Senior Information Day 1 Senior Handbook
Senior Handbooks • Senior Handbook will be available online on the KaHS website for use by you and your parents. • This handbook has some very important and useful information. • Please use it…………
Senior Timeline • Stay focused – senior year matters • Visit places you are considering • Know deadlines for tests and applications • Attend the visits by colleges and program representatives in the Career Center • It helps to listen to the bulletin for visits and deadlines • Table of Contents • Introduction
Career Clusters – used in Career Cruising • There are 16 Career Clusters • There are three levels of education in each Cluster • Each Cluster contains hundreds of jobs • You will decide on which cluster that best fits your personality and career interest each year of high school. • The Career Cruising Program will help you decide. • Your Career Cruising “portfolio” started in 9th grade should be updated. You can produce a resume and information for your student led conference • See Mrs. Smith for details on updating your Career Cruising portfolio.
16 Career Clusters • Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources • Architecture and Construction • Art, A/V Tech and Communication • Business, Management and Administration • Education and Training • Finance • Government and Public Administration • Health Science • Hospitality and Tourism • Human Services • Information Technology • Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security • Manufacturing • Marketing, Sales and Service • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math • Transportation, Distribution and Logistics
Post High School Options(all of the options listed below are listed in the “Where Are You Going” booklet you received as a junior) • Go to work • Career and Technical School • Apprenticeship • Military • Community College • Four-Year College • Public institutions • Private institutions
The 3 Education levels that you can choose from are: • Entry level – a high school diploma and go to work. • Skilled level – 2 to 3 years of advanced training after high school at a community college, a vocational college, in the military or in an apprenticeship program. (This is the minimum education we recommend) • Professional level – a college degree. At least a Bachelor’s & maybe more.
Public Technical Colleges • 6 Public Technical Colleges in Washington • All are on the west side • 400 Training programs lasting from a few weeks to 2 years • Exit when you are ready to go to work in that field • Some offer two-year degrees.
Private Vocational and Technical Colleges • Schools like ITT Tech, Perry Tech, Seattle Art Institute. You hear TV ads about these schools all the time. • There are training programs in every Pathway for a wide range of occupational interests. Some are expensive and hard to get in to and others are not. • Complete a program in a specific field and go to work! • 300+ schools in Washington State • 30,000 students served per year • Students earn a certificate, a diploma, or a two-year degree. • Financial aid is available just like other colleges • Job placement assistance is a big focus of these schools • Career School programs vary from months to years. Private career schools go faster than similar programs at a community college because they operate on a “business schedule” not a school schedule.
APPRENTICESHIPS • If you are in the Technical Pathway • If you want to earn while you learn • If you want to be a: • Carpenter • Electrician • Machinist • Pipefitter • Iron worker • Teamster • Sound tech • Emergency Med Tech
Military Training • Earn while you learn. • 80% of military jobs have a civilian job match • Recruiters frequent the Career Center. • Career Center has materials about all branches. • ASVAB Test – the military placement test. It’s available in our school district. See Mrs. Smith in the Career Center for dates.
There are 29 Community Colleges in Washington. The closest are: Columbia Basin Walla Walla Yakima Big Bend Blue Mountain CBC offers 3 different type programs; Workforce Training programs, Transfer programs and Bachelors programs Workforce (Vocational / Technical) CBC offers 45 “non-transfer” programs in Trades, Business and Health & Human Services. Finish a program and go to work. Direct Transfer Degree (AA) CBC offers 48 transfer programs in 1 of 5 academic areasArts and Humanities, Business, Math & Science, Social Science and World Languages. Students complete a program and transfer to a 4 year college to complete junior and senior years. 3. Bachelor of Applied Science – 3 programs, Applied Management, Project Management and Cyber Security Community College
Popular Workforce Training Programs at CBCNon-Transfer Programs • Trades (22 programs) • Aerospace, Automotive, Energy Technology, Fire Science, Nuclear Technology, Radiation Technology • Business (12 programs) • Agriculture, Business, Computer Science, Criminal Justice and Forensics, Cyber Security • Health & Human Services (15 programs) • Dental Hygiene, Ultrasound Tech, Early Childhood Ed, EMT, Nuclear Medicine Tech, Nursing, Radiology
C.B.C - Admission Applicants need to: • Be 18 years old • Graduate from high school, earn a GED, home school etc. • Apply to CBC online • Set up an account and pay the admissions fee • Schedule and take the COMPASS test • Complete SOAR (Student Orientation to Advising and Registration) • Provide Transcripts • Decide on a program
Facts about Community College • 40% of Kamiakin graduates enroll immediately in Community College. • Statewide, 50% of high school grads go to Community or Technical College after high school • 5% of students first attend a university and transfer back to a two-year college within a year or two after high school • 38% of all bachelors degree graduates transferred from a community or technical college • 50% of Community College students get financial aid. • To finish a transfer degree in 2 years, an incoming freshman to CBC need to be “calculus-ready”.
