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MSSPA JUNIOR COLLEGE Information. Agenda. Overview Post-Secondary Planning Resources. Post Secondary Planning. Post Secondary Planning. Post Secondary Options. Employment Career / Technical School Military College 4 year college 2 year college. The Job Market.

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MSSPA JUNIOR

COLLEGE Information

agenda
Agenda
  • Overview
  • Post-Secondary Planning
  • Resources
post secondary planning

Post Secondary Planning

Post Secondary Planning

post secondary options
Post Secondary Options
  • Employment
  • Career / Technical School
  • Military
  • College
    • 4 year college
    • 2 year college
the job market
The Job Market
  • Some students want to gain work experience before starting school
  • www.iseek.org career exploration, education and training, and employment information.
  • www.mnworks.net database of available jobs
  • MN Work Force Centers –assistance finding jobs and training
apprenticeships and ojt
Apprenticeships and OJT
  • 2-4 year paid training in which a person learns a trade from other skilled workers.
  • There are 105 occupations that have apprentices.
  • A High School Diploma or GED is required.
  • MN Dept of Labor and Industry www.dli.mn.gov/Appr.asp
armed forces
Armed Forces
  • Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, Air Force
  • Men need to apply for the Selective Service when they turn 18. This is the law and also necessary in order to qualify for Federal Financial Aid.
  • www.sss.org
college
College
  • Technical College – teaches specific skills and can be completed in between 3 months and 2 years
  • Community College – offers 2 year degrees (AA) which can transfer to MN colleges to 4 year colleges and universities.
  • Four year Colleges and Universities – offer Bachelor, Master’s and Doctoral Degrees.
about the college process
About the College Process
  • Keep the process in perspective
  • Work together as a family
  • Students must take ownership
  • Discuss finances openly
  • Start early and meet all deadlines
finding a college
Finding a College
  • Evaluate:
    • 4 year vs. 2 year college
    • Size
    • Location
    • Campus Culture
    • Majors
    • Academic Credentials
    • Dormitories
    • Cost
    • Extracurricular Activities
    • Special Programs
hit the road
Hit the Road
  • Visit school’s websites:
    • General Information
    • Requirements
    • Deadlines
  • Attend open houses and tours
  • Speak to current students
  • Schedule interview (if offered)
types of admission
Types of Admission
  • Early Decision - Binding
  • Early Action – Not Binding
  • Rolling Admission
  • Regular Admission
application process
Application Process
  • Transcript
    • GPA, Courses & Grades
  • SAT or ACT Scores, or Placement Test
  • Essay(s)
  • Resume
  • Extracurricular Activities
  • Letters of Recommendation
transcript
Transcript
  • MSSPA mails these directly to colleges upon your request
  • They contain all your high school courses completed and grades
  • There is a small fee for each transcript mailed
transcript quirks
Transcript Quirks
  • Most colleges require a MINIMUM of two years of foreign language
  • More recent grades are thought to be more indicative of your ability to be successful in college
  • Colleges will likely not see any Senior year grades before they make their admission decisions, so finish out Junior year with strong grades.
college admissions testing
College Admissions Testing
  • Students must register to take the ACT and/or SAT and pay required registration fees.
  • Each test is offered 6-7 times per year at large high schools all over the US.
  • To see dates and register for tests:
    • SAT www.collegeboard.com
    • ACT www.actstudent.org
sat act
SAT/ACT
  • Both tests are accepted at 99% of all US colleges
  • ACT has 4 sections (English, Math, Reading and Science) and an optional writing section. It is a test of what you have learned.
  • SAT has 3 sections (Verbal, Math, and Writing). It is a test of your reasoning skills – your ability to follow tricks, twists and turns.
act prep course
ACT Prep Course
  • Planning stages
  • Current proposal:

4 Saturdays

English, Math, Science, Practice Test

$120 fee includes book

sat subject tests
SAT Subject Tests
  • A few colleges require SAT Subject Tests.
  • These test your knowledge of a specific subject such as Literature, United States History, or Chemistry
  • These are offered only a few times each year. It is your responsibility to check with your colleges to see what (if any) specific tests they require.
teacher recommendations
Teacher Recommendations
  • Choose a teacher who “knows you”, not just one whose class you got an “A” in.
  • Ask teachers for letters early so they have time to create a well-written letter.
  • Provide teachers with a stamped, addressed envelope.
  • Check back with teachers to verify that they have indeed written and mailed the requested letters.
april june
April - June
  • Take the ACT or SAT Tests
  • Start making a list of colleges you like
  • Do research on those schools to see if they match your wants and needs
  • Do school visits if you are able
  • Select teachers who you will ask to write recommendations
early summer
Early Summer
  • Narrow your list of schools to a manageable number
  • Take a look at last year’s application to see what kinds of items were required – Essays? How many? Letters of recommendation? Porfolios? Inteviews?
august
August
  • Register to retake ACT/SAT/Subject Tests

** The last ACT that will return scores in time to meet most deadlines is offered in September.

  • Finalize your list of colleges & their application deadlines
  • Finalize teacher/counselor recommendation requests
  • Start working on your application essay
  • Research scholarships
september
September
  • Prepare Early Decision/Early Action applications and turn them in well in advance of deadlines
  • Polish your application essay
  • Visit with College Representatives when they visit Main Street
  • Attend the National College Fair
  • Attend College Receptions
october
October
  • Continue submitting applications – for schools with rolling deadlines, the earlier you submit an application, the less competition your application will face.
  • ACT/SAT re-takes
november
November
  • Thanksgiving should be your drop dead date for turning in applications.
  • Keep working on finding scholarship opportunities.

December

  • Apply for a FAFSA pin number www.fafsa.ed.gov
resources upcoming events
Resources & Upcoming Events
  • College Reps Visiting MSSPA –Listen to announcements and get a pass from Ms. Carlson
  • Arts Quarter Open House at the U of MN –End of September
  • National College Fair - Fall
  • Performing and Visual Arts College Fair –Mid-October
resources
Resources
  • Where to find resources:
    • Handouts
  • Most Frequently Used Resources:
    • www.CollegeBoard.com
    • www.actstudent.org
    • www.fastweb.com
    • NCAA - www.ncaa.org
    • Common Application -www.commonapp.org
    • FAFSA - www.fafsa.ed.gov
other resources
Other Resources
  • Listen to Announcements!
  • Talk to Ms. Carlson
  • Attend 5th Block College Prep Meetings
  • Talk with Teachers/Family/ Friends
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