Whitesburg KY

Help with college planning

Students at Jenkins High School may get help preparing for college by working with a coach from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA).

KHEAA has recruited recent college graduates to be “near-peer” coaches for high school students in 24 schools across the Commonwealth.

“ We call them ‘nearpeer’ mentors because, ideally, they are recent college graduates who can share their educational experiences with students who plan to further their education upon completion of high school,” said Chris Dressler, the Kentucky College Coach program adviser for KHEAA. “We hope the recent experiences of our members will enable high school students to easily identify with their coach and become more receptive to the message about the need to consider college or technical training.”

The 24 high schools were selected based on their college-going rates and income levels. KHEAA hopes to hire near-peer coaches from the same schools that are participating in the program.

The program is run by Berea College, Northern Kentucky University, AmeriCorps and the Kentucky Campus Compact. The compact is a coalition of Kentucky college and university presidents. KHEAA serves as an intermediary in the program, which will place a total of 65 coaches in schools, area technology centers and other sites around the state.

To learn how to plan and prepare for higher education, go to www.gotocollege. ky. gov. For more information about Kentucky scholarships and grants, visit www.kheaa.com; write KHEAA, P.O. Box 798, Frankfort, KY 40602-0798; or call (800) 928-8926, ext. 6-7372.

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