A Call To College has been very helpful to me throughout my high school and college career. Not only have they provided me money for college but they also helped prepare me for any task in college. Whatever I needed help with, they were there to help. They started at a very young age by giving me the help and knowledge I needed to keep on learning. Starting at elementary school prepped me all the way up till now.
I was a very fortunate student to have ACTC from 2nd grade up until the time I graduated, and even now.
As a first generation student I was always sure that I wanted to go on to further my education, up until my junior year, that is.
ACTC was frequently in my classroom; teaching us money skills, the importance of school, and when the time came; they were there to help us apply to any school of our choice, any necessary financial aid, or in my case just to help me explore my options.
My counselor, Caileigh was wonderful! When it came time to start choosing colleges and really making the big decisions, I no longer had a strong desire to go to college. I didn’t know what I wanted to major in, I had a lot of things going on at home, and it really just sounded too expensive. I explained my concerns to Caileigh and she was extremely understanding. She walked me through my options, explained the financial aid that was available, and didn’t push me into going to college. Rather, she listened to my concerns and desires and did her best to get me to the place that I wanted to be. At that time, it was just to find a good job and figure out what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.
Fast forward a year and I am now enrolled for the Fall 2021 semester at Liberty University. Caileigh really had my best interests at heart, now that I have an amazing job that allowed me to save up some tuition money, college doesn’t seem like such a financial burden. I have a strong plan for my future, and I can’t wait to see where life takes me!
If it wasn’t for ACTC, I don’t believe that I would see the value in furthering my education. ACTC encouraged me to go beyond my comfort zone, without pushing my boundaries; and because of that, I am standing where I am today.
I remember when I started looking for colleges and trying to figure out where to go, and who would be the best option for me, I knew I could not only my advisor but the entire staff at A Call To College. Everyone in that office knew what I wanted to do and which colleges I was thinking about. If I had questions or concerns I knew I could go to anyone of them and they would help me lower those concerns or find out the answers. They also truly made me excited about going to college.
Fast forward 6 years and I have finally graduated college! And I still have many of those advisors check in with me. How am I doing, how's my life going, do I have questions about classes I'm taking, or most recently congratulating me on graduating with 2 college degrees!
I never felt like I couldn't reach out for help or worries. In fact I wanted to reach out! The people in this non-profit love what they do and it truly shows. They care about these kids and they care about making sure they feel confident about their life choices. There are those tough situations where kids think they can't afford college and A Call To College makes it possible for these kids.
A Call To College is a wonderful program that assisted our son with his endeavors to attend college at BGSU to fulfill his dream of becoming a pilot. The guidance and counseling that is offered was found to be exceptional and the scholarships awarded through this program go a long way toward assisting with tuition and training costs. We would highly recommend leveraging this organization’s skills and talent to assist with the college experience.
A Call to College helps students and their families navigate the process of post high school education. Volunteer advisors from the community meet with juniors and seniors to discuss their plans and the steps necessary to achieve their educational goals after high school. The program also provides ACT preparation programs, college signup fairs and campus tours, assistance with college and financial aid applications and importantly, encouragement to the students, many who are the first in their families to attend post secondary education. A Call to College also provides programs for elementary and middle school students.
A Call to College has been an amazing program to work with, as a colleague and as a parent of a graduating senior. Throughout the years, I have seen each of the available programs that they have offered to the students of Newark City Schools. Additionally as a teacher at Newark High School I have had the privilege of working directly with the Start Your Story program offered to ninth grade students.
As a colleague, I can say that the staff is extremely organized, caring and knowledgeable about each of the opportunities that they have to offer to our students. As a parent, with a soon to be graduate, having the availability of the resources that ACTC offers was immeasurable. From the College Blitz/application process, to general knowledge questions to guide us through the entire college transition, including FAFSA and scholarship/grant opportunities, A Call to College was there to answer our questions and make us feel at ease with the entire process.
