Crook County Gives Students the Tools for College Readiness
Written by Hollie CongerCrook County’s Open Campus program is committed to giving Central Oregon students the tools to succeed in high school, in preparation for higher education. The college readiness program underlines three important principles for middle school and high school students:
Understanding the benefits of higher education.
Developing good habits.
Planning ahead and looking toward the future.
Open Campus coordinator, Becky Munn, has been working hard to help establish a “college going culture” in Crook County. With approximately 14% of the county’s population holding a bachelor’s degree, Becky understands the significance of reaching students early on. Conveying the benefits of higher education prior to starting high school, and sharing the value of setting goals, has proven to help students begin high school on the right track.
Community leaders in Crook County know that developing good habits early on will be crucial for students to accomplish their goals. Since the majority are the first in their family to pursue higher education, there is a great responsibility in communicating the specific steps that need to be taken for students to meet their goals.
To successfully reach students, educators are implementing new programs to provide students with the resources to succeed. One such program is AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination). AVID is a college readiness program that is being implemented in many schools throughout Oregon. Leadership teachers at Crook County Middle School, as well as career class instructors, give students the opportunity to tour Central Oregon Community College (COCC) as a field trip. Becky Munn and COCC’s Prineville Administrator, Suzie Kristensen, (pictured below), share college options to AVID middle school classes, career classes at the 8th grade level, as well as high school career groups.