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All sessions will be held at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley, Education Center Room 19
(3200 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64111).
   
7:00 am  Arrive, check-in, and networking (light breakfast served)
7:30 – 9:30 am Program
September 25 The National Picture of College-Going in the U.S.
Featured National Presenter: Greg Darnieder, US Department of Education

This session will provide for the landscape of what is happening nationally in the area of college-going and include sharing of proven best practices from across the country for increasing college-going rates.

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October 23 How to Advise Students to Identify, Apply to, and Enroll at a “Best-Fit” College
Presenter: Guy Townsend, President, MyMajors, and Veniese Bradley-Mitchell, Regional Director, Programs at the National College Advising Corps

This session will explore the concepts of “match” and “best-fit” as they relate to potential college exploration, college applications, and enrollment. The session will also feature a robust online tool through which students can explore potential majors and careers.

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November 20 Unraveling the Mysteries of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Presenter: Keith Broadus, MO Higher Education Loan Authority, (MOHELA)

This session will focus exclusively on the FAFSA – what it is, why it is critical to college-going behavior, when students should complete it, how to navigate it, and how to boost FAFSA completion rates for students served.

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December 11 Financing Your College Education: Scholarships and Understanding Financial Aid
Presenters: Local University Financial Aid Officers and Scholarship Winners

This session will provide an overview of how to locate and secure funding to finance a college education, with particular emphasis on available scholarships. The session will include a panel of Gates Millennium, Ignatius of Loyola, and Cesar Chavez Scholarship recipients.

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January 22 Conceptualizing college-going culture: A model to support its development in schools
Featured National Presenter:
Dr. Anthony Lising Antonio, Stanford University

This session will include the presentation of a newly developed typology of college-going culture in schools and a discussion of factors that contribute to its growth. The presentation is based upon research conducted by the Stanford University-based evaluation team of the National College Advising Corps in Missouri College Advising Corps' schools in 2012-13.

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February 19 Best Practices for Creating a College-Going Culture
Presenters: Missouri College Advising Corps College Advisers

This session, building on research shared at the January 22 session, will include sharing of best practices around interactive games, incentives, and recognition of student achievement and college decisions as ways to create and sustain a college-going culture.

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March 12 College Eligible vs. College Ready
Featured National Presenters: Shelly Landry, District Lead Counselor, Office of College & Career Readiness, Minneapolis Public Schools, MN and Jim Bierma, Project Director, Ramp-Up to Readiness™, University of Minnesota, MN

Too many students are being accepted to and starting college only to leave in their first year. While students have the academic knowledge to start college, many do not have the personal/social skills to persist or to navigate the academic and support systems in college. Come hear what researchers have identified as the "soft skills" students need to be successful. Participants will leave with ideas and strategies to support students to go to and graduate from college.

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April 16 Challenges Faced by First-Generation-College Students and Their Families
Presenters: Missouri College Advising Corps Staff and Student and Family Panel

Participants will watch the “First Generation College Student Documentary”, discuss its application to our work in the college access area, and hear from a panel of first-generation-students and their families.

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For more information, contact:
Dr. Beth Tankersley-Bankhead, Executive Director, Missouri College Advising Corps; tankersleybankheaea@missouri.edu; 573-884-1928.