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First-ever DiscoverU day on Oct. 16 will put spotlight on all students’ futures

SEATTLE/SOUTH KING COUNTY – Students of all ages will be thinking about their interests and reflecting on their futures Wednesday, Oct. 16, as part of the first-ever DiscoverU day. This region-wide effort will build excitement around college and career exploration in 275 schools. Participating districts include Auburn School District, Federal Way Public Schools, Highline Public Schools, Kent School District, Renton School District, Seattle Public Schools and Tukwila School District.

“Research shows that when students think and plan for their futures, they do better in school. DiscoverU is designed to help all students — kindergartners through high school seniors – think about how education can help them achieve their dreams,” said Karen Tollenaar Demorest, vice president of programs for the Alliance for Education, an organization supporting DiscoverU.

As part of DiscoverU, educators will do the following during the school day:

  • Wear college gear
  • Talk to students about their educational or career pathway, what it was like and how they found their way
  • Provide fun and engaging activities to help students think about their futures

Community partners are also participating in DiscoverU and will continue the momentum into after-school programming. Organizations working directly with students are invited to pledge to participate in DiscoverU by visiting www.roadmaptocollege.org.

DiscoverU will serve as the kickoff to a year’s worth of events/efforts, including the Road Map to College campaign, an annual cycle of events and support for high school seniors. College Application Completion Events will begin across the region in October.  Students attending these events can get support applying to community, technical and 4-year colleges; receive one-on-one writing support to develop and review their admission essays; consult with college reps and experts to help complete and submit applications; and enjoy free access to computers, printers and internet.

DiscoverU is being organized by the Seattle College Access Network, South King County College Access Network, Road Map Project and participating school districts.  Many more partner organizations have come together to make the Road Map to College campaign a success, including the Puget Sound Educational Service District, Dream Project and Youth Development Executives of King County.

More information about DiscoverU, including sample activity lesson plans and helpful videos, can be found at www.roadmaptocollege.org.

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About the Road Map Project
The Road Map Project is a community-wide effort aimed at dramatically improving student achievement from cradle to college and career in South King County and South Seattle. The project builds off the belief that collective effort is necessary to make large-scale change and has created a common goal and shared vision in order to facilitate coordinated action, both inside and outside schools. The Road Map Project is supported by the Community Center for Education Results. For more information, please visit roadmapproject.org. Find us on Facebook by clicking here and Twitter at @RoadMapProject.

About SCAN
The Seattle College Access Network (SCAN) was established in 2009 with a goal of increasing college success among first-generation, low income, and students of color in Seattle Public Schools (SPS), measured by those who apply for, attend, and graduate from post-secondary education institutions.  SCAN members are motivated by the reality that today’s students face: by 2018 it is expected that the United States will need 22 million new workers with college degrees. In Washington State alone between 2008 and 2018, new jobs requiring postsecondary education and training will grow by 259,000.

About the South King County College Access Network
The South King County College Access Network (SKCCAN) is comprised of community and education leaders representing K-12, postsecondary education, the nonprofit sector, government, business, and philanthropic organizations who collectively engage and influence efforts that support college awareness, readiness, access and success for all students in South King County. SKCCAN is committed to increasing postsecondary access and completion for first-generation, low-income and students of color in the region. SKCCAN seeks to build capacity amongst network members, and coordinate and expand programs, services and resources that create opportunities for students to pursue postsecondary educational opportunities. SKCCAN works in alignment with the Road Map Project, a region-wide effort aimed at improving education to drive dramatic improvement in student achievement from cradle to college and career in South Seattle and South King County.