College Access Program (CAP)
AIM Institute partners with Iowa West Foundation (IWF) and the Council Bluffs Community School District to help students not only succeed in high school but to visualize a bright future beyond graduation. Through IWF funding, AIM provides technical support and management of the development, implementation, and evaluation of the College Access Program (CAP) at Abraham Lincoln High School and Thomas Jefferson High School.
AIM’s CAP programs are geared towards students who have shown the potential to improve their school performance and become the first in their families to attend college. Each year 25 students will be identified in eighth grade to participate in CAP throughout their high school years. This timing helps ensure that CAP students make a successful transition into high school and start taking the right sequence of classes needed to meet college-admissions requirements.
Students participate in the following activities throughout their high school years:
- Participate in weekly support groups
- Receive academic assistance
- Attend after-school college-prep hour
- Have access to technology-based learning
- Work with teacher mentors
- Develop community contacts
- Visit colleges and universities
- Attend leadership seminars