To be prepared is half the victory.
—Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
As part of the Colchester School District’s mission (“to partner with our community to educate each of our students to become engaged, productive citizens who lead successful, balanced, and healthy lives”), we coordinate a number of ongoing career-planning activities to assist our students in their preparations for life beyond CSD.
One of these activities, which is a grand example of the district’s education and outreach efforts, is Colchester High School’s Junior College Night Series, which will be held this year on January 12, February 9, and March 8 beginning at 6:30 p.m. The series is open to students of all grade levels and their parents, and it is designed to provide helpful information about all aspects of the college admissions process.
College and career planning is very important; one of the major contributing factors to college transfer and drop-out rates is a lack of advanced planning and preparation. It is important to consider colleges that align well with career goals, interests, offerings, and learning styles, and the Junior College Night Series helps to make the entire process a lot less overwhelming.
The January 12 event of the Junior College Night Series will feature a panel of college admissions professionals who will share their policies and processes for reviewing college applications and discuss the qualities they seek in candidates, and attendees are encouraged to participate in a question-and-answer session with the experts.
The February 9 event will cover such considerations as the college application timeline, process, and strategies, as well as college visits, standardized tests, and so on.
The March 8 event will feature a panel consisting of former students—and parents of former students—to discuss their experiences with the entire college application process from a “What I would have done differently” perspective. It, too, is offered in a question-and-answer format.
A great deal of planning and effort goes into post-secondary planning as part of CHS’s TA program and during the various outreach events. The information presented as a result of these efforts is highly valuable, and it is well received by those who attend. For more information, please contact Bob Hall in CHS’s Guidance department.
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