Everyone we know needs a career after HS.Everyone we know isn’t so rich they can just “relax” for 60 years.
Have a Plan!Education when you are young will pay off20-30-40 years from now.
Three main paths (all include graduation)Junior College UC CSUCareer/ Elite PrivateVocational Private College CollegeSchool ROTC MilitaryBasic military Academy All of these can lead to a 4 year degree or beyond
This plan assumesyou are not going tograduate and thenjust sit at home.People doing that don’t need a “plan”.
Thoughts on the GED THIS IS A BIG DEALGetting the GED might sound easy—after all, it’s just a test—but the test issupposed to reflect everything you learned in high school at the senior level.Many people take numerous tries to pass, and some don’t pass at all. You’ll haveto demonstrate advanced knowledge of algebra, geometry and calculus, write anessay, and pass history, science and critical reading sections. It’s not easy topass—and often the work you have to complete for a passing grade in highschool is easier. Don’t count on alternative ways to get a high school education ifyou still have the opportunity to stay in school and graduate. http://www.distance-education.org/Articles/Thinking-About-Dropping- Out-of-High-School--Think-Again-242.html
Reasons to not drop out or take the GED Employers have their pick of candidatesFrom Many employers will screen you out entirely because you have no degree—despite your experience. They’ll nearly always take someone with a high school degree over someone without, and often they’ll take someone with an Associate’s before that—even if the job doesn’t necessarily draw on skills you learn in high school or college. More and more, an education is becoming mandatory in our economy. http://www.distance-education.org/Articles/Thinking-About-Dropping- Out-of-High-School--Think-Again-242.html
Reasons to not drop out or take the GED You’ll be competing against high school and college grads all your life From Life is a competition. You’ll be competing for jobs your whole life, and your education is the only thing that gives you an edge when you’re young and don’t have much work experience. But even when you’re older, you’ll be competing against candidates who have degrees—for jobs, for promotions and for raises. Don’t set yourself at a disadvantage before you’ve even started a career. http://www.distance-education.org/Articles/Thinking-About-Dropping- Out-of-High-School--Think-Again-242.html
Reasons to not drop out or take the GED Think school is tough now? Try going back as an adultFrom School isn’t always easy. But most teenagers don’t have to support themselves while they go to school. Once you’re out, you’ll have to get a job—and you’ll have to juggle school around that. Don’t expect your employer to be sympathetic if you have to schedule shifts around classes or come in tired because you were up late studying the night before. If you have kids of your own, going back to school is even harder. Some people who drop out with only months to go before graduation take decades to earn their degree again. Get it done early, while you don’t have as many demands on your time. http://www.distance-education.org/Articles/Thinking-About-Dropping- Out-of-High-School--Think-Again-242.html
FINAL Thoughts on the GED THIS IS A BIG DEALIn1971, male dropouts who worked full time earned anaverage of $35,087.In 2000, male dropout income shrank to $23,903.It’s clear that our economy is changing—and an education is nolonger considered optional.
How do you get to college, military or vocational ed?THE BASICS - STUFF YOU NEED 1. Graduate HS - not GED 2. GPA of 2.5 - 3.0 or better* 3. Funding or scholarships *For UCs, elite colleges and military academies, you need a 4.0+ gpa. It’s very competitive.
THE BASICS - GET THE RIGHT START Focus on the Positive(-) Negative: Fs are a huge problem - you repeat the class and loseelectives (If you’re aiming to go straight to 4 year - you NEED C’s orbetter in core classes)(+) Positive: You are at a high tech, supportive school, do your part!(-) Negative: Not having an “interest area”(+) Positive: Compete and win AWARDS early, when you are a soph!(-) Negative: You can’t begin when you are a Senior(+) Positive: At Minarets, Freshman have access to rock the house
Funding Options 1: Cheap stuff You have to have a car, apartment and a job either way. Don’t add those costs to your college planning. You’ll need a car and apartment no matter what. College can be as cheap as $1000/yr. For a little more money, add college and career skills that will pay off in the long run.
