Kimberly High School Education and Career Planning Student Guide - CLASS OF 2016

Kimberly High School Education and Career Planning Student Guide - CLASS OF 2016

   Kimberly High School
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Kimberly High School Education and Career Planning Student Guide - CLASS OF 2016
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national origin, (including limited English proficiency), ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital
status, parental status, sexual orientation, homelessness status, sex, including transgender status,
change of sex or gender identity, disability, age (except as authorized by law), military status or
physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability in any of its student programs or activities.
Kimberly High School Education and Career Planning Student Guide - CLASS OF 2016
Table of Contents                                                                                                             Page 1 of 30

              Career Development ................................................................................................... .………2

              Career Content Standards ........................................................................................... ……….3

              Getting Organized for Your Future ............................................................................. ……….4

              Wisconsin Career Pathways…… ………………………………………………………………..5

              Post-Secondary Options Flow Chart…………………………………………………....………..6

              Education Career Planning Calendar ........................................................................... .………7

              Helpful Websites for College and Career Bound Students ........................................... .……..10

              Job Shadow/College Entrance Exams…………...………………………………………...……11

              Post Secondary Options………………………………………………………………….. …….12

              College Representatives and Recruiters at KHS………………………………………...……...14

              General Admissions Standards…………………….…………………………………………...15

              Midwest Higher Exchange Compact and Reciprocity……………………………………….…16

              College Selection Process………………………………………………………………………17

              College Search…...………………………………………………..……………………………18

              Campus Visits……………………………………...…………………………………………...20

              College Comparison Worksheet……………………………………………………….……….21

              College Planning Checklist……………………………………………………………...……...22

              Apprenticeship Programs...………….………………………………………………………….23

              Military Checklist…….…………..…………………………………………………………….24


              Financial Aid………………………………………………………..………………….……….26


              Scholarships for Juniors……………………..……..…………………………………………...28

              Note Pages…………………………………………………………………………….………...29
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Career Development                                                        Page 2 of 30

                     CAREER DEVELOPMENT

                              1. Know your academic strengths and weaknesses
                                 related to your broad career path.
   A. Students will
   acquire the skills to      2. Have completed a career-interest survey.
   investigate the world of
   work in relation to        3. Know how to utilize the services and
                                 information available in the Student Services
   knowledge of self and
   to make informed
   career decisions.          4. Know the requirements necessary for meeting
                                 your career goals.
   B. Students will
   employ strategies to       5. Keep a record of your accomplishments and
   achieve future career
   success and                6. Identify two places to explore your career
   satisfaction.                 interests.

   C. Students will           7. Discuss information about a specific career
   understand the                with your parents and/or school staff.
   relationship between
                              8. Participate in career development experiences,
   personal qualities,           such as job shadowing.
   education, training and
   the world of work.         9. Participate in at least one class or outside
                                 activity related to your career goal.
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Career Content Standards                                                            Page 3 of 30

     Career Content Standard H*
     Students will understand the relationship between educational achievement and career

     By the end of grade 12 students will:

     H.1 Attain educational achievement and performance levels needed to reach personal
     and career goals.

     H.2 Participate in ongoing, lifelong learning experiences to adapt to and excel in a
     diverse and changing economy.

     Career Content Standard I*
     Students will employ career management strategies to achieve future career success and

     By the end of grade 12 students will:

     I.1 Create and manage an educational and career plan that matches career goals.

     I.2 Apply decision-making skills to career planning and development.

     I.3 Recognize how principles of equal opportunity, equity, respect, inclusiveness, and
     fairness affect career planning and management.

     I.4 Develop employability skills to gain, maintain, advance in, or transition to a new
     job or career.

     I.5 Access and use current and accurate career information in career planning.

     *The standards and benchmarks are an integral part of the Academic Standards for
     School Counseling as outlined in the Wisconsin Comprehensive School Counseling
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Getting Organized for Your Future                                          Page 4 of 30

      Question: Are you or ganized and prepar ed to give colleges and/or
      employers useful information about yourself and your experiences?

      Answer: Probably not.

