MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- A week-long event that started at Oakridge High School could be the small push seniors need to further their education after graduation.
Monday morning, all 115 seniors participated in College Application Week. By the end of this week seniors at all 13 Muskegon area high schools will have done the same thing during Michigan College Application Week, resulting in several hundreds applications.
"100 percent are at least going to apply for one college of their choice," said Lorrena Johnson, college adviser for Michigan State College Advising Core.
Organizers hope the students are accepted and each makes the commitment to continue their education after high school.
"You can be anything in the world that you want to be," said Johnson, who adds that the event includes time for students to locate help to pay for college. "Financial aid, scholarships, that is what I am here for."
Oakridge Senior Antonio Contreras knows what field he wants to work in. "Something in agriculture and business, so agri-business." And his application to Muskegon Community College has been sent. College will be a first in his family. "Yes, I would be a first generation student within my family."
While College Application Week focuses on high school seniors, the Know How To Go road show held Monday at Mona Shores High School had the attention of high school juniors.
"We get the ball rolling or make the spark, then as a senior they fulfil the spark and do the applications and have the running list of the scholarships and grants that they are eligible for," said Megan Byard, Muskegon Area Intermediate School District college access specialist.
The interactive event stops at every Muskegon County high school; it's an effort by the MAISD to make attending college the natural choice for the county's students after completing high school.
"Maybe it is training programs, one year or two year programs, bachelors degrees, graduate studies, military you name it," explained Byard.
During College Application Week, state universities and several private colleges waive their standard application fees to help make the transition to college from high school even easier on students and their parents.