Senior Information Day 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 • 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. Rathbun 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 • 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 east 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 Ms. Rathbun for dates.
Community College There are 29 Community Colleges in Washington like: • Columbia Basin • Walla Walla • Yakima • Big Bend • Blue Mountain 3 types of degrees / certificates: • Certificate of General Studiesearned by completing 90 or more quarter hours, w/ a 2.0, but not qualifying for a degree at CBC. • NON Transfer Degree: • Associate of Applied Science AAS Degree (CTE) - earned by completing one of 20 programs w/ a 2.0 GPA minimum • Transfer Degree: • Associates in Arts - AA degree –Two-year general education degree designed to satisfy all or most of the general educational requirements of most baccalaureate institutions in the state of Washington. 68% of CBC students are in the AA track.
Cost of C.B.C. • Total Cost of attendance in 2010: • Resident living w/ family = $9800 • Resident living away from family = $15,750
C.B.C - Open-door Admission Applicants need to: • Be 18 years old • Graduate from high school or earn a GED • Take the COMPASS test • Provide Transcripts • Decide on a program • Meet with a Counselor. • Lane Schumacher will visit Kamiakin throughout the year for academic planning.
Facts about Community College • 31% of high school graduates enroll immediately in Community College. • 16% enroll within 1 to 2 years after high school graduation • Almost 50% of all high school graduates enroll at a Community College within 3 years of graduation. • 34% of Kamiakin graduates attend CBC.
Hot AAS Programs at CBC • Nursing • Welding Tech • Computer Tech • ECE • Dental Hygiene • Criminal Justice • Administrative Assistant • Business Admin / Entrepreneur
CBC Scholarships: Foundation Scholarships Specific Scholarships: Computer Science & Engineering Scholarships Nursing Scholarships Minority Student Scholarships Transfer Scholarships And many more
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 The following lists minimum high school core course pattern requirements for Public Baccalaureate Institutions in Washington State. • English 4 Years • Social Studies 3 Years • World Language 2 Years • Math 3 Years • Science…(2 years of lab) 2 Years • Fine, Visual, Performing Arts 1 Year
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
Cost of Public College(Includes tuition, fees, room & board, books, supplies and expenses)
Cost of Private College per year(Includes tuition & fees, room & board, books, transportation & misc. / personal expenses)
PublicFour-Year College Admission as Freshmen * Eastern & U.W. are using all 3 SAT SAT sectionsThe other four are still using Math and Reading only, for now
Some colleges are easier to get in to than others.Applied Accepted % Accepted Admitted
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 • 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 $47.00 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 $45.00 ACT SAT
The SAT Test • 3 sections: (800 is the maximum score for each section) • Critical Reading • Math (items from 2nd year Algebra) • Writing (essay) • Maximum score is 2400 • Having taken the PSAT increases an average SAT score by 50 pts. • Test time = 3 ¾ hours • Now $45.00.
SAT / ACT Prep • Take the test early in the year so you can repeat if necessary. • 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. • Take the test only if you need to !! • * There are prep sites on the internet • Use College Quickstart and your PSAT results
Test Prep Websites: • http://www.collegeboard.com/ • http://www.act.org/path/secondary/onlineprep.html • http://www.number2.com/ • https://www.march2success.com/index.cfm The Career Center may have more test prep sites.
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. • 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
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 Kamiakn Website (in the Career Center section) or through Mrs. Rathbun in 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 • Hundreds of programs exist • Eg. WSU University Achievement Awards • 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 school of your choice.
Local Opportunities: • BRIDGES • Four-Year Degrees at WSU Tri-Cities • Agri-Business Scholarship
BRIDGES Program • BRIDGES is the coordinated bachelor's degree program providing students a direct path from Columbia Basin College to Washington State University 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 six academic programs offering 17 bachelor’s, 13 master’s, and 6doctoral degrees. • Bachelor’s degrees: Business Administration, Computer Sciences, Digital Technology & Culture, Elementary Education, Electrical Engineering, English, Environmental Science, History, Humanities, Integrated Plant Sciences (Viticulture & Enology), Mechanical Engineering, Nursing (including R.N. to B.S.), Psychology, Science, and Social Sciences. • WSU and local business offers a number of scholarships to keep WSU students in the Tri-Cities.
College Athletics • If you want to play college athletics, be familiar with the information in your Senior Handbook. • 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. • If you are a potential Division 1 athlete you will need to complete 16 core courses and be registered with the NCAA Clearinghouse • More information can be found at www.ncaaclearinghouse.net Please see Mr. Falkner or Mr. Jones in the Counseling office if you have additional questions on eligibility.
Graduation Events and Procedures • Refer to this section • Graduation is Saturday June 4th.
Get Ready for College • Work on your time-management and study habits. • Don’t take your senior year off. • 55% 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 !!!!!