The Westchester-Putnam College Conferences, Inc., organized and implemented its first college conference or fair in association with the Southern Westchester BOCES on May 6, 1977 at Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, New York.  The association of school guidance counselors (both current and retired), college admissions professionals, school administrators and educational consultants has continued to host conferences for students and parents each spring and fall since that time and has used various sites and schools to serve as the meeting place for the events.  Each fall, our group holds college conferences at two locations, one that serves the constituencies of Northern Westchester and Putnam counties and another that is open to the residents of Southern Westchester county.  During the spring, one conference is again held for the Southern Westchester area. 


The primary rationale for our program is to afford students and their parents an occasion to gather information and material as they begin to explore their post-secondary opportunities.  Colleges and universities from across the nation join with representatives from the armed services and financial institutions at our conferences where they meet with participating students and offer them information about their institutions or programs.  Attendance at these events is free of charge to students and parents.  The spring conference, held in May, is targeted at eleventh grade students and the fall conference, held in October, aims to provide twelfth grade students with relevant and timely information.