Here’s the Schedule of Upcoming ‘Road Map to College’ Application Events


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There is an unprecedented effort under way in Seattle and South King County to help high school seniors apply to college – several ‘Road Map to College’ application completion events aimed at helping local high school seniors apply to college.

This program helps high school seniors apply to at least one post-secondary program, such as certificate programs or community, technical and four-year colleges. This is the campaign’s first year and more than 20 events are happening across the region this fall. The effort kicked off on Oct. 13 and runs through Dec. 1. For a list of events and for more information, visit www.roadmaptocollege.org.

Students who attend these free events can meet with writing tutors to develop and review admission essays, consult with college representatives and experts to complete and submit applications, enjoy free access to computers, printers and internet and be entered into a $500 scholarship drawing. The events are open to all 12th grade students and will be held at local high schools, colleges and a public library.

“First-generation students who don’t have a parent or mentor to guide them through the process of applying to college can get overwhelmed. They don’t know what to do, so they don’t do anything. Having a tutor walk them through the process is a huge help. It removes one of the many hurdles they will face as they continue on the road to college,” said Krista Rillo, College Bound Scholarship counselor with Seattle Public Schools. “Students who attend these events are at different stages in the application process. Some haven’t started and have no idea where they want to apply. Others are well on their way and just want someone to look over their essay.”

Helping local students as they apply for post-secondary education has never been more important. Research shows that more than 60 percent of all jobs will require some form of education and training after high school – and Washington needs tens of thousands more college graduates to fill jobs by 2018. Additionally, helping students apply to multiple colleges makes it more likely they will be accepted to a four-year college, according to a study from the Consortium on Chicago School Research at the University of Chicago.

“All this adds up to one simple fact: The more you learn, the more you’ll earn. It’s critical that we help our students achieve post-secondary success because families, communities and our economy are depending on it,” said Karen deVilla, executive director of the Northwest Education Loan Association, an organization helping organize the events.

In the past, the UW Dream Project and other college access providers ran a few college application events. But this year, many partners joined efforts to coordinate the Road Map to College: College Application Completion Events, essentially scaling up the college application help available to students.

“We heard from students and school staff members last year that high school seniors needed more support to complete college applications. The events this fall are a reaction that need. By working alongside our partner organizations, we hope to help more students complete their college applications early and ultimately achieve their dreams,” deVilla said.

UPCOMING FALL COLLEGE APPLICATION EVENTS:

  • 10.23.12 Franklin High School, Seattle 2:30PM-8:00PM
  • 10.24.12 Big Picture High School, Highline 10:00AM-2:00PM
  • 10.25.12 West Seattle High School, Seattle 3:00PM-8:00PM
  • 10.25.12 Foster High School, Tukwila 2:45PM-7:00PM
  • 10.29.12 Kentwood High School Kent TBA
  • 11.1.12 Lindbergh High School, Renton 3:00PM-7:00PM
  • 11.1.12 Mount Rainier High School, Highline 2:30PM-7:00PM
  • 11.3/4.12 Admissions Workshop Weekend, UW Dream Project 9:30AM-5:00PM
  • 11.6.12 Kentridge High School, Kent 2:15PM-5:00PM
  • 11.6.12 Highline High School, Highline 2:30PM-6:00PM
  • 11.7.12 Roosevelt High School, Seattle 3:00PM-8:00PM
  • 11.7.12 Auburn Riverside High School, Auburn 2:45PM-7:00PM
  • 11.8.12 Kent – Meridian High School, Kent 2:45PM-7:00PM
  • 11.8.12 Auburn Mountainview High School, Auburn 2:45PM-7:00PM
  • 11.13.12 Auburn Senior High School, Auburn 2:45PM-7:00PM
  • 11.13.12 Rainier Beach High School, Seattle 3:00PM-6:00PM
  • 11.14.12 Hazen High School, Renton 4:00PM-7:00PM
  • 11.15.12 Garfield High School, Seattle 2:45PM-7:00PM
  • 11.17.12 Renton High School, Renton 10:00AM-12:30PM
  • 12.1.12 Seattle Public Library – Downtown Branch Seattle 11:00AM-5:30PM
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