A Call To College has always be a big help when preparing for the following year of college. They are always there to help with any questions you have and can help you through any kind of applications or paperwork you have. The entire staff for A Call To College is always willing to help and either answers your questions personally or will send you in the right direction to get what you need. Having A Call To College at my high school made preparing for college a nice and smooth process where I did not have to stress over everything.
A Call to College came to my 6th grade class for many years and taught the students about educational opportunities beyond high school. Their program was well crafted and professionally presented. The staff was caring and made excellent connections with the students. All lessons were age-appropriate and engaging for all ability levels. Most impressive of all, the program culminated with a fieldtrip to local colleges. This was a highlight of the year for students. Most students had never set foot on a college campus before and loved this new experience. As a teacher, it was a blessing to see the excitement in my students' eyes and to see how knowledgeable they sounded about college after having been through A Call to College's lessons. A Call to College is broadening students' horizons, planting dreams, and changing lives!
My name is Wes Grunden and I am the Assistant Director of Admissions at Ohio State Newark. I have spent the past 5 years working closely with A Call to College. Collectively, we have collaborated in advising students of the Newark school district and preparing them for college. I can safely say that A Call to College has the best professionals around that give their students hands-on attention. Not only do they continually advise students from an early age through high school, but their programming is sensational. I have partnered with them and volunteered for application nights, campus visits and their Reality Store simulation (designed to teach the importance of budgeting and finance) for middle school students. It is well known in the higher education circles of central Ohio that A Call to College is a "well-oiled machine" that truly prepares their students for life after high school. Personally, it has been a pleasure working with them these past 5 years, and especially the previous year during the pandemic. As we all began seeing things turn into a remote/virtual environment, A Call to College doubled their efforts to make sure that no student was left behind and their admissions process into college was as smooth as possible!
As a first-generation college student, my family had no idea where to start when it came to ANYTHING college-related. I was so thankful to have the ACTC staff there to help me. They pointed me in the right direction when it came to admissions, scholarships, financial aid, and college preparations. I am so thankful I had the chance to work with them!!!
A Call to College, located in Newark, Ohio is a nonprofit that helps students find a way to attend college. Before participating in this program I had very little idea how to move through the processes of applying to college and how to get scholarships. A Call to College helped me apply for colleges, and scholarships and it is thanks to them that I can attend the wonderful school I do. They were also a huge help to me during ACT testing, offering tutoring and practice test opportunities.
A Call To College is a nonprofit college access organization in Newark, Ohio. I have been apart of Newark City Schools K-12 and A Call To College has always been apart of my primary and secondary education. This organization teaches children/teens and gives them opportunities to learn and understand their future options from an early age to high school alumni. A Call To College has been so helpful to have all of these years. Being a first household college student was not easy and there were many things me and my parents had no idea about. A Call to College helped guided my path to my future and helped me and my family financially. I believe a lot more schools should have access to such a great organization, staff and donors.
Thank you to everyone at a Call To College.
- Brianna Harvey
Students begin their PEAK journey in second grade by getting a glimpse of college through the eyes of local college students. By the 8th grade, "Reality Store" prepares them for the reality of how your choices - personal and financial - determine your future. As our new freshmen enter Newark High School, A Call to College is there to take them through to their final steps. With the generosity of Last Dollar Grants students walk out of our hallways into possibly the same college hallways they visited on their 6th grade campus visit, ready to build their future.
It has been an absolute honor as a Newark City Schools building leader to participate in implementing the PEAK program from its inception and more importantly, watch how students learn and grow from year to year.
My first interaction with A Call to College (ACTC) was in Middle School, when staff members would come to our classrooms and present lessons designed to get us thinking about our futures. Every year until Junior year of high school, ACTC would provide different workshops designed to make sure no one fell through the cracks when it came to graduating from high school and pursuing postsecondary education. Though the specific activities changed with each grade, the message was clear and consistent: you, too, can go to college.
