Michelle Christianson, associate director for Montana Tech’s Institute for Educational Opportunities Talent Search program, has been selected as one of 10 Montanans to attend the White House convening of Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs from June 14-16.
The Reach Higher initiative is the First Lady’s effort to inspire every student in America to take charge of their future by completing their education past high school, whether at a professional training program, a community college, or a four-year college or university.
In today’s economy, a high school diploma isn’t enough. Students have to reach higher, which is why the First Lady is working to rally the country around the President’s “North Star” goal – that by 2020, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.
The Reach Higher initiative will help make sure all students understand what they need to complete their education, including:
Exposing students to college and career opportunities
Understanding financial aid eligibility that can make college affordability a reality
Encouraging academic planning and summer learning opportunities
Supporting high school counselors who can help more kids get into college
“I am so excited for this opportunity,” noted Christianson. “I will have the chance to sit with members of President Barack Obama’s administration and network with college access leaders from across the United States.”