State Fair Community College

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Counselor's Notes

Welcome to the Career and Technology Center. I hope you are ready to be back to a regular schedule and will quickly settle in for a successful year. Please feel welcome to come to my office if you have any questions or concerns about your program, college, personal issues, career, or are just drop by to chat. 

Please watch your attendance this year. You have five personal/sick days per semester before you begin to lose credit and risk dismissal from your program. Remember, this could affect graduation, college credit, returning to the CTC next year, etc. Also, remember that even if your days are excused, missing days can begin to affect your certification, grade and/or college credit.
 
Please do not forget to purchase your school insurance policy if your parents do not have coverage for you. Many of you are working in areas where accidents may occur.
Get Organized for the School Year
 
Review the mode of transportation you will take to school. Are you going to drive yourself, carpool, walk, or take the bus? Have a plan B for the days a car may not be running, no bus transportation is provided for the day, or your ride does not show. Be responsible and call when you are going to be gone. Mrs. Wild does call when you are absent.
 
Make sure you have the appropriate clothing. Depending on your program, appropriate dress varies for various activities. Please do not allow this to affect your participation.
 
Remember we have a SkillsUSA and FCCLA in which to become involved. Consider these organizations as your professional organizations!
 
Get into your routine and remember CTC is your pathway to a successful career!
 
Tasks for High School Seniors
 
Take the Compass, Asset and/or ACT.
 
Attend college planning and/or financial aid information nights and college fairs.
 
Visit your top school choices. If possible, make appointments with faculty, staff, and students.
 
Complete applications for every scholarship for which you may be eligible.
 
Meet with your guidance counselor to develop a college admission and financial aid application plan. DO THIS NOW!!!!!!
 
Make a folder for each of your college choices.
 
Finalize portfolios, audition tapes, writing samples, or other evidence of talent if required for admission.
 
Financial Aid and Scholarships
 
Seniors can find financial aid, scholarship and college information at www.scholarships.com.
 
FAFSA is at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov. You will have to apply online.
 
College Career and Financial Aid Information www.mappingyourfuture.org
 
Student Guide to Financial Aid available from Mrs. Wild
 
Access Missouri Financial Assistance Program 
The Access Missouri Financial Assistance Program provides need-based grants of up to $4,600 to students attending a two-year or four-year public or private college or university in the state of Missouri. To qualify, students must be Missouri residents and must complete the FAFSA by April 1 each year.
 
Gates Millennium Scholars Program 
The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS), funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was established in 1999 to provide outstanding African American, American Indian/Alaska Natives, Asian Pacific Islander Americans, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education, in all discipline areas.Go to http://gmsp.org/ to access the online application that is due January 15, 2014.
 
The Dell Scholars Program
The Dell Scholars Program enables more underserved students with financial need to achieve their greatest potential through higher education. The Dell Scholars Program is offered to those high school students participating in an approved AVID program. The funding for each Dell Scholar is substantial: $20,000. The value of these 250 scholarships equals $5.0 million. MSDF believes that funding a significant percentage of their college expenses will enable these students to focus on their college studies and complete their bachelor program. http://www.dellscholars.org/Students.aspx  Due January 2014
 
Job Opportunities
 

See a local listing on your mySTAR account. Ask Mrs. Wild or your instructor how to access your account.

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