K-12 Programs

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 K-12 & IDEAL 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 K-12 & IDEAL 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.

Sights of Texas Tech
(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.

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.

Color Your Future: K-3rd
(K – 5th grade)

Color Your Future includes a presentation on the importance of setting yourself up to do whatever you (student) want to do in life. After the presentation, students are then given a picture of a profession (i.e. architect, artist, scientist, doctor, or business woman). The message that the Office of Community Engagement sends with this program is not only relevance that school and effort has on a child’s future, but also different career options available that they may not have been aware of before the visit.


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.

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.

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.

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.

Social Media Etiquette: 40-45 Minutes
(6th - 8th grade)

Students in this generation use technology often to communicate. Proper use of the internet is an issue that needs to be discussed with high importance. This program illustrates examples and explanations of appropriate and inappropriate posts on social media sites and the consequences that result from distasteful posting. The program also explains the tone and negative body language habits that we can portray when we are in a professional environment rather than behind a computer, tablet or cell phone.


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.

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.