By my Junior year I was able to meet regularly with an advisor at A Call to College to begin planning for the ACT and preparing application materials. Not only did ACTC cover the cost of the ACT for everyone in my grade, they provided free training and preparatory materials as well. I was able to take the ACT a second time because my first one was paid for by A Call to College, and the second opportunity allowed me to increase my score by 3 points. By Senior year, I was meeting with my ACTC counselor every week to finalize a list of colleges to apply to and complete applications. I was able to gain admittance to my first choice of schools and enrolled in Ohio State.
After I finally completed the college application process and had a spot at OSU, I thought my help from A Call to College was over. However, shortly before graduation I was informed that I was the 2016 recipient of the Marion D. Wetzel Scholarship, a $15,000 a year scholarship that is renewable for four years. This scholarship has allowed me to study abroad at Oxford University in England, intern in the office of a Member of Parliament in Canada, live in Washington, D.C. for a semester to work for the nation’s leading think tank, and pursue countless other opportunities that would not have been made available to me without this huge financial assistance.
These experiences have prepared me to pursue a PhD in Economics after graduating from Ohio State. I know that if it were not for ACTC and their countless interventions in my academic career, I would not be able to think about pursuing such a profession. I cannot overstate the importance of this organization in shaping my educational trajectory and I continue to feel humbled and incredibly grateful for the doors that ACTC opened up for me.
I have never volunteered with an organization where the “red carpet is truly rolled out.” ACTC staff displays the upmost professionalism, support and appreciation for every individual. Likewise, I have always felt educated for my role to provide the best service to the Newark City Schools student body. ACTC has a very high standard and this is displayed from the top down of this nonprofit. I think we could all gain personal
growth from the leadership ACTC models. Hats off to a phenomenal group!
In my 38 years of working in education I never saw a county wide educational community come together like we did twelve years ago when CAN DO Access (to college) whose partners included Central Ohio Technical College, A Call to College, Newark City Schools, Denison University, and Ohio State University at Newark, partnered to initiate the PEAK program. A Call to College fostered this strategic and important partnership which to this day has helped thousands of Newark City Schools students believe that they CAN achieve their dreams and go to college!
I have been a volunteer advisor with A Call To College for the last 5 years and I am still in awe of this program! The age range of students, the diversity of their back grounds and the depth of their individual needs are never an obstacle. Rather, they are a challenge for the staff to find new and inovative ways to help every single student. This program inspires younger students to dream of a future education, middle school students to start facing the reality of what life might look like without further eduction and , in great detail, assists every high school junior and senior in researching and executing a plan to achieve their educational goals.
A Call to College is there to help with prep for ACT testing, filing the FAFSA, finding and filling our scholarship applications, and awarding it's own 'Last Dollar Grant' , to name a few benefits . This program is there to guide and support the Students of Newark City Schools all through their years of attendance and into their future. The door is always open to our students and their families.
It has been an honor to be a part of this program.
We have had two students ('18,'20) participate with the programming and receive Last Dollar Grants. The timelines the program provides really help parents and students stay on track for the conversations, visits, applications and financial aid progress without getting overwhelmed or behind. Some of the programming and information can feel a bit repetitive if you have two or more students separated by a year or two, but it's all set up well to take advantage of what makes sense for your family. I have found the student -staff pairings exceptionally helpful. Our youngest student was paired with Brent Smith, and even if Brent was talking with him about the same information as we would be, our student paid attention differently and absorbed the advice in a much better way. He looked forward to his meetings and always recapped them with plenty of details. When he was ready to make his acceptance decision, Brent was one of the first people he wanted to tell.
Both of our students applied to a reasonable number of schools that they were most interested in, and were able to take advantage of the College Application Blitz, where some of the application fees were waived.
We found the ACT prep classes and lunch time programming to be the right fit for going over the material in a guided way and help be prepared for the test in a way that didn't overwhelm or panic the kids.
