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Outreach Counselor meets with Sophomores to discuss future plans during Operation Preparation

Bryson Bennett

Operation Preparation

Outreach counselor Audrey Price spoke to a room full of sophomores about college preparation

Operation Preparation

Sophomores listened to the presentation

Operation Preparation

Bryson Bennett got 23 out of 24 answers correct on the kahoot quiz

Outreach Counselor meets with Sophomores to discuss future plans during Operation Preparation

                Wayne County High School sophomores were introduced to what their future holds through an annual state initiative known as Operation Preparation.

                Representatives from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) visited the Wayne County High School campus on March 20 to inform sophomores on various postsecondary education options. They guided students through the maze of private and state colleges, specialized training, and certifications. Financial planning for these degrees and certifications is important. Students were acquainted with ways to help with funding which included: scholarships, grants, dual credit savings, paid internships/campus work, and student loans.

                KHEAA Outreach Counselor Audrey Price told the students that their high school counselors do a wonderful job posting scholarships and opportunities they can take advantage of to improve their chances for success. “You have one of the best counseling offices I’ve been to,” noted Price. “They list scholarships that are due on a monthly basis, just to remind you.”

“Did you know that $40 million worth of scholarship money goes unclaimed in Kentucky? Make sure and apply for those funds,” stressed Price.

She also recommended taking some dual credit classes during their junior and senior years because discounted enrollments are offered while in high school.  

Another cost savings to juniors is when they take the mandated ACT at the high school for free. Most high school students take the ACT several times to try to improve their composite score and they have to pay application fees, unless they have a waiver. Their results on the test often determine what college they may be accepted to or in vying for potential academic scholarships and programs. Students also earn KEES (Kentucky Education Excellence Scholarship) money primarily based on their grades in high school (plus ACT score factored into the equation) that make a significant dent in college expenses.

In order to receive financial aid, students must fill out the FAFSA to be eligible. Fowler and other college admission counselors visit the high school regularly to assist with this process.

The counselor then got the room full of students to play an informational game on the app, known as Kahoot, which they are familiar with since they use it in other classes. Sophomore Bryson Bennett won the game answering 23 of the 24 questions correctly. Some of the questions were as follows:

  1. Q:  What degree do you need to become a welder?

       A:  A certificate only.

  1. Q:  What is a major?

       A:  The subject you study.

  1. Q: Type of financial aid you do not pay back?

A:  Grant

  1.  Q:  When do you apply for college?

A:Beginning of your senior year.

  1. Q:  Minimum grade point average (GPA) needed to earn KEES money?



     In addition to the informational meeting in the library, the KHEAA mobile unit was pulled up to the side of the high school so sophomores could board it and rotate through the postsecondary planning on board. Banks of computers lined the walls and the counselor on board presented a KHEAA program, while answering students’ questions.

                Audrey Price will be returning to campus after spring break on Tuesday, April 9 to meet with juniors on KHEAA’s Paying for College 101 presentation.    

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