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1 Planning for College Prepared by Robin Lynne, College and Career Counselor Marathon High School

2 Futur e Job Market By the year % of jobs will require post secondary education 33% of jobs will require a college degree 30% of jobs will require an associate degree or some college-level training. 37% of jobs will require unskilled labor

3 FUTURE JOB MARKET 80% of the fastest growing jobs require higher education The top 10 jobs in 2010 did not exist in 2004 The current generation will change careers on average seven to ten times in their lifetime

4 Difference in Median Earnings  A student with a 2 year Associate’s Degree will earn $9,000 a year more than a student with just a high school diploma  A student with a 4 year Bachelor’s Degree will earn $21,000 a year more than a student with just a high school diploma

5 Average 2010 Income Average Yearly Income By Educational Level  No High School Diploma$25,000  High School Diploma$31,000  Associate’s Degree$40,000  Bachelor’s Degree$51,000  Master’s Degree$61,000  Doctorate Degree$79,000

6 the unemployment rate is less the more education you have

7 University 4 years Bachelor’s Degree Community College A.A. Degree A.S. Degree Certificate Continuing Ed. 2 years 2 years 1 yr or less 6-8 weeks University 2 years Bachelor’s Degree

8 Community Colleges Community colleges have an open admissions policy However they will require a SAT/ACT/CPT test for placement into college-level classes Those lacking placement scores will be scheduled for remedial Math or English classes before advancing to higher levels

9 Community Colleges Offers AA Degrees - 2 years. Requires taking 36 credits of general education classes and 24 credits of electives. After receiving AA degree student transfers to a University for 2 years to study in their major AS Degrees – 2 years. Is usually a vocational or technical major like: Web Design, Registered Nurse, Dental Hygienist, Computer Programmer, Criminal Justice, Graphic Technology, Veterinary Technician, Digital Media Technology, Drafting and Design, Ultrasound Technician, Culinary

10 Community Colleges Offers Certificates – usually 1 year or less. Examples: Massage Therapist, EMT, EKG Technician, Certified Nursing Assistant, Law Enforcement Officer, Automotive Mechanic, Electronics Technician, Digital Media Video Production, Graphic Design, Court Reporter Continuing Education – usually around 6 weeks is a non- credit program and financial aid does not apply. Examples: Dental Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, Real Estate, Electronics, Small Business Management, Drafting, Web Design, Automotive, Cosmetology

11 Universities  State Universities offer a four-year Bachelor’s degree and higher  They are very competitive to get into and decline over half the applicants  They may recalculate the GPA using their own standard

12 universities  They are looking for well rounded students o who have a good GPA and SAT/ACT score o have taken academically challenging courses o have taken two years of foreign language o have demonstrated leadership qualities, involved in extra-curricular activities such as clubs, sports, band, camps and have participated in community service projects.

13 Top Ten Most Popular College Majors  Business - Business Administration and Management is the most popular selected major. Business also includes finance, marketing, and accounting, which has a high demand right out of college. This can get you a good paying job right from the start, especially with a business degree from a top business school.  Social Sciences and History - This includes anthropology, economics, geography, sociology and political science.  Education - Elementary Education is the most popular major

14 top ten 4-year degrees  Psychology - There seems to be two types of Psych majors. Those who are interested in counseling and those who are interested in other related careers where the skills of such a major can come in handy (ex: human resources, public relations, market research and sales).  Nursing - The nursing field is competitive, and some programs may have wait lists. However, you are pretty much guaranteed a job due to the severe shortage of nurses.  Communications - also includes journalism, communications is one of the fastest growing majors in college.

15 top ten 4-year degrees  Biology - Biology majors do a lot of research and development and work in a laboratory or the field. Common employers of biology majors include: hospitals, national & state parks, universities, pharmaceutical companies, research firms, aquariums and zoos.  Engineering - A major that usually produces a high salaried job from the start. But, plan on taking very aggressive math and science courses with this major.  English - An English major can be involved in copywriting, editing and teaching, but not just limited to that. Also a good gateway degree to graduate school, or law school.  Computer Science - A highly technical field involving a lot of advanced math and computer courses.

