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Colorado Western Slope College Fair Mission

The mission of the Colorado Western Slope College Fair is to provide access to post-secondary educational options, including two and four colleges and universities, for Western Slope high school students, parents, teachers and administrators through the Fair, its website and other resources.

Sunday October 5, 2014 marked the 10th Annual Colorado Western Slope College Fair held at Aspen High School, Aspen, Colorado.  The purpose of the not-for-profit CWSCF is to provide opportunities for students, families, and high school counselors from the rural Western Slope of Colorado to learn about and speak with Admissions Officers from colleges and universities from across the United States and beyond.  This year, Admissions Officers from over 275 colleges, universities, two-year and technical schools and gap year/service learning programs will answer questions about degrees and programs offered, and explain application processes and requirements to high school students from 54 Colorado Western Slope high schools.  This is the largest college exhibition on the Western Slope of Colorado and provides a unique opportunity for Colorado Western Slope students and their parents to research a variety of schools all in one location.  In addition, the Colorado Western Slope College Fair hosts 23 workshops before and during the fair on diverse topics of interest such as; financial aid, the student athlete and college access for Latino students (presented in Spanish). The Colorado Western Slope College Fair has grown from 500 students during its inaugural year to over 2,700 students and parents last year.  Thank you for joining us for our best fair yet!!

The Colorado Western Slope College Fair Committee is the 501(c)3 organization which has annually produced and presented the CWSCF for the past nine years.  The fair’s founders are Kathleen Klug, Ph.D. and Susan Walter, M.A. Dr. Klug is still a College Counselor at Aspen High School and serves as Co-Director with Kelly Doherty.

The Western Slope of Colorado is a diverse geographic area reaching from the Continental Divide, west of Denver, to the Utah border and encompassing an area of 47,174 square miles; an area larger in size than the entire state of Pennsylvania.  The Colorado Western Slope supports an extremely diverse population where approximately 89,000 high school students attend school in a variety of different and distinct school districts.

Last year over 2,700 students and parents from sixty different high schools were present at the CWSCF to take advantage of opportunities to meet with college Admissions Officers, attend workshops and become better informed about the college process.

Kelly Doherty and Kathy Klug, Co-Directors

Board of Directors

Kelly Doherty, Director CWSCF

Michael Gass, Superintendent Telluride R-1 School District

Elaine Gerson, General Counsel/Ethics & Compliance Officer, Chief Clinical Officer, Aspen Valley Hospital

Ken Haptonstall, Superintendent Garfield County School District No. 16

Kathy Klug, College Counselor Aspen High School and Director CWSCF

John Maloy, Superintendent Aspen School District

Katie McLellan, Treasurer CWSCF

Sandra Peirce, Aspen School District Board Member

Diana Sirko, Former Superintendent Roaring Fork School District and Educational Consultant

Phil Qualman, Assistant Superintendent Eagle County School District

Susan Walter, Independent College Counselor

Matt Gianneschi, Chief Operating Officer & Chief of Staff
Glenwood Springs/Central Services, Colorado Mountain College

Matthew Diers, Executive Director of High Schools, Mesa Valley School District 51

David Smith, Pre-Collegiate Program Director, Roaring Fork School District

Brent Curtice, Superintendent Garfield County School District RE2

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