During a question-and-answer period, the college presidents were inundated by parent questions regarding college debt, faculty-to-student ratios, and career placement rates.
Representing his dual roles as a member of the Haverhill School Committee and co-chair of the Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board, Joseph Bevilacqua echoed the thoughts of many students and parents when he closed the program.
"Kids today have to go to community college and beyond in order to succeed,'' he said. "We need to make sure college is accessible and affordable and that a college degree leads to a job.''
After the formal program, parents and high school students were invited to attend financial aid sessions in upstairs classrooms. The standing-room-only crowds spilled into the hallways.