16 10 Highly Profitable 2-Year Degree Jobs Physical Therapist Assistant$46,111 Web Designer$48,785 Electrical or Electronic Engineering Technician$47,163 Registered Nurse$55,276 Computer Support Specialist$46,111 Executive or Administrative Assistant$37,669 Dental Hygienist$57,148 Surveying or Mapping Technician$33,363 Camera Operator$42,558

17 12 Highly Profitable Jobs Requiring a Certificate Court Reporter$39,781 Auto Insurance Appraiser$50,165 Auto or Motorcycle Mechanic$41,233 Massage Therapist$35,349 Security and Fire Alarm System Installer$42,763 Emergency Medical Technician$42,763 Aerobics or Fitness Instructor$37,113 Medical Transcriptionist$31,286 Cosmetologist$27,112 Spoken Language Interpreter$44,175 Sign Language Interpreter$36,278 Embalmer$38,482

18 Graduation and Retention Rate High School Of 100 ninth graders, 68 will graduate from High School and 18 will end up graduating from college on time University – Bachelor’s Degree Retention Rate for Returning a 2 nd Year is 76% Graduation Rate is 56% (allowing for 6 years) Community College – Associate’s Degree Retention Rate for Returning a 2 nd Year is 50% Graduation Rate is 28% (allowing for 3 years)

19 What You Need To Do in High School If You Want To Graduate from College Grades Matter – Your high school grade point average is a great predictor of whether or not you will earn a college degree Homework Matters – Homework might seem like a waste of time, but it teaches you course content, time-management, and discipline – all of which you’ll need in college Math Courses Matter – The further you go in Math in high school, the better your chances of earning a college degree

20 Earning a two-year college degree or higher depends a lot on what your high school GPA is

21 Getting a four-year college degree depends a lot on how far you go in high school math Percentage of high school graduates earning a Bachelors Degree by the highest level of math course taken in high school

22 AP Classes and College Graduation  Most students take five or six years to earn their bachelor’s degree. Students who take AP courses and exams are much more likely to graduate in four years.  Studies show that students who took AP English Literature had a 62% higher four-year graduation rate than those who took other English courses in high school.

23 SAT/ACT  ACT - Tests on Subject Matter  Answer ALL Questions  No penalty for wrong answers  Go ahead and guess  Go ahead and Christmas Tree if you are running out of time  SAT - Tests on Reasoning Skills  Be selective  Quarter of a point off for wrong answers  No penalty for skipping a question  Only guess if you can get a question down to two answers and then guess with your gut. Don’t waste a lot of time contemplating.

24 SAT Subject Tests The more selective universities will ask for two or three subject tests. The tests are a hour long and you can take up to three on a test day. You can test in: LiteratureU.S. HistoryItalian BiologyWorld HistoryModern Hebrew ChemistryPhysicsFrench MathematicsGermanLatin

25 Admissions Matrix UniversityGPA RangeSAT RangeACT Range FAMU FAU3.2– (all 3)22-26 FGCU (all 3)20-24 FIU FSU (all 3)26-29 NCF UCF UF (all 3)30-32 UNF USF UWF

26 College Applications Applications are on-line for both community colleges and universities. Students will need to know their current classes, past AP and DE classes, weighted and un-weighted GPA, SAT/ACT scores and test dates and their community service hours. Students may see the college counselor or data entry for a transcript.

27 college applications Applications will ask for two of the following to confirm state residency : o parent’s voter registration card o car registration o driver’s license Students will need to send their transcripts from MHS and FKCC if they have taken DE classes After graduation students will need to send final transcripts from MHS and FKCC if they have taken duel enrollment classes

28 Bright Futures Course Requirements Florida Academic and Medallion Scholarship 4 English (3 with substantial writing) 4 Mathematics (Algebra 1 Level and above) 3 Natural Science (2 with substantial lab) 3 Social Science 2 Foreign Language (sequential, in the same language)

29 Bright Futures Requirements Florida Academic and Medallion Scholarship All students are required to apply for Federal Financial Aid. A student does not have to qualify for financial aid they just have to apply for it. The Academic Scholarship requires a 3.5 weighted GPA in core courses, 100 hours of community service and a SAT score of: graduates SAT of 1270 or ACT of graduates SAT of 1280 or ACT of graduates SAT of 1290 or ACT of 29 The Medallion Scholarship requires a 3.0 weighted GPA in core courses, 75 hours of community service and a SAT score of: graduates SAT of 980 or ACT of graduates SAT of 1020 or ACT of graduates SAT of 1170 or ACT of 26

