Our Story


The Regional College Fair concept began almost ten years ago when leaders throughout Coachella Valley came together through OneFuture Coachella Valley and wrote the Regional Plan for College and Career Success, with the common goal of increasing access to higher education, college completion and career success for local students. The Regional College Fair Alignment Team was formed and a group of partners collaborated to design a Regional College Fair that would to support growth of a college-going culture in Coachella Valley – we wanted more students to plan and attend and complete college. One of the first steps to accomplish this mission was to create the first-ever Coachella Valley wide regional college fair in 2016. The partners named the annual event: Next? Think Big! Coachella Valley’s Regional College Fair. Today, due to the ever-changing landscape of the global pandemic, we have gone virtual through this website to bring you the best available information on planning and preparing for college.