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    • Gig Harbor High School Parent College Workshop 2006 - 2007
    • Overview
      • Changing Job Demographics
      • Post High School Options
      • Academic Preparation
      • Testing
      • College Search
      • Admissions
      • Scholarship and Financial Aid Information
      • Web Sites
    • 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
        • 50%
      • Community Colleges
        • 29%
      • Technical Colleges
      • 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
      • AP Courses
      • Articulated Agreement Courses
      • Dual Credit Courses
        • www.peninsula.wednet.edu
        • Go to Career Technical link
    • Running Start
      • Do Running Start credits transfer?
      • What are the community college transfer agreements with four year colleges?
    • Dropout Trends
      • Two Year Public 47.2%
      • Two Year Private 33.0%
      • Four Year Public 31.8%
      • Four Year Private 29.6%
    • 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%
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • Advantages/Disadvantages
      • Public vs Private
      • Large vs Small
      • Community College vs Baccalaureate Institutions
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    •  
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • Placement Tests
      • Math and Foreign Language Placement tests may be required prior to registration.
    • 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
    • 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
      • 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.
    • 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
    • www.gigharborhs.psd.401.net
      • Gig Harbor High School Information
      • Parent Connect
      • Teacher Websites
      • Counseling Center News
      • Career Center News
    • 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