Get2College Workshops

Shannon Grimsley

The Get2College workshops are an outstanding way to give students and parents a lot of information in a short amount of time. All of our workshops are custom designed to met the needs of participants and are adjusted to appropriate length of time based on school needs and audience, usually one class period.

Please review the Student and Parent Workshop descriptions below. To schedule a workshop, you may contact our Outreach Coordinator, Shannon Grimsley: call 601.321.5530, send an email to workshops@get2college.org or complete and submit your request online using the form which follows the workshop descriptions below.
DURING FEBRUARY, THE ONLY EVENTS WE WILL ACCOMMODATE ARE FAFSA DAYS.

STUDENT WORKSHOPS

You Are College Material: Your Guide to Admission and Scholarships

Target Audience: designed for mixed audience, grades 9-12

Purpose: This is an introduction to the admission standards at colleges and universities. Students will learn what they need to achieve academically to prepare for college admission and gain understanding of college preparatory curriculum requirements.

Topics include:

  • College admission standards
  • The components of the college preparatory curriculum and the required high school courses for college admission
  • The importance of standardized tests in college admissions (ACT and SAT)
  • Resume and essay tips for scholarships

Click here to access the booklet distributed at the workshop.


Make the College Connection: The Junior Guidebook

Target Audience: 11th grade (or end of 10th grade)

Purpose: This program for contains a wide variety of college planning information to encourage juniors to take proactive steps in planning for college.

Topics include:

  • College planning timeline
  • How to choose a college
  • Understanding the ACT and its importance
  • How to prepare for the ACT and test-taking strategies
  • College admission requirements

Click here to access the booklet distributed at the workshop.


The College Guide for Seniors

Target Audience: 12th grade (or end of 11th grade)

Purpose: This workshop provides a timeline for seniors as they plan for college. The students will learn the importance of planning and persistence during the senior year and gain an understanding of the overall college process.

Topics include:

  • College planning timeline
  • How to choose a college
  • College admission standards
  • Understanding the ACT and its importance
  • How to prepare for the ACT and test-taking strategies
  • The college admission process
  • Scholarship search tips
  • Financial Aid basics

Click here to access the booklet distributed at the workshop.


Your Guide to Finding the Funds for College

Target Audience: seniors

Purpose: This workshop will provide information about sources of financial aid available to pay for college. Parents and students will learn about federal and state financial aid programs and the application processes.

Topics include:

  • Understanding financial need
  • How and where to find outside scholarships
  • Institutional Aid
  • An overview of the FAFSA and Federal financial aid programs
  • An overview of state financial aid programs

Click here to access the booklet distributed at the workshop.


The Guide to Selective Colleges

Target Audience: juniors and seniors

Purpose: High-achieving students considering selective colleges and universities across the country need to understand that these schools have different application, admission, and financial aid processes and deadlines. How they apply, when they apply, and what they say can all impact whether students receive admission and/or financial assistance.

Students will learn:

  • How to research selective colleges for a good fit
  • About the application process and different admission plans
  • Tips for successful admission essay and interview
  • How to apply for financial aid and meet important deadlines

FAFSA Day in Your High School: One-on-one assistance to complete the FAFSA

Target Audience: seniors and parents of seniors
Purpose: Get2College will spend a day in your high school helping parents and students complete the FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This appointment based hands-on assistance is offered week days during February and March. Scheduling appointments in the high schools provide an easy way for families to get assistance at a time convenient for their schedules. Get2College will provide posters and fliers to promote the event and will mail a letter to parents when you provide names and addresses.


The Road Trip to College: The Transition Guide for Seniors Headed to College
Target Audience: seniors

Purpose: This workshop helps seniors ensure they have all the details taken care of for a smooth transition to college.

Topics include:

  • Process to accept admission and financial aid
  • Summertime prep activities
  • Make sure you can pay for college
  • What to pack
  • Determine your learning style
  • How to estimate study time
  • Sample schedule

Click here for the booklet distributed at the workshop.


Mini-Workshop at Your College Fair
We can provide a quick workshop at your college fair on the above topics or on what to look for at a college fair.


Group Session at our Center

Get2College offers group sessions for your students in the Jackson, Gulf Coast and North Mississippi Get2College Centers with optional college tours available. These are for JUNIORS and SENIORS ONLY, and each group must be 20 students or less.

Each one-to-two hour session includes meeting with Get2College staff on the college planning timeline and college fit. We will customize the session to explore more in-depth topics for your particular students’ needs such as scholarships and financial aid, resumes, essays and interviews. We can also provide smaller groups with hands-on assistance in career exploration and even submitting college applications.

Make the most of the day by pairing the session with a campus tour of a college or university in the local area or along your route. The Get2College staff will make arrangements for the on-campus visit for your group. Transportation and meals are to be provided by the high school, but, as always, our counseling services are FREE!


PARENT WORKSHOPS

Admission, Scholarships and Financial Aid: An Overview for Parents
Target Audience: parents

Purpose: This workshop will provide information about the admission process and sources of financial aid available to pay for college. The topics will be customized to the audience (grade level(s) of the parents’ children) and the time of year.

Topics include:

  • Admission requirements
  • College planning timeline
  • Importance of standardized tests
  • Understanding financial need
  • How and where to find outside scholarships
  • Institutional Aid
  • An overview of the FAFSA and Federal financial aid programs
  • An overview of state financial aid programs

Click here to access the booklet distributed at the workshop.


Parents Playbook for Successful College Coaching: A Workshop to Guide Parents in Helping Students Attain College

Target Audience: parents of students in grades 8, 9, and 10

Purpose: Planning for college should actively begin in the 8th through 10th grades. This workshop invites parents to learn about planning and paying for college and the steps their student needs to take to be ready.

Topics include:

  • Admission requirements for college
  • Mississippi colleges and universities
  • Comparison of school types
  • Study skills and test-taking strategies
  • College planning checklist
  • GPA Game: what drives college admission decisions?
  • Role of parents in supporting students in choosing classes and activities, getting organized, taking advantage of tutoring, exploring career opportunities, and acting responsibly with social media

Click here for the workbook distributed at the workshop.


Workshop Request Form

To schedule a workshop or FAFSA Day, contact our Outreach Coordinator, Shannon Grimsley, at 601.321.5530 or workshops@get2college.org—or simply complete the form below and hit the send button.

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