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Oregon College Cash Campaign: host a series of events to help seniors pay for college

College Cash Campaign

Help students pay for college by hosting a College Cash Campaign! College Cash Campaign (CCC) is a school's collection of events and activities that are coordinated under one goal: ensuring that students have appropriate financial resources to attend college. In many cases, schools and communities already host financial aid nights or scholarship events. Oregon CCC assists schools in developing a cohesive message and calendar that brings all of these critical events under one umbrella.

Oregon College Application Week

College Application Week

Help students prepare for their futures by hosting a College Application Week event! College Application Week (CAW) is most successful with a committed coordinator (or two!) at each site. We recommend that coordinators work with a dedicated team of colleagues, volunteers, and students to develop a CAW event that is unique to the needs and interests of your community. As with most things, a successful CAW event is about being prepared. The coordinator resources are designed to help you and…

Toolkit with step-by-step checklists to plan intentional and successful college visits.

College Visits Toolkit

Exposing students to a college campus can be a powerful way to motivate and impart information about education after high school to students and parents. Plan a relevant and engaging field trip with our step-by-step guide. Download additional resources: Chaperone Expectations; College Comparison Scorecard; On the Bus Games; Online College Scavenger Hunt; Pre-Visit Survey; Post-Visit Survey

Toolkit with activities and strategies to help students of all ages explore college fit.

College Fit Toolkit

Where students enroll can be just as important as if they enroll. Students are more likely to complete college if they attend an institution that fits their social, academic and financial needs. Use the toolkit and accompanying activities to learn strategies to explore the importance of college fit in every stage of the college choice process for students in middle school through 12th grade. Download activities: Why College?

Toolkit with resources to create a functional and comfortable College & Career Center.

College and Career Center Toolkit

One important resource in creating a college-going culture in a school is an accessible, comfortable, and functional College and Career Center. Use this toolkit to plan a new center or revamp an old one. Download additional resources: College Donation Request; Event Evaluation; Sign-In Sheet

One-stop shop with info about college for Oregon students.

Oregon Goes to College

Download the It's A Plan App!

Download the app for iOS and Android. We are excited to announce the launch of the It's A Plan mobile app, created in collaboration with Portland's eBay office. Complementing the Oregon Goes To College 12th Grade Checklist, the app helps seniors apply, pay and go to college in 10 key steps. Students can stay on track with our checklist and store the information they need, including a secure area for passwords and social security numbers. Available for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad in the App…

It's A Plan: Senior Year Checklists | Text messages, Facebook posts, monthly checklists and more to help seniors get to college!

It's A Plan: College Checklists

Planning for life after high school requires both student effort and educator and family support. These checklists and resources help educators, students and families from middle school through college prepare for and succeed in college and beyond.

Get students and parents through the senior year - monthly checklists and communication tools for educators, parents and students! It's A Plan! Senior Year Checklists | Oregon GEAR UP

It's A Plan: College Checklists

Planning for life after high school requires both student effort and educator and family support. These checklists and resources help educators, students and families from middle school through college prepare for and succeed in college and beyond.

Oregon GEAR UP - resources for students, parents and educators.

Oregon GEAR UP

Oregon GEAR UP Promising Practices

3 ways to mentor students

Promising Practice: 3 Ways to Mentor Students

Students who have quality mentors are more likely to have increased school attendance and academic achievement, demonstrate responsible decision-making, and develop skills to better navigate relationships at school and at home. In addition, at-risk students who have a mentor are 55% more likely to go to college.

College readiness can start in elementary school.

Promising Practice: College Readiness is Elementary

Getting ready for college doesn't have to wait until middle or high school. Elementary school students are thinking about their futures with creative activities that help visualize career aspirations and the steps they will have to take to achieve success. Sandy Grade School Principal Rachael George summed it up: We wanted to foster a college going culture at the elementary level as the foundation for future educational years starts now.

College and career readiness classes for all grades

Promising Practice: College and Career Readiness Classes

Future first-generation college students benefit from early exposure to college knowledge: understanding the different types of colleges and degrees; programs, majors and how they relate to future careers; and how to pay for college with savings, financial aid, and scholarships.Many Oregon GEAR UP schools impart this information plus study skills, college visits and more during electives or regularly scheduled classes.

Online mentoring between high school and college students.

Promising Practice: Online Mentoring

"How did you choose what college to go to?" "How long does it take you to walk to class?" "How much time do you spend studying?" These are the kinds of questions that students want to know about college life - and are getting to ask current college students virtually as part of the Beaver Hangouts program at Oregon State University. Formerly known as "Adopt-A-College Student", the program began with two elementary schools in 2012 as a cost effective way to connect college student mentors…

College & Career Carnival for middle school students

Promising Practice: College & Career Carnival

Games can be effective learning tools that increase motivation and student engagement. Therefore, as a culminating activity from advisory, every student at Lorna Byrne Middle School in Cave Junction participate in a GEAR UP Carnival featuring a wide range of games with a college or career focus.The games are creative variations of classic carnival games (with prizes, naturally).

