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The College Board and Project Lead the Way: Preparing Students for a Bright Future early.

Scholarships & Career Opportunities for Students

Are you one of the millions of American high school students trying to figure out the best way to get into the University of your Choice? Maybe you are reading this from the comfort of the Admissions office at a prestigious and accredited University, trying to decide which student deserves a seat at your institute. Either way, The College Board and Project Lead the Way (PLTW) have decided to make these decisions a little easier. A partnership between the two non-profit organizations, announced earlier this week, will allow better access for students into college, scholarships and career opportunities.

This decision was based on success of the Advanced Placement Program (AP) and PLTW’s already successful applied learning program, both of which have repeatedly proven their ability to prepare students for a successful transition into college careers. By blending existing programs; the organizations aim to provide a clear passage for students into pivotal STEM fields such as engineering, biomedical science, and computer science.

Set to launch in the summer of 2016, this partnership also allows schools to receive crucial credentials by providing students a learning experience through these programs. It also generates multiple opportunities for high schools students to earn credentials that illuminates their academic abilities and overall readiness for college. Students will also have a chance to participate in career-focused activities such as internships and scholarships.

“To compete in the global marketplace, students need access to challenging course work that will prepare them for college and career success in these critical fields. By harnessing the positive impact of Advanced Placement and Project Lead the Way’s applied learning programs, this new partnership will provide students with clear and comprehensive pathways to pursue a wide range of STEM degrees and careers,” said College Board President and CEO David Coleman.

Both the College Board and PLTW have observed the importance of preparing high school students as early as possible for chasing degrees with high demand in the current job market. It is estimated that in the next five years, over 50% of all jobs, especially well-paying jobs will require post secondary education and/or training.  So getting started at a college career early will become more and more significant as time goes on.

“This partnership combines the strengths of two leading organizations to create immense value for students, schools, and the broader workforce,” said PLTW President and CEO Dr. Vince Bertram. “Through rigorous K–12 curriculum, quality teacher professional development, and widely accepted post secondary credit opportunities, students and schools will set themselves apart as vital assets to post secondary institutions and employers across the world.”

This long-term partnership will create avenues for different college and career passageways in crucial stem fields by merging AP courses with PLTW programs. Each of these passage ways will consist of the following.

  1. PLTW courses that will surely familiarize students with their field.
  2. AP courses that will provide students with college credits before they even graduate high school.
  3. Specialized courses provided by the PLTW that spotlight the skills and knowledge needed for a rewarding career.

Additionally, College Board has also made public its desire to introduce new and exciting AP courses to help students get college credits early.

These new and exciting programs by PLTW and the College Board aim to broaden the access available to high school students for ambitious and challenging courses which allow students from across the country an opportunity for success at the college and career level.

7 Ways of Improving Your College Application

College Applications

It is that time of year again. The sun is shining, birds are chirping, kids are covered with melting ice cream and square hats are being tossed mercilessly into the air across the country by young and eager students ready to take the next step in their lives. Graduating high school and going off to college, an essential part of a teenager’s life.

But before the sleepless nights and non-stop partying, you must stop and fill out your college application(s). Two sheets of paper are not enough to define who you are as a person and what you can do for the time you are attending your dream university; but admissions officers don’t have time to read an entire book for each of the thousands of applications sitting at their desks.

High School Counselor Marketing has allowed me to be in contact with both sides of the wall. Our unique niche allows us to be in constant coordination with HE admission departments as well High School Counselor. Based on my experience, I can assure you that the winter is coming. You need to be prepared for what coming your way after high school. Here are a few tips on improving your college application.

Start Planning Ahead, Way Ahead.

This usually starts around the time you become a freshman, sometimes even before. Colleges all over the world look for students who have taken advance courses such as AP Physics and AP Calculus. This shows the colleges that you planned ahead for your future and improves your chances of getting in.

Create a quick shortlist of colleges before you graduate.

As you travel through the clustered and chaotic space that is high school. You become aware of certain colleges and universities that interest you and may wish to attend. Make a list of these colleges so you can save time when it’s time to apply.

Early admissions and acceptance.

Once you have made a dream list, you are at the stage of filling out an application. Always opt for the early decision option. This guarantees that the students who are eager to join that specific college will join if accepted. This option shows the university that you are serious about attending their university and not just wasting time.

Filling out Personal Information Correctly

Name, age, address, high school. Seems simple enough, but most students either overlook some questions or just don’t give enough importance to this part of the application. Filling out your ethnicity on the application may improve your chances especially if you’re an underrepresented minority in that university.

Extracurricular Activities.

Most students believe that section is for listing every single club meeting and/or activity you have ever done at school. This is a common misconception that often ends up hurting student chances of getting accepted. It is better to list 5 activities that you had a profound impact on rather than listing 20 activities where you were only present.

Application/Personal Essay.

Personally this part of the application is the most difficult and most competitive. Since there are thousands of applicants every year, you may only have a minute or maybe even seconds to grab the attention of the admissions officer. Some students make the mistake of writing their academic history, when all the admission wants is a glimpse of the person and what they can achieve at this college.

Recommendations

Having the right recommendation can almost guarantee your acceptance into your dream college. When choosing a teacher to write a recommendation for you, remember to choose a teacher you have a personal connection with. They can fully describe your personality traits and academic career better than a teacher whose class you got an A in but never spoke to.

Filling out these few sheets of paper correctly can be the main factor in deciding what your future holds for you. Remember to thoroughly proofread and correct any grammatical mistakes before sending your application out for submission.

Best of luck to all of you graduating seniors,

P.S. If you are tired of worrying about getting into college or are not even interested in attending, remember, you can always invent the next big social media website or smart phone app and become filthy rich. Just as Zuckerberg, Gates or Jobs.

