Kids2College

Kids 2 College

Kids2CollegeSM – 5th/6th grade

Kids2CollegeSM is a nationwide early college awareness program, designed for students in their last year of elementary school. The 6-lesson curriculum helps students identify career interests, build personal learning and career plans, and understand the steps they can take in middle and high school to better prepare themselves for college and career success. The Lesson 5 College & Career Panel helps students gain a greater understanding about what it's like to be a college student and working professional. Where available, schools are partnered with campuses who host a campus visit, complete with age-appropriate, hands-on college classes designed to help students get a feel for college life.

Kids2CollegeSM is a partnership between the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education and UA College Savings Plan.



  • About
  • Curriculum Outline
  • FAQs
  • Participating School Districts
  • List of Communities

Kids2College - Classroom time: 6 lessons, 1-1.5 hours

Students begin to identify their career interests and build personal learning and career plans; learn how to best prepare for college and career training; and learn about college entrance exams, admissions, and financial aid.

  • Six-lesson college and career prep curriculum, with optional supplemental activities provided for all students
  • Easy-to-follow Teacher's Guide walks through activities and timelines
  • ACPE or campus partner helps coordinate a career panel of volunteers to share college & career experiences with students
  • Students research a career of their choosing and present what they learned to classmates
  • Students visit their local university for a day of age appropriate classes or take virtual tour


To learn more about Kids2CollegeSM click here to download the full overview



Curriculum Outline

The Kids2College curriculum is broken into six lessons. View or download the detailed curriculum outline here.


Lesson Timelines:
Teachers should review each lesson timeline in advance to plan when each lesson will be taught and how to best break out lesson activities.





FAQ's

How do I bring Kids2College to my local school?

Interested schools are asked to complete the program application as early as possible during the school year, prior to the due date. Late applications will be dependent on supplies. In order to be considered, a school must submit a completed Application, Statement of Support, and class roster.

What is the application deadline?

Applications are due October 10 each year.

Are all school applicants accepted into the program?

Limited partnerships are available. Schools are encouraged to apply early, submit complete applications with supporting documents, and have full teacher support.

Is there a curriculum training?

The curriculum will be shipped prior to the holiday break, with multiple trainings available in January.

Is the curriculum training a requirement?

All teachers are asked to participate in the curriculum training, as a refresher or to learn new program updates.

If there is no nearby campus, can we still participate?

Curriculum is the core of the Kids2College program. Where available, we try to partner schools with a campus for a campus visit. Where unavailable, we offer a virtual tour of UAF Campus online.

Why are the Pre- & Post-Surveys so important?

The program surveys help show what the students are thinking about college/careers before and after the program, thereby helping show us the effectiveness of the Kids2College program.

What are the Supplemental Activites?

The Kids2College curriculum includes optional supplemental materials to enhance what the students gain from the main curriculum. In fact, Lesson One Supplemental Activities help prepare students for their own presentation in Lesson Six. Supplemental Activities make great homework activities too!

Do coordinators need to be affiliated with a campus?

Local coordinators may be campus personnel, or even staff of native corporations or other local business entities. Anyone interested in coordinating the program for their community is encouraged to contact ACPE and apply.

Does ACPE cover the costs of transportation to a campus visit?

In order to offer the program to more schools, all schools are asked to indicate on their application whether or not they can cover the cost of transportation to a campus visit. ACPE has limited funds to help with local transportation, but unfortunately cannot cover high cost long distance travel fees. Rural schools are encouraged to seek grant funding and local or corporate donations to fund a campus visit if so desired.

Who provides meals during field trips?

In order to offer the program to more schools, all schools and campuses are asked to indicate on their application whether or not they can cover the cost of meals during the campus visit. Often campuses provide meals for students. If both the campus and school are unable to provide meals to the students, ACPE may be able to provide assistance, however we have found that with advance notice, Title I schools are often able to provide sack lunches for their students.

How many volunteers are needed for the career panel?

