Oct. 26: Seattle School District partners with WSU to promote higher education


SEATTLE – Hundreds of students, parents and community members will participate in Washington State University’s iCollege program 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence in Seattle.

ICollege is a unique program that educates people on the benefits of a college education, how to apply for admission and pay tuition, and how to be successful in college.

For a second consecutive year WSU is partnering with Seattle Public Schools to make the program available to all students and families in the district. The program is free and lunch will be provided to the first 300 attendees.

“ICollege is an opportunity for WSU to bring the Pullman spirit to Seattle,” said Sativah Jones, assistant director of recruitment. “We want students to know about the great opportunities that await them at WSU and other institutions as well.”

“We are excited to partner with WSU on this event,” said Janet Blanford, college and career readiness manager for Seattle Public Schools. “It will give students in Seattle the opportunity to learn about some of the wonderful programs WSU has to offer as well as learn more general information that will help them no matter what their post-high school plans are.”

A contingent of WSU faculty, staff, students and alumni will provide a variety of hands-on presentations. Below is an outline of planned activities:

10–10:30 a.m. Students and families check in

10:30–10:55 Opening remarks

11–11:30 Session I workshops

11:40–12:10 p.m. Session II workshops

12:20–12:50 Session III workshops

1–1:30 Closing remarks and raffle

Participants will be able to choose from a number of interesting workshop topics including mock business courses, careers in science, liberal arts, and how to get into and pay for college.

In comparison to last year’s program, Jones said more WSU professors will participate. And the college fair, which will run throughout the program, will be expanded to include community colleges as well as private and public universities.

“This program is unique because students get to learn straight from the source,” said Jones. “They get to engage with professors, admissions representatives, financial aid officers, alumni and college students.”

The John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence is located at 2445 Third Ave. S., Seattle. More information about the event and directions can be found at http://icollege.wsu.edu




Sativah Jones, WSU Recruitment, 253-318-5295, sativahjones@wsu.edu

Steve Nakata, manager of communications, WSU Student Affairs & Enrollment, 509-335-1774, nakata@wsu.edu