Myths about Community College • Classes are EASY • 1 in 3 Applicants get into CBC’s Nursing program • 54% of community college and technical college freshman require remedial classes. Money is paid for a non-college level class. These students didn’t prepare well enough in high school.
CBC Scholarships: See the CBC Webpage for General Scholarships Foundation Scholarships Specific Scholarships: Nursing Scholarships Minority Student Scholarships Transfer Scholarships
Senior Information Day 2 Senior Handbook
Use the Counseling Dept. Bulletin Board, on the Kamiakin webpage, for lots of valuable information
What are Colleges looking for ?Admission decisions are based on a student’s performance and achievement over time. It’s not a “snap-shot”. • A good GPA in RIGOROUS courses. • An SAT / ACT score • Students who are INVOLVED. • Students with special talents • Personal Statement / essay
Minimum High School Credits for Admission to Washington Four-Year Colleges New Four-Year College Admission Standards for the Class of 2014 • English…………………………………………………………………….. 4 credits • Math……………………………………………………………………….. 3 credits • Science (2 labs)………………………………………………………… *2 credits • Social Studies…………………………………………………………… 3 credits • Arts…………………………………………………………………………. 1 credit • World Language………………………................................. 2 credits • Senior year math or algebra-based science............... **1 credit • Total…………………………………........................................ 15 credits • * Science - 2 credits of lab science. One of these credits must be in an algebra-based science and one must be in biology, chemistry or physics • ** Senior Math Requirement (3 total credits) 1 credit during senior year. College-bound seniors need to take a math class unless they have completed math through Pre-Calculus
UW states the following: Admission is competitive, which means that there are more applicants who meet the minimum qualifications than the University can accommodate. Applicants are evaluated on: • the rigor of their curriculum • their grades and test scores • activities and accomplishments • educational goals • living experiences, such as growing up in an unusual or disadvantaged environment • family educational background and socioeconomic status • special talents • cultural awareness
WSU reviews: • Overall strength of your high school curriculum • Trends in your grades as you progress through high school • Your senior-year course selections • Experiences and achievements that have prepared you to enrich a diverse university community • Realistic goals • Strong supporting materials such as letters of recommendation from a counselor or teacher and/or a resumé
2013-14 Cost of Public College(Includes tuition, fees, room & board, books, supplies and $1500 toward expenses)
2013-14 Cost of Private College per year(Includes tuition & fees, room & board, books, transportation & $1500 for personal expenses)
2013-14 PublicFour-Year College Admission as Freshmen * U.W. and Western use all 3 SAT sections. The other four are still using Math and Reading only – no writing
2013-14 Some colleges are easier to get in to than others.AppliedAdmitted% Accepted Enrolled
The Basics • The campus visit • Don’t attend a college you haven’t visited • Applying for admission • Know application deadlines! • Transcripts are requested in the counseling office from Mrs. Thoelke. There’s a form for this. • Recommendations – give writers time and information • Entrance exams
COMPASS Test • Required for students entering a community college. • Test does not determine admission rather it determines placement in classes. • Compass tests are offered at CBC.
