November 12-16 is Make A Plan week sponsored by the ‘Go On Idaho’ campaign. Make a Plan week coincides with National College Application week and National Career Development month and is designed to encourage Idaho students to explore their college and career options and make a plan for how they will get to where they want to go on.
“Idaho ranks 47th in the nation for the percentage of kids who go on to some form of education or training beyond high school,” explains Jamie MacMillan, executive director of the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation, sponsors of the ‘Go On Idaho’ campaign. “Kids don’t lack the desire to go on, they lack the know-how. The goal of the ‘Go On’ celebration weeks is to help kids break down the complex process of going on.”
Twenty-seven Go On Schools throughout Idaho that have been awarded grants by the Albertson Foundation are leading the charge during the celebration weeks.
“Buhl Middle School’s Make A Plan week really focuses on exploring the great educational institutions that our students have available regionally in Idaho and the Northwest,” explains Buhl Middle School Go On Coordinator, Adrea Storey. “All of our festivities, whether it is our scavenger hunt, door decorating, or Career Information System activities aim to educate our middle school students on how to find a sensible, economical education route that fits their goals.”
A local college is also supporting the effort. College of Western Idaho has waived the $25 application fee during Go On Idaho’s Make A Plan week.