ROCKFORD (WREX) -
Lots of area seniors went shopping tonight; shopping for their future.
Hundreds showed up to the largest college fair in this region, Wednesday, at Rock Valley College.
Seniors across the Rockford region prepare to make thedecisionn of a lifetime as college is right around the corner
Many come to college night at Rock Valley College to find the right fit.
Whether that tipping point is money, athletics or gender ratio, hundreds of recruiters were on hand to give students an idea what school may cross the most off their checklist.
"They send you emails, but you only have an idea of what they are giving you. When you come here, you get a better idea talking with someone face to face and get some of your questions answered," Hononegah Senior, Riley Garber said.
That investment in their future is a strong sign for what's to come in Rockford, according to organizers.
Some believetonight'ss showing had close to, if not record numbers.
RVC Director of Student Recruitment Melvin Allen says many of those prospective students meandering the aisle may be the first generation college students.
The fair gives them, and their family, a better idea of what secondary education looks like and potentially makes that step look less daunting.
"Hopefully, that will allow them to see themselves at the college," Allen said. Many vendors cater to the employment needs in Rockford. Allen believes these students investing in college will also invest in Rockford, and create job growth.
"If we educate our students and our youth to be more educated and value education, that will help our community move forward," Allen said. .