counselors. We create a warm and nurturing environment where this dialogue can happen. Our fairs are BIG but not so big that students can become intimidated or have to rush their discussions with the admissions folks.
We have two different avenues to get the dialogue started:
- Our traditional, well organized, college fairs throughout the United States (Please see the schedule on our homepage.) Our fairs are completely free to students, parents and school faculty
- Our One Day College Visit Bus Tours. These tours are custom designed and actually bring students and parents onto a college campus. Lunch is provided in a college cafeteria and we travel in comfortable coach buses. There is a fee of $80. To $100. Per person for this service.
While I don’t profess to be an expert on the college admissions process, I do have the advantage of being at hundreds of college fairs and have also had many conversations with college admissions folks, let me offer the following suggestions.
- The college admissions folks you speak with at our fairs are the very same folks that review applications and make decisions on acceptance to their schools, so look and act the part.
- Dress to impress offering a firm handshake and look the counselor in the eye when speaking.
- Be prepared with intelligent questions.( this is a nice student/parent project.) Be an active participant, bring a pad or put notes on your phone.
- List your likes and dislikes about your initial conversation.
- Jot down follow up action items you need to do.
Remember, the college admissions process is a two-way street, you want to get into the college/university of your choice and the college admissions folks want your choice to be THEIR school. It is somewhat stressful but at the same time very exciting. The more prepared you are, going to a college fair or visit, the more enjoyable and productive the experience will be.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions. Good luck and I hope to see you at one of our events.
For more information about registering for one of our career fairs, please contact:
Northeast and Midwest
Peter Thompson at 800.562-3346
For all other College Fairs:
Peg Marcoline at: 888.655-6611
HS Participant Information
For more information about registering your High School for one of our fairs, please contact:
Career Council, Inc.
National Hispanic College Fairs, Inc.®
135-02 Rockaway Beach Boulevard
Belle Harbor, New York 11694