Kids2College Program Teaches Students to Plan for Their Future
5th & 6th Grade Students Encouraged to Make Choices Today for Success Tomorrow
PALMER, AK –Matanuska-Susitna College is pleased to be a part of Kids2College on April 18, 2014. MSC hosts 144 5th grade students from Knik Elementary School and join nearly 2,000 Alaskan 5th and 6th grade students from 17 communities to take what for many are first steps toward exploring their college and career interests. The Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education and UA College Savings Plan has again partnered to take Kids2College across Alaska – offering students a six-lesson curriculum, professions/career panels. Knik Elementary students receive this hands-on experience at Mat-Su College.
Kids2College students visiting college campuses experience a day in the life of a college student, with fun, hands-on classes and age-appropriate lessons. Studying native culture, planting seeds, understanding how plate tectonics can shake things up, and learning the fine art of communication 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 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.