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College Night

  1. 1. Gig Harbor High School Parent College Workshop 2006 - 2007
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Changing Job Demographics </li></ul><ul><li>Post High School Options </li></ul><ul><li>Academic Preparation </li></ul><ul><li>Testing </li></ul><ul><li>College Search </li></ul><ul><li>Admissions </li></ul><ul><li>Scholarship and Financial Aid Information </li></ul><ul><li>Web Sites </li></ul>
  3. 3. Changing Career Demographics <ul><li>Steady increase in skilled workforce </li></ul><ul><li>“College” is for everybody </li></ul>
  4. 4. 20% professional 20% skilled 60% unskilled National Occupational Opportunities 1950
  5. 5. 35% unskilled 45% skilled 20% professional National Occupational Opportunities 1994
  6. 6. National Occupational Opportunities 2000 15% unskilled 20% professional 65% skilled
  7. 7. Post High School Academic Options <ul><li>Four year colleges - Public & Private </li></ul><ul><ul><li>50% </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Community Colleges </li></ul><ul><ul><li>29% </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Technical Colleges </li></ul><ul><li>Specialty schools - Cosmetology, Art, Fashion, Culinary, Commercial Diving, etc. </li></ul>
  8. 8. The Road to Success: Education Plan 2 Year Colleges Professional Certificate Associate in Arts and Science Degree Employment Opportunities Transfer to a 4 Year College Employment Opportunities
  9. 9. The Road to Success: Education Plan 4 Year Colleges Check Specific Admission Requirements 4 Year Bachelors Degree (BA or BS) Other Degree Options Masters (MA-MS), Doctorate (Dr.), Professional (MD – DDS – etc. Employment Opportunities
  10. 10. College Credits Earned in High School <ul><li>Running Start Credits </li></ul><ul><li>AP Courses </li></ul><ul><li>Articulated Agreement Courses </li></ul><ul><li>Dual Credit Courses </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.peninsula.wednet.edu </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Go to Career Technical link </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Running Start <ul><li>Do Running Start credits transfer? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the community college transfer agreements with four year colleges? </li></ul>
  12. 12. Dropout Trends <ul><li>Two Year Public 47.2% </li></ul><ul><li>Two Year Private 33.0% </li></ul><ul><li>Four Year Public 31.8% </li></ul><ul><li>Four Year Private 29.6% </li></ul>
  13. 13. Completion Rates <ul><li>AA in three years or less. 30.1% </li></ul><ul><li>BA/BS in five years or less </li></ul><ul><li> Public College 41.2% </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Private College 54.5% </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Where should students start? <ul><li>Self inquiry </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What am I interested in? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What am I good at? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What do I want from my college experience? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What schools have appropriate majors? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the employment outlook for my Career Goals? </li></ul><ul><li>This is a great discussion opener for parents. </li></ul>
  15. 15. College Search <ul><li>Visualize the search as a funnel. </li></ul><ul><li>Identify Important Broad Parameters </li></ul><ul><li>Do the Research </li></ul><ul><li>Visit and Interview </li></ul><ul><li>Narrow to Six (6) or fewer schools by the beginning of senior year. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Choosing A University <ul><li>Admission requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Courses of study offered </li></ul><ul><li>Financial costs. </li></ul><ul><li>College reputation. (Be cautious of rankings and rumors.) </li></ul><ul><li>College environment or Personality . </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Size </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Climate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Religious affiliations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Urban v/s rural </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Distance from home </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sports programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dorms v/s Greek system </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Class size </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Friend’s choices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Impacted majors </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Advantages/Disadvantages <ul><li>Public vs Private </li></ul><ul><li>Large vs Small </li></ul><ul><li>Community College vs Baccalaureate Institutions </li></ul>
  18. 18. Parent’s Role in post high school planning <ul><ul><li>Offer guidance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recognize and encourage student’s right to choose </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Set financial parameters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Seek “best fit” not “best college” Don’t look for one “Best” match, look for several “Best” matches. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Continue to nurture even as they seek independence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do NOT do their work for them. </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Gap Years or Deferred Enrollment <ul><li>Deferred enrollment can be advantageous if the time is spent meaningfully and with purpose. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Community Service Projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Travel Abroad </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internships </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Academic Preparation <ul><li>HEC Board requirements are minimal. </li></ul><ul><li>Rigor is extremely important. </li></ul><ul><li>Four years of English & Math. </li></ul><ul><li>Seven semesters of Social Studies. </li></ul><ul><li>Three to Four years of Science and Foreign Language. </li></ul><ul><li>Two semesters of Art/Music. </li></ul><ul><li>Choose AP and Honors courses when available and appropriate. </li></ul>
  21. 22. Testing <ul><li>PLAN - Practice ACT test for Sophomores </li></ul><ul><li>Fall Sophomore year </li></ul><ul><li>PSAT - Practice SAT test for Juniors </li></ul><ul><li>Fall Junior year </li></ul><ul><li>(Also used for National Merit Scholarship Consideration.) </li></ul><ul><li>ACT - Spring of Junior year/Fall Senior year </li></ul><ul><li>SAT - Spring of Junior year/Fall Senior year </li></ul><ul><li>SAT 2 - Spring of Junior year or individual tests may be taken upon completion of coursework. </li></ul>
  22. 23. SAT and/or ACT? <ul><li>Revised SAT has three sections: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Critical Reading </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Writing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Math </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Revised ACT </li></ul><ul><ul><li>English </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Math </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reading </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Science </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Writing test is optional </li></ul></ul><ul><li>SAT 2 (subject specific tests) </li></ul><ul><li>Test requirements vary by school </li></ul>
