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Program Teaches Students to Plan for Future

This month, forty-three fifth grade students from the Kodiak Island Borough School District will join nearly 3,000 Alaskan 5th and 6th grade students from communities across Alaska to take what for many will be first steps toward exploring their college and career interests.

The Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education and UA College Savings Plan have again partnered to take Kids2College across Alaska – offering students a six-lesson curriculum, professions/career panels, and, for North Star Elementary students, a visit to Kodiak College, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Kids2College students visiting college campuses will experience a day in the life of a college student, with fun, hands-on classes and age-appropriate lessons.  Examining Alutiiq artifacts, learning American Sign Language, learning what makes something funny, and using math to escape being eaten by cannibals are all ways Kids2College classes engage and stimulate career exploration and college preparation concepts.

To prepare for the visit, students explore various career pathways and present 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 certificate, a one-year technical program. A four-year degree, 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.

To schedule a media visit to your local Kids2College event, please contact the local coordinator.

For more information on the statewide program, please contact Shelly Morgan, K-12 Specialist with the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education at 907-269-7972 or shelly.morgan@alaska.gov