Christian Colleges to descend on Kansas City February 24 for free annual Christian College Expo.
For the 20th year, the Midwest Christian College Expo returns to Kansas City with a wide variety of booths and information on Christian colleges and universities. This year, the event even includes a wide variety of universities and mission opportunities. Organizers say this could be the largest ever, based on the number of schools represented and attendance by the public, which topped 1,700 in 2017.
“Education continues to be at the top of a list of priorities as expressed by American families in recent polling” says expo coordinator Anita Widaman, “This event has proven successful in helping guide young people to a Christian college that is right for them.”
Widaman says that college education should reinforce the strong family values of hard work, compassion for others and give young people an opportunity to change the world. Often times, it doesn’t do that because the values at public institutions often conflict with those of Christian families.
“That’s why a Christian college education can make such a positive impact on students,” Widaman said, “Offering what state or secular schools can’t–or won’t.”
The one-day, free event, runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 24 at Colonial Presbyterian Church, a large suburban church located at 9500 Wornall Rd. in south Kansas City, Mo., just a few blocks from Overland Park and north of I-435.
In the past over 50 colleges have made the event a huge draw for high school juniors, seniors and their parents scouting some of the nation’s best colleges, universities and missions opportunities 17 states.
With a continuing clash of values and increased competition for college scholarships, the expo offers answers for high school juniors and seniors wondering how they’ll ever afford a four-year degree. Plus, the Expo is a convenient way to visit with colleges from many states by finding them in one location-for one day, thus saving travel time and gas. In 2017 colleges attended from Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Iowa, Nebraska, Indiana, Illinois, Tennessee, Kentucky, Michigan, Virginia, Texas, Colorado, Minnesota and Arizona.
In addition to admission representatives universities, valuable mini-seminars will be offered. The seminars are often standing-room-only and the public is encouraged to arrive at the expo at its 10:00 a.m. opening so they will have time to visit booths and attend the seminars of their choice during the day. For 2018 a record number of seminars are being offered. Each is free and taught by education experts from Kansas City and across the Midwest.
College seminar is at 10:30: Finding the Most College Financial Aid and Understanding the FAFSA.
“Both parents and students love our seminars. It’s a non-threatening way to get answers to vital questions and ask questions directly of experts,” said Widaman who is co-publisher of the Metro Voice Christian Newspaper in Kansas City.
The college financial aid track is one of the most attended. Led by the financial aid director of Mid-America Nazarene University in Olathe. the 45-minute seminar assists both parents and students with the maze of questions and deadlines they’re confronted with when they start wondering how to pay for college.
The expo is organized by the Metro Voice Newspaper–Kansas City’s Christian community newspaper. For twenty nine years, Metro Voice has served 110,000 readers with a edition based in Missouri and one in Topeka/Central Kansas. You can also sign up to receive a free weekly news email from Metro Voice HERE. For more call 816-524-4522.
Schools attending in the past have included:
Carver Baptist Bible College, Institute & Theological Seminary
Central Christian College of Kansas
Central Christian College of the Bible
Concordia University NE
Grand Canyon University
Heart of America College
Heartland Christian College
John Brown University
Kansas Christian College
Lincoln Christian College
MidAmerica Nazarene University
Missouri Baptist University
Northwestern College of Iowa
Olivet Nazarene University
Oral Roberts University
Southwest Baptist University
University of Northwestern-St. Paul
William Woods University
A final list of attendees will soon be available.