CCC Happenings September 14, 2015–September 18, 2015
Monday, September 14 (Rates and Abdullah in the CCC)
Drake University Rep Visit at 2:30pm
Tuesday, September 15 (Rates in the CCC)
St. Mary’s University rep visit at 9am
Wednesday, September 16 (Rates and Abdullah in the CCC)
University of Minnesota-Duluth rep visit at 8:30am
US Air Force Academy rep visit at 1pm
Walk-In Help Sessions, Topic: College Applications from 2-3:30pm in the CCC
Thursday, September 17 (Rates in the CCC)
Senior college application sessions all day by counselor in CCC and labs 128 and 150
Friday, September 18 (Rates and Abdullah in the CCC)
Registration deadline for Oct ACT
Center closed for Counseling Dept Meeting from 9-10:30
AVID seniors in CCC from 10:30-11
-A lot of rep visits, check the schedule on Naviance or outside the CCC (also will be listed in this email as they get closer). Next week: University of Chicago, University of Minnesota-TC, Whitman, Occidental, Gustavus Adolphus, Mankato State University, Washington University St. Louis, Bates College, Loyola University, North Dakota State University, Lewis and Clark, Smith College, Luther College and Vasser College.
-Senior Planning Night is September 22nd from 6-7:30pm in the auditorium
Seniors: To Do List:
-Researching colleges and narrowing your list down to around 5 schools
-Meet with college admission reps when they come to South
-Attend the National College Fair at the Minneapolis Convention Center on October 21st from 4:30pm- 8pm
-Register for October ACT if you haven’t taken it or want to retest
-Send ACT scores if you didn’t put that school when you registered
-Start applying to colleges (on school’s website or using the Common App)
-Send your transcripts
-If your school requires a LOR from your counselor: Complete counselor recommendation survey on Naviance and make appt with your counselor for LOR interview
-Ask teachers for letters of recommendation if required
-Start your college essay if required. NOTE: go to The Writing Center in the media center to get help on your college essay
Need help or just more information…
-Come to the College and Career Center, room 246
-Make an appointment with your counselor, room 247A or 247B
College Campus Travel/Visit Opportunities
Oct. 11th-12th, 2015
Diversity Preview Program! For students
of color and first-generation students.
Applications due Sept. 16th!
Explore – annual diversity weekend program
Explore is designed to introduce students to the College and to the community’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Montana State University in Bozeman
MSU Friday Visits
October 6, 2015
January 29, 2016
March 11, 2016
April 8, 2016
Online registration at www.montana.edu/admissions/msufriday/
Wisconsin Private School
Campus Visit Opportunities
Sept 2015- Aug 2016
For more information about all visits or to schedule your own private tour go to www.wisconsinsprivatecolleges.org/visit
You can get up to $500 of your travel expenses paid. For more information and to register go to hope.edu/counselor-visit or call 616.395.7850
Fall Visit Days
Friday, Sept 25
Saturday, Oct 10 (homecoming)
Friday, Nov 20
Register at simpson.edu/admissions or call 515.961.1624
Sept 26, Oct 3, Oct 12, Oct 24, Nov 11
To sign up, log on to my.ithaca.edu or call 800.429.4274
Fall Open House-Oct 26
Senior Stays-Sept 29, Oct 23, and Nov3
Individual Visits-By Day
Fall Travel Scholarship Program-Oct 24-Oct 26
Upcoming Events at Local Colleges/Local Visits
Dates and Location
Sunday, September 20, 2015 at 3:00pm
6125 Shingle Creek Parkway
Brooklyn Center, MN
Register at admiss.ugrad.duke.edu/discover-duke
University of Notre Dame
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 7pm
De LaSalle High School
Carleton and Bowdoin
Thursday, Sept 24, 2015 at 7pm at Breck School, 123 Ottawa Ave N,
Golden Valley, MN 55422
Register at admissions.bowdoin.edu/register/goldenvalley2015
· Gap Year informational website: http://www.americangap.org
· Book: Our Plan: A Family-Centered Approach to Paying For College
· CollegeXpress a resource for students and parents regarding college and scholarship search.
· The MN Department of Education – in partnership with TPT – has produced videos featuring students from all over the state in their first year of college, and talking about the decision-making that went into the process of going to college. They’ve also got some films featuring parents. Here’s a link to the videos on the web: http://readysetgo.state.mn.us/RSG/ShapingFuture/index.html
· Affordable Online Colleges Guide http://www.thesimpledollar.com/affordable-online-colleges/
· Code U is a free online workshop for high school students exploring college and health careers. http://www.healthcareers.umn.edu/online-workshops/code-u/index.htm
· Fast Web Matches you to scholarships. Get started at http://www.fastweb.com
· Schutor.com is a new and powerful college search tool that makes the college search process easier for students and parents.
