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College GO! Week Kicks Off Across State

College GO! Week is organized by the Commission for Higher Education and the state Departments of Education and Workforce Development.

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The event is a way to interest K-12 students in college.

Schools across Indiana Monday kicked off College GO! Week, an effort encouraging students to plan for college.

College GO! Week is organized by Learn More Indiana, a collaboration of the Commission for Higher Education and the state Departments of Education and Workforce Development. Learn More Indiana spokeswoman Sara Hess says College GO! Week is aimed at students of all ages.

“So whether that’s a kindergartener who’s just setting their sights on college,” she said, “and realizing that most careers require college, or if it’s a senior who’s actually going through the process of applying for college, we’re with them every step of the way.”

Hess says at the lower grades, raising awareness that college degrees are increasingly necessary is a major part of the effort. Arlington Community High School in Indianapolis is one of five schools around the state that hosted kickoff events. Arlington guidance counselor Angela Overpeck says College GO! Week provides the kick start some students need.

“For them to be thinking about what their plans are,” she said, “whether it’s military, a two-year school, a four-year school or whatever their other plans might be, just so that they’re thinking about it now and not putting it off until the end of the school year.”

Some Indiana colleges are also waiving application fees during the week-long campaign. The list of those schools can be found here.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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