Each year, the American College Application Campaign works with every state and the District of Columbia to host college application events to encourage students in their schools and communities to apply to college. This academic year more than 5,000 high schools from across the country participated. Twenty-three 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, especially in the midst of a pandemic.

Through the support of ACAC, state leaders, school staff, and community members provide students with individualized support and assistance as they prepare for and complete the college application process. Three School of Excellence recipients shared the strategies they deployed during the 2020-21 application season to ensure they reached students who needed support navigating the complex college application and admissions process. Join us to learn more about their efforts and how you can join the American College Application Campaign.

This webinar was recorded on Thursday, April 15. We talked about:
  • the importance of hosting a college application event,
  • innovative ways to reach students in person or virtually, and
  • ways to remove barriers preventing students from applying to a postsecondary institution.

Webinar Overview

Date: Thursday, April 15, 2021
Time: 4:00 p.m. ET / 1:00 p.m. PT
Duration: 60 minutes


Janet GodwinJanet Godwin, CEO, ACT
Janet Godwin, CEO, started at ACT in 1990. She spent her first years in test development and research before moving on to roles in information technology and operations, including director of client engagement, assistant vice president of contract operations, vice president of operations, and chief of staff and chief accountability officer. 

Janet has an MA in English from the University of Iowa and a BA in English from the University of Oklahoma, has completed graduate work in Instructional Design and Technology, and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Godwin was elected to the board of education of the Iowa City Community School District in September 2017 and serves on the boards of Kirkwood Community College Foundation and MidWestONE Bank. She is the past board president of the Iowa City Community School District Foundation.


Tuwanda JacksonTuwanda Jackson, M.Ed, College & Career Counselor at Friendship Technology Preparatory Academy (Washington D.C.)
Tuwanda Jackson is a veteran educator and DMV native. She has over a decade of college and career counseling experience working with middle and high school students. Tuwanda’s love for education grew as an undergraduate student at Hampton University, where she was heavily involved in the Student Support Services (SSS) program, as well as completed her work study with Educational Talent Search and then she became a Ronald E. McNair Scholar. All of which are branches of TRiO programming. When the SSS program offered her many resources, such as mentorship, life skill development and more importantly, scholarship money to cover her costs during her senior year, it was in that moment that she wanted to help the misguided. As a McNair Scholar she conducted research at Virginia Tech regarding support systems for minority students attending HBCUs and PWIs (Predominantly White Institution). This research planted the seed for her to work with college bound students.

Andrea ShiversAndrea Shivers, Counselor, Menhendall High School (Mississippi)
Andrea Shivers is part of the Mendenhall High School Leadership team. She received a B.S. in Business Technology Education at the University of Southern Mississippi, a M.Ed. in Counselor Education and an Ed. S.in Education Administration at William Carey University, in Hattiesburg, MS. Shivers was a Business Technology Education teacher for 8 years where she served as a senior sponsor before moving to the counseling center. Shivers has been a high school counselor for the past 12 years. She has worked for 2 districts both 4A high schools with around 600 students, where she is the only counselor.

Shivers’ background as well as wide-range of educational and counseling opportunities have given her a different perspective to counseling. As a school counselor at Mendenhall High School, she works with high school students to reach academic excellence. Shiver challenges students to work at their highest potential, while supporting them through social and emotional hurdles.  

Fay FriedeFay Friede, Counselor, Chinook High School (Montana)
Fay Friede graduated from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN with Psychology and English degrees.  Friede earned her Masters of Education in Counseling and Development from Montana State University-Northern.   She started counseling in private practice as a licensed counselor, and started working for Chinook Schools in Chinook, Montana in 1997.   Friede was the elementary counselor for 17 years, the 7-12 grade counselor for 6 years, and am now in my first year as k-12 counselor.   She and her husband farm and ranch and have two adult sons and a daughter who is a sophomore at Chinook High School.