Jill Goedeken


Being successful in college starts with preparation NOW! It is never too early to begin talking about college with your children. Nebraska Extension is partnering with the University of Nebraska –Lincoln Admissions to develop a new statewide program for 4-H members to help families begin conversations beginning in the 8th grade.

Next Chapter at Nebraska is a college-readiness program that helps students prepare for and succeed in college by providing the skills students need to reach their academic goals. The program is facilitated through Nebraska 4-H.

The program inspires youth to choose to continue their education after high school, promote awareness of higher education options, develop college and career readiness skills, help students pair their interests with career choices and engage in 4-H opportunities.

Next Chapter at Nebraska is offered to students beginning in eighth grade. Throughout high school, Next Chapter scholars will engage in events, activities and curriculum where they will participate in career exploration, develop research skills and experience a variety of learning methods that will help them transition to and succeed in college.

If youth are involved in 4-H in their eighth-grade year, they can begin participating in the Next Chapter program. These youth will be pre-admitted to the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and will be invited to a celebratory event at UNL’s campus with their families the spring of their eighth-grade year. The statewide celebration will be held on April 23 on UNL’s city campus. As students progress into their high school years through the Next Chapter program, they will participate in college preparatory activities and curriculum with the goal to be prepared for a successful transition to college.

Freshmen 4-H members from across the state have been invited to participate in one of six regional Chapter 1 Retreats scheduled at the end of March and beginning of April. Locations for the event include:

Eastern Nebraska Research & Extension Center (Mead, NE): March 29, Contact: Maria Walker 402-624-8063; Columbus; March 29, Contact: Jill Goedeken, 402-563-4901.

Center, NE (Knox County): March 29, Contact: Jackie Steffen, 402-254-6821; West Central Research & Extension Center (North Platte): April 2, Contact: Ashley Benes, 308-696-6784, Phelps County: April 2, Contact: Linda Dannehl, 308-785-2390; Panhandle District/Central Sandhills: April 7, Contact, Sarah Paisley 308-772-331.

To learn more about the Next Chapter program and how to get your child involved, contact Melissa Border, Office of Admissions, 402-472-6173.


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