Kansas City Public Schools sixth-graders from 19 schools recently turned into college students, at least for a couple of hours.
About 900 students were expected on the MCC-Penn Valley and MCC-Business & Technology campuses Feb. 28 and March 1. The groups were split into morning and afternoon sessions both days.
Kids2College is a national initiative that inspires a “college-going culture” among young students. The sixth-graders participated in breakout sessions about programs and degrees and toured the campus. MCC students were on hand along with administrators and faculty members.
Prior to their campus visits, the sixth-graders took part in Kids2College lessons led by school counselors. The classroom activities reinforce the importance of setting students’ sights on college.
Kids2College was launched in 1992 by the Sallie Mae Fund, which provides the curriculum free of charge to educational partners across the country. The program “uses the prism of career aspirations to expose low-income and minority sixth-grade students to the value and accessibility of a higher education.”
The Sallie Mae Fund’s mission is to increase college access for America’s students. The charitable organization is sponsored by student loan company Sallie Mae.