Achieve More Initiative Provides Crookston High School Students the Opportunity to Explore and Prepare for College during Minnesota College Application Week, November 12-16, 2012

College representatives will visit the Crookston High School on November 13-15 during Minnesota College Application Week, which runs November 12-16, 2012. Thanks to Achieve More, an initiative designed to encourage students to consider attending and planning for college, students will have the opportunity to learn about and apply to regional Minnesota colleges for free.

Crookston High School Seniors will fill out applications from 10-11am each day. There will be representatives from local colleges to help fill out applications to regional colleges and answer questions. The visit schedule includes Northland Community and Technical College on November 13; University of Minnesota, Crookston on November 14; and Bemidji State University and North Dakota State College of Science on November 15. There will be prizes drawn throughout the week, so all seniors are encouraged to attend.

Sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Education, students will learn about opportunities at each of the visiting institutions and have help filling out application forms. The goal of the program is to get more students applying to college earlier. During this event, students may apply to any two-year or four-year college/university or training program in which they are interested.

For more information on Minnesota College Application Week activities, contact Janessa DeBoer at 218‐281‐8673.

Background
Last year, as part of a national initiative through the American Council on Education, Governor Mark Dayton proclaimed the second week of November Minnesota College Application Week.  This week will provide a framework for high schools and postsecondary institutions to collaborate in a concentrated effort to engage and inform underrepresented students (first generation college students, students of color, and low-income students) about the college exploration and application process. While much of the focus of College Application Week is geared toward first-generation, low-income students, all students are encouraged to participate in events to help them explore and prepare for postsecondary education.

Achieve More emerged from the regional IMPACT 20/20 Education Task Force's priority initiative to increase high school graduation rates and encourage more students to consider attending college.   Launched in fall 2012, the project is a collaborative effort among UMC's Center for Adult Learning (CAL), the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), and the Crookston Area Chamber of Commerce.  Achieve More consists of two major components, College and Career Preparation 101, aimed at grades 7‐12, and Junior Achievement, which returns to the Crookston School District for grades 2-6.  

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 26 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 39 concentrations on campus--as well as 10 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: Janessa DeBoer, student personnel coordinator, Center for Adult Learning, 218-281-8673 (deboe053@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

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