Passport to College “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” Benjamin Franklin
What is Passport to College? College awareness and planning information Resources to help your student succeed Delta College’s promise to you Two years free enrollment at Delta College A plan to inspire our kids
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“In a global economy, where the most valuable skill you can sell is your knowledge, a good education is no longer just a pathway to opportunity, it is a prerequisite.” President Barack Obama
Set aside time to “invest” in your child. What activity do American children spend more time doing than every other activity except for sleeping?
Communicate! Plan time to talk about career planning: their interests, abilities, talents, and goals.
Help them think outside the box. Nurse Football Player Doctor Fireman Veterinarian Policeman
Help your child explore different occupations and career options. www.bls.gov/k12/
Science, Math, Engineeringand Technology(STEM) • Average Earnings, May 2005 All STEM Occupations $64, 560 All Occupations $37, 870 SCIENCE – TECHNONOGLY- ENGINEERING -MATHEMATICS
Find out what courses your child needs to take in high school to be ready for college.
A to G Requirements In order to be eligible to attend any school in the University of California (UC) or the California State University (CSU) systems as a freshman, you must take certain classes in high school. These classes are known as: A-G Subjects…
History/Social Science – 2 Years Required • English – 4 Years Required • Math – 3 Years Required, 4 Recommended • Lab Science – 2 Required, 3 Recommended • Language (other than English) – 2 Years Required, 3 Recommended • Visual and Performing Arts – 1 Year Req. • College Prep Electives – 1 Year Required In order to be eligible to attend any school in the University of California (UC) or the California State University (CSU) systems as a freshman, you must take certain classes in high school. These classes are known as the "A-G Subjects:" In order to be eligible to attend any school in the University of California (UC) or the California State University (CSU) systems as a freshman, you must take certain classes in high school. These classes are known as the "A-G Subjects:"
You must get a "C" or better in each of these classes. Visit the University of California and CSU websites for specific requirements, classes that satisfy each area, and more information.
Fact or Fiction: • Freshmen year grades don’t count much when colleges evaluate transcripts for college admission. • 10th, 11th, 12th grades are the most important.
Tools for Parents: Big transition period from 8th grade to High School for both students and parents ! 1. Work to help student develop sense of personal responsibility and independence. College professors will not call home or the student to find out why they didn’t complete their work or come to class.
Involved not Hovering! 1. Continue to stay involved. Schools see a big drop in parental involvement from 8th grade to high school.
Registration Starting Right Now! 2. Review all the material coming home with your student. 3. Talk about the course options and how those choices fit in with the ideas the student may have about a particular career or field of study.
If you have any questions… 4. Call your student’s grade leve counselor! 5. Make sure that your students are going into classes that will challenge them, but also allow for student success. 6. Talk to the counselor about AP Courses and the appropriate level of challenge.
So, now you’re a Freshman! • Each student used to be given an “Agenda,” a handbook in which they logged homework assignments, test dates, etc. Make one! And make it a habit to review the material with your student, talk about upcoming assignments, help with time management. Remember that these are learned skills!
Back-to-School-Night 9. GO! … GO! …Go! This is your opportunity to meet your students’ teachers, ask questions, develop a relationship/partnership. Together, you form the team that will ensure your students’ success.
High School Website • The high school website provides you access to important information: • Link to your student’s teachers • Handbook • Daily bulletin • Extracurricular activities
Other Key Staff… 12. Get to know your student’s grade level secretary. This key staff member will know all the important information that you and your child may need on a daily basis.
When Should I Ask for Help? 13. Ask for help EARLY! Don’t wait! Early intervention is the key to success. Delay can mean the difference between passing or failing.
…Most teachers have a tutoring plan to provide extra help for students. Find out what that plan is at Back-to-School-Night! Remember, teachers are working with 150 students per day…initiative and motivation are critically important to demonstrate.
Why go to College Job Opportunities Job Advancement Earn a million more dollars
Make the commitment to college.Change the language! I AM going! Maybe I’ll go.
Take your child on a trip to visit a local college or university campus. . . . Within 100 miles . . . . .
Find the Right Fit There are more than 4000 colleges in the United States. . . visit the ones that interest you. Do better in smaller classes? Large campus? Small campus? Needs family support? Hates the heat? Cold?
Financial Aid available… Grants – free money from the federal and state government that does not have to be repaid. Scholarships – money given to students who volunteer, participate in sports, music, school or community activities. Federal Work Study – attend classes and earn money by working on campus. Student loans – money that can be borrowed, repaid after student completes their education. Financial Aid available…
Money to pay for college 2009/2010 Current awards Federal Grants Pell Grant: Up to $5,350 yr. SEOG Grant: $1,000 Federal Work Study: Earn up to $5,500 California Grants: Cal Grant A, B: Covers tuition at a California University.
Start Saving for College Now! • Check with your high school regarding available scholarships and their requirements. • www.collegeboard.com
How Can I Afford the Life I Want to Live? WWW.CACAREERZONE.ORG