Analyze your strengths, interests, abilities, talents Explore careers that include some of the competencies you already possess or which may be developed www.bls.gov/k12 or www.collegefortn.orgwww.bls.gov/k12www.collegefortn.org Know Yourself
A great place to start; gain skill competencies Attend all day, every day Finish in 12 to 18 to 20 months—86% placement in jobs Affordable – TNP covers all tuition Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology – TCATs
Examples: Asst. Animal Lab Tech Aircraft / Avionics Diesel Powered Equipment Industrial Maintenance or Electrical Technology Machine Tool Technology Welding Technology TCATs Health Information Mgmt Pharmacy Technology Plastic Injection Molding/Robotics Mechatronics Surgical Technology More than 50 different programs statewide
Similar to a university setting Typically earn an associate degree (A.A., A.S., or A.A.S.) some certificate or diploma programs Finish in two years Seamless transfer through TTP www.tntransferpathway.org www.tntransferpathway.org Affordable – TNP covers all tuition Community College
Program Examples: Architecture Construction Gaming Business Mgmt Health Services Culinary Arts Landscape Mgmt Occupational & Physical Therapy Asst. Community College Criminal Justice Information Technology Advanced Maintenance Education Social Work Nursing Graphic Arts Paramedic Dental Hygiene
Selective admissions requirements Micro community—where you live, work, and play Responsible for own time management (and laundry) Earn a bachelor’s degree in four years (master’s and doctorate) Higher cost of attendance College or University
College is a match to be made not a prize to be won
Tennessee Promise HOPE, other TELS, TSAA PELL Grant Scholarships Speaking of Costs, Here’s Some Help
Why a promise and for whom – Tennessee’s economic prosperity – Benefit for all of us – Cornerstone program of Governor Haslam’s Drive to 55 initiative Tennessee Promise Scholarship
Why are we driving to 55? To increase postsecondary attainment in Tennessee from 32 percent to 55 percent by the year 2025 Tennessee needs to produce an additional 494,000 degrees, of which technical certificates and two-year degrees are a key part 9.65 percent of Southwest Tennessee adults have some type of postsecondary credential
What is the promise Provide last dollar funds to cover tuition for ALL students enrolling at a: Tennessee community college or college of applied technology Tennessee four-year institution with associate or certificate programs Tennessee Promise Scholarship
Click on the “Apply Now” button on www.tnpromise.gov Tennessee Promise Application Portal
Click “Create a Login” to create an account. (DEG students use same user name and password) Tennessee Promise Application Portal *If you have taken dual enrollment, use your same login (DEG students use same user name and password)
Tennessee Promise Application Portal Complete the application, check the box to accept terms and conditions, and click “Create my account”.
Tennessee Promise Application Portal Click “Click here to log in.”
Tennessee Promise Application Portal Enter the username created and click “Log In”. Answer challenge questions, image, password, etc.
Tennessee Promise Application Portal Click “Apply for Scholarships” to access online portal applications for Tennessee Promise and other scholarships.
27 TCATs 13 Community Colleges Public & Private 4-year Colleges & Universities: Acquinas CollegeArt Institute of TN Austin PeayBethel Bryan CollegeCarson-Newman Cumberland UnivHiwassee College John A Gupton CollegeJohnson Univ Lincoln Memorial UnivMartin Methodist South CollegeSouthern Adventist Tennessee StateTN Temple Univ Trevecca NazareneUnion Welch School Choices
When to apply – NOW! Deadline is Nov. 1 How to stay eligible Work with a partnering organization—(REDI) Attend two informational meetings— Fall: College Knowledge and/or Financial Aid Workshop Spring: AnyCollege Simulation and/or College Orientation Tennessee Promise Scholarship
FAFSA FAFSA Application will be available starting January 1 st. You will have until February 15 th to submit the FAFSA. You/your parents do NOT have to have their taxes complete for 2014 tax year in order to complete the FAFSA.
Based on financial need Prorated from $5,730-$605 Jobs on campus 3.68% / 6.41% usually deferred payment Based on academic merit Ranges from $1,750-$7,500 Based on Tenn. residency $2,000 to attend TCATs Based on financial need Ranges from $1,000 to $4,000 Pays remaining dollars owed on tuition & fees for a 2-year or TCAT program TN Promise PELL Grant Work Study Student/Parent Loans HOPE Wilder Naifeh TSAA
Scholarships – Local – usually in spring – Private – more than $3 billion – Institutional – given by the school (check for priority deadlines, may have additional application process) Other Financial Aid Sources
Scholarship Tips – Parent or student place of work – Ex. Regions Bank, Naifeh’s, Kroger, KFC, McD’s – Church – Large companies
– Prepare resume, activity record, letters of recommendation, essay (primarily for four- year schools) – Online or paper app – Proof carefully before sending and be aware of deadlines – Tips: use a professional email and Grandma- proof social media Application Process
– Transcripts – ACT scores – Immunization records – Application fees: Yes, for four-year No, for two-year -State ID
Hit Submit – Now What? Expect to get an email that your application has been received Develop a relationship – be in touch with admissions representative Respond to requests in a timely manner Acceptance and Award Letters If this is your school choice, reply to confirm your acceptance Establish student account with school: jWeb, @my.uu.edu, etc Continue to respond to/with school’s communication Expect more fees—housing and tuition deposit
You will have admitted status Respond to orientation and pre-registration opportunities Be in touch with financial aid office—call if you are uncertain about aid offerings or to confirm that your FAFSA information is on file and updated (Sign the award letter; know your Admissions Counselor—more about that in Nov) Over the Summer
Contact Information REDI Director: REDI Director: Lisa Hankins 731-668-6450 email@example.com Tipton County College Access Mentor: Katherine Markley 901-830-8583 firstname.lastname@example.org QUESTIONS?