SLHS seniors look to the future during Applied Week

Krystle Wagner • Oct 14, 2017 at 11:00 AM

SPRING LAKE TWP. — Seniors at Spring Lake High School spent the past week placing a special focus on their futures.

Jana Reenders, of the Tri-Cities College Access Network, said it was a successful week. Through the annual Applied Week, or #DoYouHaveAPlan? Week, about 94 percent of the school’s Class of 2018 completed applications or conveyed they have a plan for after high school graduation.

Next week, Grand Haven High School students will participate in Applied Week.

Between classes and during lunch breaks, the SLHS students worked on their applications. Reenders said it was exciting seeing that some students had already completed or started applications.

Although the concept isn’t new, one of the biggest parts of the week was expanding the definition of college, said SLHS counselor John Coughenour. He said they discussed with students that post-secondary education isn’t just a four-year institution — it also involves vocational training and certificate programs.

Coughenour said he liked that underclassmen also got to see classmates thinking about post-secondary education.

“It was a great week,” he said.

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