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Resources for Educators

Creating a college achieving culture begins with the educators in schools and classrooms across the nation. As part of our shared effort to encourage higher education among students, the Office of Community Engagement offers a variety of programs directed toward K-12 students, which are available upon request. Listed below are the brief summaries of each program we offer. For more information contact the Office of Community Engagement at (806) 742-7017.

Elementary Program Highlights

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College BINGO
(K – 5th grade)

The goal of this program is to introduce college terminology and descriptions to elementary school students. Recognizing that the terminology of higher education can be as daunting as the buildings themselves, this interactive activity, patterned after the popular game will be played several times and each student will have a different game sheet each time the game is played. In addition, the students will be engaged in discussing college terms such as majors, the cost of attending college, dormitories, sports, etc. OCE staff will award students who answer questions relating to college with Texas Tech University promotional items.

Red Raider Spirit Days
(K – 5th grade)

The goal of this program is to promote and brand Texas Tech University and provide an opportunity for students to express excitement and support for not only athletic teams but higher education in general. This program will be held on Fridays in the fall before each home game of the Texas Tech University Red Raider football team. Students will kick-off their day with a pep rally promoting Texas Tech University, and students and school personnel will be encouraged to wear Texas Tech apparel and/or red and black. OCE Staff will be present and give away promotional items designed to encourage school spirit.

Scavenger Hunt 2.0
(K – 5th grade)

The goal of this program is to enable students to become familiar with the Texas Tech University campus by searching for campus landmarks. Each Scavenger Hunt 2.0 begins at the West Hall and lasts from 45 minutes to an hour. In addition, the program includes a student panel made up of college student volunteers to answer questions from the visiting students. By participating in this activity, students will gain familiarity with a university campus and gain some confidence that they can aspire to a college education. This event takes place on the Texas Tech Campus by grade level, and is facilitated and delivered by OCE staff.

Mini University
(K – 5th grade)

The goal of this program is to provide an introduction to college to elementary school students and begin branding Texas Tech University among these students. This program plants the seed of college into the minds of young children, and through an interactive presentation, it illustrates college as a viable option. The program aims to get children excited about attending college by discussing what college is. Based upon availability, the TTU Spirit Squad will attend. This program is facilitated and delivered by OCE staff at participating institutions based upon request and availability.

Scavenger Hunt 1.0
(K – 5th grade)

The goal of this program is to enable students to become familiar with the Texas Tech University campus by searching for campus landmarks. Each Scavenger Hunt 1.0 begins at West Hall and lasts from 45 minutes to an hour. In addition, the program includes a student panel made up of college student volunteers to answer questions from the visiting students. By participating in this activity, students will gain familiarity with a university campus and gain some confidence that they can aspire to a college

Flat Raider Red
(K – 5th grade)

The goal of this program is to introduce Texas Tech University to elementary students. Students will create stories about college, take pictures with Flat Raider Red around the classroom and/or school, and share information that will help them learn more about their own school as well as our university. OCE will send Flat Raider Red to each interested school and create a map highlighting all the schools across the country.

Middle School Program Highlights

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College 101
(6th - 8th grade)

The goal of this program is to provide insight on what to expect in college and how to prepare for admission and arrival to college. This program will be presented once a year by grade level and may be held at Texas Tech University or at the participating institution depending on the needs of the students. In addition, the program provides a student panel that consists of college student volunteers who will answer questions from the visiting students. This program is tailored to each grade level, and each student is provided an action plan for getting them to college. This program is also facilitated and delivered by OCE staff.

Community Involvement Day
(6th - 8th grade)

The goal of this program is to provide an opportunity for students to give back to their community and, in conjunction with Global and National Youth Service Day, celebrate a nationally recognized event. This program will take place once a year in the spring semester and will be facilitated and delivered by OCE staff as well as Texas Tech University staff and students and community organizations involved in community service and volunteerism. A brief presentation from the Volunteer Center of Lubbock will be given to the students to provide background information on service, leadership, and the importance of volunteerism. This will be educational to participating students and will empower them to make a difference in their communities by providing civic engagement.

Meet the Majors
(6th - 8th grade)

The goal of this program will introduce a different area of collegiate study each month to participating students. Students will be presented with academic program information from an academic department’s faculty and staff. The program will change and grow in depth and exploration dependent on the grade level involved. This is a Saturday program delivered by OCE staff and offered at Texas Tech University once a month (by participating grade level).

Red Raider Campus Tours
(6th - 8th grade)

The goal of this program is to provide a first-hand look at college life and to learn about the traditions, history and development of Texas Tech University. This program will be held on campus, and will be available as needed and/or requested. The program will be facilitated and delivered by OCE staff and OCE student volunteers. The program also includes a student panel that consists of college student volunteers who will answer questions about college for visiting students.

Young Gentlemen Scholars' Day
(6th - 8th grade)

The goal of this event is to support the development of leadership and personal growth among young male participants. This event is held once a semester (by participating grade level) on the Texas Tech University campus. The event provides day-long activities including seminars on current topics such as bullying, social media and identity, and morality and ethics, as well as team-building exercises, personal discovery exercises, and keynote speakers. OCE staff will serve as facilitators and reach out to community leaders and Tech faculty and staff to deliver the program. The young men will develop leadership skills and apply these skills in the community and at their schools.

College Jeopardy!
(6th - 8th grade)

The goal of this program is to introduce students to college terminology and issues facing today’s college students through an interactive trivia game. This program will be facilitated and delivered by OCE staff at Texas Tech University and/or the participating campus depending on the needs of the students involved. This program will be delivered by grade level. It will offer a unique answer-question format in which students are presented with clues in the form of answers and must phrase their response in question form. The game will provide an engaged setting for students to learn about college generally and Texas Tech University specifically.

