Leader of Student College Access Training • Teacher/Counselor: This power point presentation is provided to you for use in student training and reviews on the “Getting Ready for College Student and Parent Guide”
Remember… • The training guide (Teacher/Counselor Guide for College Access! HIGH SCHOOL – YOUR LIFE – YOUR FUTURE) has a separate powerpoint as this one is for the “Getting Ready for College Guide” only. • That guide is designed for you to use in training with student who will also have a copy of the Freshman Student Guide. • The lessons, suggestions and comments in your leader guide are designed to help you with your presentations to students and in training all students for access into college.
Getting Ready for College A Student and Parent Guide
Resources to Use • Getting Ready for College: A Student and Parent Guide • High School – Your Plan – Your Future: A Freshman College Access Guide • A Website for College Access Sponsored by Palau Ministry of Education and College Access Grant • Other Materials and Resources • Your Network: Parents, Friends, Counselors, Extended Family Members, Mentors
Getting Ready for College: A Student and Parent Guide • Today’s world • Impact of technology • Basic skills of: • Reading, writing, and math • Skills to work in teams, • Skills to make decisions, • Skills to solve problems, • Skills to analyze/interpret data, and • Skills to effectively communicate Education Past High School 75% of new jobs being created
Successful Educational Experience • Earn your high school diploma taking higher level skills • Why? • Entrance requirements for colleges have increased • Interests and abilities • Match your interests to occupations • Plan now to meet the requirements Be sure you are ready! Know Yourself!
What direction will you take with your life? College Access and College Planning
Lesson One: Start with Making Career Decisions • Goal: To provide tips for students to consider when making decisions about their futures! • Students gather into 9 groups. • Each group will be given a page of information to discuss • Each group should have a recorder who writes down points of the discussion • 10 minutes to discuss your square and be prepared to share with the class
Tips to Consider When Making Decisions about Your Future • Don’t Give Up. High school dropouts have a harder time getting and keeping jobs. • Take challenging courses. • Plan your career – • What career area • Steps you’ll take to get there • Have a plan in mind • Set some goals • Document your progress toward those goals • Keep records of career related activities, jobs, and accomplishments.
Don’t stop with high school • More education = more career options • Choices to high wage/high skill jobs: • 4-year university/college degree • Occupational certificates • Community college degrees MORE IS BETTER!
Develop basic computer skills Technology continues to change the workplace and more jobs in the future will require the use of a computer. Take every advantage in courses and personal use to learn how to use computers and their programs.
Gain valuable work experience • Learning by doing is a great way to research careers and gain some work experience which is listed with the advanced education for most developing and demand jobs. • Hands-On can mean: • Career and technical programs, • Internships, • Part-time jobs, • Job shadowing, • Youth apprenticeship, and • Volunteer work
Find out what careers are out there • The ideal job for you may be something you have never heard or thought about. • Think about the skills and education you’ll need in addition to job availability and salary potential.
Ask about financial aid • Don’t let the lack of funds keep you from planning additional education past high school. • Explore with your counselor the many options available to help you finance your way to a vocational center, community college, or university. You will be surprised!
Keep learning • Life- long learning means life, not just high school or college! • Take every opportunity to learn new skills. • Adapt to the world of Technology
Lesson 2: Likes and Dislikes and What this Means • Goal: To learn more about personal work-related interests.
Interest Activity • Your interests and likes related to occupations can help you focus on the cluster of occupations and not just on a job as “that job” may not exist in the next several year. • NOT a test! No right or wrong answers! • Results will help you to know jobs that you might be interested in for further research.
DOING THE INTEREST ACTIVITY 10 minutes
Career Clusters • A career cluster consists of occupations that have been grouped according to common knowledge and skills • Typically, one’s interests fall within one to three career clusters which can be related.
16 Career Clusters • Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources • Architecture & Construction • Arts, Audio/Video Technology, & Communication • Business, Management & Administration • Education & Training • Financial Services • Government & Public Administration • Health Science
16 Career Clusters • Hospitality & Tourism • Human Services • Information Technology • Law, Public Safety & Security • Manufacturing • Marketing, Sales, & Service • Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) • Transportation, Distribution, & Logistics
Lesson 3: Educational Options • Goal: To make students aware of different educational options from which they might choose. • Objectives: Students will: • Choose occupations and identify educational matches to those occupations; • Demonstrate knowledge of the 16 career clusters and the occupations related to each; • Identify educational and training offerings through the military as an educational choice.
