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  • 1. Post Secondary Prep Session #1“What will you do with yourone wi wild and precious life?” Be sure to sign inand thanks for your participation today. Your attendance will be reported back to your teachers.
  • 2. GET ORGANIZED! Post-Secondary institutions are adult communities where YOU are ultimately responsible for your education. Consider creating a file or binderspecifically for your post-secondaryeducation planning:Handouts from PSP sessionsPrintouts of program researchBrochures, calendars, pamphlets, etc.Emails & correspondence with education advisors
  • 3. GET INFORMATION!You are responsible for getting the information youneed to make informed decisions. Most post-secondary schools enable you to createan account as a „prospective student‟ for free. Thisenables the school to email you about events andinformation that you may need to consider programs andcomplete your application. This is not an application,but an information portal.Ex: “youbc “ at UBC “myOkanagan” – at Okanagan College
  • 4. A minimum of 80 credits made up of: Required Courses Elective Courses + Graduation Transitions 48 28 + Credits Credits 4 CreditsOKM Policy = Grade 12 students must carry 6blocks inside the timetable & have 88 credits to beeligible for any spares.
  • 5. REQUIRED COURSES by BC Ministry(* indicates required provincial exam)Subject CreditsEnglish 10* 4Social Studies 10 4A Math 10* 4Science 10* 4PE 10 4Planning 10 4A Fine Arts / Applied Skills 10, 11, or 12 4English 11 or Communications 11 4Socials 11* 4A Math 11 4A Science 11 4English 12* or Communications 12* 43 Grade 12 Courses 12Graduation Transitions 4
  • 6. ELECTIVE COURSESStudents must earn at least 28 elective credits for grade 10-12 courses. 28 creditsOf the 80 credits for graduation, at least 16 must be at the Grade 12level, including English 12 or Communications 12.GRADUATION TRANSITIONSStudents must earn 4 credits for Graduation Transitions, which includes 4 creditscreating and presenting their MAP via website linked to OKMwebsite, under “Student Links” tab.MAP review date: Monday, Nov. 26thMAP Presentation Day: Wednesday, Jan. 12th (appointment set afterMAP has been reviewed)TOTAL CREDITSRequired Courses 48 credits 80Elective Courses 28 credits creditsGraduation Transitions 4 creditsOKM Policy = Grade 12 students must carry 6 blocks inside thetimetable & have 88 credits to be eligible for any spares.
  • 7. Diploma Verification Report “DVR”• Ms. Green counts credits of all Gr. 12’s A – L• Ms. Proch counts credits of all Gr 12’s M - Z• DVR shows all courses & marks that count toward graduation• If you have not yet read & signed your DVR, please do so immediately, in the Counselling Centre
  • 8. Are you unsure of a career path? http://www.educationplanner.ca http://www.careercruising.com User name: okm Password: huskies Very useful! These websites give info on careers, education, where programs are offered, projected income, and so much more…enjoy!
  • 9. A WEALTH of HELP:•High School Info•Graduation•Post-Sec Education•Financial Planning•Moving Out•Employment•Travel•Funding forEducationDON’T LOSE THIS VALUABLE RESOURCE!
