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It's an opportunity to give students early exposure to setting college and career goals. Chicora School of Communications held it's first annual college career fair Thursday.

College pride was on full display at Chicora School of Communications in North Charleston for the school's first college career fair. The goal, to instill a college-bound culture throughout the school.

More than 28 four-year college professionals from the Tri-county area in various fields shared their educational background and their job experiences with students. Assistant principal Shavonna Coakley says, 'We are making sure that our children understand that they are college bound. As a part of Vision 16, one of the components is talking about access and opportunity. What opportunities do we provide for our children? The graduation rate is very important for the district, but what do we do with our children after graduation? One of the things we thought to do is expose our children to the many professional careers out there, and different colleges they can attend upon pursuing those careers." Students say it's making a difference. Fifth-grade student Princess Fisher says, "It's going to raise up my confidence that I'm going to college, and I'm going to be successful in my life. I want to be a chemist, but if that doesn't work, I want to be a teacher." Fifth grade student Tyler Rambert-Smalls says, "When they were saying how their jobs were, and how they were doing in college, it influenced me into staying inside school, and get a great education, so I can achieve my dreams. I think I might want to be a news anchor when I grow up."

According to the 2013 South Carolina Department of Education report card, the overall, on-time statewide graduation rate increased from 73.6-percent in 2010-2011 to 77.5-percent in 2012-2013. This was the largest two-year increase ever. In Charleston county, the on time graduation rate is 76.9 percent.

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