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Breakout Sessions

Several breakout sessions will be held throughout the event on a variety of topics including career planning, the future of Iowa's workforce and the financial aid process. These sessions are free during the fair.







Sessions for the 2021 fair include:

Young Professionals Panel Discussion - 1 pm

Presented by Sidney Pezley - Greater Des Moines Partnership

Hear from recent college graduates who are now young professionals working in Central Iowa. Here their experiences and thoughts on navigating high school and college and their path toward their career choices.

The Scholarship Process - 1:45 pm

Presented by Mary Joan Dougherty - ICAN with special guests from Iowa Farm Bureau

Scholarships are an important part of the financial aid process and can make a big difference for students when it comes to picking the school they attend. Join us for a discussion of the scholarship process – everything from where to look for scholarships, standard application expectations, how to write essays, and how to improve your applications. We’ll share examples and resources, and walk you through the scholarship timeline from start to finish. We'll also have special guests from Iowa Farm Bureau to talk about their scholarship program.

How to Pay for College: Understanding the Financial Aid Process  - 2:30 pm

Presented by: Erick Danielson - ICAN

Does the thought of college tuition have you worried? The financial aid process can seem daunting, especially to first-time students and parents. Learn about the process of applying for financial aid and scholarships, effective tools for college cost comparisons, and learn how they can access additional help. The following topics are covered during the presentation.

  • Financial Aid Process
  • Understanding Your FAFSA Results
  • Understanding Costs - College Comparisons
  • Aid Options
  • Scholarship Process
  • Where to Go for Help
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