Iowa College Access Network

Even though our physical offices are not currently open, we are still meeting with students and families virtually to continue our services and mission of helping families throughout the state of Iowa. Families can schedule Zoom virtual appointments here www.icansucceed.org/apt or they call our toll free number 877-272-4692. We’re available Mon – Thurs 8 am – 4:30 pm.

Below is a link to all virtual resources we have available. This includes virtual presentations we have coming up along with pre-recorded presentations. We will also be having daily Facebook Live posts starting at 2:00 PM!

https://www.icansucceed.org/about-ican/services/presentations/livestream-events

Quad City Promise Scholarship

Students from Quad Cities area high schools are invited to take a closer look at Augustana through the $2,000 Quad City Promise Scholarship.

Thanks to a generous donation from local alumni and supporters as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic, up to 50 $2,000 scholarships are available for local high school graduates and transfer students who apply between May 1 and August 31 and are admitted to Augustana College.

Augustana’s $2,000 Quad City Promise Grant is renewable for up to four years, and is in addition to up to $26,000 in merit awards offered by the college. Students also are eligible for the $4,000 Campus Visit Grant (virtual visit possibilities exist) and all other talent-based and need-based financial aid.

Click here for details


Free Summer Concurrent Opportunity

This summer, Scott Community College will be offering a “Live-Online” opportunity within their Augmented and Virtual Reality Program which is one of the fastest growing industries today. This four-week class includes: Uses for Augmented and Virtual Reality, Application Process, 3D Modeling, Animation, Texturing, Coding with C#, Programming in a Game Engine.  (Class # 213159 AVR-102-SHS01 Foundations of Augmented and Virtual Reality)

  • The 4 week course start date is June 29th and runs to July 24th 12-4pm Monday-Thursday.
  • This course is “Live-Online,” which means the instructor will be conducting live interactive lectures every day.
  • The only requirement is for students is to have daily access to a computer with internet capabilities & the students must be entering grade 9-12 into an Iowa HS fall of 2020.
  • The registration form is attached. The form needs to be signed by the student, parent, and an Assumption High School representative; and submitted to, Anthony Bielski at abielski@eicc.edu or Molly Gleason, your EICC Advisor, at mmgleason@eicc.edu. 
  • Act now, seating is limited.

For more information, contact Anthony Bielski, Concurrent Enrollment Project Manager abielski@eicc.edu or 563-441-4368 on registration for the program.  Mrs. Molly Gleason is also available for questions at mmgleason@eicc.edu.

Summer College Credit Program

Augmented/Virtual Reality

Registration Form

ICR Future Virtual Career & College Fair is This Sunday!

The ICR Future Career and College Fair is this Sunday, May 31 from 1-3 pm. We are encouraging sophomores and juniors to attend, however the event is open to everyone.

With more than 70 exhibitors setting up virtual booths it’s going to be a great opportunity for students to engage in some career and college planning.

Registered students will receive event details, best practices and tips for navigating the virtual site, and a scavenger hunt to encourage visiting different exhibitors. A prize drawing will be held for several VISA gift cards for participating students who complete the event scavenger hunt activity and interact with lots of exhibitors.

The online toolkit of announcement templates and promotional fliers is available to help you spread the word to students and parents. Visit now.

Important Recommendations for Students

  • Career Assessment. Students will be encouraged to complete a career assessment to align with the Career Cluster designations for exhibitors. If students have access to the assessment results taken in school, please remind students how, and encourage them to. access them prior to the fair.
  • Register to Attend. We have an online registration process to gain access to the fair lobby. Please encourage students and parents to register by visiting www.icansucceed.org/icrfuture-student

Expanded Opportunities. With the event going virtual, Western and Central Iowa students and families should be encouraged to participate. With nearly 100 exhibitors registered it will be a day they don’t want to miss!

ICAN Presentations Available to Live Stream

ICAN will be hosting FREE webinars on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 1pm. You can stream these events LIVE from any device and ask questions of ICAN student success advisors during the presentations.

Use this time at home to connect with planning resources and create your future plan. Register and you will receive a link to join these free events. You can also chat live with an ICAN advisor Monday through Thursday at 2 pm on Facebook.

Life After High School: A Guide to Career and College Planning
Perfect for sophomores, juniors, and parents

Tuesday, April 28 at 1 pm – Register

There are many post-high school options available to students through education and training programs. This program engages students and parents in a discussion of recent employment trends and industry growth outlook to provide insights into the developing a post-high school plan for both college and career.

