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More than 400 students from six area high schools converged on Gogebic Community College Tuesday for “Welcome to College Day 2019.”

The statewide Michigan College Fair tour is going through the Upper Peninsula this week, said Kim Zeckovich, director of admissions, marketing and communications at GCC. The 38 public and private schools present were from Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

McKenzie Laurent, admissions counselor at Concordia University in Mequon, Wisconsin, said she talked with students about the benefits of private schools with specialized programs, no out-of-state tuition, and merit scholarships to offset costs. The suburban location north of Milwaukee is the safest school in the state, she said.

“The community and the environment gives students a space to grow,” McKenzie said.

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