Each career panel is typically made up of 3-5 panelists. Each panelist is encouraged to speak for about 5-10 minutes about their college/career stories and take questions as they come. After all panelists have shared, students are encouraged to ask additional questions of the panelists.

Who arranges the career panels?

Local or Campus Coordinators are asked to work with the teachers to select a career panel date that works for the school prior to recruiting volunteers.

Are there any requirements for the career panel volunteers?

Ideally volunteers should have completed one of the following: college, career training, apprenticeship program, or military training. Other volunteer options in smaller, rural communities could include: elders, high school students planning to apply to college, or current college students.

Is there a training for career-panel volunteers?

A web-based training presentation is available to help volunteers better understand the program details and what is expected of volunteers in the classroom. In addition, a volunteer packet and sample discussion questions are also available.



Participating School Districts

  • Alaska Gateway
  • Anchorage
  • Annette Island
  • Chatham
  • Copper River
  • Delta-Greely
  • Dillingham City
  • Fairbanks North Star Borough
  • Haines Borough
  • Iditarod Area
  • Juneau Borough
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough
  • Kuspuk
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough
  • Nome Public
  • Northwest Arctic Borough
  • Sitka
  • Southwest Region
  • Unalaska City
  • Valdez City
  • Yupiit



List of Communities

  • Akiachak
  • Ambler
  • Anchor Point
  • Anchorage
  • Angoon
  • Big Lake
  • Buckland
  • Crooked Creek
  • Deering
  • Delta Junction
  • Dillingham
  • Dot Lake
  • Fairbanks
  • Glennallen
  • Haines
  • Homer
  • Juneau
  • Kiana
  • Kobuk
  • Kodiak
  • Kotzebue
  • Manokotak
  • McGrath
  • Mentasta
  • Metlakatla
  • Nome
  • Noorvik
  • Northway
  • Selawik
  • Shungnak
  • Sitka
  • Sterling
  • Takotna
  • Talkeetna
  • Tok
  • Trapper Creek
  • Unalaska
  • Valdez

Apply or Volunteer Today!

  • School Application
  • Campus Application
  • Volunteer Today!

School Application

Please review the Application Guidelines carefully and submit a completed School Application, along with a signed Statement of Support and a copy of your class roster.


Please apply early as school partnerships are limited.
Applications are due October 10th each year (late applications may be accepted based on supplies).


Campus Application

Please review the Application Guidelines and Instructions carefully and submit a completed Campus Application, along with a signed Statement of Support.


Please apply early as school partnerships are limited.
Applications are due October 10th each year (late applications may be accepted based on supplies).


Sign Up to Volunteer in YOUR community!

Each school participating in Kids2College will need volunteer college & career panelists to share their educational and career experiences with 5th/6th grade students.

Sign up online or contact shelly.morgan@alaska.gov to sign up today.


  • Share YOUR educational & career experiences with 5th/6th grade students
  • Take part in a 3-5 person college & career panel
  • Total time commitment is 1 to 1.5 hours
  • Share college and high school challenges and how you overcame them
  • Talk about your favorite college memories
  • Inspire young Alaskans and answer questions about your pathway to success

Tips & Tools

  • Teacher Documents
  • Coordinator Documents
  • Campus Visit Documents
  • Volunteer Tips
  • Career Panel Toolbox
  • Online Student Surveys
  • Evaluations
  • Parents

Teacher Documents

The following documents are designed to help you get the most out of your Kids2College classroom experience.

Program Guidelines

Understand your responsibilities and learn tips to improve your Kids2College program.

 

Classroom Resources

Surveys are an important program requirement. Students should complete pre-surveys before beginning the curriculum.

 

Vitual Tour of UAF Campus

A virtual tour of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Campus can help give students a feel for a college campus without leaving the classroom. Please use this tour to supplement your Kids2College curriculum and take time to discuss with students what to expect and what is expected of them on a college campus.
www.uaf.edu/virtualtour/

 

Family Information Sheets

 

Parent Survey:

At the end of the program, please email a link to families that will take them directly to the online Parent Survey button below. Please also send home the paper surveys found in your shipment.

