Allendale High School and New Options High School participated in its third year of a state and national effort to get seniors to complete college applications. The math is simple: If you never apply to college, you will never attend college. If you get further education or training, your pay goes up. When the word “college” is used at Allendale High School, it refers to “the attainment of valuable post-secondary credentials beyond high school, including professional/technical certificates and academic degrees.” We participate in College Application Week (CAW) because while it benefits all students, particular focus targets low-income students, first-generation college-going students, and those who have not otherwise considered college. The week breaks down any barriers to the college application process. Many colleges in Michigan waive their application fee during CAW. Time, space, and technology are all provided on site so that students can focus on getting applications submitted. While the push is still to get seniors to complete applications by the end of October, there are many students who either need to start their first application or complete the process by sending out transcripts or ACT scores. Whatever the case may be, the high school counselors are there to help navigate the complex college admissions process. In the end, it also serves as the conclusion and celebration of the college application season.
New Options students participated in the Michigan College Application Week for the third year in a row! Students and staff wore College apparel through out the week! Staff shared their own College experiences with our students! Francisco Ramirez from GRCC spoke with a large group of students about the opportunities at GRCC. We closed the week with drawings and fun activities!