'm Going to College (IGTC) is designed to create an awareness of the opportunities of a college education to elementary school students, and to make going to college an attainable goal. The program works with all 5th grade students at an elementary school. The East Bay Consortium works with 5th grade teachers to guide students through a six part curriculum, covering topics such as: the benefits of a college education, majors and careers, college admission, financial aid, how to choose a college, and good study habits to prepare for college. The IGTC curriculum can be integrated into subject curriculum such as geography, math and literacy.
The curriculum ends with a field trip to UC Berkeley. The I'm Going to College field trip is designed to make college a reality for participating elementary school students. The students experience the host college as students for a day. Students arrive at the university, attend an orientation and welcome assembly, and receive their registration and financial aid packages, including "I'm Going To College" backpacks. Throughout the day students tour the campus, take classes taught by college students, eat lunch and have the opportunity to hear from college students about the importance of education.
As most IGTC students have never been to a college campus before, the experience is one they will never forget. This program gives students an experience that will motivate them throughout middle and high school.
Schools currently participating in IGTC are:
Global Family School and Think College Now in Oakland
To watch a short video of the IGTC program: Click Here