BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -
High school students from all over Kern County are a little closer to planning their future. Thousands of teens went on-one-one with potential college administrators.
More than one hundred representatives from pubic and private colleges gathered under one roof for a real-life classroom experience.
Bakersfield High School student Jacob Ruiz is on a mission.
"Squeeze through as tight as I can," he said.
Ruiz is meeting with recruiters and planning out his future.
"I've been talking to schools with an ROTC program such as Fresno, I know is a big one that I’m looking at," he said.
The 14th annual Kern County College Night gives more than six thousand students a chance to talk about college.
"At first, I didn't think I had that many options but when I came I finally saw how much stuff I can do," said high school student, Erika Soto.
"It makes it very easy for me because there's many colleges that come here to help kids find the right college for them so by them coming here makes it easier," said Javier Mendoza of Bakersfield.
Students learn about financial aide, testing and requirements for graduation.
"I think a lot of kids don't realize some of these schools are out there and available to them and this might be a chance for them to look at Alaska as an opportunity or Arizona or Oregon," said Christine Goedhart-Humphrey, co-chair of Kern County College Night.
Representatives are also teaching students how to write a personal statement to their future schools as they build contacts and begin taking steps towards becoming a college student.
"They will have an opportunity to go and visit that school and they will get a contact at the school and this will be the first contact, which usually is important because parents and students have a lot of questions,” said Steven Watkin, Director of University Outreach for CSUB.
The real work happens now when students begin to digest everything they learn and review all those pamphlets they picked up today.