Special Events

The Counseling Office receives information about a variety of events throughout the year that students at Kennedy could benefit from. This list is updated upon receipt of new information. Each event varies in date, time, location, etc. Most registrations are done online so links are included.


Eastern Iowa College Fair

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

JUNIORS & SENIORS - Are you interested in attending a College Fair? The Eastern Iowa College Fair will be held Wednesday, September 14 from 9:00 – 11:30 am at Kirkwood Community College. This is a GREAT opportunity to learn more from Admissions Representatives representing 100 different colleges and universities. If you are interested in attending, please stop in the Kennedy Counseling Office to sign up.


Auto & Diesel Day at DMACC

Friday, September 23, 2016

When? Friday, September 23, 2016 - 8:45 am-2:30 pm

Where? DMACC Ankeny Campus - Building 5, Ankeny, IA 50023

Programs Represented:

*DMACC is the only school in Iowa that offers partnership programs with Ford, Chrysler, CAT and GM. Learn about how you can have a paid work experience while earning your two year associate's degree.

Activities Include:

  • Explore career pathways through hands-on activity sessions
  • Learn about educational opportunities by hearing from DMACC instructors
  • Connect to future careers and professionals by touring related businesses
  • Enjoy a free lunch and Auto & Diesel Employer Showcase

Space is limited. Deadline to register is September 16, 2016

Register online: https://www.dmacc.edu/careerdiscovery/Pages/careerdiscovery.aspx.

QUESTIONS? Call 515-965-7117


Lawrence University is coming to Iowa City!

Monday, September 26, 2016

If you are considering Lawrence University for Fall 2017, you're invited to meet with a representative for a brief interview. Find more details and schedule an interview using this link: https://admissions.lawrence.edu/interviews/.  

Interviews will be held Monday, September 26 from 6:00 - 9:00 pm in Iowa City.

If you're unable to schedule an interview that day, please contact Admissions Representative, Russell Bold by phone at 920-832-7179 or via email at russel.s.bold@lawrence.edu.


Exploring College Options Event

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Exploring College Options is a special recruitment program sponsored by the undergraduate admissions offices of five of the country's leading universities: Duke University, Georgetown University, Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Stanford University. On Thursday, September 29th, the Exploring College Options group will visit Iowa. At this event, representatives from the five universities will conduct brief slide presentations about their institution and answer your questions about the sometimes-mystifying world of college admissions. You will learn what distinguishes one fine university from another, what competitive colleges look for in the selection process, and what you can do to enhance your college application.

The program starts promptly at 7:00 pm on Thursday, September 29th at the Cedar Rapids Marriott. We suggest arriving 15 to 20 minutes beforehand to complete the sign-in process and find a seat. Programs typically last one and a half hours. Please feel free to bring your parent or guardian to the program, and if you have a friend who you think might be interested, please direct him/her to this website for registration information - https://9484f18382f94d2b6e7d-be889b93b217a06f4358f0a58c68c168.ssl.cf1.rackcdn.com/ECO%20Cedar%20RapidsEvening.HTML


High Tech Guys Day

Friday, September 30, 2016

High Tech Guys Day at Kirkwood Community College will be held on Friday, September 30, 2016 from 8:30 am – 2:30 pm. This is a wonderful opportunity for students from 8th-12th grade to participate in hands-on activities exploring the high paying, high demand technology careers in STEM related fields. 

There is room for over 100 students to attend each event. Students that attend will also receive a free lunch and give-away. The keynote speaker will be Tom Wilcox from Involta to address the students about career opportunities in Information Technology.  The goal of the event is to excite and further the understanding about the growing demand for Information Technology jobs right here in the Eastern Iowa Corridor. 

Students explore labs in:

  • Computer Hardware Repair
  • Computer Science
  • Fiber Optics and Telecommunications
  • Graphic Design
  • Network & Information Security
  • Software Development
  • Website Development
  • Interior Design

Register here: www.kirkwood.edu/techdays


Young Women in Business Conference

Monday, October 17, 2016

The 2016 Young Women in Business Conference will be held Monday, October 17th from 8:00-3:30 at Iowa State University. During the Conference, participants will take part in multiple discussions and hands-on workshops built to familiarize them with each business major and the career opportunities that result from earning a degree in each of those majors. During these sessions, attendees will spend valuable time with Iowa State University instructors, industry leaders, and an ensemble of current female business students at Iowa State.

