Gig Harbor High School Parent College Workshop 2006 - 2007
Changing Job Demographics
Post High School Options
Scholarship and Financial Aid Information
Changing Career Demographics
Steady increase in skilled workforce
“College” is for everybody
20% professional 20% skilled 60% unskilled National Occupational Opportunities 1950
35% unskilled 45% skilled 20% professional National Occupational Opportunities 1994
National Occupational Opportunities 2000 15% unskilled 20% professional 65% skilled
Post High School Academic Options
Four year colleges - Public & Private
Specialty schools - Cosmetology, Art, Fashion, Culinary, Commercial Diving, etc.
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
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
College Credits Earned in High School
Running Start Credits
Articulated Agreement Courses
Dual Credit Courses
Go to Career Technical link
Do Running Start credits transfer?
What are the community college transfer agreements with four year colleges?
Two Year Public 47.2%
Two Year Private 33.0%
Four Year Public 31.8%
Four Year Private 29.6%
AA in three years or less. 30.1%
BA/BS in five years or less
Public College 41.2%
Private College 54.5%
Where should students start?
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.
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.
Choosing A University
Courses of study offered
College reputation. (Be cautious of rankings and rumors.)
College environment or Personality .
Urban v/s rural
Distance from home
Dorms v/s Greek system
Public vs Private
Large vs Small
Community College vs Baccalaureate Institutions
Parent’s Role in post high school planning
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.
Gap Years or Deferred Enrollment
Deferred enrollment can be advantageous if the time is spent meaningfully and with purpose.
Community Service Projects
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.
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.
SAT and/or ACT?
Revised SAT has three sections:
Writing test is optional
SAT 2 (subject specific tests)
Test requirements vary by school
School and Community Involvement
Depth not Breadth of involvement
Part time Employment is Involvement
When? Winter and Spring of Junior year.
Visit the Hub, Commons or Rec Centers - Sample the food and visit with students.
Stay overnight if possible.
Do your research - Know the School
Know yourself - Strengths & Weaknesses
Goals & Values
Be On time
Try and Relax
Factors Influencing Washington State Public College Admissions
HEC board requirements must be met.
Trend towards “whole student” consideration rather than Academic Index (AI) only.
Used by public universities in Washington State
Grades weighted 3 to 1 over test scores
Recently recalculated for class of 2006
Factors Influencing Admission (cont)
Best Predictors of success:
Other factors considered:
ACT or SAT scores
Private College Admissions
Additional factors considered after GPA, Course Rigor, and SAT/ACT scores include:
Choose three or more subject areas
Letters of recommendation
Activities and talent
Math and Foreign Language Placement tests may be required prior to registration.
Community College & Technical College Admissions
Some applications/information available in career center or on-line.
Placement exam required prior to entry.
Know transfer requirements if seeking baccalaureate degree
Compass/Asset entry assessments
Waiting lists likely.
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.
Scholarship information posted in the Career Center and APB/Decisions classrooms.
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.
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:
** 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
Financial aid from private institutions can often neutralize the costs