  • 10. How Long Will You Study?• Certificate – program is one year or less• Diploma – program is 2 years in length• Degree – program is 4 years in length *also known as an Undergraduate Degree• Masters – usually 2 years in length, AFTER your undergraduate degree is completed (6 yrs. total) *also known as a Graduate Degree
  • 11. Post-Secondary OptionsCollege Apprenticeship-certificates, diplomas, and limited -specific training in a skilled tradedegree programs offered -on the job experience-trades programs -4 year work and school rotation-University transfer programs (earn while you learn)Institutes University-technical training in a variety of -in-depth academicspecific trades and careers education, with a minimum of a 4-programs generally 6 months to 2 year commitmentyears in length -degree-granting (undergraduate-some specialized degree & graduate degrees)programs available -Professional occupations-ex: BCIT, Emily Carr, Justice Institute (law, teaching, dentistry, medicin e)
  • 12. Post Secondary Entrance Requirements in the “What’s Next?” Guide• UBC Okanagan– p. 22• Okanagan College – p. 24• University – Sciences – p. 26• University – Arts – p. 27• Approved Grade 12 Courses – p. 21
  • 13. Post Secondary Pathways UNIVERSITY vs. COLLEGE University College• Entrance Requirements = • Entrance Requirements: Eng. 12 + 3 approved grade En 12 (Associate of Arts) 12 courses (B.C.) En 12 + P-Cal 12 (Associate of Science)• Personal profile may be *university transfer programs required - NEW • Student responsible for transfer:• Competitive entrance VS www.bccat.bc.ca• Larger professor base www.bctranferguide.ca• More elective course options • Varied program options in certificate, diploma & technical• Research opportunities skills and university transfer• Work study options • Smaller classes• Can be more expensive • Can be less expensive
  • 14. Calculation of Entrance AveragesMost universities admit students by averaging the4 (or more) academic courses required by their programsAn example…U Vic Engineering - 4 Approved Academics / 4Imagine an OKM Gr 12 student… English 12 - 82% PreCalculus Math 12 - 80% Chemistry 12 - 87% Physics 12 - 70% Entrance Average = 79.75%
  • 15. More About Entrance Averages• Universities use the entrance averages to select students to fill their first year seats• These start with the top averages and working downward• Consequently, entrance ‘cutoffs’ vary from year to year• Universities also adhere to strict entrance ‘minimum’ averages Eg.U Vic Humanities – 67%
  • 16. Broad Based AdmissionThis is where a post secondary school uses gradeaverages as well as information obtained from aPersonal Profile. This information is obtainedfrom full length answers on the applicationform. Therefore students must put carefulthought into completing the applicationquestions.
  • 17. UBC Broad Based Admission ACADEMIC PROFILE (marks) + PERSONAL PROFILE = COMPETITIVE ENTRANCE no set mark averages for admission so aim high no ‘magic formula’ UBC Vancouver UBC Okanagan *min. of 70% in English 11 or 12 *minimum of 67% in English 12*75% blended final or 80% Term 3 Eng. 12 *70% blended final Eng. 12 mark to register mark to register in 1st yr. Eng. course in 1st yr. Eng. course
  • 18. UBC Personal Profile Questions1. Tell us about an experience that caused you to rethink or changeyour perspective. What impact has this had on you? (200 words)2. Explain how you responded to a significant challenge that you haveencountered and what you leaned in the process. (200 words)3. Describe up to 5 activities that you have pursued in 1 or more of thefollowing areas: leadership/group contributions; academics; sports;creative & performing arts; work; service to others. Provide a shortdescription of each (50 words), indicating dates and times.4. Tell us more about one of the activities explaining what your goalswere, what you did to pursue them, the results achieved, and whatyou learned in the process. (200 words)
  • 19. UBC Personal ProfileThe critical factor is how the applicant can explain how he was able to learn and grow from experiences he has had. CAREFUL THOUGHT CAN MAKE THE DIFFERENCE!** Two references will also be required, one of whichmust be in connection with an activity listed and onemust be a school official employed by SD23.
