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. College access programs that work within schools or districts can host CKM events and serve students within their pre-existing program structure. These programs include but are not limited to College Possible, TRIO programs, Get Ready, AVID, etc.
Assistance and encouragement for students and their families will be provided by high school and/or college access staff and volunteers from colleges and the community. The College Knowledge Month steering committee will provide resources, materials, support and training for registered sites to assist with their programming.
Need more information? Access the College Knowledge Month Overview (Prezi).
Site Coordinator Support and Training
- October Planning Calendar
- 2014 Site Coordinator Resource Guide - This guide is meant to be a primary resource to you as you plan, promote and implement your College Knowledge Month activities.
- Volunteer Access (available September 1)
Sites that register by the preferred deadline of June 15 and request assistance recruiting volunteers during registration will receive access to a list of volunteers. Volunteers are organized by region and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Training Sessions, Presentations and Webinar Access CKM training for new and returning site coordinators. There are several options to choose from, including face-to-face sessions and online/remote opportunities.
- Site Coordinator Forum - Join this forum to receive current announcements, post your CKM-related questions, or share resources and ideas among other site coordinators throughout the state.
- Site Coordinator Dropbox - Access and share tools from other Minnesota site coordinators. Download and view Spring & Fall training documents and presentations.
- Shaping Your Future Video Collection - Use these videos during October to kick-off your CKM events or motivate students to think about their plans for the future.
- 2014 List of Participating Postsecondary Institutions - A list of which MN schools do not charge an application fee during College Knowledge Month - and which schools accept the NACAC fee waiver for qualified students at any time of the year.
This is a list of downloadable/customizable tools and links from the Site Coordinator Resource Guide.
Planning Your Events
Recruiting and Organizing Volunteers
- c. Volunteer or Donation Request Letter (Template)
- d. An Overview for Teachers, Staff, Volunteers and Community Members
- e. Volunteer Reference Guide (Template)
- f. Volunteer Thank You Letter (Template)
Promoting the Month
- g. Press Release (Template)
- h. Follow-up Press Release (Template)
- i. Student/Family Letter (Template)
- j. College Knowledge Month (Flyer)
Working with Students
- k. Student Sign-In Sheet
- l. NACAC Request for Admission Application Fee Waiver | NACAC Eligibility and FAQs
- m. An Overview of the College Process for Minnesota Undocumented Students
- n. Applying to College: R U Ready?
- o. Senior Information for Applications
- p. Teacher Recommendation Request
- q. College Comparison Worksheet
- r. College Application Worksheet
- s. I Applied . . . Now What?
- t. Completing the FAFSA Flowchart
- College Knowledge Month Home
- Site Coordinator Frequently Asked Questions
- Presentation from MACAC Spring Conference [.ppt]
- College Readiness Resources for Teachers, Counselors, and Administrators
- 2012 Summary Report: Minnesota College Application Week
- Registration to Host a MN College Goal FAFSA