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CHARLOTTE, N.C. Thousands of students came to the Charlotte Convention Center Wednesday with a look at the next step in their future.

The CIAA National Education Association College Day was open to high school students to come out and meet recruiters from the conference member schools as well as other post college career paths like the Army and Marines.

Students got the chance to ask recruiters questions about their schools and if they had the proper documentation, such as high school transcripts, they could also apply on the spot.

The program coordinator said that in some cases students walk away knowing if they have been accepted.

More students would be able to come out and apply if they had their stuff ready, said Michael Rainey, program coordinator for the event.

Rainey added that last year s unofficial numbers had 3,000 students take part and between 300 and 400 students were accepted.

About 75 of those students also received full or partial scholarships, Rainey said.

I m here to actually apply to college, hopefully get an answer and get accepted, said Michael Byrd, a senior at Rocky River High School.

Byrd wants to become the first person in his family to go to college and he feels coming to College Day will help.

This will make a big difference in my life, what I do today, he said.

Rainey said over the years thousands of students have been accepted with hundreds getting some sort of scholarship.

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