  • 20. UBC-Major Entrance Scholarship $5,000- $40,000•Information obtained from the Personal Profileon the Application form will be used to chooserecipients. No additional application isnecessary.•To be considered for this your application mustbe completed by December 10, 2012
  • 21. UBC – Major Entrance Award• Recognizes students who are academically qualified, but who would not otherwise be able to attend without significant financial assistance• You and your family must complete an application to demonstrate great financial need. A nomination letter is required from someone who is well-acquainted with you, and can comment on your character and financial situation• An award up to $40,000• Online application opens Nov. 14 and closes Feb. 28
  • 22. How to Apply to UBC1. http://www.ubc.ca *Non-refundable application fee of $622. Click on Prospective Student- undergraduate *One application for both campuses *Must indicate 1st & 2nd choice of3. Click on campus of choice program and campus4. Click on Apply to UBC for 2013 *Online application is now open and closes January 31, 20135. New user: create an account *UBC Information Mtg: Wednesday, Nov. 21st @ 7pm, OKM MULTI
  • 23. How to Apply to OKANAGAN COLLEGE1. http://www.okanagan.bc.ca *Non-refundable application fee -$30 *Tuesday November 1, 2011 – online applications begin at 8:30 am2. Click on become a student *Some programs are first come first served, so apply as early as3. Click on High School possible *Some programs available until4. Click on How to Apply filled, so no set close date5. Click on Apply Now – Choose Program
  • 24. How to Apply to U VIC1. http://www.uvic.ca *Create a profile in PASBC first by filling in all required sections, then you2. Click on “Future Students are transferred to the U Vic website to choose your program “Undergraduate” *Note: $67.50 non-refundable3. Click on “Apply Online” application fee (Visa, MC AMEX or cheque)4. Click “Ready to Apply” *Online applications open September 15. “Apply for Undergraduate –Deadlines vary by program Studies” *Self-report final grade 11 marks from6. New Applicant/Create October 1- November 30 to be considered for early admission: Profile www.uvic.ca/selfreporting
  • 25. Tips for Applying Online• Set aside at least one hour to complete the application• Have your PEN number (on Student DVR), and SIN number handy• When asked where you attended school, be sure to identify where you attended for grades 9-12 as they want to know you have taken school in English for the past 4 years (grades 9-12)• Know your full home mailing address with postal code• Email address needs to be the one you check the most frequently• Email will be the primary method of communication from post secondary• Application fee payment due at the time of application, so you’ll also need to have a credit card handy• Apply as early as possible• Check your email filters/quarantine often to not inadvertently miss email.
  • 26. Why Apply Early?Please apply as soon as possible because: 1. Some college programs are “first apply, first in” and those ones tend to fill up very quickly. 2. If the post-secondary institution requires additional information from you, you then have the time to fulfill their requests without further delaying your application.
  • 27. DID YOU KNOW?• Your First Semester final grades AND your Term 3 report card marks are used by the post secondary schools to determine whether or not you are accepted.• It is IMPERATIVE that your grades are meeting the admission standards, set by the college/university, by your Term 3 report card• Don’t slack off, and don’t think you can wait until June to get the marks you need!!• Term 3 marks will make or break admission.• Be sure to complete your PSI on line before March 30
  • 28. LPI – Language Proficiency Index• The LPI is a test that measures English language proficiency at the pre- university level.• Some institutions will require that you have a minimum English 12 mark. If you do not achieve that result, you may have to write the LPI before you can be admitted &/or choose your classes. Institution English 12 Final Mark minimum UBC – Vancouver 75% UBC – Okanagan 70% UVic 86% or placement test SFU 75% OC 60% (LPI level 4) *Business Degree = 70% or level 5• Further information: www.lpitest.ca (dates, locations, fees, procedures, etc)
  • 29. Online PSI CHOICES Form• Complete a Post Secondary Choices Form online referred to as a “PSI” Form• This allows the post secondary school to receive your marks electronically• ALL students planning to attend Post –Secondary MUST do this by April 30, 2012• BC Ministry of Education: Student Secure Web https://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/exams/tsw/tsw/student/ or go to the GESS Counselling site & select “Grade 12 Links” *same place where students check provincial exam results• Must have your PEN # to create your account & do your PSI selection
  • 30. The Costs of Education• TUITION • BOOKS & SUPPLIES• STUDENT FEES • HOUSING• HEALTH FEES • FOOD• DENTAL FEES • TRANSPORTATION What is your financial plan?
  • 31. UBC Online Cost Calculator www.you.ubc.ca• Select your campus: Vancouver or Okanagan tab• Select “How much will it cost to attend UBC”• Select Find out the costs for your programAllows students to total their costs, with variables for living arrangements and program choice.
