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Lacy Pennington

Lead Student Experiences Coordinator

K20 Center

About Me

I serve as the Lead Student Experiences Coordinator for the GEAR UP for MY SUCCESS grant at the University of Oklahoma's K20 Center. I have worked in a variety of areas within higher education, including financial aid, admissions, and career services. I previously served as the Parent and Community Coordinator for a previous GEAR UP urban grant at the K20 Center. I am a first generation college graduate, growing up in rural Oklahoma and have completed a bachelors and masters degree program.

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The High School GEAR UP Kickoff activity will focus on postsecondary benefits, options, and terminology. This activity will also explain how the GEAR UP grant will help students reach their college and career goals. Students will create a goal for what they can do in high school to increase their preparedness... Read more »

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This campus visit lesson focuses on identifying and mitigating obstacles to postsecondary education. Student participants will have an opportunity to discuss why they should want to go to college and what could potentially prevent them from going. They will then explore some of the critical careers... Read more »

Educator Resource

Tag Target Audience

  • Campus Visits, Students

Tag Calendar Placement

  • Any time of year

User Group Group Size

  • Large Group (at least 30)

Tag Related

  • Individual Career Academic Plan (ICAP)

Tag Intention Or Purpose

  • College-Going Culture

Tag ICAP (Individual Career Academic Planning)

  • College & Career Interest

Tag College & Career Readiness Framework

  • Benefits of Higher Education, Degrees, Professions, & Earnings, College Expenses, Oklahoma's Promise

Tag Family Engagement

  • Supporting Student Success
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Time Frame 30-45 minutes

This 9th Grade Campus Visit Activity focuses on increasing students’ postsecondary education (PSE) awareness and preparation. Participants will recognize the factors that influence the accessibility of PSE options, identify solutions for funding PSE, and create actionable steps for increasing their... Read more »

Educator Resource

Tag Target Audience

  • Campus Visits, Students

User Group Group Size

  • Individual, Large Group (at least 30), Medium Group (at least 10), Small Group, Small Group (at least 4), Whole Class

Tag Related

  • Individual Career Academic Plan (ICAP)

Tag Intention Or Purpose

  • Action Plans, College-Going Culture

Tag ICAP (Individual Career Academic Planning)

  • College & Career Interest

Tag College & Career Readiness Framework

  • Benefits of Higher Education, College Admissions, College Expenses

Tag Family Engagement

  • Supporting Student Success
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Time Frame

This professional development session focuses on insights and strategies for creating a college- and career-going culture in schools. Participants will be asked to: (1) analyze the significance of a college- and career-going culture, (2) assess the current college- and career-going culture at their... Read more »

Tag Related

  • Individual Career Academic Plan (ICAP)
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Time Frame 120-180 session(s)

This 7th Grade Campus Visit professional development focuses on providing an opportunity for students to tour a college campus and learn about different facets of college life. Students will participate in a learning activity to familiarize themselves with college degrees and other postsecondary education... Read more »

Educator Resource

Tag Target Audience

  • Campus Visits, Students

Tag Calendar Placement

  • 2nd Nine Weeks, 3rd Nine Weeks, 4th Nine-Weeks

Tag Related

  • Individual Career Academic Plan (ICAP)
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Time Frame 30-45 minutes