March to Success • www.goarmy.com • www.march2success.com • Worksheets: • Military Career Research • March2Success
What will you do after High School? • Most occupations today require some type of postsecondary education or training.
Occupations and Education Needed • Apprenticeship • Military • Career and Technical Centers • Community College • University • Workforce • PLUS SOME WORK EXPERIENCE!
COLLEGE On average, those that earn a Bachelors degree earn double that of people who just have a high school education. Opens more doors to interesting careers. Today, 9 out of 10 people change jobs at least twice in a career Attending higher education often gives the student a better outlook on life. What do you want to accomplish in your life?
GET ON TARGET WITH YOUR FUTURE! • Reasons to go to college • Barriers to overcome
College Entrance Courses • Algebra I (in eighth grade) • Geometry (in ninth grade) • English, Science and History or Geography • Foreign Language • Computer Science • The Arts
What is Financial Aid? • Financial aid is money to help you meet college costs. • It comes from federal and state governments, banks, the colleges themselves, and private donors. • You must apply for financial aid separately from you college applications.
Aid is based on • financial need • your academic record • aid available at the college you attend.
Financial Aid • Combination of: • Grants - Do not require repayment. • Loans - Typically repaid after you leave school at much lower interests rates • Work-study funds -Money you earn (jobs on campus)
Financial Aid • Private Aid Programs: offered by private organizations or individuals • Special Aid: Aid for special groups of students (example: National Federation for the Blind scholarships).
Available at Palau Community College • Federal Pell Grant (FPG), • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) • Federal Work-Study (FWS) • Student Incentive Grant (SSIG) • The PCC Grant-In-Aid, which does not derive from federal funds, is also available to qualified students. • In addition, there is a College Work Opportunity (CWO), a part-time employment that is available
The Student Guide to Financial Aid • U.S. Department of Education: • provides an extensive and annually updated discussion of all federal student aid programs. • Federal Student Aid Information CenterP.O. Box 84Washington, DC 20044 • OR on the website: www.ed.gov
Steps for Applying for Financial Aid • The Fall before you will enter college: • Select colleges • Write or call the admissions office and ask about financial aid possibilities and application procedures. • Obtain the correct financial aid applications from your high school counselor or from a college financial aid office. • Estimate the cost of attending • Ask your high school counseling office if they sponsor a free financial aid night. • Begin compiling the family financial information: last year’s tax return, figures on non-taxable, and information on assets.
Soon after January 1 • Send the financial aid need analysis form for processing. • Don’t wait until you get in college to apply for financial aid.
In the Spring: • Learn what each school requires and provide the information by the deadlines. • The schools will notify you whether they will give you financial aid. • They also will explain how much grant, loan, or work-study money is available from them.
If You Plan for the Summer Term • Aid may be available for that term • Some schools use separate application for that term
Each January You MUST reapply for financial aid each year! It is not automatic annually!
Financial Need • The difference between what your family is expected to pay (expected family contribution or EFC) and what it costs to go to your college of choice (cost of attendance • Colleges will try to meet 100 percent of your financial need • Depends on public or private as private is usually more expensive • Cost of Attendance – • Expected Family Contribution = • Determined Financial Need
Applying for College The college application generally consists of several items: • An application • An essay • The high school transcript • Financial aid data • Teacher recommendations • Preparatory test results (such as the SATs) • The application fee
Applying for College • Résumé. • Letters of recommendation. • Extracurricular activities • Sports.
Now to the Essay • Adhere to the deadlines • Make sure the essay is grammatically correct • Spell check the essay • Spell check the essay again • Have several people proof read the essay • Format the essay in an easy-to-read, acceptable font and type size • Double-space • Make sure the student’s name and identifying numbers are on each page, or as requested • Let the essay reflect your child’s values, dreams, accomplishments and personality • Make sure the essay answers the question(s) asked
What Else? • Order a high school transcript • Complete all the application – no blanks – if it does not apply to you – NA – meaning “not applicable to you” • Select teachers you feel care about you and ask for a letter of recommendation • SAT and ACT • The Application Fee Keep copies of all paperwork sent!!