May 04, 2010
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.
The participating students 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. On the day of the event, the students will be welcomed by university leadership, take a tour of the campus, and have lunch on campus. College faculty will present 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 and information. Several local businesses have generously contributed supplies for the backpacks, including Alaska Pacific Bank, KPU Telephone, Subway, Tongass Business Center, Tongass Federal Credit Union, Walmart and Wells Fargo.
2010 "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. Approximately 2,000 elementary students statewide are expected to participate.
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