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The OCDE College and Career Discovery Fairs


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Welcome to the Orange County Department of Education
Virtual College and Career Discovery Fairs!

We are glad you’re here! Attending these unique college fairs will help you explore a variety of colleges, majors and programs both in the U.S. and around the world. 

The purpose of this fair is to link your career interests with what each college has to offer, to discover new and unique programs and to explore some of the high quality affordable options outside California.

Reasons to Attend

  • Communicate live with college representatives
  • Align your college choice with your career interest
  • Choose from 70+ colleges and universities from throughout the U.S. and around the globe
  • Discover ways to save money on tuition
  • Find out how to earn a bachelor’s degree in only three years in the UK
  • Learn about studying abroad and earning a degree that is recognized globally

Fair Sessions

You may choose to attend one, two, or all three virtual events, where you will register to attend live webinar sessions featuring up to six colleges per session. We highly encourage you to ask questions via chat but don’t worry, only the college representative will be on camera.

Each fair session has a descriptive title that describes the group of colleges by:

  • Career or Major – Colleges will cover the listed career or major but will also give an overview of other majors and what their universities have to offer so make sure to choose the session with colleges you want to learn about. Click HERE for a list of California Careers and Industry Sectors
  • Geographic LocationSome colleges are grouped by their location, whether it be on the East Coast or the West Coast. Click HERE to view a list of participating colleges and universities.
  • College Type – There are a variety of public and private universities in the U.S. It’s also important to realize that most of the universities in the UK and Canada are public, making them an affordable option. WUE (the Western Undergraduate Exchange) offers tuition savings and scholarships at over 160 public universities in the West, making going out-of-state a high-quality, low-cost option. Click HERE for the list of participating WUE institutions.

Click HERE to share our college fair flyer with others!

Keynote Presentations

Tuesday, October 19, 3:00 PM PT

Paying for College $$

Who isn’t concerned about how to pay for a college education? It’s important to not only find a great academic college fit but also a financial fit as well.

In this presentation you will learn about: 

  • The difference between need-based aid and merit aid
  • How to apply for financial aid
  • The various types of aid you may qualify for
  • Special programs that offer financial assistance
  • Completing the FAFSA beginning October 1st
  • Ways to maximize your potential for an award

Presented by Margie Castellanos, EOPS Specialist, Irvine Valley College

([email protected])

Wednesday, October 20, 4:00 PM PT

Save on Tuition With WUE!

Through WUE (the Western Undergraduate Exchange) students in Western states may enroll in participating two-year and four-year public college programs at a reduced tuition level: up to 150 percent of the institution’s regular resident tuition. In all cases, WUE tuition is considerably less than non-resident tuition!

In this presentation you will learn about: 

  • Which states and public colleges participate
  • How to save money on tuition when going out-of-state
  • How to search for qualifying majors
  • The requirements and the process for applying to a WUE institution
  • Direct access majors
  • Graduating in four years

Presented by Margo Colalancia, Director, WICHE Student Programs

([email protected]), and

Marc McGee, College Counselor, Bellarmine College Preparatory |

Thursday, October 21, 4:00 PM PT

Find Your Future Now

This College & Career Fair has been designed to help you explore possible majors and future careers. Find your future now!

In this presentation you will learn about: 

  • Enrolling in CTE (Career Technical Education) classes
  • Attending college fairs
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Essay topics
  • Dual enrollment in college classes
  • Graduating in four years
  • Acquiring Industry Certifications and work-based learning opportunities

Invest in yourself and find your future now!

Presented by Kathy Boyd, Director of Career Education, OCDE

([email protected])

College Fairs

Click the dates to register!

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

1:00-2:45 PM PT

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

5:00-7:45 PM PT

Thursday, October 21, 2021

5:00-7:45 PM PT


For questions, please contact Becky Marchant.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do parents/guardians register?

Parents are welcome to join! Please click the registration links on the schedule and use the Parents registration form.

How do counselors register?

Counselors and educators are welcome to join! Please click the registration links on the schedule and use the Counselor/Professionals registration form.

Will the colleges be able to see or hear me?

No. Your camera and microphone will be off, so the college representatives will not be able to see or hear you. (So there’s no need to dress up!)

If you’d like to ask a question, you’ll be able to type your question using the Q&A tool.

How do I join the webinar?

First, register for each session you want to attend.

Once you register, you’ll receive a confirmation email with your personalized link to join the Zoom Webinar.

A reminder email and link will be sent again one day and one hour before the session begins.

Will sessions be recorded?

Yes. Sessions will be recorded and available on this page within a week after the program concludes.

We encourage you to participate live so you can ask questions and interact with the college admission counselors.

If you cannot attend live, you should still register for the session you’re interested in. This will allow the colleges in the session to follow up with you directly.

Can I participate in more than one session?

Yes! You are encouraged to register and attend multiple sessions to gain exposure to a range of different colleges and universities.

Consider signing up for sessions with colleges you may have never heard of before to explore the many opportunities available.

Is student information shared?

When you register, you are sharing your registration information only with colleges/institutions listed on that particular session and the sponsoring organization.

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When you register, you are sharing your registration information only with colleges/institutions listed on that particular session and the sponsoring organization. StriveScan does not sell or share personally identifiable student information with any other third parties.

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