32 sites throughout the state will host College Application Week events for high school seniors

Contact:       

Endi Hartigan, Communications Associate, endi_hartigan@ous.edu, 503-725-5702

Sources:                 

Adrienne Enriquez, CACG Program Manager, adrienne_enriquez@ous.edu, 503-725-2914; Stephanie Carnahan, Director, College Access Programs stephanie_carnahan@ous.edu, 541-346-5761                   

October 15, 2013:  The Oregon University System (OUS) announced today that Governor Kitzhaber has proclaimed that November is Oregon College Application Month. High school seniors and GED candidates at thirty-two high schools and community based organizations throughout the state will actively heed the Governor’s call to apply to college by participating in Oregon’s College Application Week, November 4-8 and November 11-15. The goal of the initiative is to assist all seniors as they apply to some type of postsecondary educational option, including certificate programs, two-year degree programs, and four-year degree programs.

During College Application Week events, students will participate at their local schools in a variety of college awareness activities, including information sessions, college exploration, contests, and the important step of submitting their applications. Thirty two sites in cities across the state—from Portland to Brookings, Hermiston to Jordan Valley, and many points in between —will participate in this second annual event. With the help of school and community volunteers, students will complete college applications and begin applying for scholarships. “These events provide dedicated time during the school day for students to concentrate on the act of applying to college,” said Adrienne Enriquez, the statewide coordinator for Oregon College Application Week. “We know that students can’t attend college if they don’t apply, so this is one critical step in their journey to higher education.”

November is a prime time for students to explore their college options. In addition to College Application Week, which will occur during the first two weeks of November, the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) holds their national college fair in Portland during the first weekend of November, and nearly every college and university in the state offers special visitation days during which students and their families can learn more about the academic programs offered. Gerry Livingston, site coordinator at Brookings-Harbor High School, emphasized the impact of the week’s events on her students, noting that at least one of her students graduated from high school last year because of the counseling received at this event. “They got their senior portfolio done because they saw the relevance of what was needed,” said Livingston.

“We are thrilled that the Governor has recognized the great work happening in our communities and are looking forward to continuing the momentum from last year’s College Application Week,” said Stephanie Carnahan, Director of College Access Programs for OUS. She adds, “As Oregon works towards the goal of having 80% college graduates by 2025, it is even more crucial that we highlight the activities and steps necessary for students to enroll. The Governor’s proclamation and initiatives like College Application Week do just that.” 

College Application Week is coordinated by the College Access Programs department of the Oregon University System, in collaboration with a steering committee representing the K-12 community, community based organizations, and all sectors of Oregon’s higher education system. It is a member program of the American College Application Campaign, sponsored by the American Council on Education. The American College Application Campaign® is a national effort to increase the number of first-generation and low-income students pursuing a college degree or other higher education credential, reaching students in 40 states and the District of Columbia. For more information: www.oregongoestocollege.org   

The Oregon University System (OUS) makes college a reality for Oregonians statewide by keeping higher education accessible, affordable and high quality. We integrate Oregon’s public universities with the entire PreK-20 education system to ensure student success. OUS’ higher education offerings meet the needs of Oregon’s economy today and in the future, contributing to the vitality of the state and the success of more than 20,000 graduates a year. For additional information, go to www.ous.edu.

 

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