30 Bright Futures Requirements Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholarship 4 English 4 Mathematics (including Algebra 1) 3 Natural Science (2 with substantial lab) 1 Fine; or Identified Practical Art; or.5 credit in each 1 Physical Education (to include integration of health) 3 years of classes in a vocational series Requires three years of a vocational series with a 3.5 unweighted GPA and a 3.0 weighted GPA in their core classes Students must score on the SAT exam a 440 in critical reading and math or score on the ACT exam a 17 in English, 18 in Reading, and a 19 in Math

31 Bright Futures will pay a flat fee per credit hour towards tuition (as of 2012) University  Academic $101 x 30 credit hours = $3,030  Medallion/Gold Seal $76 x 30 credit hours = $2,280  Tuition to a State University is about $5,500 Community College  Academic $62 x 30 credit hours = $1,860  Medallion/Gold Seal $47 x 30 credit hours = $1,410  Tuition to a Community is about $3,000 Students must maintain a college GPA of 3.0 for the Academic Scholarship and a 2.75 for the Medallion and Gold Seal to keep the Bright Futures Scholarship

32 Estimated Tuition and Extras to a State University for 1 year Expenses Tuition/Fees$5,500 Room (Housing)$5,500 Board (Food/Meals)$3,800 Books/Supplies$1,000 Transportation$1,500 Personal Expenses$1,500 Estimated Total Costs$18,800

33 Local Scholarships  Our community is very generous with scholarship opportunities  Applications for local scholarships will start in February  A list of scholarships along with the applications will be available in the students government class, in my office and on my website

34  You can find the link to my website through the high school’s website  There are several good websites to search for scholarships. Try and  Another useful website is

35 Federal Financial Aid  Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) is based on adjusted income from the parent’s and student’s tax return. Parents should try to complete their tax return as soon as possible to be able to apply early.  Financial Aid will consider many factors in determining need such as how many children are in the family and how many will be in college

36 Websites on Financial Aid Federal Financial Aid The parent section has many resources. Use the FAFSA4caster for early estimate of your eligibility for federal student aid A helpful website with many resources and has a college financial calculator

37 The AmeriCorps Program AmeriCorps is a structed 10-month program where students help those in need across America. At the end of the program students will receive $5,000 towards their tuition. This might be an option to consider for students who want to take a year off before starting college. Visit for more information.www.AmeriCorps.org

38 What You Need to Do and When You Need to Do It Ninth Grade Enroll in academically challenging classes Become involved in extracurricular activities Do community service in an area of interest Work towards meeting the Bright Futures requirements Consider attending a summer camp in an area of interest Visit college campuses while on family vacations

39 What You Need to Do and When You Need to Do It Tenth Grade Take academically challenging classes Take the PSAT in the fall Attend College Fair in the fall Stay involved in extracurricular activities Continue volunteering in an area of interest Consider taking an SAT/ACT exam if in advanced math Work towards meeting the Bright Futures requirements Consider attending a summer camp in an area of interest Visit college campuses while on family vacations

40 What You Need to Do and When You Need to Do It Eleventh Grade Take academically challenging classes Attend College Fair Stay involved in extracurricular activities Continue volunteering in an area of interest Take the SAT/ACT several times if planning to attend a university Work towards meeting the Bright Futures requirements Attend or volunteer at a summer camp in an area of interest Research colleges for particular majors, entrance requirements, costs, etc. Attend campus tours of colleges of interest

41 What You Need to Do and When You Need to Do It Twelfth Grade Take academically challenging classes Finish taking the SAT/ACT to student’s satisfaction Attend campus tours of colleges of interest Apply to Universities in the fall Apply to Community Colleges in the spring Stay involved in extracurricular activities Continue volunteering in an area of interest Register for Bright Futures Scholarship with College Counselor Apply for Federal Financial Aid after January 1 Apply for local scholarships in the Spring

42 This power point was authored by Robin Lynne, College and Career Counselor, Marathon High School No part of this may be used or reprinted without the permission of the author Resources: The College Board Florida State University Bureau of Labor Statistics Higher Ed Info. Org Georgetown Education Center Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation


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