By 2020, 76 percent of all jobs in Washington D.C. will require a post-secondary education, according to recent findings. In order to keep the city’s lower-income and first-generation students from falling behind, the Office of the State Superintendent will hold its fourth annual D.C. College Application Week from Nov. 2 to 6.
A total of 42 D.C. high schools and community-based organizations across the city will take part, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, Benjamin Banneker Academic High School, So Others Might Eat and Schools Without Walls, among others. A full list of participating schools is available at osse.dc.gov.
“We are excited to provide D.C. high school seniors with this opportunity,” Antoinette Mitchell, assistant superintendent for postsecondary and career education in the Office of the State Superintendent told the AFRO. “It promotes the college-going culture that we’ve worked to establish throughout public schools in the District.”
The week has grown in participants and college application submissions since beginning in 2012, when only seven high schools participated. According to the Office of the State Superintendent, there has been a steady growth in that number from year to year. In 2013, the week’s participants grew to 13 schools; 735 senior participants and 2,282 applications were submitted. In 2014, there were 32 host sites which comprised 2,029 senior participants and resulted in 4,919 application submissions. This year, the Office of the State Superintendent hopes each high school senior will submit at least one application.
Resources will be available at each site during regular working hours for students to complete their college applications.
“DC College Application Week takes the stress and complexity out of the application process,” Mitchell said. “With help from site coordinators, teachers, and volunteers, our students have the resources they need as they take this first step toward pursuing a postsecondary education.”
For more information on DC College Application Week, or to volunteer, visit osse.dc.gov.