The 23rd annual Burbank Unified School District’s College and Career Fair drew nearly 2700 people to the three-hour event on the Woodbury University campus on Saturday morning, September 26. A financial aid workshop was also held concurrently during the BUSD College and Career Fair at the adjacent Kirby Hall Entertainment Media Building.
More than 120 different colleges, universities and trade schools from throughout the United States were represented at the Fair, from large public state universities to Ivy League schools to small private Liberal Arts colleges and more. The Burbank Police Department and various branches of the U.S. military were also represented.
“Since it was so hot, I thought it would be a quiet event, but it was the opposite,” commented John Burroughs High School College and Career Center Technician Jeani Chambers, who organized the event. “It was very crowded from 9 a.m. until noon, which surprised me, due to the weather this year.”
Chambers invited more than 600 different colleges to participate in the event; she said the annual BUSD College and Career Fair averages between 110 and 125 participants every year.
“I am told by the participants every year that they love this fair because of the location, organization and mainly the quality of the students that come to our fair,” added Chambers. “They feel that they are coming well prepared, and know what questions to ask of the representatives about their schools.”
In addition to high school students in the Burbank Unified School District, students from local private high schools in the surrounding area are also invited to the event.
The BUSD College and Career Fair has been held on the Woodbury campus for many years. Chambers has been organizing the event mostly on her own for the past six year since the retirement of the Burbank High School College and Career Tech.
“Fortunately for us, this College Fair has been successful for a very long time,” Chambers also said. “Woodbury University has been very generous by hosting this event for Burbank Unified for a very long time.”