Register here: https://apps.bus.iastate.edu/ywib/


Advancing the Future Tours

October 17-21, 2016

Manufacturing isn't what it was years ago. Today's manufacturers offer highly skilled positions with lots of future potential. Corridor manufacturers will open their doors to help the public understand what's created here in our own backyard. Learn more about what they do, what jobs might be possible for you or someone you know, and be proud of the cool things local employers create.

Participating Manufacturers:

ACH Foam Technologies

American Profol

Bazooka Farmstar



Climate Engineers

Engineered Building Design


Highway Equipment Company

Midwest Metal Products

MSI Mold Builders

Newell Machinery

Pickwick Manufacturing

PMX Industries, Inc.

TSF Structures






How to Tour: There's no cost for taking a tour during the Advancing the Future Manufacturing Tour. Just check the tour schedule for dates and times of tours, and show up at the manufacturer of your choice at the listed time. Make sure to pay attention to safety notices and follow all posted signs.


College Application Week

October 24-27, 2016

Iowa College Aid is pleased to announce October as the month for the Iowa College Application Campaign. Throughout October, high schools across the state will host events to assist students with the college application process. Kennedy will participate in the College Application event, with the goal of ensuring that all students in our senior class apply to at least one college or university this fall.

The goal of Iowa College Application Campaign is to provide an opportunity for all Iowa seniors to complete and file college applications. To us, college means any education program beyond high school including certificate programs, two-year degree programs, and four-year programs. This initiative is so important because research shows that in Iowa, nearly two-thirds of the top 50 fastest growing occupations require some type of formal training program or post-secondary education.

More information is available here: http://kenn.cr.k12.ia.us/academics/college-application-campaign/


UNI Business Day

Friday, October 28, 2016

UNIBusiness Day is a special visit day for high school students with an interest and aptitude for business.  It is the perfect opportunity for students to learn more about our highly acclaimed business program at UNI. Activities include the usual campus and residence hall tour with a free lunch at one of our dining centers – but also include an in-depth presentation about what a business education at UNI can deliver followed by special breakout sessions for every major conducted by UNI faculty.

Location: University of Northern Iowa – Cedar Falls, IA

Register to attend here: https://www.uni.edu/admissions/event/unibusiness-panther-open-house


University of Dubuque – Nursing Preview Day

Friday, October 28, 2016

Are you interested becoming a nurse?  If so, you may want to consider visiting the University of Dubuque on Friday, October 28th (no school day) during Nursing Preview Day.  The University of Dubuque Nursing program has high standards, and enjoys great results.  The class that graduated in May 2016 achieved 100% first time pass on the NCLEX RN exam.  This is the best first time pass rate in the state of Iowa!  Graduates enjoy 100% placement, and starting salaries are the best in history.  It is a great time to become a nurse! Your students can register to attend the Nursing Preview Day online athttp://www.dbq.edu/Admission/ScheduleAVisit/PreviewDay/ (Links to an external site.) or call 563.589.3174.


University of Dubuque – Aviation Preview Day

Friday, October 28, 2016

If you are interested in becoming an airline pilot, flying helicopters, or building and flying drones, you may want to consider attending Aviation Preview Day at the University of Dubuque on Friday, October 28th.  The University of Dubuque is a well-known, and nationally recognized aviation school.  Our graduates enjoy 100% placement in the aviation industry, and starting salaries are the best in history.  It is a great time to become a pilot! Your students can register to attend the Aviation Preview Day online at http://www.dbq.edu/Admission/ScheduleAVisit/PreviewDay/ (Links to an external site.) or call 563.589.3174.


Wartburg College – Visit Days

Students are encouraged to attend one of Wartburg's visit days, if they are interested in Wartburg College. Many of the visit days have scholarships attached for seniors that attend. Click on one of the days below for more information about the day.

