KCKCC to raise scholarships for future dual and concurrent high school students

by Kelly Rogge, KCKCC

Plans are underway for Kansas City Kansas Community College’s first Scholarship Craft Fair, which will help raise money for high school students wishing to take dual and concurrent courses at the college.

The Craft Fair will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, in Upper Jewell on the KCKCC Main Campus, 7250 State Ave. There is no entrance fee for the event, and the public is welcome to attend.

The Craft Fair was created to raise scholarship funds to give to future KCKCC high school students in dual and concurrent enrollment classes, which are often held at the student’s home high school.

Mary Kobe Peterson, high school partnership coordinator at KCKCC; Lindsey Bruns, high school partnership admissions specialist at KCKCC and Andrica Wilcoxen, director of student activities, recognized a need to assist students who would like to attend college while in high school but did not have the funds. With the help of a community member, Vicki Davis, the committee put everything in place.

“I thought this would be a fun way to raise funds and also involve our community,” Peterson said. “We hope to make this a bigger event as we grow.”

KCKCC serves 13 high schools in the Wyandotte and Leavenworth county area. The Concurrent Enrollment Partnership Program provides secondary schools with the opportunity to expand their curriculum by scheduling KCKCC courses in conjunction with their regular class offerings. Students have the advantage of taking their classes at the high school.

Courses taught at the high school have identical course content to that of courses being offered at KCKCC and are evaluated by an instructional dean at the college before being implemented at the high school. Faculty are evaluated and must meet the same criteria as instructors who teach on campus.

Due to financial need, many high school students and their families struggle to come up with the funds to take college courses. KCKCC wants to provide a solution to help students and their families by providing scholarships for these students to attend KCKCC. All funds raised from the Craft Fair will go directly to the Dual-Concurrent Students Scholarship fund.

There will be more than 30 vendors selling items for the holidays as well as Kansas City Chiefs items, food and more. The most important part of the Craft Fair is that all of the proceeds go to help future KCKCC Dual and Concurrent High School Students.

Students interested in participating in the Concurrent Enrollment Partnership Program may contact their high school counselor for additional information and details on the enrollment process.

For more information on the Scholarship Craft Fair, Contact Peterson at 913-288-7324 or by email at mkobe@kckcc.edu.

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