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Boiler Bridge connects Fort Wayne to Purdue

FORT WAYNE, IN — An event hosted by Purdue University’s College of Agriculture will help college-curious youth and parents learn about multiple fields of study at Purdue and showcase Purdue Extension.

 Free and open to the public, Boiler Bridge will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. EDT on Thursday, Oct. 5 in the IPFW Ballroom, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd.

 Purdue academic counselors will be available to answer questions concerning college costs, available scholarships, financial aid, campus life, career opportunities, placement resources, and more. 

Youth interested in college and their parents can gain specific details about different paths through junior high or high school that could serve as springboards to Purdue academic degrees. Parents also can learn about important application dates and life at Purdue. Experts will be able to answer questions about multiple fields of study at Purdue.

 “Boiler Bridge has been a success in bringing comprehensive, one-stop, local events to communities where students and parents are curious about all Purdue can offer,” says Jason Henderson, director of Purdue Extension and associate dean of the Purdue College of Agriculture. “But this event is about more than campus academics or the next generation of Boilermakers. It shows how Purdue Extension encourages lifelong learning across Indiana. It’s for teens considering college, parents raising young children, adults who want to improve their communities, and anyone eager to know how Purdue transforms lives and livelihoods in our state.”

 Purdue Extension representatives will discuss the ways in which they strengthen future leaders, agricultural industries, communities, and regional economies. Local youth from Indiana 4-H Youth Development programs also will be on hand for project demonstrations. 

Area members of the Purdue Council for Agricultural Research, Extension and Teaching also will be available to discuss their organization. PCARET is a grassroots group of Indiana citizens advising Purdue and advocating on the university’s behalf with legislators and decision-makers.

 Those interested are encouraged to register at