      In today’s environment, students must be technologically organized and
      ready to produce information summarizing skills, qualifications, education,
      work history and other relevant information using various formats such as:

         Web pages
         PowerPoint presentations
         e-portfolios
         Online resumes
         Career building programs
         Social networking sites

      Here are just a few examples of where you can go online to start working
      on this. Most of these sites have either an online resume building program
      or some kind of an e-portfolio so that you can star t getting or ganized:

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Wisconsin Career Pathways                                                                 Page 5 of 30

                              Wisconsin Career Pathways
                 (All juniors who previously attended KHS have an account)
Career Pathways provide a framework for seamless education. They are the core of workforce and economic development
in our state.

   Promote the connection between education and workforce/economic development
   Provide a seamless transition from high school to college
   Focus on high skill, high demand, and high wage careers

                       Career Clusters (16)

                     Career Pathways (79)

                             Program of Study
                           (Vary by High School)

                              Individual Learning
Kimberly High School Education and Career Planning Student Guide - CLASS OF 2016
                                         HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE

                                                                                   GET ADDITIONAL TRAINING:
                                                                                     TECHNICAL COLLEGE
  GO TO COLLEGE                        MILITARY              WORK                               OR
                                                                                         (Two years or less)

                                4 YEAR COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY
                                      (Check specific college                      TRANSFER TO A
                                     admission requirements)               4 YEAR COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY
                                                                                                               Post-Secondary Options Flow Chart

                          2 YEAR DEGREE
              or     A.S.—Associate of Science
CERTIFICATE          A.A.—Associate of Arts
                     A.A.S.—Associate of Applied Science
                                                            4 YEAR DEGREE
                                                           B.A/B.S. ~ 4-5 Years
                                                           M.A./M.S. ~ 5-7 Years
                         TRANSFER TO A                       PhD. ~ 6-8 Years
                   4 YEAR COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY

                                     EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
                                                                                                               Page 6 of 30

                     What is your Career Path?
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Education Career Planning Calendar                                                    Page 7 of 30

Junior Year

           Update and utilize resources in Wisconsin Career Pathways.
           Visit post-secondary campuses.
           Actively search for scholarships, register with
           Determine fall admissions ACT, SAT test schedule.
           Practice taking the ACT or SAT
           Practice taking the ACCUPLACER (Tech Schools)-
           Register for any necessary tests (ACT, SAT).
           Schedule ACT test preparation time.
           Check that your academic progress meets high school graduation and post-secondary entrance
           Attend Wisconsin Education Fair: UW-Fox Valley - Sept. 23 or St. Norbert College - Sept. 24
            both at 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Prepare specific questions for post-secondary representatives. You
            must register online ( and bring printed barcode to the fair.
           Encourage parents to attend back-to-school functions and post-secondary information sessions.
           College representatives will be at KHS throughout the year for small group presentations. Dates
            and times are announced in advance and also posted on our Web site:
  , Kimberly HS, Student Services & College Reps Recruiter Visits.
           Register to take the PSAT Exam (offered October 15) in Student Services. Cost is $15.00.


           Schedule post-secondary campus tours and attend open houses (register online at each
            individual school).
           Update your academic, extracurricular work, and volunteer activities to give to people who will
            be writing recommendation letters for you on Wisconsin Career Pathways.
           Continue to attend post-secondary and career information sessions.
           Register for the PSAT (October 15, 2014) sign up in Student Services. Taking this test gives
            you a chance to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship. Some local and national
            scholarships require this exam to meet scholarship eligibility requirements.
           If you are unsure of your career path or interested in a career in the military take the Armed
            Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) on October 28, 2014. This test is free.

           Visit post-secondary campuses.
           Register for future ACT or SAT testing.

        Males: Register for Selective Service once you turn 18 – it’s the LAW!
                  Online at
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Education Career Planning Calendar                                                   Page 8 of 30

Junior Year

           Visit post-secondary campuses.
           Review career goals, 4-year plan and schedule 12th grade courses.


           Register for any necessary tests (ACT, SAT).
           Register for ACT prep classes.


           Attend the College Fair at Xavier High School on March 10, 2015 6:00-8:30 PM.
           Complete a recommendation letter request form (available in Student Services) as these
            letters may be required for college applications, scholarships and future employment.
           Request a recommendation letter from 2-3 adults who can attest to your academic skills,
            talents and interests. (Please allow ample time for completion of the recommendation letters.)