Admission Marketing: Reaching Prospective Students

Admission Marketing

Universities and colleges throughout US have rightly realized the importance of marketing their services to prospective students. This is the reason why we have seen a tremendous increase in expenditure budgets of HE admission and marketing departments. As a marketer and sales experts, I believe that identification and utilization of information platforms still remains an enigma for most of these organizations. There is an immense need to explore information venues which are suitable to reach high school graduates. Following are some considerations and strategies which can ensure maximum return on efforts made by concerned departments.

Websites

High School Website

Websites remain the primary source of information for prospective student throughout the world. Irrespective of the marketing strategy we adopt, students are always going to validate acquired information through official websites of respective universities and colleges. This is the reason why these organizations spend an exceeding amount of capital on making their websites informative. In fact, these websites hold so much information that it becomes very difficult to maintain desired navigation standards. Making information easy to find by relevant navigator is the biggest challenge that educational institutes need to divert their attention to.

Engaging High School Students

High School Students

This type marketing is probably the most result oriented strategy that universities adopt for student recruitment. It allows admission and marketing personal to have face to face interaction with their prospective candidates. This concept can be implemented through something very basic like online recruitment drives. Alternatively, HE institutes can organize events like official campus visits, tailored to market services offered by the colleges or institutes.  On a more specific level, institutes can work on a lead of any brilliant prospect. This can be done by contacting concerned high schools and setting up a face-to-face meeting.

Social Media Marketing

Social Media Marketing

Social media platforms are quickly gaining importance as easy to access and credible source of information. Universities and colleges can market their products on multiple platforms like Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, Pinterest, Slideshare etc. These platforms offer access to maximum high school population. This strategy can be implemented through trained social media marketing professionals within reasonable price range.

The major challenge that HE institutes face during implementation of these strategies is lack of coordination with high schools. The best way to minimize gap between High school and HE Institutes is regular interaction with high school counselors. This can only be perceived possible if universities maintain a proper state wise database of this hard to reach market. Don’t worry; you do not have to make this database from scratch. High School Counselor Marketing (www.highschoolcounselormarketing.com) provides a complete updated database of high school counselors along with contact details and email addresses. Considering the prospect of information gathering opportunity, you can purchase this database at a very reasonable price.

Fall 2015: College Admissions Still Open

College Admissions for Fall 2015

If you think that your chances of enrolling in fall semester for college has long gone, well think again, college admissions are still open. There is still a long list of colleges and universities waiting for you to submit your application.
I always give my example while talking about how late some colleges are willing to take applications. The first time I realized that I wanted to pursue higher education was on 1st of June. My friends and family members told me that Applying for fall semester has long gone. So, I found ten universities which were still accepting applications. I drafted applications for all those universities mailed them by 10th of June. To my surprise, ten days later, I had been offered to join two prestigious universities in United States.
So, if you are still thinking about pursuing higher education, then start applying now. This blog will guide you through the process of finding college with are still accepting application, applying for admissions and availing subsequent financial aid opportunities.

Finding Potential Colleges

Finding Potential Colleges
The first thing that you have to decide is your geographical range of educational institutes. This range can commence from city wise search going up to worldwide options. If you are looking for colleges in US, then your best bet of finding universities and colleges is “National Association of College Admission Counseling” (NACAC). Every year in May, NACAC publishes a list of universities which are still accepting students for higher education. In addition to American HE institutes, this list also includes few European universities eager to consider your application. I would recommend a different source for European universities; however, this list is quite comprehensive for US Universities and Colleges. Alternatively, two other useful sources for this purpose are Common Application and universal Applications.

How to Apply

How to ApplyOnce you have Shortlisted institutes, the next step is shortlisting of the program you want to pursue. Universities and colleges offer a whole bunch of degree programs for your assortment. You need to give serious consideration for determining the suitability of program against the profile and aim of personal development. If you are still not sure, there is always an option of consulting admission officers of specific HE institutes. Email addresses of admission officers can easily be found on faculty websites. These personals are more than happy to help you through this process.
Once you have shortlisted five odd programs, It is time for you to start making your applications. You can start by filling out application forms provided by universities. These forms normally cost you some amount, which is the reason why, you should select not more than six universities which offer programs highly relevant to your desired field. Apart from application form, you must also submit your letter of motivation. This letter can be very influential for persuading universities in accepting you application. In order to write a perfect LOM, you need to carryout research on the kind of students that university aspires to enroll. This will help you to transmit your capabilities and personality in tandem actual requirements of that particular HE institute.

Financial Aid

Scholarships & Financial AidI am sure that this will come to you as surprises that you still have a chance to secure financial aid. Even though most of the financial aid offers have been taken by this point, there is always some entity willing to provide that extra bit of aid. The main concept that you need to understand is that college application and financial aid applications are two entirely different things. Once you have applied to a university, you need to submit a different application for financial aid request. So, the first thing you need to do is add the college to your Free Application for Federal student Aid (FAFSA). Further, you need to submit a CSS profile form. You can also check for separate scholarships and financial aid offered by individual universities and colleges.

Finding Accommodations

Finding AccommodationsOnce accepted in a university, the next challenge that students face is accommodation. Finding accommodation for late applicants is a relative difficult task. Even if you get on campus accommodation, it might not be in your financial range. In this scenario, your best bet would be to register university online platforms. These platforms are full of people looking for students to share apartments and rooms with. This option will solve accommodation problem well within your budget range.

As the tweaked version of the saying goes “It is better to have tried and lost than to have never tried at all”, when you are thinking about getting into HE institutes, do not take other people’s word for admission processes. Instead, it is always better to carry out your own research. This blog is adamant to the fact that, there is always an opportunity if you are willing to try. So, go out there and break a leg.