4 areas: Science Math Reading English Writing portion is optional No penalty for guessing Perfect score is 36 Average score is 21.1 Average in Wa. is 23.1 Student selects which score report(s) to send to colleges $52.50 w/ Writing 3 areas: Critical Reading Math Writing Writing is mandatory Penalty for wrong answers Perfect score is 2400 Average score is 1511 All scores are reported to colleges $51.00 ACT SAT
SAT / ACT Test PrepDO SOME PREP • Take the test early in the year so you can repeat it if necessary • Colleges have admission deadlines you need to meet • Learn the directions • Understand the test. Expect easy questions at the beginning of each section. • Have a test taking strategy • Learn to make educated guesses • Use College Quickstart and your PSAT results • You likely have started an account so use it! • See the Senior Information on the Counseling Bulletin Board for SAT Practice Tests and information
How Do You Pay for College? Parents Work Scholarships and Grants Loans Work-study Conditional Scholarships / loans
FAFSA FormStep # 1 for financial aid • Virtually allcollege-bound seniors should file one. • Undocumented students cannot apply for FAFSA in Washington • Have parents complete tax return early • Submit F.A.F.S.A soon after January 1. • Available online
FAFSA Help Websites • http://www.fafsa4caster.ed.gov/ • http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/webdemo.htm • District FAFSA Help Night is Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 6:30 at Kennewick High School
Scholarships(don’t have to be re-paid) • Scholarships are awarded to students based on: • athletic or scholastic achievement. • financial need • a combination of both. • Scholarships are applied for by you and listed in the Career Center, on the KaHS webpage and on Career Cruising. • All of the Public Colleges in Washington offer scholarships / awards to qualified freshmen during admissions. Seniors need to apply early, prior to the “Priority Admissions Date” to be eligible. • Dates, qualifications and awards vary by school so you will need to seek out that information.
Scholarship Lists • The Kamiakin Scholarship lists come out monthly or more often as needed. • The lists are available on the Kamiakin Website (in the Career Center section) or through the Career Center. • Other lists are available as well: • Other high school lists • webfast.com • 4scholarships.com • athleticaid.com • collegescholarships.com
All Washington colleges offer “in-house” scholarships to qualified students: • Awards are based on academic credentials or need • Most of the financial aid awarded to students comes from admissions department of their chosen college. • Thousandsof scholarships & programs exist, like: • University Achievement Awards @ WSU • Husky Promise @ UW • Merit Awards at instate colleges • Potential students must apply by the University’s “Priority Date” to be considered for these Scholarships / Awards. • “Priority Dates” vary (for UW it’s Dec. 1) • So APPLY EARLY to the schools you’re considering.
Local Opportunities: • BRIDGES – CBC and WSU – Tri-Cities • Four-Year Degrees at WSU Tri-Cities
BRIDGES Program • BRIDGES is the coordinated Bachelors Degree program providing students a direct path from Columbia Basin College to WSU - Tri-Cities. The purpose of the BRIDGES program is to ensure a smooth transfer from CBC to WSU Tri-Cities. • Columbia Basin College students participating in BRIDGES benefit from the expertise and student services from two campuses - CBC and WSU Tri-Cities.
WSU Tri-Cities • WSU Tri-Cities has seven academic programs offering 17 undergraduateand 14 graduate degrees. • WSU-TC now has close to 1500 students. • WSU and local business offers a number of scholarships and financial aid to keep WSU students in the Tri-Cities. • WSU–TC has a different Scholarship Application from the Pullman Campus. • Application Priority date is Jan. 31, just like Pullman • WSU-TC is working on providing student housing in the future at the Timbers Apartments in Richland.
College Athletics • Information can be found at www.eligibilitycenter.orgor on the Counseling Department Bulletin Board under NCAA including webinars and videos. Please see Mr. Falkner or Mr. Jones in the Counseling Office if you have additional questions on eligibility. • Whether you plan to play NCAA Divisions I, II, or III, NAIA, or at a community college (like CBC) , it is critical that you understand and abide by the eligibility requirements for the school and organization. In general, if you meet the eligibility requirements to be an NCAA Division I athlete, you will be eligible for the other organizations as well.
Graduation Events and Procedures • Refer to this section in Senior Handbook • Graduation is Saturday June 7th.
Get Ready for College • Work on your time-management and study habits. • Don’t take your senior year off. • 54% of CBC students are taking at least 1 math &/or English remediation class. • Visit places you are considering. • Attend college rep visits in the Career Center • Know application deadlines • Listen to the bulletin !!!!!