Compete | Race
We offer two program events in our sequence of program activities.
Compete for a Seat
Sophomores play the roles of college admissions officials and review the applications of graduating high school students and decide who gets admitted and who does not. Students work in teams representing their ‘institutions’ and use the same criteria colleges use to determine who successfully ‘competes for a seat.’ They even award scholarship money in strategic ways to ensure their institution gets the best students — and therefore generates the highest graduation rates — and possibly becomes a ‘TOP College.’
Race for a Place
Juniors play the roles of hiring managers and review the job applications of adults who are seeking employment and decide who gets hired and who does not. Students work in teams representing their ‘companies’ and use the same criteria businesses use to determine who successfully ‘raced for a place.’ They even award signing bonuses in strategic ways to ensure their company gets the best candidates — and therefore generates the highest production rates — and possibly becomes a ‘TOP Business.’
We prefer to deliver these events on days that precede holidays when few students are ready to pay attention to their academics. We need a full school day for either program and we use the day to serve 150 select students in three 90-minute periods with 50 students in each session.
These are complex games that we deliver to 50 students at a time. Site Directors receive $600 for each program day but are also required to attend one full day of training for each program. Meals and a gas allowance are included.
Students LOVE these events and playing these roles really helps them get ready to Compete and Race.