On Thursday, April 30 at 8:30 a.m., the senior class of Montevallo High School (980 Oak Street) will announce what colleges and universities they will attend.
During the ceremony, school officials will recognize 42 seniors who will attend 18 different colleges and one student who is joining the United States Marine Corps. The senior class, who will wear t-shirts from their college of choice, will be recognized during a school assembly attended by their families, Montevallo Mayor Hollie Cost and representatives from Alabama Possible, the University of Montevallo and Jefferson State Community College.
“These students committed to attend college so that they can compete for today’s high wage, high skill jobs,” said Kristina Scott, executive director of Alabama Possible. “Our state is no stranger to recognizing the accomplishments of talented athletes. With College Signing Day, we aim to show that academic excellence is just as worthy of celebrating.”
Many of the graduating seniors are participants in Alabama Possible’s Blueprints College Access Initiative. Blueprints connects high school students and their families with helpful resources and relationships so they are equipped to graduate from high school college and career-ready.
Currently, only 33 percent of Alabama’s working-age adults have a two- or four-year degree, but by 2020 a majority of Alabama jobs will require a postsecondary degree or certificate.
As part of this process, the Blueprints initiative teams high school students up with college student mentors to navigate the college admissions process and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form, which is required to pursue student loans, grants and other scholarship opportunities.