High school seniors: Get ready! College Application Week is Nov. 17-21. During that time, all CSD high school seniors will complete a college application during the regular school day with the help of counselors, faculty, support professionals and parent volunteers. Utah College Application Week, sponsored by the Utah System of Higher Education’s StepUp to Higher Education campaign, complements the Canyons Board of Education’s mission to ensure all students are ready for college and careers when they graduate high school.
Students in all five Canyons high schools Alta, Brighton, Corner Canyon, Hillcrest and Jordan are participating in the weeklong event, and are planning a number of activities in the weeks prior to raise awareness among peers that college is not only within reach, but an important part of their futures.
“It sets everyone on an equal playing field … and lets them take their education to the next level,” Jordan High Student Body Officer Bronson Battaglia said of College Application Week. “That’s what college is all about.”
College Application Week is part of the American College Application Campaign, a national initiative that aims to remove barriers to higher education and increase the number of first-generation and low-income students who pursue a postsecondary education.
“I was the first person in my family to go to college on either side of my family. I didn’t think I had what it takes,” said Canyons Board of Education Member Tracy Cowdell, who since has earned two undergraduate degrees and a law degree. “Education opened doors, and literally changed my life and my family’s life.”
At least 45 states this year are expected to participate in the American College Application Campaign, launched in 2005 by the American Council on Education. CSD middle schools also are participating in Utah College Application Week activities.