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Ready Or Not: Destination College Addresses College Readiness
Destination College Addresses College Readiness
Destination College is a Collin College initiative that started with a one-night event in 2005. The popularity of the event, which provided parents of potential college students with resources and speakers addressing college readiness, forced the college to turn Destination College into its own department and a year-long slate of workshops and events.

Destination College serves students and parents throughout Collin and Rockwall counties regardless of where the student plans to attend college.

According to Brooke Ingersoll, Destination College coordinator, parents and students are looking for a competitive advantage when preparing for college.

“There are more than 3,000 colleges and universities in the United States. In Texas alone there are 50 community colleges and 35 public universities,” she said, addressing the pure mass of choices a student must make when choosing where to attend. “Our workshops help provide people with a knowledge base to navigate the whole college admissions process. Destination College puts it all in perspective and guides them through what can sometimes be a long and confusing process.”

Another goal of the program is debunking myths. Here are some common myths Ingersoll and her staff have run into:

  • A Good GPA Is Everything
    Ingersoll said that colleges and universities are looking at the student as a whole when deciding on admission. A good grade point average is fine; however, institutions will look at extracurricular activities, volunteer work and the student record as a whole. They want students who will contribute to their campus in a meaningful way and who will be a good fit for their student body.
  • College Is Not Affordable
    “You may have to go to a community college for a couple of years. You may have to work harder to get scholarships or sit down and fill out your FAFSA. But there is a way to pay for it. Money is not an excuse not to go somewhere after high school,” Ingersoll said.
  • A Community College Core Is Different From The University CoreThe “core” curriculum – like English, biology, U.S. History and those classes you take during the freshman and sophomore years – is the same at a community college as it is at a university. All colleges and universities have a core curriculum. You can save quite a bit of money by attending Collin College first and getting those requirements out of the way, and then transfer for your last two years.

Here are some upcoming Destination College workshops:

  • Destination College: The Parent Workshop6-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 2This event features fast-paced sessions from a variety of speakers addressing parenting concerns and strategies for a successful admissions process, financial aid resources and more.
  • How To Apply For Financial Aid6:30-8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 16Learn about types of financial aid, the application process and more
  • Getting Started: For New Collin College Students6:30-8 p.m., Thursday, March 1Get step-by-step instruction on admissions, testing, advising and everything about going to Collin College.

There is no fee to attend these workshops, but registration is required.

Visit www.collin.edu/destinationcollege or call 972.377.1772 to register or for more information.


Reprinted with permission by Plano Profile