Text Steps Program

Text Steps Program: Class of 2020 Sign-up Now!

The Green Bay Area Public School District is one of 15 school districts in Wisconsin awarded a two-year “Text Steps Summer Melt” grant through Ascendium Education Group. The goal of the grant program is to increase college attendance after high school graduation by keeping students on task and on schedule.

Graduating seniors from the Class of 2020 are encouraged to sign-up now to be part of the program. To enroll in the program, Seniors are asked to complete a survey that was emailed to them by their School Counselors. The survey needs to be completed by May 15, 2020. The benefits of signing up include:

*FREE service available to ALL Green Bay Area Public School District graduating Seniors
*Access to knowledgeable staff who have extensive experience with post-secondary planning
*Continued link to Career Coaches to support the transition to higher education
*Communication with School Counselors is as simple as a text message

Last summer, five high School Counselors communicated via text message with 700 graduating Seniors, who opted into the program. Seniors received text message prompts throughout the Summer relating to topics such as: sending final transcripts, completing FAFSA applications and verifications, registering for college classes and orientation, completing financial aid tasks, and other post-secondary related questions. School Counselors were available to work with students to support the transition process from high school to college, ensuring students were registered in the Fall. School Counselors also offered support to students whose post-secondary plans included Military and employment. 

Testimonials:

"Thanks for helping me finish my FAFSA and sending my final transcript to UW-Stevens Point!"
- East High School, Class of 2019

"My son was able to communicate with his high School Counselor via text message over the Summer and received valuable assistance prior to starting at UW-Madison." - Class of 2019 Preble High School parent

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