The Kids2College program is provided, free of charge, by the Sallie Mae Fund. K2C is aimed at 8th grade students and is structured as a series of in-class sessions designed to create awareness around the importance of post-secondary education. The sessions present information in a format that is interactive and easy to understand.
The students are also given college and career training material to take home. This promotes family discussion on topics that have been covered in class. To wrap up the program, students and their parents are invited to take a fieldtrip to one of the local post-secondary institutions.
Immersion into the college atmosphere reinforces the sense of college going culture that the K2C seeks to create. Kids2College is managed by the College & Career Access Center and the Cradle 2 Career Network.
In February of 2016, the CCAC proudly added a Pathways to Professional Skilled Trades (PPST) piece to our Kids2College (K2C) program. The enhanced program is currently provided at 9 of the 13 Jackson County Connected Community Middle Schools. Through generous funding provided by the Sigmund Foundation of Jackson, the combined skilled trades and college pieces cover the full range of post-secondary education.
The Pathways to Professional Skilled Trades includes: a two hour delivery of the navigation and affordability of the skilled trades and training, a visit to a local skilled trades business, and provision of literature that defines the field of Skilled Trades. The College & Career Access Center strives to provide every Jackson County resident with access to post-secondary options and opportunities. We encourage an expanded view of education; one that recognizes equally the importance of all career paths.
We are very appreciative of the support received from the Sigmund Foundation. Through the Sigmund Scholarship for the Trades and their substantial contribution to this program, the students of Jackson County will receive increased options for post-secondary success. The CCAC is excited to announce that, by the end of the 2016 school year, 10 local businesses and 7 different colleges will host 1,237 students.