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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

    Nov. 30, 2016

    Outreach program to prepare prospective students celebrates 15 years

    A Northwest Missouri State University program aimed at equipping middle school students and high school freshmen with information they need to prepare for college is turning 15 years old this fall.

    Today, the Northwest Early Outreach Program serves 70 schools and connects 3,164 students through nearly 100 presentations annually. To commemorate its 15th year, Northwest recently presented 30 school districts – located in northwest Missouri, southeast Nebraska, southwest Iowa and Kansas City, Missouri – with a plaque recognizing their participation in the program since its inception. 

    Bev Schenkel, Northwest’s associate provost for enrollment and retention management, helped launch the Early Outreach Program in 2001.

    “The program is meant to be a public service to the region and to our school districts,” Schenkel said. “The other objective of the program is to increase the college going rate in our region as the state and national goal is to increase the number of young adults earning a post-secondary certificate or degree.”

    Through the program, counselors discuss with students the coursework that is important to complete in high school, the types of activities and involvement that make students competitive for college scholarships, and the variety of educational options available to students after high school.

    “The counselors that we work with in the schools are exceptional as many have built this program into their curriculum and made it a priority,” Schenkel said. “They have found value in the content of the information that is shared in the program.” 

    For more information, please contact:

    Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

    Northwest Missouri State University
    215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468