In talking with other high school parents it's easy to learn that most high schools don't have a similar program and parents and students are left on their own for this type of support. Not only does A Call to College keep the family generally on track for the decision process, but also helps with some of the costs. In addition to the Last Dollar grants the program helps with ACT prep classes, Senior year ACT test fee, and the College Application Blitz. These costs might be $65 or more a piece, allowing the family to be strategic with every dollar possible for additional test dates, and college deposits and expenses. Our entire family has found it valuable. Even as our students are navigating the college experience, we've been able to continue to utilize A Call to College staff for FAFSA and Financial Aid questions. Just a great layer of support, guidance and understanding!
A call to college is a great program I got to participate at NHS. Most people think oh $1000 isnt a lot but you can renew the grant for four years. For me thats a big deal because thats $4000 less im going to be taking out in a loan and for that im grateful. This year because the pandemic they changed the formatting to apply a little and I thought it was great. Super easy to fill out and email the other information. It was a quick and painless process and for that im also grateful because it can be difficult sometimes trying to make time for things.
A Call To College is an outstanding program that has helped me during my high school career by learning about how to prepare for college and aiding me in my college ventures, such as preparing AND paying for my ACT test. The program is very helpful during the junior and senior years of high school as they help you make informed decisions about where you are going after high school and how you are going to get there. I would recommend this program to every high school student interested in building a career after high school; especially students who will be first generation college students like I am.
A Call to College has been an invaluable part of helping me decided to take the path to college , as well as aiding me through the whole process. From applying to reviewing financial aid packages and choosing a college. The staff is full of welcoming individuals who are dedicated to help with all aspects of furthering a you’re education.Personally I applied to many different colleges and Mr.Underhill specifically took the time to help make it a very positive experience . From applying to answering any questions me and my family have had and especially with much assistance reviewing my financial aid options.
A Call to College reaches out to students and parents when they have a problem, and there is never a time when they aren't there to help you. I really appreciate that, because when life gets in the way, and you forget to do the important things to prepare you for your future, A Call to College is always there to help you get it done.
Thanks again for your knowledge and helpfulness with the FAFSA and preparing us for college.
There is no way we would have made it through the process without YOU!!! It's really a lot of information to understand, from year to year.
Thanks for being there for us.
We, at Newark High School are so lucky to have this program. The staff is so kind and understanding, and very knowledgeable. about college information. They helped us every step of the way, from the FAFSA to acceptance letters, and then followed through with our student. My student was very nervous about the process and they worked with him and made the process very smooth. Thank You!!! My son is heading to college this fall.
A Call to College is a change agent for Newark, Ohio. A generation of students have been counseled and are given last dollar grants to help them with their post secondary education. Trained staff and volunteers are passionate about student success and have made a difference in the lives of thousands of students with increasing participation each year. What a gift to this community and a model for other school districts as well.
A Call To College has helped me so much with my college experience! I am currently going into my senior year of college, and this program has definitely played a major role in getting me to where I am today. The support from the wonderful staff while I was in high school was so helpful—they made the transition and all of the confusing aspects of applying to college, financial aid, so much more so easy for me. I am so grateful to this program. In addition to this, having received a scholarship every year while in college has helped me get so much closer to reaching my goals. One day I will be an RN, and I believe that A Call To College played a major role in that.
A call to college has helped me in every way to get back on track to college. I’ve been out of high school for two years and was excited to start college this fall. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the help from Tara Houdeshell and all the other advisors from Newark High School. I am forever grateful for Tara taking time out of her summer to get me on the right path! With being a full time mom and full time employee she was able to work around my schedule and help me prepare all my applications for this fall. If it wasn’t for them I definitely wouldn’t be where I am with what i have. I appreciate every single person working hard to make it easy for us to go back to school! Everyone needs to take advantage of the opportunities they have.
Thank you to all of the staff at ACTC! They are helpful, passionate and knowledgeable. They have made the college preparation and admission process so easy for both of my children and the FAFSA boot camp they hold is so great. The Last Dollar Grant awarded to graduates who are eligible is also a huge help, especially towards room and board which is not covered by many other scholarships. My son went on to graduate from Denison University with a degree in Physics, was accepted to Officer Training School afterward for the ASAF and is now a Second Lieutenant working in logistics. My daughter will be a sophomore at Wittenberg University looking to major in Sociology and Philosophy. A Call to College helped give both of them confidence and opportunity.
