College Knowledge Month's goal is to provide every graduating high school senior with the preparation, opportunity, and support needed to apply to college. This statewide effort has occurred annually during the month of October since 2011. The event is sponsored by a Steering Committee of K12, higher education and nonprofit partners.
This month-long effort allows students to do more than just submit a college application. Within this time frame, students can participate in the college exploration and planning process at their own pace -- and schools can align this initiative with the many college exploration activities that are already taking place during the fall. College Knowledge Month aims to:
At the very minimum, schools interested in participating must devote time and space during the school day for college exploration activities - including support for seniors to complete college applications. The College Knowledge Month Steering Committee will provide resources, materials, support and training for registered sites.
College access programs such as College Possible, TRIO programs, Get Ready, AVID, etc. already working within schools or districts can host College Knowledge Month events and serve students within their pre-existing program structure. Additional assistance will also be provided by high school and/or college access staff and volunteers from colleges and the community.
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This is a list of downloadable/customizable tools and links from the Site Coordinator Resource Guide.
Planning Your Events
Recruiting and Organizing Volunteers
Promoting the Month
Working with Students
Volunteers from colleges and the community will be a critical ingredient to the success of College Knowledge Month. Volunteers can lend their individual expertise at any of the registered sites and are needed in a variety of ways, depending on the needs of the high school.
Example volunteer tasks include:
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Training sessions for school sites will emphasize the importance of effectively utilizing and communicating with volunteers. Site coordinators are encouraged to contact you on a first-come, first-serve basis to confirm your availability and schedule you for their event(s). For this reason, registering to volunteer does not guarantee that you will end up volunteering at a specific site, or at all. We appreciate your time and willingness to contribute to Minnesota College Knowledge Month.