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Indiana’s 2016 College GO! campaign kicks off

Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers joined communities and schools a-cross the state in celebrating Indiana’s College GO! Campaign, which started Friday, September 30. It starts the last full week in September each year and continues thro-ugh November, the annual campaign kicks off a full semester of efforts designed to help Hoosiers of all ages plan for education beyond high school.

“College GO! gives Hoosiers the information and support they need to not only go to college, but to prepare them to complete college,” said Lubbers. “Whether you’re a high school student or an adult planning to return to college, there are specific steps you should be taking now to be on the path to college and career success.”

The campaign kick-off event took place in the Lawrence North High School Theater on Sept. 30. Seventy senior 21st Century Scholars heard opening remarks from Commissioner Lubbers about the importance of preparing for college and view a presentation about the Scholar Success Program. Volunteers from the Commission for Higher Education were on site to help students register and begin tracking their progress through the Scholar Success Program.

The Scholar Success Program outlines a series of 12 activities all Scholars, beginning with the high school graduating Class of 2017, must complete to earn their scholarships. The activities were designed by an advisory group of educators, community leaders and business stakeholders in 2012 to help prepare Scholars with the skills and experiences they need to be successful in college and complete a degree or credential.

College GO! encourages students to complete practical college-readiness activities at each grade level, including creating a graduation plan, visiting college campuses and applying to college. Many Indiana colleges are waiving application fees during College GO!.

Students and families can learn more about fee waivers, grade-specific activities and related college-planning resources at

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