Education Visit Day - Monday, Oct. 24

Exploring Visit Day - Monday, Nov. 7

Journalism & Communication Visit Day - Monday, Nov. 14

Social Work Visit Day - Monday, Nov. 14

Business Visit Day - Monday, Nov. 14

Music Visit Day - Wednesday, Nov. 30

Cedar Valley Science Symposium - Saturday, Jan. 21

Journalism & Communication Visit Day - Monday, Jan. 23

Junior Visit Day - Friday, May 12


Coe College Admission Events

Interested in visiting Coe College? If so, please consider one of their Admissions Visit Events:

 Call our office at 877.CALL.COE and let us know you're coming.


Planning for Your Future Event – Tuesday, March 7, 2017

You're invited to the Planning for Your Future Event (Career & College Fair) at Marion High School on Tuesday, March 7, 2017.

Information Sessions from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Students and parents can attend up to three 25-minute sessions.

Booths open from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Representatives from several colleges and area businesses will be on hand to talk with students and parents about college and career options. Find out about corridor-area Hot Jobs, career decision-making resources, resume writing & interviewing tips, job shadows, internships, Iowa College Access Network, and Kirkwood College Credit in High School as well!  All area high school students and their parents are welcome. Click on the following link for more information, including a list of information session and booth attendees, Information Session descriptions, Tips to get the most out of a career fair, and Sample Questions for students to ask business and college participants: http://www.kirkwood.edu/site/index.php?p=38536 (Links to an external site.)

Click on the following link to pre-register for the fair: http://www.workplacelearningconnections.com/Survey/Default.aspx?Survey_ID=130&wpn=WLC (Links to an external site.)

For more information, contact Mariann Ryan, Workplace Learning Connection, 319-398-4829 or mariann.ryan@kirkwood.edu


Iowa City College Fair

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 6:30-8:00 PM 

The Iowa City Community School District will be hosting a College Fair on Thursday, March 30 from 6:30-8:00 pm at West High School.  Students in the Cedar Rapids Community School District have been invited to attend. There will be three different events targeting students in grades 9-11. 

The afternoon will begin with a Selective College Planning Presentation from 5:15-6:15 pm in the West High Little Theatre.  Our guest speaker will be Adam Ingersoll, co-founder of the Compass Education Group and he will focus primarily on College Admissions and the role that testing has in the process (target audience will be students/parents in grades 9-10).  For more information check it out here…  http://www.compassprep.com/iowacity/ 

At 6:30 pm the Iowa College Access Network will have a presentation on College Planning (target audience students/parents in grades 10-11).  http://www.icansucceed.org/ 

From 6:30-8:00 pm there will be a College Fair in the West High Cafeteria with colleges and universities from across the state of Iowa in attendance.  This is a tremendous opportunity for students and parents to make a first contact and begin gathering information for future years.  Students should pre-register at http://www.gotocollegefairs.com/ in order to maximize their time while visiting with admissions representatives.


Iowa College Tour

March 26 - April 1, 2017

In its fourth year, the Iowa College Tour takes approximately 50 students from Eastern Iowa on a bus trip to visit Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) in the southern and eastern regions of the United States.  This year the tour will visit the following colleges:











All students can benefit greatly by participating in the tour and is open to 9-11th grade students. Attendees will have the opportunity to visit several colleges and universities; hear admissions officers describe their criteria for admission and the importance of pursuing rigorous courses in high school; get a feel for campus life, receive assistance with goal setting and clarifying post-secondary plans; and obtain first-hand knowledge of the college search and selection process including applying for college, financial aid and scholarships. 

Application Materials (available in the Counseling Office):

2017 Iowa College Tour Flyer

2017 Iowa College Tour Scholarship Application


LEAP Conference

April 6, 2017

The Iowa Association for College Admission Counseling Inclusion, Access, and Success Committee is pleased to announce that the 2017 L.E.A.P. Conference Registration is now OPEN!

L.E.A.P stands for Leading & Excelling, Academically & Professionally 

L.E.A.P. will empower underrepresented students to understand the life-long rewards that come from leadership, good decision-making, and academic success. Participants will attend breakout sessions designed to encourage and equip students for life beyond high school. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from a variety of professionals, as well as from one another, about what it takes to achieve their goals and be successful.

Session topics will include information about goal-setting, the value of higher education, cultural competency, budgeting, and networking. There is no cost to students to attend L.E.A.P. and all meals (breakfast, snack, and lunch) will be provided. To learn more and/or register to attend, please visit http://www.iowaacac.org/l-e-a-p.