Kiona Benton City High School invites college representatives to campus during lunchtime, but students were not taking advantage of that opportunity to engage with the representatives, so Ki-Be GEAR UP decided to try something new. In April, Ki-Be GEAR UP invited two college representatives to come to campus during regularly scheduled class time. On Wednesday, April 20 a Washington State University (WSU) representative, JR Gomez, presented to juniors on everything from why college to how to apply for WSU’s institutional scholarships. On Monday, April 25 an Eastern Washington University (EWU) representative, Angelica Lopez shared her personal college journey as well as how to become a student at EWU.

EWU RepAttendees had to be passing classes and have teacher permission. The first two presentations had approximately 6 juniors in attendance and the GEAR UP staff is hoping to grow this number as students become more familiar with the idea of having college representatives on campus. Ki-Be’s next college representative presentation will be on May 11 with Central Washington University (CWU) and GEAR UP staff are hoping to have an even greater turn out.