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1 How to thrive, not just survive after high school: Post-secondary planning March 12, 2014

2 Post-High School Options Four-Year College o Bachelors Degree o University vs. College o Public vs. Private Two-Year College o AKA Community College o Associates Degree o Certificate/Diploma Programs Technical College/Specialty School Military Apprenticeship Employment

3 I Have a Plan Iowa Develop Guideways and four-year plan Understand how career planning can help achieve goals Expand on how educational achievement relates to career opportunities Learn how individual interests, values, and skills connect to careers Research career opportunities and educational institutions Prepare for college admissions exams

4 College Transfer Credits Dual-credit class: classes taught at the high school for both high school and DMACC credit Advanced Placement (AP): college-level courses taught at the high school - students will need to take a test at the end of the semester to attempt college credit Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO): college courses taken through a college or university

5 Transcript Information Cumulative GPA - weighted vs. unweighted Class Rank ACT Scores-will not appear on official high school transcript Check Infinite Campus: o Reports o HS Unofficial Transcript

6 Transcript Example

7 Transcript Release Form Example

8 Testing Options PLAN (will be replaced in ) PSAT ACT SAT eCompass ASVAB

9 ACT National Exam with set testing dates Create an account online at Students should begin preparing for the ACT at the start of their junior year and take the exam in April or June ACT scores must be sent directly to the college of the student’s choice - some colleges do not accept scores from the high school.

10 NCAA ……. NAIA NCAA: NAIA: If the student plans to play Division I, Division II, or NAIA athletics, he/she needs to register during the fall of junior year.

11 College Visit Protocol 1.Students may take six (6) total visits during their high school career 2.Schedule visit online or call admissions - visit completed by 12/1 and 5/1 for Ram Plan 3.Guardians excuse the student through attendance center - call ahead 4.College Visit Card signed by admissions representative and turned into the student’s counselor to be Ram Plan excused

12 College Visit Card Example College Visitation Form The following form should be completed and returned to your counselor to be excused for a post secondary school visit: Date_______________ ___________________________ visited ______________________ (Name) (School) in__________________________ at ____________________. ___________________________ _________________________ (Admissions Counselor) (SEP Counselor)

13 College Admissions Reps Several colleges have admissions representatives coming to the high school Notifications posted: outside the Counseling Office, in the Announcements, on bulletin boards around the school If a student would like to see a rep, ask Pam in the Counseling Office for a pass

14 Supplemental Resources Letters of Recommendation Essays Activities Resume o Leadership o Extracurricular activities o Volunteer experience o Work experience How do students make themselves marketable?

15 Paying for College Scholarships Grants Loans FAFSA - Available January 1st of senior year Iowa College Access Network (ICAN) Provides individual support

16 Self-Reflection Questions Does the student’s post-secondary plan “fit”? Why are you pursuing college, vocational training, military, apprenticeship, or employment? Do you have effective study skills? How have you prepared for college academic work? Are you ready to live independently? Have you considered the distance from home? Have you planned for the cost?

17 Resources Iowa College Aid Network - I Have A Plan Iowa - ACT - College Board-

18 Southeast Polk Counselors Lanny Brand Michelle Feldmann Amy Daugherty Kari Fast Rosemary Freel (Sl-Z): Erin Lane Jessica Nolting

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