· Next Step Academy offers solutions for students of all ages, whether they are seeking a college program, trying to figure out what career path is right for them or are looking to gain valuable life skills. http://www.nextstepacademy.com/
· “You Wanna Do” a new free service matching people to careers, colleges and companies for a better life. Go to www.uwannabe.com/forhighschools for more information.
· Huntington Learning Center now offers one-to-one subject tutoring in Math and Science. Call 1-800-CAN LEARN today.
· Free Financial Coaching through Prepare and Prosper! Money Mentors is a financial coaching program offered to community members FOR FREE! Participants work 1:1 with a volunteer coach to achieve financial goals by creating an action plan to create true change. Apply to participate at http://www.prepareandprosper.org/en/about.
· Khan Academy is now providing free SAT practice
· ATTN: 9th grade females: Coastal Studies for Girls - Now seeking applicants for next year! Contact Evelyn Smith, Enrollment Coordinator and Director of Alumnae Relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or:PO Box 266, 308 Wolfe's Neck Road, Freeport, Maine 04032, Office: 207-865-9700, Mobile: 207-319-4355
Career and Community Opportunities
· The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) will hold its annual performing and visual arts college fair (PVA) at a new location, the Minneapolis Convention Center, on Tuesday, October 13, 2015, from 7:00pm – 9:00pm. PVAs are free and open to the public, and allow students to interact with admission representatives from a wide range of performing and visual arts postsecondary institutions. Go to http://www.nacacnet.org/college-fairs/PVA-College-Fairs/pva/Pages/default.aspx or www.gotomypvafair.com for FREE student registration.
· Youth Outdoors at Conservation Corps Minnesota is currently hiring Minneapolis youth between the ages of 15 and 18 for after-school jobs! Youth crews meet up to three times a week and, with their adult leaders, work on natural resource projects for the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. You are paid for education days which incorporate environmental education, civic engagement, resume building, etc. Youth meet at Rec Centers throughout Minneapolis. Locations for the spring are to be determined (we try to pick ones that are the most convenient for our applicants). Last fall crews met at Powderhorn Park and North Commons. For more information http://www.conservationcorps.org/youth-opportunities
· Arc Value Village in Richfield is looking for student volunteers and has some job openings. Contact Clairette LaPointe at 612.861.9550 or go to the store to get more information/to apply.
· Grammy Camp-Weekend is a free opportunity for high school students grades 9-12 to learn from industry professionals about electronic music production, songwriting and vocal performance. On Saturday, September 19th from 9am-5pm at the Minneapolis Central Library. Register at http://svy.mk/1JcCpT6
· Regions Hospital: School of Ophthalmic Medical Technology is offering an open house and career discovery on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 from 3:30-5pm. For more information call 651.254.3000 or go to www.regionshospital.com/rh/mecial-staff-services/sch-ophthalmic-med-tech.html Register by emailing email@example.com
· Congressional Student Advisory Council Application is available. For juniors and seniors who are interested in government and making change. Applications are in the CCC (Deadline: 9/18/15).
· MSP Airport Customs and Border Protection is starting an Explorers Post. For students ages 15-20 who are interested in law enforcement. For more information go to the MPLS-SP airport at 7pm on Monday, September 21st. To RSVP contact Lee Takaki at 612.727.3415. If you have questions come to the CCC.
· Prepare + Prosper is offering Intro Sessions for their Money Mentors program. Here are the sessions: Raising Successfully Financial Kids, Saturday, Sept 19, 2015 from 10-12:30pm and Budget Basics, Tuesday, Sept 22, 6-8:30pm. To RSVP or Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org or 651.262.2171. Location: 2610 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN 55114
· Minnesota Children’s Museum has volunteer openings in their Play Team. To apply go to mcm.org/volunteer (Deadline: 10/2/15)
· RESOURCE Career Education The next Workplace Essentials Training is scheduled to begin on September 28th . Workplace Essentials Training is the prerequisite course for all of our Career Skills Training Programs. We also offer Orientation Sessions for individuals who are interested in Career Education. These sessions provide you with information on our licensed and accredited training programs, the opportunity to meet staff and tour the facility. For more information come to the CCC or contact Lena Balk at 612-752-8138 or email@example.com
· Advance IT Minnesota-4th Annual Minnesota Aspirations for Women in Computing Awards for High School Girls If you are a female high school student who is passionate in technology please submit your application for this program online at http://advanceitmn.org/aspirations-in-comuting-awards (Deadline: 10/26/15).
