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