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September 25, 2013

Area counselors push college awareness

College visits, college trivia part of statewide event this week.

Ninth-graders at Peru High School got a crash course in college life Tuesday.

They spent two hours at Indiana University Kokomo learning about everything from financial aid and admissions to student life and the ROTC program there.

It’s never too early to start thinking about life after high school, their teachers say.

“Research shows that if they’re thinking about college early on, they’re more likely to go,” Peru High School teacher Shannon Smith said.

If that’s the case, then a whole lot of students in the state will be a little more likely to pursue postsecondary education after this week.

On Monday, Indiana kicked off College GO Week, a statewide campaign to help students of all ages plan for college.

“College GO Week is designed to give all Indiana students the opportunity to access and succeed in college,” said Teresa Lubbers, Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education. “There are many steps students and families should take to plan for college and career success, and it’s never too early to start. The campaign offers activities and resources for Hoosiers of all ages, from students starting elementary school to adults thinking about returning to school.”

At Eastern Junior-Senior High School, guidance counselor Tricia Harrison challenged seventh- and eighth-graders to a college quiz.

She said there are only four all-male universities left in the country, and one of them is in Indiana. She asked them to name that school.

Winners received T-shirts, cups, bags and other accessories emblazoned with college logos.

She tries to make it fun for those students. The goal is to get them excited about college and careers.

“Ninth grade is a little more down to business,” she said.

Tuesday she visited the ninth-grade college and career planning class to talk about GPA, transcripts and college admissions.

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