A Call to College is one of the best, if not the best, nonprofit organization out there. Their programs have helped not just me, but thousands of other students grades 2-12 embark on their college journey. I know that second grade may sound a bit young to be thinking about education after high school, but each project and event that they host leaves a new impact for the student's memories to hold.
My personal experience with this organization is nothing but good things! They have helped me with things such as preparing for the dreaded ACT test, finding what college would best fit me, and they have even held my hand through signing up for college orientations and paying my initial fees. Without A Call to College I don't think that I would have made it this far when it comes to my education. They have helped me so much and have always done so with a smile. I appreciate all of their hard work and I am excited to see what more they can do in the future!
Not only am I a proud Board Member with A Call to College (ACTC), but I have also volunteered with this wonderful organization for over 20 years. The way in which ACTC assists students through the entire college admissions and financial aid process is significant and unlike other college access programs. They plant the seed of "College is Possible" as early as second grade with their elementary and middle school programming. Then they continue this groundwork by assisting juniors and seniors through the college process. And then to award over a million dollars in need-based grants just speaks volumes for what ACTC is capable of. Newark City Schools are so fortunate to have this resource available to students and parents. They serve as a model to other schools for how to run a successful program. To say I am proud to be involved with ACTC is an understatement. The co-founders would be so proud to see where their vision has gone!
I am very thankful for the opportunity to work with A Call To College, and for recieving their assistance with my plan of action for college.
I have been affiliated with Newark City School's A Call to College program for many years, as I am a classroom teacher in the District's high school. I have watched the program continue to be focused on its mission of helping students find and secure funds for post-high school education. The staff and volunteers work tirelessly to meet with students, to help them understand the college and financial aid process, and to celebrate their commitment to furthering their own education. In my years in the classroom I have watched the A Call to College program grow from only counseling college bound seniors to now helping juniors prepare for the ACT and the college search process, working with freshman and sophomores learning about post-secondary and career education opportunities and conducting programs for 8th, 6th, 4th and 2nd graders to further their "college knowledge." A Call to College has secured funding for grants and scholarships for students committed to furthering their educations. They provide tremendously valuable counseling for students who need help understanding the many elements of paying for college. In a district where there is a very high rate of poverty, A Call to College has provided a treasure chest of opportunity and access for first generation college students as well as those seeking professional trade educations. It has been an honor and a privilege to be affiliated with this incredible organization.
I think that call to college is very helpful! Their very welcoming and I did not feel like it was just a meeting to talk about my future. They made a connection with me and really encouraged me to go somewhere that I was going to love! As well as finding a place to reach my full potential and I cannot thank them enough!
A Call to College has been a valuable resource for my husband and I as we help our oldest prepare for the next step in her academic career. The college process has changed since we were seniors in High School, therefore making the staff and advisers a huge help to not only our daughter but to us as well. Thank you so much for helping our daughter prepare for this exciting chapter in her life.
LOVE this program! They offer so much support and direction to students and their families in preparing for the future. I cannot express the amount of gratitude our family has for this program. From exciting kids at an early age, to facilitating college visits and ACT prep....Call to College in Newark Ohio is one of a kind and we are lucky to have them in our community!
I spent three years volunteering with A Call to College through their Reading Rocks program. A few times a month we would meet with them at the local library to read the book The Little Engine That Could. The staff from ACTC was remarkable. They were always so excited to work with us as volunteers but more importantly, were incredibly exciting and friendly to the kids they were serving.
A Call to College is a phenomenal organization! The staff went above and beyond to assist my daughter with her pursuit of a college education. They provided her a wealth of valuable programming and services, including free ACT prep and testing, college information and planning nights, advising, college visits, an application blitz night, college fairs and a Last Dollar Grant. Moreover, they extended their services to assist me with completing the FAFSA, kept me up to date on upcoming events through text reminders and provided me with helpful tips and information through periodic newsletters. In addition, Brett always took the time to patiently answer my MANY questions and provided reassurance. I sincerely appreciate everything the staff has done to assist us with my daughter's pursuit of a college education. Without a doubt, the efforts of A Call to College have a positive impact on the students at Newark High School!