· 2016 High School Page Program-Minnesota House of Representatives is an opportunity for juniors who are interested in politics. You get to spend one week in the Capitol. Stipends are available. More information and application at www.house.leg.state.mn.us/edprog/app.pdf (Deadline: 12/4/15)
· MLK Day Essay Contest 1st Place $300, 2nd Place $200, 3rd Place $100, open to students in grades 9, 10, and 11 who attend Minneapolis Public Schools. Go to http://www.minneapolismn.gov/civilrights/commission/civil-rights_commission_announcements for more information. (Deadline 11/16/15)
· Danforth Scholars Program is a nominate only scholarship for the Washington University in St. Louis. If you are interested in this school see your counselor to learn more and see if they will nominate you (Deadline: 11/15/15)
· National Young Arts Foundation Scholarships up to $10,000, open to ages 15-18 or grades 10-12 who are actors, dancers, filmmakers, musicians, photographers, singers, visual artists, designers, or writers. Vocal singer/songwriters are accepted, too. Info and applications at www.youngarts.org (Deadline 10/16/15)
· Skidmore College in New York offers annual scholarships to its students. If you are interested in this school visit their website at www.skidmore.edu and www.skidmore.edu/financialaid/merti.php for more information.
· Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program will begin accepting nominations on September 9, 2015. For more information come to the CCC.
· AES Scholarship for more information and to apply go to www.aesengineers.com/scholarships.htm. (Deadline:10/7/15)
· Raise.me is a website where you can earn scholarship money for simply doing what you're suppose to be doing in high school! Example: did you get an A in English for 9th grade? Enter that info in, and you get a $200 scholarship! You can start now as a freshmen or as a senior! (NOTE: Class of 2016 seniors have ONLY until November 1st to enter in information starting back in 9th grade to earn scholarship money.)
o These scholarships only apply to colleges that choose to opt in to Raise.me. Currently there are about 30 schools participating (you can see the list by visiting the website), and the only school in MN so far is the University of MN- Duluth.
o You have to graduate high school with a 3.2 GPA in your core classes to receive these scholarships.
· Better Business Bureau is offering Student of Integrity Scholarships for Minnesota high school students beginning their senior year. These scholarships will be awarded to students who demonstrate high character in their personal choices and actions. Four scholarships available - two for $2,500 and two for $1,000. The entry packet and further details are available at thefirstbbb.org/scholarship (Deadline: 9/23/15 by 4:30pm) (can be dropped off or mailed in)
· Beat the Odds Scholarship program honors outstanding high school students who have overcome tremendous adversity in life to achieve academic excellence, demonstrate leadership in their communities and aspire to attend college. Talk to your teacher, counselor or social worker if you would like them to nominate you. (Deadline: 10/16/15).
· Act Six Program through Urban Ventures, which is a program that provides full tuition, need-based scholarship as well as a leadership program throughout college. Here is their main website link: http://www.actsix.org/mw/twincities/.
o Application process: 1) Students DO NOT need to apply to both Act Six and Augsburg to be considered for admission to the college! In fact, we ask that students interested in this program ONLY apply through Act Six. 2) Students who submit a complete application by the Act Six deadline (11/17/15) will be eligible for our Early Auggies scholarship of $1,500 per year. 3) If a student is admitted to the college and not selected for Act Six, they will still be eligible for merit-based scholarships and financial aid through Augsburg.
o Read more about Augsburg Scholarships: http://www.augsburg.edu/firstyear/scholarships/
o The Act Six process is extensive and competitive in its review and selection. These links will be helpful as well to help you navigate the Act Six application process http://www.actsix.org/mw/twincities/connect/ PDF Brochure: http://www.actsix.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/act-six-brochure-twin-cities1.pdf
· Horatio Alger Scholarship Criteria: Current High School Senior, GPA 2.0, Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities, Demonstrate critical financial need. State Award: $7,000. National Award: $22,000. For more information and the application go to http://application.horatioalger.org/ (Deadline: 10/25/15).
· Coca Cola Scholars Criteria: senior, 3.0 gpa and college in fall 2016. For more information and to apply go to http://www.coca-colascholarsfoundation.org/ (Deadline: 10/31/15).
