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PSU offering high schoolers prizes/scholarships at virtual open house

PITTSBURG, Kan. – High school students have the chance to win prizes and scholarships at Pittsburg State University’s Virtual College of Technology Open House and Career Expo.

The event scheduled from Feb. 23 – Mar. 10, will offer participants the chance to win prizes and scholarships while investigating careers.

Pre-pandemic, the in-person version of the open house and career expo typically attracted several hundred students who got the chance to tour the Kansas Technology Center, where they investigated technology degree options and career fields, viewed demonstrations, and even tried out equipment themselves.

“When we held a virtual version of the event last November, we didn’t know what was going to happen,” said event coordinator John Iley. “We wound up with 30 schools in six states and about 600 registrants, and the event turned out to be a real success.”

For Spring 2021, the interactive Zoom session will be replaced with a new wrap-up activity to recognize outstanding performances, award door prizes, and introduce students to next steps in pursuing careers in technology.

“In some ways, a virtual event has advantages: it allows participants to really dive in with greater focus, it can be very individualized, and schools anywhere in the U.S. can attend,” Iley said.

College of Technology Dean Bob Frisbee said it will become a permanent part of the open house and career expo.

“In the future, we hope to again host the face-to-face open house, but we will continue to provide the virtual version for those that can’t physically attend — it will be a hybrid event,” he said.

Registration is now open at www.pittstate.edu/ktcopenhouse. On March 12, the COT will post a video announcing the winners of prizes and scholarships.  

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