A Call to College is a wonderful program. I have been fortunate to have had experiences with this program as a second grade and an eighth grade teacher and as a step-parent of children in the district. The program exposes students to the importance of getting a good education and to what options are available to them after they graduate high school. Volunteers begin talking to students in elementary school and continue all the way through high school. Students learn about college, saving, budgeting, planning ahead, and moving forward with their education. They provide numerous resources to students who are applying to college and/or post-secondary education. The program also offers assistance for parents who are in the process of filling out the FAFSA. Our community is very lucky to have a program like A Call to College that is so devoted to continuing education.
What an energetic, fun-filled, informative experience at The Works! The creators of the program were very knowledgeable and presented the subject matter clearly so that maximum learning occurred. They also visited our school to link the learning to activities in the classroom. I cannot think of a thing that could have been improved!
I have been a volunteer with A Call to College for 3 years now. Over the last 3 years I have been amazed at how well this organization connects with students in a way that can make a very stressful time, like preparing for college, and make it less stressful by guiding them through the process. They truly care about the future success of students after high school.
We are the parents of four children who have gone through this school system. When our oldest daughter was a senior, A Call to College was there for us every step of the way. This was our first experience with college and the work it takes to prepare. ACTC made it seem effortless. They were positive and practically held our hand. I will be forever grateful for their assistance as we had three more children coming up behind her.
I can remember when the Peak Program began. It was that same year that our oldest was a senior. Our 2nd grade son came home so very excited about the visitors in his classroom that day. He couldn’t wait for me to read the book he was given called I Know I Can. What a wonderful way to start small minds geared toward further education.
A Call to College explains the process in such a way that every parent feels they can help their child achieve their goals. The students understand and in turn get excited about the possibility of attending college. Even after the first year, students are encouraged to continue their studies with the opportunity to have The Last Dollar Grant for the entire four years!
ACTC invites colleges to come to the high school campus and set up a table with representatives to help answer questions or apply for their schools. They also take the students on college campus tours. Some of these students may not have visited otherwise. They provide workshops for filling out the FAFSA, ACT Prep and a free ACT test to all seniors and guidance for additional scholarships.
My husband teaches in a different school district and dreams of having this program for his student!
We want to thank the generous donors with the vision to begin this program. It has been a true blessing to this family!
This nonprofit not only gives funds to students but does so much more! They start in elementary school by just having conversations with the word college . Many students in this school district do not have knowledge about continuing their education. This continues in middle school. At the high school level, they have study sessions for the ACT and provide one free ACT test. They also take students to different college trips. This is how my daughter found her college choice. When she returned from her trip, we knew that she would attend Ohio University. During a student's jr and sr years of high school, the program helps them apply to schools and guidance to make their applications better. The Call to College Program has the Last Dollar Grant. Both of my daughters were fortunate to receive this grant. One great thing about this is that they can reapply for the four years in college-just not their freshman year! The one thing that the recipients have to do is give back to the program by visiting their school and talk about their college experience. What a way to give back and encourage others to continue their education!
A Call To College has helped in anyway that they can. By having this nonprofit organization in a high school, it allows the students to get information on colleges that they need in order to continue their education. A Call to College helped me by showing which college best fit my interest and which college best fit my budget. Even though each student is different, this organization leads students to success!
My students look forward to this program year after year. A Call To College engages my 4th grade students to learn about college-going behaviors and the vocabulary that is associated with college in fun way. They also teach them the importance of financial literacy and money skills such as saving, investing, spending, and donating. Students actually get to earn money, decide how they want to spend it and choose a philanthropy to donate to. This is always a rewarding learning experience. A Call To College has been such a valuable experience to my students that they continue to look forward to it throughout their school years.
