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.

Iowa College Access Network (ICAN) Presentation

Understanding the Financial Aid Process

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 – 5:30 pm

WHERE: Kirkwood Linn County Regional Center – Room 100
                1770 Boyson Road, Hiawatha, IA, 52233

This regional presentation is open to ANY and ALL students and parents interested in attending and learning about the financial aid process and filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) prior to the October 1 form access date.


Eastern Iowa College Fair

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

SOPHOMORES, JUNIORS & SENIORS - Are you interested in attending a College Fair? The Eastern Iowa College Fair will be held Wednesday, September 14 from 9:30 – 11:30 am at Kirkwood Community College. This is a GREAT opportunity to learn more from Admissions Representatives representing 75+ different colleges and universities. Sign up in Mrs. Mead's room (252).


Discover Auto & Diesel Day @ DMACC

Friday, September 22, 2017

What will YOU discover?

  • 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!

Programs represented:

MOPAR Career Automotive Program


General Motors ASEP

Auto Collision Repair Technology

Auto Mechanics Technology

Diesel Technology

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


Golden Circle College Fair

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Students of all ages are encouraged to visit the annual Golden Circle College and Career Fair. Whether you're a freshmen or sophomore just starting to explore career options, or a junior or senior narrowing your list of college choices, Golden Circle College & Career Fair is the perfect opportunity for you to gather knowledge, make connections, and begin to make informed decisions about your future.

  • Date: Sunday, September 24, 2017
  • New Location: Iowa Center for Higher Education - 2500 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA
  • Time: 12:30 - 3 pm


  • College and University Representation. As the largest college fair in Iowa, Golden Circle offers the most diverse list of exhibiting colleges and universities.
  • Career Cluster Representatives. Learn about emerging career fields and the education required by visiting the NEW Career Cluster booths. Each of the 16 Career Clusters will be represented by Central Iowa business and industry leaders, giving students the opportunity to discuss their career interests while visiting colleges about potential programs and majors.
  • Breakout Sessions. Take the opportunity to listen in a free break-out session on topics like emerging industry, Iowa job growth, career planning, college selection, employer expectations, and the financial aid process.


Iowa College Access Network (ICAN) Presentation

Understanding the Financial Aid Process

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 – 6:00 pm

WHERE: Kirkwood Main Campus – Iowa Hall, Room Iowa AB (3rd floor)

This regional presentation is open to ANY and ALL students and parents interested in attending and learning about the financial aid process and filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) prior to the October 1 form access date.


Christian College Fair

Monday, October 2, 2017 – 6:30 PM

What? Christian College Fair

When? Monday, October 2 - 6:30-8:30 pm

Where: New Covenant Bible Church - 3090 N Center Point Rd, Cedar Rapids

For more information call 260-356-5211 or visit ChristianCollegeFairs.com


Exploring College Options

Thursday, October 5, 2017 – 7:00 PM

College Represented: Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Penn, Stanford

Student/Parent Information Session – Cedar Rapids, IA

Location: Cedar Rapids Marriott – 1200 Collins Rd NE, Cedar Rapids, IA

RSVP at www.exploringcollegeoptions.org


Spanish-language Latino Family Visit Day

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Iowa State University

The Iowa State University Office of Admissions and Lambda Theta Phi Fraternity will host a Spanish-language Latino Family Visit Day on Saturday, October 7. Campus and residence hall tours and a panel presentation by Latino and Latina students will be conducted entirely in Spanish. Visitors will also eat lunch in a campus cafeteria. Space is limited.

Register on the ISU website or by calling 515-294-0014.


Coe College – Admissions Visits

 Crimson & Gold Visit Days
September 16, October 7 or November 11 

Crimson & Gold Visit Weeks
September 18-22, October 23-27 or November 27-December 1.
Student's can pick the day and time.


Wartburg College – Visit Days & Scholarship Days

Visit Days 2017

Students are encouraged to attend one of Wartburg College's visit days. 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  - Oct. 2

Humanities Visit Day - Oct. 2

Social Work Visit Day - Oct. 2

Exploring Visit Day - Oct. 17

Wartburg Science Symposium - Nov. 11

Journalism & Communication Visit Day - Nov. 13

Business Visit Day - Nov. 13

Music Visit Day - Nov. 29

Junior Visit Day - May 11


Scholarship Days

Students who received a Regents or Presidential Scholarship upon acceptance to Wartburg are eligible to attend Scholarship Day. Typically these are students who have a high school GPA of at least at 3.5, rank in the top 25% of their class, and have an ACT composite of at least 23 (1080 SAT). By attending scholarship day, students will be eligible for additional scholarship money. Dates for the Scholarship Days are below:

Sunday, October 1st, 2017

Sunday, November 11th, 2017

Sunday, January 21st, 2018

Sunday, February 18th, 2018


College Application Week

October 9-13, 2017

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/


Young Women in Business Conference

Iowa State University

Monday, October 23, 2017

A business degree is your ticket to opportunity. Rise to the top of a large company. Start your own business and make it grow. Work for a nonprofit, university, or government. With a business degree all of that is possible – and more!

What’s it like to be a business major? What’s it like to work in a particular industry? The College of Business at Iowa State University wants to help you find out.