  • 32. The Cost of Education Example:Using UBC Cost Calculator: 1st Year Full-time Arts (UBC-O) EDUCATIONAL COSTS LIVING COSTS (Full first-year course load) (8 months) Tuition $4,608 Room and board $0 Student fees $614 Transportation (bus) $244 Books $1700 Personal expenses $2,500 BC Health Insurance $432 Educational costs $6,922 Living costs $3,176 ESTIMATED TOTAL COST $10,098 … and that’s with living at home for FREE
  • 33. The Cost of Education Example: Okanagan College – Associate of Arts (Arts Transfer) EDUCATIONAL COSTS LIVING COSTS (Full first-year course load) (8 months)Tuition $4,100 Room and board $0Student fees $500 Transportation (bus) $244Books $1,500 Personal expenses $2,500 BC Health Insurance $432Educational costs $6,100 Living costs $3,176 ESTIMATED TOTAL COST $9,276 … and that’s with living at home for FREE
  • 34. OC Program Costs 2011-2012 www.okanagan.bc.ca/tuitionPROGRAM COSTBachelor of Nursing - years 1 & 2 $11,145.37Dental Assistant Certificate $4,616.12Civil Engineering Technology Diploma - years 1 & 2 $10,625.42Culinary Arts Certificate $4,616.12Early Childhood Education Diploma – years 1 &2 $6,887.50Electronic Engineering Technology Diploma – years 1 & 2 $10,596.67Human Service Work Diploma – years 1 & 2 $6,672.79Mechanical Engineering Technology Diploma – years 1 & 2 $10,231.41Network and Telecom Engineering Diploma – years 1 & 2 $10,162.76Practical Nursing Certificate (LPN) $5,473.96Residential Construction $3,642.85Therapist Assistant Diploma– years 1 & 2 $7,470.40Welding Level C $3,607.42
  • 35. Sources of Funding (“What’s Next?” pg.54-55)1. Passport to Education • Grade 10/11 $250 and Grade 12 $500 • Eligible if marks are in the top third of your class each year2. Graduation Program Exam Scholarships - $1000• Write 5 Graduation Exams (En 10, Sc 10, a Math 10, SS 11 or FNS 12, & an En 12)• Must complete both the course and the exam• ENGLISH 12 - BLENDED FINAL MARK (school + exam = BF) = 73%• Rank among top 5,000 grade 12 students in BC • The Ministry of Education will average each student’s 5 exams and award $1,000 to the top 5,000 grade 12 students in the province.
  • 36. Sources of Funding ...continued (“What’s Next?” p.54-55)3. COBSS – One Application, 400 awards – PSP Sessions #2 - Thursday, December 6TH at 10:35am,12noon,2pm,3:15pm4. Entrance Scholarships – Institution specific that usually are automatically awarded to students based on academic average (do not need to apply)5. Dogwood District Authority Awards $1000 – Awarded to students who demonstrate skill in the areas of Fine Arts, Applied Skill, PE, or second languages – Career Path must match skill, and will be nominated by teacher in April6. Student Loans – BC Loans www.bcsap.bc.ca – Canada Loans www.canlearn.ca
  • 37. Sources of Funding ...continued (“What’s Next?” p.54-55)7. Student Lines of Credit – See your banking institution8. GrantsCanada Student Grants provide funding for low- and middle- income students and students with permanent disabilities. Grants do not need to be paid back and a student may be eligible to receive more than one grant at the same time. Post Secondary institutions also have grant money available.9. Talk to your Parents and Relatives – Regarding affiliations with work and organizations that may offer bursaries and scholarships
  • 38. FUNDING from your COLLEGE / UNIVERSITYGo to the post-secondary school’s website and look for links like: • Financial Aid / Assistance • Scholarships • Entrance Awards • Funding • http://www.okanagan.bc.ca/Page895.aspx (OC) Select “Okanagan College Awards & Applications”, then “Awards Search” • https://you.ubc.ca/ubc/okanagan/finances.ezc (UBC-O) • https://you.ubc.ca/ubc/vancouver/finances.ezc (UBC-V) • http://www.ubc.ca/okanagan/students/finance/welcome.html (UBC-O) PLEASE REMEMBERCheck out these websites as there is so much money that often goes unclaimed every year as students simply don’t apply or don’t know where to look for funds!!
  • 39. Start your scholarship search• www.studentscholarships.org• www.bcawardsonline.org• www.studentawards.com• http://www.scholarshipscanada.com• www.aucc.ca• www.aved.gov.bc.ca/stidemtaodbc/we;cp,e/h tm (student financial aid)
  • 40. How to Fill in Scholarship Applications• Do you qualify or meet the criteria?• Is your application neat and in ink or typed?• Are all your required documents included?• Are all the questions answered? – Thorough and well-thought out responses – Perfect grammar, spelling, punctuation, – Proofread by yourself and at least one other person – No text typing such as “i” instead of I or “u” instead of you – Be descriptive and give concrete examples• Did you meet the deadline?• Did you sign your application?• Save your essays and reuse or cut/paste them into several applications• Be truthful!