One of the things I look forward to each year is volunteering for the Reality Store Liberty Middle School. This activity is a great way to show them the little steps that life brings in the adult world. It is a real world activity within the safety net activity to help them see the actions and the decisions they make have consequences. Some turn out well and others learn hard lessons. I think this is a great way to help them prepare for life and responsibilities as well as how their education now and continuing will play a crucial part in their lives. I believe this is something we need to continue to educate and enrich the children of our community now and in their future.
I have volunteered with A Call to College over a number of years.
They do a tremendous job helping high school students get into colleges and universities.
Actually, ACTC starts younger school age students think about college while still in their elementary grades. They challenge public school students to think about life and what goals they want to pursue.
At the beginning of the year my students take a survey that asks them if they want to go to college, most of my students mark no. At the end of the program they take the same survey and almost all of them change their answer to yes. This program helps instill that college is very important for success as an adult. It is an amazing program!
A Call To College was exceptionally helpful resource to me while I was in high school, and has continued to help as I pursue my undergraduate degree. One of the best forms of assistance they offered while I was in high school was helping with the ACT. They paid for me to take it, and also administered a practice test several months before that definitely made my score higher than it would have been without that preparation. Since I graduated, they have helped to make my college more affordable for my family by awarding me with the Last Dollar Grant. This is a great nonprofit that really seeks to help out students be able to reach their academic goals both in and out of high school.
Our family cannot thank A Call to College enough for their continued financial support. Their generosity has made it possible to cover expenses such as tuition, books, house and more. The work they do on behalf of our students is outstanding and our community is truly blessed to have this organization.
Refreshing to deal with a non-profit that walks the walks when it comes to community service. A Call to College get's it and put the students and education first during a time when we focus far too much on sports.
Thanks for a job well done!!!!
Wow! Call to College is a fabulous program! I have been involved many years and it is such a privilege to interact with the children. The program is so uplifting to the students and very well organized. Thanks for all you do!
My experience with A Call To College and its staff over the past 10 years has been nothing less than fantastic. It continues to provide real, tangible support toward ensuring high school students from my hometown can enroll in college if they desire to do so. The program does this through last dollar grants, counseling and assistance in the financial aide process, among other forms of support to high school students. In addition, it's programs for younger students (beginning in 2nd grade) help to encourage a mindset toward higher education at an early age. With the changing demographics of the Newark community, this mission fills a critical need. Though a diverse group, the leadership and staff of A Call To College share a common passion for the program. As such, everything they do is for the benefit of students, including their professional interactions with the community. A huge "hats off" to you! Thank you for everything you do each to support our youth!!
I have been in contact or dealt directly with ACTC for the past 5 years. Because I have taught Seniors, Juniors, and Freshmen, the volunteers and workers would often come into my room to present or give lessons on the different topics related to each grade level. All of the ACTC staff are completely professional, polite, and extremely helpful. I love partnering with the ACTC staff members because they are always so prepared and really try to help the kids in life after high school.
They work very hard to help students, parents, and teachers with students' transitions to college/career. The ACTC Junior ACT prep program is top-notch. I've worked with the staff 4 out of the 5 years I have been teaching, having the ACTC staff come into my classroom to help my Juniors prepare for the ACT test. They offer before, after, and during school test prep for Juniors and throughout the year have events which promote college/career readiness.
I don't get to see their elementary programs in process, but I know they have implemented money awareness, future planning, and college prep programs for our younger students in the district as well. Students come up to the high school with a familiarity of ACTC and its purpose, which often helps builds relationships when discussing college/career planning as freshmen.
Overall, one of the best things about working in our school district, is the ACTC program. So many students have benefitted from their wisdom and guidance over the years. I often have kids that come back as graduates who volunteer for different events for ACTC, which is a testament to what this program is all about!
I wouldn't have been able to complete the college preparation process without A Call To College. They're great people who do great things for their students. Great organization!
Thank all of you so much for your support and help as I prepared to take the next step towards my future! Having the opportunity to meet with my adviser where I could gather my thoughts and organize my plan of action my junior and senior year of high school was a huge help and a great stress-reliever!