The Young Women in Business Conference is designed especially for females in grades 9 through 12, their parents, teachers, and high school counselors. At this conference you can expect to:

  • Explore majors in business
  • Learn about career opportunities
  • Meet and ask questions of business faculty members in each major
  • Hear directly from professionals working a variety of business fields
  • Interact with female business students from Iowa State about their experiences and what they hope to accomplish

Are you interested in internships, study abroad opportunities, and college life? It’s all here. You’ll learn what to expect throughout your college career. We’ll also give you information about getting accepted into college and how to finance a college degree.

Those who attend have the opportunity to learn more about the college’s career services, undergraduate advising, and college faculty. You can also sit in on industry and faculty sessions to see firsthand the impact of a business education.

Join us for the Young Women in Business Conference! https://www.business.iastate.edu/ywib/


UNI Business Day

Friday, October 27 – 8:00 am – 1:30 pm

UNIBusiness Day is a special visit day dedicated to high school students who have an interest and aptitude for business. It is the perfect opportunity for students to learn more about how our nationally recognized program can help make a difference in the world and land the career of their dreams.

UNIBusiness Day activities will include:

  • An interactive presentation about how students can impact the world through business
  • Special breakout sessions for every major including Accounting, Business Teaching, Economics, Finance, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Real Estate, and Supply Chain Management
  • Campus and residence hall tours
  • Free lunch at one of our award-winning dining centers
  • Free Panther shirt!

Students are encouraged to visit UNI.edu/business to learn more.

Visit Opportunities at Allen College

Waterloo, IA

A Day in the Life Event - Friday, November 3, 2017 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Health Career Exploration Event - Directed toward students exploring healthcare career paths. Nursing, radiography, diagnostic medical sonography (ultrasound), medical laboratory science, and public health will be highlighted.


Group or individual visits will be accommodated. With limited space availability, please contact Andrea Schmit (Andrea.Schmit@allencollege.edu) as soon as possible to insure a great visit experience.


Campus Visit Days

Geared toward students with a specific interest in attending Allen College.  The interactive afternoon includes reviewing the admission process, insight from current students and faculty, a financial overview, as well as, touring the campus.

Here are the upcoming dates:

October 27, 2017

November 17, 2017

December 8, 2017

January 26, 2018

February 23, 2018

March 30, 2018

April 27, 2018

Register to visit here: http://www.allencollege.edu/future-students-visit-days.aspx


Find Your Future in Food and Nutrition through Science Event

Friday, March 2, 2018

Iowa State University

The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) at Iowa State University is pleased to invite your students and their families to the upcoming Find Your Future in Food and Nutrition Through Science visit day on Friday, March 2, 2018. The event will take place in the Campanile Room of the Memorial Union on Iowa State University’s campus.

Visit campus to:

-Learn about Food Science and Human Nutrition careers

-Meet current college students and faculty

-Participate in educational activities related to these career fields


There is no cost to attend this day full of activities to explore majors and careers in Culinary Food Science, Food Science, Diet & Exercise, Dietetics, and Nutritional Science.

Registration is underway and will remain open until February 20, 2018, or the event fills. Visit the FSHN Major Exploration Day website today to register and see a tentative schedule of events.  Attached is a flyer to post in your classroom.


Planning for Your Future Event – March 6, 2018

All Linn County High School students and parents are invited to attend the 2018 Planning for Your Future Event on Tuesday, March 6th at Marion High School. 


Students & parents will attend up to four 25-minute sessions to learn about the following topics:

  • Careers: Gain insights from career professionals representing 10 different career fields during panel presentations
  • Scholarship Opportunities
  • The Most Important Things You’ll Never Learn in High School
  • Career Decision-Making: Resources, Resume Writing, and Interviewing Tips
  • Parent Session: Navigating the Last Years of High School


After learning about career options, explore next steps! The following organizations will be on hand to meet with students and parents:

  • Colleges and universities
  • Apprenticeships
  • Military
  • MEDCO’s Community Promise
  • Workplace Learning Connection

Students are encouraged to pre-register for this event here.

Click here for session descriptions and preparation materials.

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

Iowa City College Fair

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 6:30-8:00 PM 

The Iowa City Community School District will be hosting a College Fair on Thursday, March 29 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.


Alpha College Tour

March 18-25, 2018

The Alpha 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.  Below is the list of colleges & universities on the tour this year:

SC State University (Orangeburg, SC)

Virginia State University (Petersburg, VA)

Winston Salem State University (Winston-Salem, NC)

Fayetteville State University (Fayetteville, NC)

Clark Atlanta University (Atlanta, GA)

Virginia Union University (Richmond, VA)

Morehouse College (Atlanta, GA)

Norfolk State University (Norfolk, VA)

Claflin University (Orangeburg, SC)

Hampton University (Hampton, VA)

Spelman College (Atlanta, GA)

Saint Augustine’s University (Raleigh, NC)

North Carolina A&T State University (Greensboro, NC)

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. 

If interested, click here to complete the online participation form.

Information regarding student and parent meetings will be available at a later date. For more information, please contact George Ramsey at 816-516-7630 or email at info@iowacollegetour.org


LEAP Conference

April 2018

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.