Shania Smith and Caitlin Lugo may only be 17 years old, but they are already certain what they want to do for their careers.
"I want to work for the FBI," said Smith.
"I want to be a police officer," said Lugo.
So, Smith and Lugo, both from Springfield and students in HCC's Gateway to College program, were busy at HCC's Transfer Fair Wednesday, looking at colleges that offer Criminal Justice programs. Like the hundreds of other HCC students who came to the fair, they filled out information cards, collected literature and talked to representatives from some of the 53 New England colleges that attended.
"This is the one time a year we do this," said Mark Broadbent, HCC's Transfer Affairs coordinator.
The idea, he said, is to show HCC students what kind of transfer options are available to them and let them get a head-start on the transfer process.
Katherine Ramos, 23, a liberal arts student from Holyoke, had collected brochures from Springfield, Mount Holyoke, Smith and Elms colleges.
"I'm really interested in Smith and Mount Holyoke," Ramos said. "They both offer very strong psychology and language programs, and that's what I am really interested in."
Based on those interests, she was also able to rule out certain schools. "A lot of them don't offer everything that I want," she said.
For students who didn't make it to this year's fair, Broadbent noted that individual colleges send representatives to HCC throughout the year. Click here for a schedule of on-campus visits and locations. No appointments are necessary.
Broadbent is also available for consultations. The Transfer Affairs office is located in the Advising Center in Frost 273.
Photos: (Left) Katherine Ramos, right, talks to a representative from Smith College. (Right) Shania Smith, left, and Caitlin Lugo explore their options at the HCC Transfer Fair.