What are College
Knowledge Academies?
Increasing low-income student’s knowledge of what
it takes to succeed in college requires an ongoing
effort by everyone involved in their schooling
(CHEPA 2005, 2006; Connelly, 2005; Pathways to
College Network, 2004). The College Knowledge
Academies are 5 week project based programs,
for parents and their children, that promote early
planning and knowledge about postsecondary
options. The program provides to separate themes
– “College Smarts” and “Money Smarts” – with
interactive lessons focused on building parent/
child communication, the importance of high school
completion, higher education, financial literacy and
college preparation.