High School College Planning Conference

Tunxis Community College

May 1, 2020

This is a FREE event open to high schools to bring groups of sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

This event includes an informational fair, workshops, keynote speakers, campus tours, and lunch.

Register Today!

Registration is on a first-come basis and will remain open until the event has filled.

For questions, contact Admissions at 860-773-1500 or tx-admissions@tunxis.edu.

Keynote Speakers

Alva Hanson – Why Do You Want To Be Educated?

Alva Hanson is a professor at Tunxis Community College where he currently teaches First Year Experience, a course that helps students acclimate to college and develop skills for success. The class emphasizes learning strategies, life management skills, and active participation in the college community. Prior to coming to Tunxis, Alva taught Biology, Environmental Science and other STEM classes for nearly 20 years in public schools from Rochester, New York to Waipahu, Hawaii.  Alva has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Master’s Degree in Environmental Education from Southern Connecticut State University.

Alva grew up in Newburgh, New York and spent his summers in New Haven, CT. He is a firm believer that education saved his life and he is a life-long learner. He loves to read, learn new things, and finds teachable moments in every day occurrences.

This presentation will discuss four topics: (1) identifying one’s extrinsic and intrinsic motivations for pursuing formal education, (2) what the benefits of pursuing higher education are, (3) the importance of persevering throughout one’s educational career to meet your academic, social and personal goals, and (4) the necessity and power of honest self-reflection when determining and embarking on your educational path.


Mark Milewski – Climbing Mt. Everest: Planning & Reaching Your Goals 

What does it take to reach the top of 29,029 ft. Mt. Everest?  Business skills.  Managers are always setting big goals for themselves and their organizations.

Management Professor Mark Milewski stood on the summit of the tallest mountain in the world in 2016.  He will share his experience and relate how you can use the four functions of management (planning, organizing, leading, and controlling) to reach your goals.”


Dr. Kirk Peters – Establishing A Growth Mindset

In December of 2018, Dr. Kirk Peters completed a 40+ year Student Affairs career, the last 32 of them serving as an Assistant, then Associate and since 2001, a Dean of Student Affairs. Most of his career he worked in a 4-year residence college/university but since 2001, at Tunxis Community College.  While working in Student Affairs, he spent several years coaching college Men’s and Women’s Volleyball, and Men’s Tennis. He currently serves as a full-time faculty member, instructing four First Year Experience classes.

His address today will briefly focus on the concept of Growth Mindset vs a Fixed Mindset.  With the latter, students believe their intelligence, skills and abilities are innate, unchangeable or fixed. Students employing a Growth Mindset believe their abilities may improve with practice. Dr. Peters admits that he limited his growth in his early years, too often employing a fixed mindset. It was not until his mid-30’s that he began embarking on a journey of challenging himself through a change in perspective and in the way he viewed the world.

Dr. Peters will be asking you to consider reshaping your perspective of what is attainable for you!

Conference Schedule

8:30 am – 9:00 am Check-In
9:00 am – 10:15 am Informational Fair
10:25 am – 10:55 am Workshop 1
11:05 am – 11:35 am Workshop 2
11:40 am – 12:25 pm Lunch & Keynote Speakers
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Campus Tour


2 to 4 Year Plan: Community College to a University
Boss of the Floss: Dental Hygiene Careers
Care for Me: Early Childhood Education Programs at Tunxis
Careers in Demand: Advanced Manufacturing Machine Technology
Clean Energy Careers Now
Dental Assisting Careers in One Year
Design a Career in the Arts
Financial Aid 101
Liberal Arts v. General Studies:  How to be Undecided
Nursing Careers Make A Difference
Pathways to Teaching: TCC to CCSU
Scholarships: Fund Your Future
The History and Biology of Plagues
Top 10 Things You Need To Know To Succeed in College
What Would You Do: Community Outreach & Service Learning