Are you or your teen looking into colleges?

To help you out, the Kern County Superintendent of Schools office, in conjunction with the Kern High School District, will host the 18th annual Kern County College Night from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11,  at the Rabobank Convention Center.

Thousands of students and parents usually come out to the event to explore higher education options, according to a news release. The free event is sponsored by PG&E and reservations/tickets are not required.

Representatives from public and private colleges and universities will be there to share information. There will also be breakout sessions on topics including how to obtain financial aid, how to prepare if you want to be a college student athlete, how to write a personal statement and how to decide on the right college.

Experts will also explain to students why it's a good idea to take rigorous courses in high school and to prepare for tests such as the SAT and ACT.

Representatives from more than 100 higher-education campuses are expected to answer questions and pass out literature. They include, in the state, Bakersfield College, Taft College, Cal State Bakersfield, UC Merced, UC San Diego, UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Out-of-state school reps will also be on hand, including from the University of Oregon, Arizona State, Boise State, and Missouri University of Science & Technology, among others.

The first breakout sessions begin at 5:15 p.m.; the second session starts at 6 p.m. A third session will start at 7 p.m. Sessions will be presented in both English and Spanish.

KHSD counselors will be present to answer questions and help students and parents decide which workshops to attend.

For more information, contact Christine Goedhart-Humphrey of the Kern County Superintendent of Schools Office at 636-4330.