College and Career Planning

College Planning

Our college preparatory program focus is on providing students with the planning to succeed as self-advocates and independent learners in post-secondary life. Our goal is to teach and encourage our high school students to consider their strengths and perform with confidence. Our character education lessons are embedded into weekly discussions to prepare our students to be life-long learners who can communicate clearly, think critically, and solve problems creatively.

The college counseling process spans all four years of high school with an emphasis on supporting students and parents as they determine their goals, assess their strengths, and discern which schools will be a good fit academically and personally to offer the best opportunities for growth and success. Post-secondary planning occurs at each quarterly meeting to review annual planning and expectations to ensure that students are meeting strategic goals and remain on track to fulfill requirements.

College Advisory

During weekly advisory meetings, students in grades 10-12 review important information and topics that will help them to prepare for life after high school. Focus topics will cover planning, organization, preparation, and self exploration. Students will compile information in a planning packet containing checklists, schedules, and specific requirements for diploma preparation. In addition, the advisor will follow up with parents, faculty, employers, and job training supervisors to ensure that the student is fulfilling his or her set obligations.

Advisory topics include the following:

Keeping a Post-secondary Planning Journal
Requirements for Graduation
Learning Styles & Needs: A review of modifications and accommodations
Goal Setting
Developing a Student Portfolio
Expectations and Timeline
Test Preparation and Resources
Executive Functions
Balancing School and Work
Community Service
Internship Experience
Financial Aid
Writing an Essay for consideration
Keys to Success

Junior and Senior Internship Experience
Our post-secondary program sets high expectations for our students to set goals for future achievement. We believe that each student should have the opportunity to observe and explore potential career interests during a Junior year shadow experience and apply these skills in the Senior year Internship. This experience will comprise a four-phase process, including:

• the actual shadow/internship experience,
• a research paper,
• a journal/portfolio, and
• a final presentation

Parent Resources
Register for PSAT and SAT Testing: www.collegeboard.org

College Program Listings: www.college-scholarships.com/schools/

Financial Aid and Scholarships: https://lendedu.com/

Community College: A Viable Option (click here to read the article)

Career Planning

Our Career Preparatory program is committed to providing services that empower students and families with the knowledge, skills, and experience they need to transition into the workplace. Quarterly progress meetings are held to assist students and families in developing realistic career goals and strategic planning for post-secondary options. Students learn to become productive, independent employees through a variety of campus and community experiences, including:
• Daily, individualized academic instruction
• Career exploration and interest surveys
• Job training skill development
• Internship experiences
• On-site responsibilities
• Social and personal skills for successful employment
• Interviewing and assertiveness skills

We believe that students who have work experience during high school are more likely to have a job and earn more money after they leave school. Our Career program encourages students to find employment during the summer months to enhance their portfolio and to apply learned skills.

Parent Resources
Florida Vocational & Technical Schools: http://www.rwm.org/florida/
About Career Colleges & Technical Schools: http://www2.ed.gov/students/prep/college/consumerinfo/index.html

Career and Technical Colleges: Careers in Focus (click here to read the article)