Americo College Advisors helps students weigh higher education options
By Wendy Cornett
Selecting a major and deciding where to attend college are huge decisions for a teenager. Indecisiveness or an ill-fitting choice can add unnecessary courses and years to a person’s college education, and those additional years translate into higher costs and bigger loans.
“It’s becoming increasingly common for college students to graduate in five or six years with a four-year degree,” said Americo College Advisors President Dennis L. Giacomino. “What Americo College Advisors does is work with college-bound students and their families—not to direct them toward any particular college—but to help them identify their strengths, their aptitudes and their interests, and help them select the type of institution that will best meet their educational goals.”
Launched in 2012, the company has locations in Toledo, Tennessee and Florida, where experienced consultants help students pinpoint possible career choices and weigh a variety of factors involved in selecting the appropriate path of higher education.
“A lot of young people have an interest in a particular skill, but don’t know how that will translate into work or what type of education they need,” Dennis continued.
People automatically associate the word “college” with four-year institutions, but there are other options out there, such as specialized certifications and associate’s degrees.
“We know that the jobs growing in this area, for instance, are in manufacturing. You don’t necessarily need a four-year degree to find a well-paying job in that field,” he added.
The initial consultation with Americo College Advisors is always free, and the company welcomes college-bound high school students as well as graduate students.
“We go right to their homes where they’re comfortable to talk with students and their parents,” Dennis explained. “If they choose to pursue our services, we like to work with them for about nine months.”
Americo College Advisors’ services include providing unbiased information about colleges and universities, assistance with applications and essays, financial aid consulting and scholarship searches.
For first-generation college students in particular, the process of researching and selecting institutions, filling out forms and applying for financial aid can seem overwhelming. And those parents who earned higher degrees will find that the process is much different today from what it was a couple of decades ago.
“We do limit the number of families we work with to 20 at a time. We want to ensure that we’re providing quality service to all the families,” Dennis concluded. “The time is now for our rising seniors to think about what they’re going to do when they graduate in spring 2015.”
Show your support for local businesses! For more information, contact Americo College Advisors in Toledo at 419-875-2019. Email the company at email@example.com, or visit the website http://americocollegeadvisors.com.