  23. 24. School and Community Involvement <ul><li>Depth not Breadth of involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstration of: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Leadership Skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Character </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Compassion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Commitment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organizational Skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Self Confidence </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Part time Employment is Involvement </li></ul>
  24. 25. College Visitations <ul><li>When? Winter and Spring of Junior year. </li></ul><ul><li>Interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Tours </li></ul><ul><li>Visit the Hub, Commons or Rec Centers - Sample the food and visit with students. </li></ul><ul><li>Stay overnight if possible. </li></ul>
  25. 26. Campus Interviews <ul><li>Do your research - Know the School </li></ul><ul><li>Know yourself - Strengths & Weaknesses </li></ul><ul><li>Goals & Values </li></ul><ul><li>Interests </li></ul><ul><li>Be yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Be positive </li></ul><ul><li>Be honest </li></ul><ul><li>Be On time </li></ul><ul><li>Try and Relax </li></ul><ul><li>Dress Appropriately </li></ul>
  26. 27. Factors Influencing Washington State Public College Admissions <ul><li>HEC board requirements must be met. </li></ul><ul><li>Trend towards “whole student” consideration rather than Academic Index (AI) only. </li></ul><ul><li>Academic Index: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Used by public universities in Washington State </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grades weighted 3 to 1 over test scores </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recently recalculated for class of 2006 </li></ul></ul>
  27. 28. Factors Influencing Admission (cont) <ul><li>Best Predictors of success: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Course Rigor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cumulative GPA </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Other factors considered: </li></ul><ul><li>ACT or SAT scores </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Essays </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Talent </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Diversity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Special circumstances </li></ul></ul>
  28. 29. Private College Admissions <ul><li>Additional factors considered after GPA, Course Rigor, and SAT/ACT scores include: </li></ul><ul><li>SAT2 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Choose three or more subject areas </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Letters of recommendation </li></ul><ul><li>Essays </li></ul><ul><li>Activities and talent </li></ul><ul><li>Interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Diversity </li></ul>
  29. 30. Placement Tests <ul><li>Math and Foreign Language Placement tests may be required prior to registration. </li></ul>
  30. 31. Community College & Technical College Admissions <ul><li>Community Colleges: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Some applications/information available in career center or on-line. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Placement exam required prior to entry. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Apply early. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Know transfer requirements if seeking baccalaureate degree </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Technical Colleges: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Orientation meeting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Compass/Asset entry assessments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Waiting lists likely. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contact directly </li></ul></ul>
  31. 32. Specialty School Admissions <ul><li>Criteria vary for each school. </li></ul><ul><li>Information available on the web or Career Center. </li></ul><ul><li>Transcripts, letters of recommendation, interviews, portfolios and auditions may all be required. </li></ul>
  32. 33. Scholarship Information <ul><li>Scholarship information posted in the Career Center and APB/Decisions classrooms. </li></ul><ul><li>Scholarship Notebooks </li></ul><ul><li>Contact individual schools and programs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Most schools have their own scholarships </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scholarship deadlines often differ from application dates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>some require supplementary financial aid info. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Check parents’ place of employment & local credit unions </li></ul><ul><li>Check scholarship websites </li></ul><ul><li>Be cautious about paying for scholarship search programs. </li></ul>
  33. 34. Financial Aid <ul><li>FAFSA application required for financial aid. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Draft copies available in late Fall </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Complete on-line after January 1 st . </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sooner is better. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Three means of assistance: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Grants </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Loans </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Work Study </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>** Schools may add Merit Scholarship Money to Financial Aid Packages </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Profile form may also be required. </li></ul><ul><li>Loans can also be obtained through local lending institutions. </li></ul><ul><li>WUE – The Western Undergraduate Exchange Program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>reduced tuition at 150% of receiving schools state tuition rate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.wiche.edu </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Financial aid from private institutions can often neutralize the costs </li></ul>
  34. 35. www.gigharborhs.psd.401.net <ul><li>Gig Harbor High School Information </li></ul><ul><li>Parent Connect </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher Websites </li></ul><ul><li>Counseling Center News </li></ul><ul><li>Career Center News </li></ul>
  35. 36. Web Resources <ul><li>College Search Engines </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.collegeboard.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.princetonreview.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.usnews.com </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Financial Aid & Scholarships </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.finaid.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.fastweb.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.fafsa.ed.gov </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Admissions Test Registration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ACT www.act.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SAT & SAT 2 www.collegeboard.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GHHS School Code # 480-421 </li></ul></ul>

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