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On June 20 Ki-Be GEAR UP took 8 students to the Columbia Basin College (CBC) Summer Camp. The students arrived at 8:45 am and were greeted at Hawk Central where they received a water bottle and picked out a colored sheet of paper that would assign them to a camp leader based on the color of the paper they chose.

Once the students were paired up with their camp leader they were guided to a classroom, which would be their assigned classroom for the rest of the camp. Once the students arrived at the classroom they were handed a folder that had the required material for the rest of the camp. The students were required to work on the folder as the camp progressed. At the end of each day the students were required to turn in their folder.

The camp was filled with workshops and exercises to help the students understand what college is all about, help the students better manage their time and gain or improve their life skills. There was a workshop on the importance of sleep and how much sleep students require. Another workshop had an activity to help the students determine how it is that they learn best. The camp was also filled with activities to keep the students active and learn ways to communicate what they need, when to ask for help and how it is to work in a team.

One part of the camp focused on career exploration. The students went to the computer lab, filled out a survey to identify their interests and were given suggestions of possible career options. Here the students had a look at how much schooling is required, the job outlook and the responsibilities of the career. The webpage also allowed the students to take a look at their career options that only require a certification, 2 year degree, 4 year degree, Master’s degree or Ph. D. This exercise helped students who were still not sure what they wanted to major in or what type of institution to attend. Overall, it showed students the options and opportunities they have available to them.

One part of the camp guided the students trough process of signing up for classes. First the students went over some college lingo. For example, they learned the difference between a major and a minor, what credits are and what core requirements are. The camp leader explained to the students that community colleges and universities have required course the student have to take and pass. Next the students were guided through the process of choosing their courses. The students learned that they have to meet with their counselor in college to make sure they are taking the courses required for their major and to determine if they are on track to receive their degree.

On the last day of the camp the students worked on a final project and were given the opportunity to attend the Planetarium. Students created a board describing what they learned about college and themselves during their attendance of the CBC summer camp. During the creation of the board the students were allowed to use words, pictures, and drawings to express what they learned. Once the students finished the board, they would had the opportunity to showcase it to their parents during the evening. Towards the end of the camp the students were given the opportunity to witness how amazing the Planetarium is. The students went into the planetarium and were given a presentation on how the planetarium works. The student were also informed that the planetarium also shows movies.

Overall this camp was great for the students to learn more about what to expect when attending college. They learned about the process to get into a college and about what they need to work on as students including their own strengths and weaknesses.

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State Financial Aid for DREAMers

A new state law has expanded eligibility for the Washington State Need Grant to low income, non-citizen students who meet the program's eligibility requirements and also satisfy the residency criteria. Washington State joined California, New Mexico, and Texas in enacting its own version of the Dream Act which extends state grants to undocumented students.

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The free Washington Application for State Financial Aid, or WASFA.

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