Kansas City, February 28, 2017: The students on two Metropolitan Community College campuses just got a lot younger, if only for a couple of days.
Kansas City Public Schools sixth-graders from 19 different schools visited the MCC-Penn Valley and MCC-Business & Technology campuses on Feb. 28 for the first of two days of Kids2College, a national initiative that inspires a “college-going culture” among young students.
The sixth-graders participated in breakout sessions about programs and degrees and toured the campuses. MCC students were on hand along with administrators and faculty members to answer questions and encourage the sixth graders to start thinking about and planning for college.
Each campus welcomed about 450 KCPS students. KCPS Superintendent Mark Bedell has made it a top priority to ensure that every student is ready to achieve their college and career goals by the time he or she graduates from high school.
Prior to their campus visits, the sixth-graders took part in Kids2College lessons led by school counselors. The classroom activities reinforce the importance of setting students’ sights on college.
Kids2College was launched in 1992 by the Sallie Mae Fund, which provides the curriculum free of charge to educational partners across the country. The program “uses the prism of career aspirations to expose low-income and minority sixth-grade students to the value and accessibility of a higher education.”
The Sallie Mae Fund’s mission is to increase college access for America’s students. The charitable organization is sponsored by student loan company Sallie Mae.