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College recruiters scout Truckee-Tahoe students

Andrew Cristancho
Sierra Sun

For two hours Tuesday evening, Sierra College will not be the only institution of higher learning in town.

Organizers of College Night have arranged for representatives from more than 20 two- and four-year colleges to attend and meet Tahoe-Truckee high school and middle school students interested in continuing their education.

Sierra College and the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District are sponsoring the event from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the Truckee High School Cafeteria.

Hoping to attract 500 students, event organizer Cindy Flores, a Sierra College counselor, said she encourages students in grades eight through 12 to attend, either to begin their search for a college or to compare choices they’ve already considered.

“Bring an open mind and lots of questions,” Flores said.

According to Penney Burney, who helped plan the event, the strength of College Night is the diversity of colleges that have committed to attend.

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“I think that is a huge plus for kids to understand there are choices for their path in learning,” Burney said.

Participating colleges include U.C. Berkeley, Cal State Chico, University of Nevada at Reno, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and Stanford University.