Funding Options 2: Keeping college affordableFAFSA + CALGRANTS = Free moneyAH! The spectre of paying too much for a degree.The goal = pay as you go, or pay just for room and board.If you HAVE to get a loan, consider these options:• Go to a JC first (save $24,000 to 60,000) get the same creditsFAFSA, Pell and Cal Grants can get you free money - if you sign up on time.
Funding Options 3: Keeping college affordableASVAB + ROTC = Free college• Get a good ASVAB score, join the military, or go in as ROTC andcollege is free. In many cases, you’ll get a monthly check too. CAUTION: If going military, be a good negotiator. Get a career out of the deal and go to college before you serve
Funding Options 4: Use your work ethic and skillsOther cheap routes:Maintain a 3.5 gpa and get accepted to the SCCCD Honors Program3.5 or higher gpa means free JC and a guaranteed slot at a UCFresno State Smittcamp Honors College - 3.8 GPA = Free Ride toFresno StateWalk on in other “sports”, like band, or ag or media - they havescholarships too!
What kind of school do I pick? (1) Tuition: $30,000 and up Everyone knows schools like these: USC, CAL, UC Davis, Stanford (big $) Some schools like Stanford will give a free ride if you’re low income - but you have to qualify academically.
What kind of school do I pick? (2) Tuition: $4000-‐6000 and up And these are great choices as well (and affordable) Fresno State, Cal Poly, Chico State Many times, a 3.0 gpa is acceptable.
What kind of school do I pick? (3) Tuition: $20,000 and up But small colleges provide great options too: Woodbury, Menlo, Whitworth, Cogswell, Azusa Pacific, Fresno Pacific Why pick a small private college? You will be “known”, you get better personalization, and better access to internships, which can be critical when starting a career.
What kind of school do I pick? (4) Tuition: None Military Academies No cost to the student Excellent academics - The highest grades are required to enter Don’t be confused: You are signing up to go to war if necessary This is a 6-8 year commitment US Naval Academy West Point US Air Force Academy Coast Guard Academy
Internships!At whatever college you select, internships are CRITICAL.Ask how they work and who gets them before you sign up.Internships can be a GOLDEN key to entering the career youchoose.MAKE SURE THE COLLEGE YOU SELECT HASINTERNSHIPS BEFORE YOU SIGN UP.
The cost of learning trades/skills More Choices Lower Cost Trade / Art Schools Junior College Art Music Many Jr Colleges Contracting have Two Year IT degrees in Mechanics trade / art Beauty disciplines Two years Two years $15-25,000 $1,000- $2,000
What school should you pick and how do you get there?NOTE: It will cost you $10,000 - $15,000 a year to live no matter what school or job you choose - this chart is aboutDIRECT costs involved with going to school. College CSUs UCs Jr College Career Private Colleges Elite Private Colleges Basic Military Paths ROTC Military Academies GPA Goal GPA 3.0 GPA 3.0+ GPA 4.0+ Minarets Minarets Diploma Classes Minarets Diploma Diploma (3 yrs math, 2 yrs Foreign Language) (4 yrs math, 3 yrs Foreign Language) Required Honors/AP classes ASVAB (military) Interest areas, Be plugged into an Interest areas, competitions, Intangibles dominating competitions, interest area awards, clubs winning awards, starting clubs CSU $6-7k/year $20-30k/year Cost $600-$1000/year Private $18- $30k/yr Mil Academy = Free ROTC -= Free
Life is LONG School Years 27% Learn NOW Invest in yourself until your are about 25 years old, and the next 55+ yearsThe Rest of Your Life 73% will be far more rewarding School Years The Rest of Your Life
Don’t OVERPAY FOR COLLEGE! Be VERY VERY careful with student loans - they ARE NOT free money -It’s like adding a $100k house payment to your life debt
There are a lot of questions to ask,but it’s going to be an excitingtime in your life. Ask us if you have questions: Claudia vanDenBerg Cvandenberg@mychawanakee.org Mike Niehoff Mniehoff@mychawanakee.org Jon Corippo Jcorippo@mychawanakee.org