Story last updated at 5/16/2012 - 12:09 pm
Last week, fifth-graders from Auke Bay, Mendenhall River, Riverbend, Gastineau, Glacier Valley, Harborview, and Montessori Borealis elementary schools visited the University of Alaska Southeast Juneau campus for two days of age-appropriate classroom and hands-on activities.
A partnership between the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education and UA College Savings Plan, I'm Going To College encourages students to aspire to education and training beyond high school - whether it's an apprenticeship, a one-year technical program or a 10-year professional degree sequence; by learning that it is important and attainable.
In the nine years since Alaska's I'm Going To College program was launched, it has grown from 600 students participating on five college campuses eight years ago to more than 2,300 students on 12 campuses in 11 communities across the state.
Students learn about the benefits of attending college, compare different campuses, calculate college costs, and learn steps they can take to qualify for financial aid such as the Alaska Performance Scholarship. The campus visit gives students a sampling of college classes and lifestyle while inspiring them to include college in their future plans.
For more information, contact Shelly Morgan, K-12 Specialist with the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education, at 907-269-7972 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Julie Staveland with the University of Alaska Southeast Juneau campus at 907-796-6430 or email@example.com.