Henry Ford II seniors sign onto UCS College Culture
Henry Ford II seniors sign onto importance of college applications
Posted on 10/19/2017
Student signing a poster that reads "I Applied to Michigan State University"

Henry Ford II High School senior Jarod King knows that going to college will make a difference throughout his entire future.

“I know I want to make something of myself,” he said, after signing posters in the school commons of the colleges where he has submitted applications. “I want to make sure I can support myself and my family, and college is the best way to do that.”

King and his Falcon classmates recently took part in College Week to support the school’s goal that all seniors apply to a college by end of the month.

“College week is designed to encourage all of our seniors to apply to the postsecondary school of their choice and to apply for Financial aid through FAFSA,” counselor Matt Joseph said. “It also is designed to create awareness to our underclassmen and allows them the opportunity to explore different options after high school.” 

Activities included talking to teachers about college options, wearing college apparel, decorating classroom doors and signing college posters in the commons.

King said that the importance of post-secondary education has been a focus during his time at Henry Ford II, where he has received guidance from teachers and administrators and has used the on-line tool Naviance.

He said one piece he learned that was helpful was the importance of visiting campuses before making an enrollment decision about where he will pursue a nursing degree.

He eventually chose Saginaw Valley State after visiting the campus.

“I fell in love with it,” he said. “Visiting the campus really gives you a feel for the college.”

The UCS College Culture promotes the importance of all students pursuing post-secondary educational opportunities, including universities, community colleges, trade/vocational or the military. 

Recently, Georgetown University released a study that found more than 95 percent of jobs created since the Great Recession have gone to workers with at least some college education.

The study found that graduates with at least some college education have captured 11.5 million of the 11.6 million jobs created during the recovery.