  • 41. Qualities of a Strong Applicant• Academics – It is important to have a competitive GPA – They will consider how challenging your course load is – Are you taking the appropriate courses to meet your goals• Leadership – They will examine your leadership activities and look for a range of leadership positions• Service – They will look for what type of service you have done – Has it been continuous? – Is the work required by your school for credit? – Is it above and beyond?• Creativity /Athletics – Demonstrate your abilities through music, dance, art, acting, creative writing, athletics – List any awards• Special Circumstances – If you have overcome any obstacles to achieve your goals, you need to highlight them – These may include financial need, physical challenges, family circumstances, etc
  • 42. References for Scholarships and Bursaries• Should be a teacher, employer, coach, community member, religious leader, etc• Must not be a relative, unless they were your employer• Please ask them first if they would be willing to act as a reference/write a letter• Plan ahead as these reference letters take time! (give a couple weeks notice – not a couple of days)• Give them a copy of your completed “Brag Sheet” to help them write an effective reference letter• Send a thank you letter for your reference
  • 43. Tips for Scholarship Essays• Be prepared to explain why you are the best candidate for that scholarship/ bursary.• Be very clear on the criteria for each award. Match and highlight your strengths as they pertain to the specific award. (ie: if it is a sports bursary, talk about your athletic talents)• Stay within specified length – DO NOT go over as it will not be read• Perfect grammar, spelling and punctuation• Proof read by someone you trust• Save your essays so that you can tailor them to other scholarship applications . (don’t reinvent the wheel!)
  • 44. WARNING: ONLINE COURSES Attention Grade 12 students!!• Successfully complete all online courses required for Graduation/Post Secondary entrance BEFORE the end of Semester 1.• Make certain your online school reports your final mark to the Ministry of Education. You can check this through the Student Secure Web Eg. you can report your final grade through the UBC application https://you.ubc.ca/ubc/okanagan/bcyt.ezc#DL• To not delay your post-secondary acceptance/course registration
  • 45. WARNING: ONLINE COURSES Grade 12 students taking a DL (online) course for post-secondary entrance :• If you are currently taking Distributed Learning courses (e.g., online courses, distance learning, or courses at another school) to meet your admission requirements, include this course in the list of courses you will complete this year and do not provide a grade. Grades for Distributed Learning courses must be sent to UBC directly from the Ministry of Education in order to be considered, so you should connect with your Distributed Learning provider to ensure that your grade will be sent to the Ministry of Education. Distributed Learning courses must be at least 50% complete in order to be used in an admission average.• If you have completed a Distributed Learning course and it appears on your Ministry of Education Printout (you can check this through the Student Secure Web), you can report your final grade through the UBC applicationhttps://you.ubc.ca/ubc/okanagan/bcyt.ezc#DL (direct from UBCO website)
  • 46. Planning to Study in the USA?• You must write the SAT test. Contact your school to find what test is accepted.• SAT info & registrations: www.collegeboard.com ($54 US)• OKM school number: 821153• You can do the test as many times as you like• SAT tests are written at George Elliott (test centre # 94498)• SAT test dates for this school year: Oct. 6, Nov. 3, Dec. 1, Jan. 26, May 4, June 1
  • 47. Upcoming Dates•OC Application opened Nov 1st @ 8:30am•UBC/UBCO Information Meeting:Wednesday, Nov 21st @ 7pm in the OKM MULTI•MAP Review – Monday, Nov. 26th•COBSS Info Night, Tuesday, Dec 4th @ 7pm in the MULTI•PSP Session #2 – COBSS Information and Grad UpdatesDec 6th @ 10:35am, 12 noon, 2pm, and 3:15pm•MAP Presentation Day – Wednesday, Dec. 12th
  • 48. Questions??Please take the time to ask questions regarding your post secondary education. Thanks for coming! See you at PSP #2…Thursday, Dec. 6th @ 10:35am,12 noon, 2pm, and 3:15pm