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Oregon College Cash Campaign: host a series of events to help seniors pay for college

College Cash Campaign

Help students pay for college by hosting a College Cash Campaign! College Cash Campaign (CCC) is a school's collection of events and activities that are coordinated under one goal: ensuring that students have appropriate financial resources to attend college. In many cases, schools and communities already host financial aid nights or scholarship events. Oregon CCC assists schools in developing a cohesive message and calendar that brings all of these critical events under one umbrella.

Oregon College Application Week

College Application Week

Help students prepare for their futures by hosting a College Application Week event! College Application Week (CAW) is most successful with a committed coordinator (or two!) at each site. We recommend that coordinators work with a dedicated team of colleagues, volunteers, and students to develop a CAW event that is unique to the needs and interests of your community. As with most things, a successful CAW event is about being prepared. The coordinator resources are designed to help you and…

Toolkit with step-by-step checklists to plan intentional and successful college visits.

College Visits Toolkit

Exposing students to a college campus can be a powerful way to motivate and impart information about education after high school to students and parents. Plan a relevant and engaging field trip with our step-by-step guide. Download additional resources: Chaperone Expectations; College Comparison Scorecard; On the Bus Games; Online College Scavenger Hunt; Pre-Visit Survey; Post-Visit Survey

Toolkit with activities and strategies to help students of all ages explore college fit.

College Fit Toolkit

Where students enroll can be just as important as if they enroll. Students are more likely to complete college if they attend an institution that fits their social, academic and financial needs. Use the toolkit and accompanying activities to learn strategies to explore the importance of college fit in every stage of the college choice process for students in middle school through 12th grade. Download activities: Why College?

Toolkit with resources to create a functional and comfortable College & Career Center.

College and Career Center Toolkit

One important resource in creating a college-going culture in a school is an accessible, comfortable, and functional College and Career Center. Use this toolkit to plan a new center or revamp an old one. Download additional resources: College Donation Request; Event Evaluation; Sign-In Sheet

3 ways to mentor students

Promising Practice: 3 Ways to Mentor Students

Students who have quality mentors are more likely to have increased school attendance and academic achievement, demonstrate responsible decision-making, and develop skills to better navigate relationships at school and at home. In addition, at-risk students who have a mentor are 55% more likely to go to college.

College readiness can start in elementary school.

Promising Practice: College Readiness is Elementary

Getting ready for college doesn't have to wait until middle or high school. Elementary school students are thinking about their futures with creative activities that help visualize career aspirations and the steps they will have to take to achieve success. Sandy Grade School Principal Rachael George summed it up: We wanted to foster a college going culture at the elementary level as the foundation for future educational years starts now.

College and career readiness classes for all grades

Promising Practice: College and Career Readiness Classes

Future first-generation college students benefit from early exposure to college knowledge: understanding the different types of colleges and degrees; programs, majors and how they relate to future careers; and how to pay for college with savings, financial aid, and scholarships.Many Oregon GEAR UP schools impart this information plus study skills, college visits and more during electives or regularly scheduled classes.

Online mentoring between high school and college students.

Promising Practice: Online Mentoring

"How did you choose what college to go to?" "How long does it take you to walk to class?" "How much time do you spend studying?" These are the kinds of questions that students want to know about college life - and are getting to ask current college students virtually as part of the Beaver Hangouts program at Oregon State University. Formerly known as "Adopt-A-College Student", the program began with two elementary schools in 2012 as a cost effective way to connect college student mentors…

One-stop shop with info about college for Oregon students.

Oregon Goes to College

College & Career Carnival for middle school students

Promising Practice: College & Career Carnival

Games can be effective learning tools that increase motivation and student engagement. Therefore, as a culminating activity from advisory, every student at Lorna Byrne Middle School in Cave Junction participate in a GEAR UP Carnival featuring a wide range of games with a college or career focus.The games are creative variations of classic carnival games (with prizes, naturally).

Download the It's A Plan App!

Download the app for iOS and Android. We are excited to announce the launch of the It's A Plan mobile app, created in collaboration with Portland's eBay office. Complementing the Oregon Goes To College 12th Grade Checklist, the app helps seniors apply, pay and go to college in 10 key steps. Students can stay on track with our checklist and store the information they need, including a secure area for passwords and social security numbers. Available for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad in the App…

It's A Plan: Senior Year Checklists | Text messages, Facebook posts, monthly checklists and more to help seniors get to college!

It's A Plan: College Checklists

Planning for life after high school requires both student effort and educator and family support. These checklists and resources help educators, students and families from middle school through college prepare for and succeed in college and beyond.

Get students and parents through the senior year - monthly checklists and communication tools for educators, parents and students! It's A Plan! Senior Year Checklists | Oregon GEAR UP

It's A Plan: College Checklists

Planning for life after high school requires both student effort and educator and family support. These checklists and resources help educators, students and families from middle school through college prepare for and succeed in college and beyond.

Oregon GEAR UP - resources for students, parents and educators.

Oregon GEAR UP

College Prep Checklist

View our College Prep Checklist to see the college planning activities that students focus on throughout high school.