· Stokes Educational Scholarship Program is a $30,000 per year scholarship. Criteria: computer science or computer/electrical engineering major, 3.0gpa, 25 ACT/SAT 1600 and demonstrate leadership abilities. https://www.nsa.gov/careers/opportunities_4_u/students/stokes.shtml (Deadline: 10/31/15)
· Quest Bridge A scholarship program for high achieving students who qualify for free or reduced lunch. For more information and to apply go to www.questbridge.org (Deadline: 9/28/15)
· University of Alabama-Early College is accepting for highly motivated sophomore, junior and senior students who are prepared for college study. For more information go to uaearlycollege.ua.edu. then talk to your counselor.
· Ann Bancroft Foundation Provides grants for female students for art, cultural , leadership, educational, outdoors/wilderness experiences, sports, athletic & dance equipment and participation fees. Come to the CCC for more information (Deadline:10/1/15)
*School specific scholarships below. Note: this is not an extensive list, just what has been sent to us, you should check every school's financial aid webpage for more information about scholarships at their college or university.
Name of Scholarship
John M. Belk
Nomination scholarship so come to the CCC for more information. firstname.lastname@example.org
Nomination materials due 11/6/15
Students must apply to Davidson by 12/1/15
Montana State University
University of Missouri
ACT Prep Options
· Community Education: Prep Classes contact our community education office for more information.
· Naviance’s PrepMe: Free online option to practice for the ACT. Come to the CCC if you have questions.
· Peterson's Test Prep Guidance Net: Online courses are available for PSAT, ACT or SAT. Contact: www.petersonsTestPrep.com or 877 837-8773
· Hennepin County Library: Access FREE ACT/SAT/PSAT/AP practice tests:go to www.hclib.org
· Books: There are book options by Princeton Review, Barron’s, McGraw Hill and others that you can purchase online, check Amazon for the best price.
· Other places to contact/websites: The following offer test prep options that require payment: Sylvan, Huntington, Princeton Review, Kaplan, Aspire, and ACT Ready. See more details below.
· ACT Ready: offers personal, high quality ACT preparation at a reasonable price to students of all academic abilities and tailored to their needs. We compare our students' scores on ACT Ready practice test to their actual ACT exam results. Our 2009 students achieved an average gain of four points, an increase of approximately 20% in their national percentile rankings; 45% of our small group and private lesson students earned a final ACT Score of 29 or higher, placing them in the top 6% nationally. Contact: Mary Ann Dorsher and Mary Langfeldt www.actready.net or 612-927-9516
· Aspire Personalized: Offers in-person tutoring for college entrance exams and mathematics. Thore has helped diverse students reach their potential, including a number of 9 point score increases on the ACT and 500 points on the SAT. Aspire Instruction strives to strengthen core academic competencies, study skills, and test taking strategies, so the tutoring benefits students long past the test date. Contact: Thore Dosdall: www.aspireinstruction.com, 320-287-0933
· Huntington Learning Center: Provides one-on-one tutoring with flexible scheduling for both ACT and SAT. Cost: Varies by individual and number of students. Contact: www.huntingtonlearning.com or call 952 922-2488
· Kaplan Test Prep: Offers Prep Courses for PSAT, ACT, or SAT. Options include classroom courses, online courses and private tutoring, and a new option called “ACT Express”. ACT Express is a condensed, 12-hour course. Call 1-800-KAP-TEST for information on any of Kaplan’s test prep options. Click on the link “Find a Free Event” for information about free practice tests in the Twin Cities area. Contact: www.kaptest.com/college
· Princeton Review: PSAT, ACT< and SAT prep courses are available. Options include classroom courses, online courses or private tutoring. Free practice tests and strategy sessions are available for students at various locations throughout the Twin Cities. Contact: www.PrincetonReview.com or 1-800-2-Review
· Sylvan Learning Systems, Inc: ACT and SAT classroom and small group courses are available. Students are encouraged to attend all classes, but can make-up a missed class online. Cost: ACT $888, SAT $988 . Contact: www.educate.com or 952-831-5351
· PrepFactory is a completely FREE ACT prep site (recently showcased on FreeTech4Teachers & being used by more than several hundred other schools), and which features:
o 99th percentile instructors
o thousands of practice questions (which kids seem to love)
o gamification elements to keep kids engaged (also very popular!
Here's a special invite link if you'd like to check it out: www.prepfactory.com/invite
3131 19th Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55407