Caroline County’s two high schools held a variety of activities to encourage seniors to apply to college during Maryland College Application Campaign (MCAC) week (October 17-21).
North Caroline High School set a goal of having 100% of the senior class apply to at least one college. Colonel Richardson High School had a total of 88 members of the senior class apply to at least one college.
“The Maryland College Application Campaign recognizes that education beyond high school is critical for both our high school graduates and Maryland employers,” said Dr. Karen Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools. “For many careers, an Associate’s Degree is an entry level credential. It is essential that more students take advantage of that golden opportunity.”
At both Colonel Richardson and North Caroline, sophomores and juniors took the PSAT test. Additionally, students from both high schools took a bus trip to University of Maryland Eastern Shore for the Eastern Regional College fair.
Colonel Richardson High School principal Christal Harkowa said activities were planned prior to the week in preparation for students apply to colleges. From Monday through Thursday morning, seniors had an hour to apply to colleges. Staff members were also asked to wear items from their own colleges all week.
North Caroline High School principal Michael Smith said they gave seniors a pass to report to the school cafeteria at designated times to use the mobile laptops to apply to a college of the students’ choice. The school also kept the computer lab open on Tuesday and Thursday evening of the week for parents to attend and help their child finish applications apply to additional colleges, complete their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form or simply ask questions.
MCAC is part of American College Application week, which takes place nationwide. In 2014, Maryland piloted the effort with 21 high schools representing seven local school systems. By last year, participation had grown to 52 schools in 14 systems.