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April 11, 2007

'Day in College' offered for Columbus-area high-schoolers

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Area high school students will get a taste of university life during the inaugural "Day in College" event offered Friday (April 13) by the Purdue College of Technology at Columbus.

Eighteen high school students from the Columbus area have been recommended by counselors and teachers for the event that will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Columbus Learning Center.

"This new Purdue program encourages high school counselors and teachers to nominate college-bound students to get a sneak peek at college," said Andy Schaffer, director of the Purdue College of Technology at Columbus. "It's a wonderful chance not only for Purdue to showcase its programs, but also for students, who can get an up-close look at the world-class educational opportunities Purdue offers right in their community."

Students from Greensburg, Columbus North, Columbus East, South Decatur, South Dearborn, Jennings County and Hauser high schools have been selected to attend the event.

Schaffer said the program allows students to see the types of courses and degrees that the College of Technology offers in Columbus. Students and their parents will have the opportunity to attend a customized course in each of the college's degree programs available in Columbus.

The College of Technology's Columbus location offers degrees in computer and information technology, organizational leadership and supervision, mechanical engineering technology, and industrial technology. In 2006, the mechanical engineering technology program in Columbus received its first accreditation by the national organization ABET, formerly known as the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.

The Purdue College of Technology at Columbus will offer "Day in College" again in the fall, and it is open to any high school in the region.

For information about this program at the Purdue College of Technology at Columbus, visit or contact Schaffer at (812) 941-2353,

Writer: Kim Medaris, (765) 494-6998,

Sources: Angela F. McKinney, lead coordinator of student services, (812) 314-8528,

Andy Schaffer, (812) 314-8528,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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