April 13, 2009
This national program is made possible in Alaska through a partnership between the Northwest Education Loan Association (NELA) and the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education (ACPE) AlaskAdvantage Programs.
It enables children to participate in a variety of exercises and activities. This includes a full-day event at a nearby college campus, sponsored with support from the host institution. 2009 "I'm Going to College" events are taking place all across Alaska: the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the University of Alaska Anchorage, the University of Alaska Southeast, Ilisagvik College in Barrow, Prince William Sound Community College in Valdez, Matanuska-Susitna College, and the UAF Kuskokwim Campus and Kodiak College will also host events. About 1800 elementary students statewide will participate.
In Ketchikan, approximately 80 fifth-graders from Fawn Mountain and Point Higgins Elementary schools received the "I'm Going to College" activity book. They learn in their classroom about the benefits of a college education, college costs and financial aid, and the entire college process. The children learn how to prepare for college academically and how their interests can align with different career paths.
Now, the big event is imminent.
The students will be welcomed by university leadership, take
a tour of the campus, and have lunch on campus. College faculty
is preparing special age-appropriate classes with a hands-on
focus. At the end of the day, students will assemble to receive
a special certificate of completion for their day at college,
along with a college preparation kit: a backpack full of supplies
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