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Why Host a College Application Event: Insights from ACAC 2021 Schools of Excellence

Each year, the American College Application Campaign (ACAC) works with every state and the District of Columbia to host college application events in high schools and community organizations. The events encourage students to apply to college. This past school year, 19 high schools were selected as ACAC Schools of Excellence for their demonstrated commitment to student success and for serving as an exemplary model for their state’s application campaign.

ACAC support enables state leaders, school staff, and community members to provide students with individualized support and assistance as they prepare for and complete the college application process. Three School of Excellence award recipients will share the strategies they deployed during the 2021-22 application season to ensure they reached students who needed support navigating the complex college application and admissions process. Join us to learn more and get involved with the American College Application Campaign.

Join us, Tuesday, August 16 for a webinar where you’ll learn:
  • the importance of hosting a college application event,
  • innovative ways to reach students in person or virtually, and
  • ways to remove barriers that prevent students from applying to a postsecondary institution.
Overview

Date: Tuesday, August 16, 2022
Time: 3:00 p.m., ET / 12:00 p.m., PT
Duration: 60 minutes

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Panelists:

Samina Haidri AliSamina Haidri Ali, school counselor, CCRC/Johnson Senior High School – Saint Paul Public Schools (Minnesota)
Samina Ali is looking forward to her 18th year as a school counselor with Saint Paul Public Schools and has been a school counselor for 22 years total with experience at both the elementary and high school levels. She earned her Master’s in Counseling Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and did her undergraduate work at the University of Iowa. In addition to counseling, she has earned social studies and ELL (English Language Learner) teaching licenses. Samina is passionate about connecting students to opportunities, especially those who may have traditionally not had access to such resources, and meeting the needs of diverse learners.
Erica HamptonErica Hampton, school counselor, Liberty High School (West Virginia)
Erica Hampton was a high school science teacher for eight years before transitioning to a school counselor at the high school level. Erica loves helping students complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) because she knows it is one of the main steps for students to finalize their choice in pursuing either a certificate program, trade school, or college/university. She has always enjoyed working with high school students because she enjoys hearing about their passions, hopes and dreams, and helping them to realize they have the skills to make them happen.


Cammie KennedyCammie Kennedy, college & career coordinator, Wichita High School East (Kansas)
Cammie Kennedy is a former director of admissions, having spent her time at a medical campus in Colorado and a private school in Wichita. In January 2021, she joined Wichita High School East, bringing a wealth of knowledge to the high school level. In her first year, Cammie has implemented necessary programs, including Apply Kansas Day, involving a senior class of more than 400 students. She has held over 12 FAFSA events, conducted ACT prep exams, created a Student Ambassador program that organized the first Blue Carpet Senior Gala cording and awards night, and has brought home two awards for East High, including the ACAC 2021 School of Excellence and the 2021 Apply Kansas All-Star awards.


Facilitator:

zenia hendersonZenia Henderson, chief program officer, National College Attainment Network
As NCAN’s chief program officer, Zenia Henderson (she/hers/ella) is responsible for implementing NCAN’s member engagement and retention strategy and building the capacity of those members through professional development, support services, and networking opportunities. She helps develop and vet tools, resources, and effective practices most valuable for practitioners in the field of postsecondary attainment. Before joining NCAN, Mrs. Henderson served as the senior director of programs for NCAN member CollegeTracks in Montgomery County, Maryland, where she provided strategic and data-driven programmatic oversight of the college access and success programs operating in several Montgomery County Public High Schools.
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