Hot and heavy into the college application season, many Neah-Kah-Nie High School students are busy pursuing their next steps. Instrumental in this process is the school’s participation in College Application Week which is a statewide initiative coordinated by Oregon’s GEARUP program. Coordinator, Esther Troyer, has been using Oregon’s GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) resources since beginning her work as a counselor at Neah-Kah-Nie three years ago. “We want our students to be able to take advantage of the opportunities available to them and GEARUP events have been instrumental in helping them do that.”
The goal of this event was to help all seniors apply to some type of post high school program, including certificate programs, two-year degree programs, and four-year degree programs. To date 64% of Neah-Kah-Nie’s seniors have applied to at least one college with more still in process. Three of the 59 seniors plan to be a part of our nation’s military force. One senior stated, “Having this time set aside for us to work on our applications has been awesome! It’s like we’re having an application party and it’s been really fun seeing where everyone is applying. There have been some great door prizes being given out as well!
Next up for Neah-Kah-Nie seniors? A Financial Aid Night in early December for seniors and their parents and a Cash for College event that will take place in January.