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College Awareness Month Events and Activities: 2011

Events for 2011 College Awareness Month include:

October 5: College Awareness Day. Observed in all schools. Designated day for all staff to wear their college garb and talk with students about their college choices and journey and about careers that are linked to the subjects the students are studying. CAPs can organize special college-related events on this day.

October 5–December 15: Youth Media Competition. Students will be provided incentives to create multimedia products such as posters, videos, games, websites, public service announcements, or short documentaries to tell their peers why college is necessary, provide advice on how to prepare for it, and describe the college experience. Find out more.

October 7: George Mason Counselors' Breakfast. Join George Mason University admissions counselors, faculty and students to learn about opportunities for D.C. students to succeed there.

October 12: PSAT. CAPs will support schools in registering students in grades 9–11 for the PSAT. They will encourage juniors and seniors to register for the SAT and ACT as well. Students will take the PSAT on October 12.

October 18: College Fair. All high school students will attend the OSSE/National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) college fair at the Washington Convention Center, where more than 300 colleges and universities are expected to be in attendance. There will be three sessions for the fair:

  • 9–10 a.m. Middle schools. Fare cards will be provided to schools that request travel assistance from OSSE.
  • 10 a.m.–1 p.m. High schools. Round-trip bus transportation provided.
  • 6–8 p.m. K–12 and the public. Travel independently.

October 24–28: Individual Graduation Plan. With the leadership of DCPS principals and support from the staff, CAPs will help DCPS students work on their Individual Graduation Portfolio (IGP) to plan their academic career and to introduce the IGP to parents.

October 29: Mayor’s Youth Town Hall Meeting. Young people from across the city will have a conversation with the mayor about issues of college readiness and success.

TBD: P–20 Council. The P–20 Council (prekindergarten to graduate school or grade 20) will be launched in October. More details to follow.

TBD: “YOUniversity.” DCPS initiated a partnership with City at Peace to create an original dramatic/musical production on issues of college readiness and success from students’ perspectives. Plans are under way for to have a special presentation of “YOUniversity” during College Awareness Month. More details to follow.

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