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Corvallis workshop

“Tabletop University” challenges players to manage their time strategically, maximizing their GPA and social connections while managing stress and earning enough money for next semester’s tuition. It will be offered in a workshop in Corvallis next week.

One of the biggest concerns that high school students have about going to college is how to pay for it.

Another concern is how to manage time effectively once they get there. Through an #iGraduateMT grant supported by the Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation, Dr. Tricia Seifert from MSU-Bozeman and Valley Oak Education Resource Center are bringing interactive workshops to students and families throughout the Bitterroot Valley to address these concerns.

Dr. Seifert’s research project, "Blueprints for Student Success – Montana," worked with a team of student game developers to create a board game that simulates the transition from high school to college.

“Tabletop University” challenges players to manage their time strategically, maximizing their GPA and social connections while managing stress and earning enough money for next semester’s tuition. To date, Dr. Seifert has shared the game with students at more than 20 high schools around Montana.

The response has been overwhelmingly positive with students exclaiming “Can we play again? I know how I can do better next time” and “This is the first game I feel could be useful for real life.”

Students and families will also benefit from learning about the numerous scholarships that are available.

Often requiring a compelling essay, Wendi Fawns and Patricia Meakin are helping students put their best foot forward on college and scholarship applications. Valley Oak Education Resource Center has helped hundreds of students receive four-year full-ride scholarships to universities in Montana and beyond.

The next workshop will take place Wednesday, Jan. 2, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Corvallis Fire District building, 317 Woodside Cutoff Rd.

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