College Application Week

Allendale High School and New Options High School participated in its third year of a state and national effort to get seniors toUntitled-1 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.

During one or two class periods each day during CAW, the counselors and admissions staff from Grand Valley State University, Davenport University, and Muskegon Community College were in the Round Room checking seniors in, getting them started, and helping with any questions along the way. As questions come up about how to send out a transcript or official ACT scores, there was immediate help available. Through tweets and Facebook posts, daily announcements, e-mail, a door-decorating contest and showing video interviews of Allendale High School teachers who are first-generation college students, Allendale High School promoted a college-going culture. Students and staff were seen wearing a variety of clothing showing support of colleges, military, and workplaces. This was to represent that any type of training beyond high school is important and necessary. With grant money, $5 gift cards and other items were purchased from local business to give out as prizes for students wearing special clothing items to support CAW, for new Twitter and Facebook followers, and for winners of Twitter Trivia every day. CAW is fun for everyone involved and we are happy to have the opportunity to celebrate it with the entire high school each year.

New Options students participated in the Michigan College Application Week for the third year in a row! Students and staff F2015 babysit & NO College Days 602_censoredwore 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!

More than half of our seniors at New Options took advantage of this week and applied for College or a Job Training Program! We also have two seniors interested in the Military! All in all it was a fun filled successful week filled with encouragement and support for many of our students that felt they would never have the opportunity to  go to College. For others hopefully it planted a seed that if they decide to go in the future the opportunity is waiting for them!
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