VALDEZ – April 18, 2014.
46 6th grade students from George Gilson Middle School joined nearly 2,000 5th and 6th grade students from 17 communities across Alaska to take what will be for many the first steps toward exploring their college and career interests in the Kids2College program.
This event is sponsored by a partnership between the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education and the UA College Savings Plan. Local students visited Prince William Sound Community College this past Friday and took part in a six-lesson curriculum and professions/career panels, culminating in a mock graduation ceremony.
Kids2College students visit college campuses and experience a day in the life of a college student, with fun, hands-on classes and age-appropriate lessons. Trying on haz-mat suits while learning about OSHA, practicing early resume and interview skills, understanding adaptive biology through a beak and seed science game, and gaining docent skills in the museum were some of the ways Kids2College classes engaged and stimulated career exploration and college preparation concepts.
To prepare for the visit, students explored various career pathways and presented the information to their classmates. Kids2College also brings to the classroom volunteers from various professions to talk about their own college and career experiences. Along the way, students learn about academic options and the steps they can take today to prepare for college. Kids2College teaches students about high school graduation and test requirements, college admissions, and how to qualify for financial aid opportunities like the Alaska Performance Scholarship.
Now in 28 states, Kids2College encourages students to aspire to education and training beyond high school – whether it’s an apprenticeship, a one-year technical program or a seven-year professional degree sequence – through its message that postsecondary training is important and attainable.
Kids2College alumni are more likely to discuss college preparation with parents and teachers, and to understand college is possible for them. For those children whose families may not have a college-going history, it’s an opportunity to learn first-hand about the career avenues and life experiences college offers.