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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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COLLEGE Information

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  • Overview

  • Post-Secondary Planning

  • Resources

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Post Secondary Planning

Post Secondary Planning

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Post Secondary Options

  • Employment

  • Career / Technical School

  • Military

  • College

    • 4 year college

    • 2 year college

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The Job Market

  • Some students want to gain work experience before starting school

  • career exploration, education and training, and employment information.

  • database of available jobs

  • MN Work Force Centers –assistance finding jobs and training

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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

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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.


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  • 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.

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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

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Finding a College

  • Evaluate:

    • 4 year vs. 2 year college

    • Size

    • Location

    • Campus Culture

    • Majors

    • Academic Credentials

    • Dormitories

    • Cost

    • Extracurricular Activities

    • Special Programs

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Hit the Road

  • Visit school’s websites:

    • General Information

    • Requirements

    • Deadlines

  • Attend open houses and tours

  • Speak to current students

  • Schedule interview (if offered)

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Types of Admission

  • Early Decision - Binding

  • Early Action – Not Binding

  • Rolling Admission

  • Regular Admission

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Application Process

  • Transcript

    • GPA, Courses & Grades

  • SAT or ACT Scores, or Placement Test

  • Essay(s)

  • Resume

  • Extracurricular Activities

  • Letters of Recommendation

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  • 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

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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.

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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

    • ACT

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  • 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.

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ACT Prep Course

  • Planning stages

  • Current proposal:

    4 Saturdays

    English, Math, Science, Practice Test

    $120 fee includes book

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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.

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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.

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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

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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?

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • Thanksgiving should be your drop dead date for turning in applications.

  • Keep working on finding scholarship opportunities.


  • Apply for a FAFSA pin number

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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

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  • Where to find resources:

    • Handouts

  • Most Frequently Used Resources:




    • NCAA -

    • Common Application

    • FAFSA -

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Other Resources

  • Listen to Announcements!

  • Talk to Ms. Carlson

  • Attend 5th Block College Prep Meetings

  • Talk with Teachers/Family/ Friends