Junior University Day
(6th - 8th grade)

The goal of this program is to learn about academic programs and campus activities offered by Texas Tech University as well as to receive information on resources for pursuing higher education. This program will be facilitated and delivered by OCE staff as well as other university personnel involved in admissions and recruitment. The program will mirror the University Day program hosted for high school juniors and seniors. Middle school students will visit the Texas Tech campus for a day and will receive the full Red Raider experience. Students will attend a pep rally to kick-off the event and learn about the academic programs and campus activities offered by Texas Tech University. The program will be held once in the fall semester and once in the spring semester.

Reality Check
(6th - 8th grade)

The goal of this program is to outline financial and social benefits of higher education by using real life scenarios introduced in game format. This program is specially designed for students in 6th - 12th grades. This program is similar to the Game of Life™, where the students are given a career, a budget, and a family. Each student is given the opportunity to buy child care, food, clothes, transportation, etc., on a budget depending on their chosen occupation. This program will be facilitated by OCE staff. It will be delivered upon request by grade level and will be held either on the Tech campus or the participating campus depending on the needs of the students.

Triple Play
6th grade

The goal of this three-pronged interactive program offered to students is to promote health/wellness, college readiness, and baseball skills to all students. Students will be introduced to the basics of each component and will engage in activities to stimulate learning. The program will be presented by OCE staff along with participating sponsors (health and wellness delivery, baseball coaches and instructors) on a Saturday in the spring. The event will take place at a local baseball facility pending availability.

Young Women Scholars' Day
(6th - 8th grade)

The goal of this event is to support the development of leadership and personal growth among young female participants. This event is held once a semester (by participating grade level) on the Texas Tech University campus. The event provides day-long activities including seminars on current topics such as bullying, social media and identity, and morality and ethics, as well as team-building exercises, personal discovery exercises, and keynote speakers. OCE staff will serve as facilitators and reach out to community leaders and Tech faculty and staff to deliver the program. The young women will develop leadership skills and apply these skills in the community and at their schools.

High School Program Highlights

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Admissions Workshop
(9th - 11th grade)

The goal of this program is to provide students with information about college admissions and expectations. This program will be facilitated and delivered by OCE staff and the University Career Services Office. The program will be held once a semester (by appropriate grade level) and upon request, on the Texas Tech University campus. The students will learn how to become “well-rounded” applicants as well as the importance of academic achievement and community involvement during the admissions process.

Dress, Success, and the Rest
(9th - 11th grade)

The goal of this program is to provide students with information, example scenarios and feedback on job search etiquette to assist them in finding gainful employment. This program will be facilitated and delivered by OCE staff and the University Career Services Office. The program will be held once a semester (by appropriate grade level) and upon request, on the Texas Tech University campus. The students will learn the importance of professional appearance/attire and gain insight on what to wear and what not to wear as well as verbal and non-verbal communication in presentations, job interviews, campus visits, etc.

Red Raider Leadership Seminar and Strengths Quest
(11th grade)

A goal of this program is to provide high school juniors the opportunity to take an online assessment that will identify their top five leadership strengths and expand upon ways to use those strengths to develop an academic and professional career path. This program will be facilitated and delivered by OCE staff and the University Career Services Office. This program will be offered at the Texas Tech campus in the spring semester. Based upon availability the program may be offered on a Saturday. By taking this online assessment, students will be able to discover their natural talents. This knowledge has the potential to help students strategically choose a successful career path, conquer job and scholarship interviews, and gain a better understanding of what they do best. Students will be provided with the tools and advice on how to become effective leaders in their schools and community.

TTU Meet the Professor
(9th - 11th grade)

The goal of this program is to provide students the real-life experience of a college course. Students will be introduced to a college professor and given a presentation simulating a college course at Texas Tech University. In addition, students will be provided with the Cornell note template and learn how to be effective note takers to improve academic performance. This program will be facilitated and delivered by OCE staff and the prospective department’s faculty and/or staff. The program will be offered in the fall semester and spring semester during the school week. Based upon availability the program may be offered on a Saturday.

College 101
(9th - 11th grade)

The goal of this program is to provide insight on what to expect in college and how to prepare for admission and arrival to college. This program will be presented once a year by grade level and may be held at Texas Tech University or at the participating institution depending on the needs of the students. In addition, the program provides a student panel that consists of college student volunteers who will answer questions from the visiting students. This program is tailored to each grade level, and each student is provided an action plan for getting them to college. This program is also facilitated and delivered by OCE staff.

Financial Aid Workshop
(9th - 11th grade)

This goal of this program is to educate and engage students on preparing for the cost of attendance in college. In addition, students will obtain a better understanding of the terminology and needed documents to complete the FAFSA. The program will be held on the Texas Tech campus and will be facilitated and delivered by OCE staff and the Financial Aid Office. Students will learn what options are available when it comes to paying for college, the differences between each type of financial aid, the importance of academics in the financial aid process, etc.

Resume Workshop
(9th - 11th grade)

The goal of this program is to provide students with feedback on building a resume and provide students example resumes assisting them in their college admission process. This program will be facilitated and delivered by OCE staff and the University Career Services Office. The program will be held once a semester (by appropriate grade level) and upon request, on the Texas Tech University campus. The students will learn the importance of establishing a professional repertoire and gain insight on presentations, job interviews, professionalism, etc.

Parent 101
(Parents of high school students in grades 9th - 11th)

This goal of this program is to educate and engage parents on hot topics such as preparing for college, paying for college, academics, time management, etc. In addition, parents will obtain a better understanding on the value of higher education and the necessary steps to be taken as a parent to assist their child in the pursuit of higher education. This program is presented in an on-going series format and will be facilitated and delivered by OCE staff. The program will be held on the Texas Tech campus and at the high school several times throughout the academic year.