This program covers:

Career Exploration & Assessment
Economic Trends & Goal Setting
Academic Preparation & Requirements
Admission Process & Requirements
College/Training Program Selection
Campus Visits
Application Process
Understanding Costs – Cost of Attendance
Scholarships/Job Training Programs
Successful Transitions

How to Pay for College: Understanding the Financial Aid Process
Perfect for juniors and parentsWednesday, April 29 at 1 pm – RegisterThe financial aid process can be daunting. From completing the application to understanding award letters, developing a plan to pay for college is one of the most important steps in the college process. This program covers:Financial Aid Process
FAFSA Application Review
Understanding the Results of the Application
Understanding Costs – College Comparisons
Aid Options
Scholarship Process
Where to Go For Help
Exploring Careers: Finding the Right Fit for Your Future
Perfect for 8th-11th grade students and parentsTuesday, April 21 – RegisterCareer planning is the first step towards finding your future. In this webinar we will discuss how students, beginning as early as middle school, can work to identify their interests and passions and utilize high school experiences to explore potential career opportunities. We’ll also discuss the role career planning should play in selecting post-high school education or training opportunities, including college selection and affordability.
Freshman Transitions: Prepare for High School
Perfect for current 8th grade students and parents
Wednesday, April 22 at 1 pm – RegisterTransitioning from middle school to high school is a big step for families, and the first step for students in creating future opportunities. Freshman year begins the journey of post-high school success. The courses, activities, and decisions made in this first year matter regardless of your plans for after high school.Freshman Transitions is designed as an orientation or welcome to high school and covers important topics including:Career Assessment and Exploration
Course Selection based on Career & College Outlook
Options: Apprenticeship, Military, Training, and Types of College Degrees
Financing Education: Cost of Education & Training Projections and Savings Options
Money Management Basics
A Parent’s Role

Evening Sessions

Freshman Transitions: Prepare for High School
Perfect for current 8th grade students and parents

Thursday, May 7 at 6 pm – Register

Transitioning from middle school to high school is a big step for families, and the first step for students in creating future opportunities. Freshman year begins the journey of post-high school success. The courses, activities, and decisions made in this first year matter regardless of your plans for after high school.

Freshman Transitions is designed as an orientation or welcome to high school and covers important topics including:

Career Assessment and Exploration
Course Selection based on Career & College Outlook
Options: Apprenticeship, Military, Training, and Types of College Degrees
Financing Education: Cost of Education & Training Projections and Savings Options
Money Management Basics
A Parent’s Role

Make the Most of Summer Break
Perfect for 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students and parents

Tuesday, May 12 at 5:30 pm – Register

In this webinar we are going to be discussing a wide-variety of helpful tips and ideas students can use to keep them on track for their future! Summer is the perfect time to start working towards future goals for both career and college. We will discuss how to build an activities resume and preparing for the scholarship process, taking part in volunteer opportunities, internships, along with several other helpful tips to ensure the summer months are far from boring!

The ICAN Team

 

UPDATE: ZAPS – ACT Prep Seminar

Due to school closing, this seminar has now been restructured as a live online class. Contact us at 877-927-8378 or email mary@doorwaytocollege.com to find out how to join us.

ZAPPING the ACT seminar includes:

  • Five hours of focused strategy instruction by a highly trained instructor
  • 24 practice tests for the ACT and ZAPPING the ACT Study Guide
  • Specific strategies for each type of question on the ACT
  • General test-taking methods for lifelong success
  • Test-specific time-management techniques
  • Explanations for each question and answer on the practice tests
  • Unique system for analyzing errors to identify strengths and weaknesses
  • Instruction for writing a high-scoring Essay
  • Much more!

Click here to register

ACT Cancelled in April

Dear students,

If you were registered to take the ACT at Assumption on Saturday, April 4, at Assumption, you should have already received a notification from ACT concerning the plan to reschedule your test date to the June or July test dates. There will not be testing this summer at Assumption due to several factors which include lack of air conditioning and inappropriate seating arrangements available in the few rooms that we could use.

Please check your ACT account actstudent.org to see if you received communications if you are uncertain.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation at this stressful time.

Iowa Youth Congress (IYC) & The State of Iowa Youth Advisory Council (SIYAC)

Iowa Youth Congress is a youth program consisting of up to 100 students, modeled after the Iowa House of Representatives. Youth between the ages of 14 and 18 are eligible. Originally established in 2006, IYC is a year-long program which begins each July. The program provides students the knowledge, abilities, and direction to advocate and enact change in their communities, and at the state-level. IYC brings students together from across the state to discuss issues that affect today’s youth. In addition, IYC members draft positions on youth issues, participate in an annual Mock Congress event, communicate their positions to legislators, and engage in service activities. For additional information about IYC please contact Claire Yocom (Claire.Yocom@iowa.gov) or visit the following website: https://humanrights.iowa.gov/cas/iowa-youth-congress

The State of Iowa Youth Advisory Council accepts a maximum of 21 youth who serve two-year terms beginning in July. Youth between the ages of 14 and 21 are eligible. Originally established in 2001, SIYAC was formalized in Iowa Code in 2009 as an avenue for youth to inform state leaders and local communities on issues important to young people. Members meet quarterly to identify issues affecting youth, discuss community needs, form partnerships to meet those needs, draft positions on youth issues, communicate those positions to legislators, and plan and conduct service activities. In addition, SIYAC members participate in Iowa Collaboration for Youth Development (ICYD) Council meetings. The ICYD Council oversees the activities of SIYAC and seeks input from these youth leaders in the development of more effective state-wide policies, practices, and programs. SIYAC members also carry out two service projects, one in their respective communities and one statewide. For additional information about SIYAC please contact Reeva Neighbors (Reeva.Neighbors@iowa.gov) or visit the following website: https://humanrights.iowa.gov/cas/siyac

Iowa Youth Brochure

Application