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MN Office of Higher Education General Outreach

The MN Office of Higher Education Outreach is a way for community organizations, schools, higher ed. institutions, businesses and partners to work with OHE to get the message of higher education, access, financial aid and college preparation out to Minnesota students, parents and families. Along with the numerous publications our office produces annually to help students and families prepare such as: Choosing a College, Paying for College, Financial Aid Basics and Within My Reach; our outreach staff also go out into the community to present and work directly with students and families so they can better understand the college process. Our presenters cover an array of topics such as: financial aid, FAFSA, applying for college, choosing a college and preparing for college. We are also happy to cater our presentations to help fit your group's specific needs and are able to present in English, Spanish, Hmong and Somali.

If you or your organization is interested in booking a general Financial Aid, College Planning, or College Access presentation, or if you are looking for college access materials for college fairs or open houses please contact:

Jessica Larson
Communications Specialist
MN Office of Higher Education
(651) 259-3966
jessica.larson@state.mn.us

Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program Outreach

The Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program (MISP) contracts with an Outreach Liaison based out of Bemidji, Minnesota. The Outreach Liaison provides college planning presentations with an emphasis on the Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program (MISP) for students, parents, schools, counselors, community groups and organizations statewide. The Outreach Liaison also provides support services to recipients of the scholarship with at least one annual contact and acts as a liaison between the Office of Higher Education and tribal education/scholarship offices, other state agencies, groups, associations and committees. In addition, the Outreach Liaison is available to meet with students and families during weekly office hours at an office located at the American Indian Resource Center on the Bemidji State University campus.

If you or your organization would like to schedule a college planning presentation with the MISP Outreach Liaison or find out more information about the MISP outreach services please contact:

Lara Gerhardson
MISP Outreach Liaison
American Indian Resource Center, Suite 110A
Bemidji State University
(218) 755-2557
misp.lara@hotmail.com

Or

Megan FitzGibbon
Manager of State Scholarship Programs
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
(651) 355-0606
(800) 657-3866
megan.fitzgibbon@state.mn.us

Intervention for College Attendance Program (ICAP)

The Intervention for College Attendance Program is a state program with a focus on increasing the access and success of groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education. Competitive grants awarded to postsecondary institutions, professional organizations and community-based organizations are designed to strengthen student preparation and aptitude for postsecondary success. The higher education omnibus bill for 2010-2011 gave the program a focus on continuity of program services, and 18 projects have received annual awards over the last four fiscal years from a state appropriation that has varied from $696,000 to $621,000. The grant awards have provided students in grades six through college with academic enrichment activities, tutoring, academic counseling, mentoring, career awareness and exploration, orientation to college life, assistance with high school course selection, information about college admission requirements, and financial aid counseling.

College Access Challenge Grant Program (CACG)

The federal College Access Challenge Grant Program seeks to foster partnerships among federal, state, and local governments and philanthropic organizations through matching challenge grants that are aimed at increasing the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. With the 2012-2013 award of $1.5M, the primary CACG initiative of the Office of Higher Education is the Summer Academic Enrichment Program, which provides funding for up to 600 low-income students to attend summer academic enrichment camps. Low-income students are especially vulnerable to the "summer slide" of academic skills which has a significant impact on their overall academic achievement. Other projects funded by the CACG program include:

  • Naviance Success licensing and training for selected schools;
  • Minnesota Association for College Admissions Counseling support to enhance college admissions;
  • Minnesota Department of Education training for counselors on using student assessment data;
  • Financial Literacy Grant Program, a grant award program to help low-income students make sound financial decisions regarding student financial aid and other financial matters related to completing postsecondary education;
  • Outreach through the Minnesota Minority Education Partnership to provide guidance on college access and success;
  • Outreach to the African American community;
  • Outreach to the Latino community; and
  • Financial Aid and College Access Speakers Bureau.

Improving Teacher Quality Program

Under the Improving Teacher Quality Program, Title II, Part A of the No Child Left Behind Act, the Minnesota Office of Higher Education (OHE) provides grants to increase K-12 student academic achievement through improving the effectiveness of highly qualified classroom teachers. Grants support sustained, high-quality professional development in mathematics, science, history, geography, civics/government, and economics to: (a) ensure that teachers and highly qualified paraprofessionals have subject matter knowledge in the area they teach and use challenging state standards and assessments to improve instructional practices and student achievement; and (b) ensure that schools with high concentrations of low-income students are staffed with highly qualified and effective teachers. Using $900,000 for the 2013-2014 grant period, seventeen grants were awarded to the University of Minnesota, Bemidji State University, The College of St. Scholastica, Macalester College, Hamline University, Augsburg College, The Bakken Museum and the Minnesota Council on Economic Education.

For more information about the ICAP, CAGC and Improving Teacher Quality Program, contact:

Nancy B. Walters, Ph.D.
Program Manager
651-259-3907
nancy.walters@state.mn.us

 

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