College Readiness Workshops
In an effort to serve constituents and partners across the state, the College Access
Initiative is able to deliver a variety of services, including College Readiness sessions,
described below. Each session is designed to empower, educate, and equip students
with information, resources and necessary skills for college readiness.
The sessions are interactive and can be condensed or expanded to accommodate any size
group and any timeframe (30-45 minutes, 1-hour, 2-hours, etc.) Sessions can also be
customized for specific events or needs.
Our services are available to schools at no cost.
This workshop is designed to help students become better acquainted with the ACT examination.
Professional staff will provide a general overview about the ACT and facilitate conversations
about different ways to approach the test to increase the likelihood of a better test
This session is designed to help students get started with the college application
process. We cover the various components, appropriate responses, and importance of
This session will outline the critical importance of learning how to define your identity
in order to advocate for oneself. Hispanic/Latinx scholarships are not the only ones
that require you to be able to describe your culture and identity in order to receive
financial aid. Students will learn the benefit of networking and effectively articulate
their needs and questions to college recruiters, scholarship committees, and philanthropists.
This workshop is designed to take at least 2 hours. This workshop will assist Latinx
families with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This workshop
will require computer lab access as well as a letter sent ahead of time to families
with a list of documents needed for the workshop. As parents become more involved
in the process of financial aid, the easier it becomes for students to continue the
process of applying for college.
This session focuses on helping both students and/or parents understand the financial
aid and scholarship processes. It will further help students to identify the differences
in grants, loans and scholarships while informing them of how to get started with
applying for financial aid. If targeting parents, they will leave knowing what to
do in order to help their students. Facilitators will also be on hand to answer specific
Students will learn that in order to reach goals they must identify those goals, plan
the necessary steps, and have a positive mindset and a support system. During the
workshop, they will actively think about, identify and plan out at least one goal.
This workshop is designed to help Latinx families and students become better acquainted
with the requirements that students have to forgo before applying for college. Staff
will provide a general overview about academic and financial requirements and facilitate
conversations about different ways to approach the application process and financial
aid to increase the likelihood of an acceptance letter to a 2 or 4 year college.
This session will outline the categories of scholarships and how important it is to
understand differentiation of these labels. We will be discussing the difference between
private scholarships and federal aid, and the do’s and don’ts for each one. Students
will leave with a list of scholarships and websites to start their research for future
This session will outline the critical importance of making a great first impression.
How a student does or does not present themselves, whether in dress, body language,
or oral and written communication, matters to their overall success. Students will
learn why impressions matter, and how to make a good first impression in person and
Students will receive the U of A scholarship prompts. They will identify relevant
personal content in order to personalize and make their essays memorable. We offer
specific tips on what a scholarship essay committee may look for.
*This workshop was created to present in Spanish and/or English.