Rep. Newhouse organizing job, college expo for Sept. 19

It’s never too soon for high school seniors to start thinking about what comes after graduation and U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse is offering a way to get some questions answered.

The Republican congressman will have his inaugural Higher Education and Job Training Expo from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Columbia Center Red Lion in Kennewick.

About 50 different colleges, universities and employers will be on hand, including representatives with the Washington State University and University of Washington systems, Columbia Basin College, other regional colleges and universities, labor union and apprenticeship programs and most branches of the U.S. military.

“What better way to encourage our young people in central Washington than to bring together colleges and job-training experts to answer their questions?” Newhouse said in a release.

It’s not uncommon for lawmakers to organize job fairs and college fairs in their legislative districts, said Will Boyington, a member of Newhouse’s staff. The congressman opted to put both types of events together so that all looking toward their future will be able to benefit, especially given the myriad options for colleges and various career paths.

“It can be confusing to navigate the process,” Boyington said.

The event is free to attend. Registration isn’t required but is encouraged and can be done online. The expo includes an 11:30 a.m. breakout session focused on applying for colleges, including explanations of the student aid process.

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