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 13, 2017

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 100 different colleges and universities. A sign up sheet will be available in the Kennedy Counseling Office.


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.


College Application Week

October 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/


Planning for Your Future Event – March 2018

2017 Location - Marion High School

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.)

Pre-Registration to attend is requested: 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 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.


Iowa College Tour

Dates TBA for 2018

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.  The schedule for the 2018 Tour has not yet been finalized.

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):

2018 Iowa College Tour Flyer

2018 Iowa College Tour Scholarship Application


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.