A Call To College is a fabulous non-profit organization that operates directly out of the Newark High School building and provides overwhelmed students with the information and guidance they need to pursue higher education, should they choose to. With FAFSA assistance, ACT and SAT prep help, and the generous Last Dollar Grant, college-bound students need not fear their future as they will receive advice and considerable financial assistance every step of the way. Even though college and branching out into the real world is a scary transition, A Call to College ensures that NCS students don't have to go it alone.
A Call to College is a fantastic organization whose mission helps local students realize their college dreams. I will be a sophomore at Kent State University this year and have been the recipient of two scholarships from A Call to College. These have been a huge financial help to me and my family and I can't thank them enough for their generosity and for the good work they do. Our community is truly blessed to have such an organization.
A Call to College has been a huge help to us in navigating all aspects of the college experience for both of our sons- from filling out FAFSA forms, applying for scholarships, and all types of general advice about college.
The staff and advisors at ACTC are all very helpful and go out of their way to provide information, support, and encouragement to students and parents alike.
Some of our family friends from other school districts are always so surprised to learn that Newark City Schools has such a great resource available to us and have said they wish their own schools offered something similar.
ACTC has been so important to us in helping with the nuts and bolts of financing and obtaining a college education for our sons. Without the knowledgeable assistance and financial help from ACTC and their generous donors, our family would have struggled greatly having 2 kids in college at the same time. The financial help and support from ACTC has had such a positive impact on both our sons, and our whole family. Thank you from the Pancini family !!!!!!
Attending college is essential to completing my life goal of becoming a CPA. Though college provides endless opportunities, it also comes with a great deal of financial burden. I just completed my second year of college and am about to start my third, and A Call to College has helped me all three years by taking some of that burden off. This has allowed me to not worry about the money as much, and to focus on my studies and campus involvement more. A Call to College has definitely played a huge role in contributing to my success and has allowed me to further prepare myself for my career.
A Call to College is awesome!!! I am a Newark High school student who comes from a family with a single income. So the idea of having over $20,000 in college debt wasn't very inviting. The A Call to College foundation at my local high school has been very helpful in relieving some of this burden. With help from a Call to College, Licking county Foundation and several other scholarships i have been able to college with no debt so far. I am currently in my junior year at The Ohio State University pursuing a Bachelors degree in Welding Engineering.
A Call to College is made up by a group of people dedicated to making college accessible and affordable. And what makes that group so unique is the drive, the commitment and personal mission that they share in making this happen. Though a small group, they are tireless champions who educate and tell the story over and over – driving home the message that yes, you've got this and yes, you can be exactly who you always wanted to be . That is a message all children need to hear.
A Call to College provides a vital service to the students who live in my community. Starting in second grade, the group's programming encourages students to think of high school graduation as the beginning of their lives, and as a stepping-off point for their futures. A Call to College also helps students prepare for the ACT, college applications and financial aid. The cherry on top is in the Last Dollar grants that all students can apply for, which give up to $1,000-per-year for four years to students who need the extra help.
As a student, I believe that each member of the A Call to College staff genuinely cares about the success of myself and my peers. I have always left their office feeling relieved and confident in our solutions. This program made a HUGE difference on my college decision process.
I'm a relatively new member to the Newark community and am the Head of Children's services for the county library system. This group has invited to me to participate with them as a guest reader during their career day program & the day was very well put together. The purpose of career day is to allow the 2nd grade students to be exposed to a variety of career options in an up-close, informal setting. Each child gets a book to keep. This small portion of the program that I've participated in is just one facet of a large, ongoing program that takes place each fall.
This is a group of extraordinary people who deeply care about the students they serve. The level of dedication and attention they give to every student who walks through their doors is what sets them apart. The programs they implement changed my life by giving me the information needed to start my college career. But they did not stop there! Next was a four year scholarship used for books and other miscellaneous costs. I have been involved with this great organization first as a student and now as a volunteer. I came back because I saw firsthand how important this organization is to our community.