Get2College Workshops

Shannon Grimsley

NOTE: THIS PAGE IS FOR COUNSELORS ONLY. STUDENTS MAY NOT USE THIS TO REGISTER FOR AN ACT WORKSHOP!

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 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.

Taking ACTion on the ACT: Your Guide to Acing the ACT
NOTE: Only counselors may request this workshop

Target Audience: designed for grades 11-12

Purpose: This workshop is designed to provide tips and strategies to help students score their best on the ACT.

Because of the uniqueness of this workshop, we ask that you comply with the following guidelines in scheduling and hosting this workshop:

  • the workshop is 1.5 hours, so we need an exact time booked – if you are not on a block schedule, you need to make special arrangements for the timeframe
  • students must voluntarily sign up to attend
  • workshop is designed for students with previous scores between 15 and 25 and first-time takers
  • there must be a minimum of 15 students attending
  • only juniors and seniors may attend with a maximum of 50
  • location must be a room with tables and chairs as writing is required – no gyms or auditoriums unless writing space is provided
  • the content covers tips and strategies with only a few examples of test questions.
  • workshop will not be presented to classes in which ACT curriculum is taught
  • career centers and vocational/technical schools scheduling workshops should check with their home school(s) to make sure students have not already received the workshop there

Topics include:

  • Understanding the ACT
  • Test-taking tips on how to:
    • Read efficiently to answer ACT questions
    • Avoid the “sounds good” trap in ACT grammar
    • Answer vocabulary questions without memorizing hundreds of words
    • Plug in numbers to prevent algebra mistakes
    • Use logic to outsmart ACT geometry

Click here to access the booklet distributed at the workshop.


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 What. When. Where and How. 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.


Now Is the Time! Financial Aid Starts Here

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.


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.


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.

To schedule an event with FAFSA completions by appointment only, you may use the form below or contact Shannon Grimsley at 601.321.5530 or sgrimsley@get2college.org.


new orangeThe Road Trip to College: The Transition Guide for High School Seniors Headed to College

Target Audience: 12th grade

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 to access 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!


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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