Southeast Missouri State University adds event for high school sophomores

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – Southeast Missouri State University is partnering with area high schools with goals to help raise the number of Missourians who have college degrees from 47% to 60%.

Southeast created a new college bound event for high school sophomores that brings prospective students for a campus visit.

Current Southeast students called mentor ambassadors meet with high school sophomores as they visit the university.

Three area schools are scheduled to tour the university before year’s end.

The program is to show high school student about the value of a college degree and to assist the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development (MDHEWD) in its mission of ‘Building Missouri’s Future,’ to make Missouri the best in the Midwest for educational attainment by 2030. The plan hopes to raise the number of Missourians who have college degrees from 47% to 60%.

“This is an effort by Southeast to support an initiative in Missouri’s strategic plan to reach area youth and instill in them the importance of continuing their education past high school graduation,” said Lenell Hahn, director of Admissions at Southeast. “It’s important for the state of Missouri to have educated and qualified individuals to attract and retain business to the state, and the University wants to assist in that goal as much as possible.”

Hahn says the program is very hands on.

“Prospective students will get to do fun activities to learn about college including a financial aid quiz,” said Hahn. “We’ll also talk with them about the college search process and help them think about the goals they have for their future and how to achieve them. And, of course, they will get a tour of campus and a complimentary lunch at Towers Landing.”

Hahn says students weigh a lot of options about their future. She says planning earlier in their high school career is important.

“We are preparing our students for the careers of tomorrow.” Says Director of Admissions, at Southeast Missouri State University. Hahn continues to say, “Employers would want to be attracted to the state of Missouri, if there was a large pool of Missourians who meet the educational needs of the jobs of the companies, where their needs are.”

Erin Martin, a Graduate Assistant Office of Admissions at Southeast Missouri State says, “So today we hosted Jackson High School, and we showed them around campus and taught them how to be college ready or career ready, whatever they want to do with their future and about the options that they have, and goal setting and how to get to those goals by the time that they graduate high school.”

Martin goes on to say, “We’re reaching out to the under, or the younger students in high school is just to give them more time to plan. We’re telling them about their options and educating them at a younger age so that by the time that they are juniors and seniors, they already have some ideas of what they want to do, and they can be more prepared for those decisions.”

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