What is College Knowledge Month?
Minnesota, in collaboration with the United States Department of Education, is pleased to announce October as College Knowledge Month. Throughout the month, high schools across the state will host events to assist students with the college application process. This year our TRIO Upward Bound Program will participate in the College Knowledge Month effort, with the goal of ensuring that all of our seniors apply to at least one post-secondary program and our other Upward Bound students have the opportunity to learn more about their post-secondary options.
The original goal of College Knowledge Month was to provide an opportunity for all Minnesota seniors to complete and file college applications and this effort has evolved into a time dedicated to helping students discover their college path. To us, “college” or “post-secondary” means any education program beyond high school including two-year and four-year degree programs. This initiative is so important because research shows that most new jobs will require some form of education and training beyond high school.
Why College Knowledge Month?
As an Upward Bound program it is our mission and goal for our students to graduate high school and move on to a post-secondary option that fits them best, so you may be wondering why we are making College Knowledge Month such a big deal when this is what we do all year. Here are a few reasons we are taking part in College Knowledge Month this year:
- Each high school that we serve will be taking part in College Knowledge Month in some capacity and this is a great opportunity for us to collaborate with our High Schools and ensure that our students are hearing all about college all month long.
- October is a key month in the college applications process for our seniors and having the emphasis on College Knowledge Month allows our students to get the support and assistance they need during the application process both in school and during the tutoring sessions after school with TRIO.
- Because this is a recognized event throughout the entire state, there are a number of Minnesota colleges offering to waive their application fee at some point in October- THIS IS HUGE! We can use this opportunity to have our students apply to their choice colleges for free!
- We want to get all of our students involved with the college exploration process: having 9-11th graders seeing what the seniors are experiencing during the application process is a great way to grow the excitement about college!
TRIO Events in October:
Wednesday October 1st: College visit to Hamline and Augsburg (juniors and Seniors- this is during the school day and parents will need to call in and excuse their child)
Saturday October 4th: College visit to Bemidji State University (this event is open to all TRIO students and is an optional college visit that will be taking place on a Saturday. Note: this is a longer day)
Tuesday October 7th: National College Fair (evening event open to juniors and Seniors- transportation is not provided to Anoka Ramsey Community College, students will need to get themselves to Cambridge and home after the event but we will provide dinner to all students in attendance).
Thursday October 16th: college visit to St. Cloud State University and St. Cloud Technical and Community College (juniors and seniors only- this is a first-come-first-served event and we have to limit attendance to 20 students, if interested please talk to your Advisor ASAP). This is a non-school day event.
The last week of October (27th-30th): Upward Bound Advisors will be staying after tutoring to give the seniors the opportunity to apply for the colleges they are interested in. Parents are welcome to come in and be a part of this exciting process!
Wear your college gear! The advisors will be sporting their college gear during the month and we encourage students to wear any college gear that they might have.
College Trivia: students will have the opportunity to test their college knowledge throughout the month and win some sweet college swag!
Linking our interests, skills and strengths with majors and careers: each grade level will participate in a different activity during tutoring throughout the month that will move them one step closer to finding the perfect post-secondary fit.
Help us Spread the Excitement!
We are eager to work this month on engaging our TRIO students in the college exploration process and we look forward to seeing everyone get excited about College Knowledge Month! We encourage everyone to make college a topic of conversation throughout the month with everyone you know!
Here are some helpful links to check out for college information and exploration:
College Knowledge Month Website – a great place to learn more about CKM!
Collegeboard - an inside source for all things college!
Financial Aid Toolkit - learn all about paying for college here!