*Parent Surveys received by June 10 will be entered into a drawing to win a $2,000 UA College Savings Plan Scholarship Account!

      Parent Survey

Coordinator Documents

The following documents are designed to help you coordinate the best Kids2College experience for your local school(s).

 

Program Guidelines for Coordinators

Understand your responsibilities as a campus or local coordinator and learn tips to improve your Kids2College program.

Coordinator Resources

Excerpts from the Teacher's Guide are helpful in understanding how you can best work with your school(s).

 

Career Panel Toolbox

Visit the Career Panel Toolbox for tips and tools for recruiting volunteer career panelists.




 

Campus Visit Documents

The following documents are designed to help you coordinate the best campus visit for your local school(s).


Campus Event Discussion Tips

Reinforce the Kids2College curriculum during the opening and closing portions of your campus event.


Optional Campus Visit Documents

The following optional templates are available for you to modify and print for use at your upcoming campus visit. Please be sure to modify the date and arrival/departure information as appropriate. Each template is searchable based on the associated campus.

In the Zip file are these files:

  • Certificates
  • Name Tags
 

Select a community for the drop down menu below. Information packet zip file will be displayed at the bottom. Click it to download

Please report incorrect school contact information to Shelly Morgan.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Vitual Tour of UAF Campus

A virtual tour of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Campus can help give students a feel for a college campus without leaving the classroom. Please use this tour to supplement your Kids2College curriculum and take time to discuss with students what to expect and what is expected of them on a college campus.
www.uaf.edu/virtualtour/

 

Volunteer College & Career Panelists

The College & Career Panel is part of a 6-lesson curriculum geared toward 5th/6th grade students. Many of our students may be the first in their family to attend college. This panel is a great opportunity for students to ask questions and learn firsthand about our pathways and experiences, and college life in general.

 

Tips & Guidelines for Volunteer Panelists

Volunteers share individual stories about college & career pathways. Students hear what life is like as a college student or apprentice and learn about the varied career options and pathways we can have in our lifetimes. Most important, students learn that even in the face of personal struggles or academic challenges we can each pursue greatness by following our interests.




 

Career Panel Toolbox

The College & Career Panel is part of a 6-lesson curriculum geared toward 5th/6th grade students. Many of our students may be the first in their family to attend college. This panel is a great opportunity for students to ask questions and learn firsthand about our pathways and experiences, and college life in general.

 

Tips & Guidelines for Volunteer Panelists

Volunteers share individual stories about college & career pathways. Students hear what life is like as a college student or apprentice and learn about the varied career options and pathways we can have in our lifetimes. Most important, students learn that even in the face of personal struggles or academic challenges we can each pursue greatness by following our interests.



 

Tools to Recruit Panelist Volunteers

A sample volunteer panelist recruitment email might include the College & Career Panelist Tips and Volunteer Shifts. (Templates are easy to modify to suit your needs.)

A sample volunteer panelist confirmation email might include the College & Career Panelist Tips and Volunteer Commitments. (Templates are easy to modify to suit your needs.)






 

Online Student Surveys

Program surveys are designed to show what students are thinking about college & careers before and after the program. In an effort to capture program success, Pre-Surveys must be completed prior to beginning the curriculum. Post-Surveys should be done after completion of the curriculum and associated campus visit or virtual tour.

Surveys are available online or you can download to print.

Online Survey Instructions:

Scroll down to the section titled: Program Surveys

Click: Start the Online Survey

Passcode: k2c

Select program: Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education ACPE

Find your school and select: Enter Survey

 

START ONLINE SURVEY HERE


 

Evaluations

Please help us continue to improve our programs by completing the appropriate evaluation.

 

Evaluations can be filled out online below.






 
 

Parent Survey

At the end of the program, please email a link to families that will take them directly to the online Parent Survey button below. Please also send home the paper surveys found in your shipment.

*Parent Surveys received by June 10 will be entered into a drawing to win a $2,000 UA College Savings Plan Scholarship Account!

   Parent Survey

 

Family Information Sheets