           Register for any necessary tests (ACT, SAT, ACCUPLACER).
           Schedule for ACT prep classes.
           Visit college campuses, call in advance to set up an appointment, phone numbers are available
            online or in UW or private school guides available in the Student Services Office.
           Create an account on Parchment (
           Complete college applications as private colleges and Minnesota colleges accept them in

        Males: Register for Selective Service once you turn 18 – it’s the LAW!
                 Online at http://

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Education Career Planning Calendar                                                         Page 9 of 30

Senior Year
         First day of school attend your senior meeting in the LGI and pick up needed materials.
         If you have not already done so, create an account on Parchment (
         Complete college applications—APPLY EARLY!
         Register for the ACT or SAT, if necessary.
         Tech college applicants meet with an admissions counselor and schedule your ACCUPLACER,
          if you haven’t done so already.
         Attend Wisconsin Education Fair at UW-Fox Valley or St. Norbert College.
         Explore scholarship opportunities.
         Attend financial aid meeting at KHS.

         If you are unsure of your career path or are interested in the military, sign up for the ASVAB test.
          It will be administered in fall of 2015 and it is free.
         Continue to work on college applications.
         Continue to work on scholarships. Once accepted, search for freshmen scholarships at each school.
         Continue attending post-secondary and career information sessions.

         Obtain Free Application for Free Student Aid, and complete the forms.
         Study for semester tests.
         Send 7th semester grades to post-secondary schools using your Parchment account, if required.

         Evaluate offers of admission and financial aid package.
         Sign up for placement tests, orientation and registration ASAP.
         Continue to actively search for scholarships and apply by deadlines.
         Fill out Reciprocity form, if attending Minnesota state schools (two and four-year).

         Request final transcript ( be sent to the college you plan on attending and inform
          Student Services of any scholarships you have won.

         GRADUATION, you did it!!!

          Males: Register for Selective Service once you turn 18 – it’s the LAW!
                  Online at http://
Helpful Websites for College & Career Bound Students                                                       Page 10 of 30

                    Helpful Websites for College and Career Bound Students
          ACT                        ACT assessment and registration, college and career planning

     Apprenticeships Apprenticeship application info

     Campus Tours                   Virtual college tours, interactive maps and live video
      College Board                SAT info and registration, college and career planning

 College Goal Wisconsin           Free info and assistance to complete the FAFSA

       Essay Edge                     Tips on writing scholarships and college entrance essays

         Fastweb                        Scholarship search and financial aid info

      Financial Aid                    Financial aid application
      Financial Aid                      Loans, scholarships, military aid and other financial aid info

    Connect a Career                       https://              Explore careers and find job shadow opportunities
       GetNvolved                    Volunteer opportunities and create a portfolio to log hours
 Job Center of Wisconsin   Find current employment opportunities

Just Ask College Workbook  Guide and checklist will help you evaluate each school you are
                             face/documents/justask_reprint.pdf considering

     Know How 2 Go                   Walks students through the steps of exploring colleges, ACT and
                                                                 SAT prep also available
     Military Careers            View the various stages of a military career, from the joining process

   My Skills My Future         Match your skills with careers, career exploration

  NCAA Clearinghouse                       Info for prospective student-athletes who are looking to participate
                                                                 in intercollegiate athletics at an NCAA Division I or II institution
   Wisconsin Technical           Info on Wisconsin technical colleges, including admissions,
        Colleges                                                 programs, financial aid and online application
        UW Help                Advising and academic info for the 4 year UW System, including

 UW Online Application       Online application for the UW-System.

      UW Transfer                   Info on how individual classes and courses in entire department

Wisconsin Career Pathways         Find the career that is right for you and the pathways to prepare you

    Wisconsin Careers        Every student has an ID and password. Complete career assessments
                                                                 and look up career and post-secondary education information.

Wisconsin Education Fairs                  Schedule of education fairs and information you need to prepare for
                                                                 the event

Wisconsin Private Colleges                Advising and academic info for the 4 year private colleges, including
                                                                 online admissions, programs, financial aid and online application
Job Shadow/College Entrance Exams                                                         Page 11 of 30

Job Shadowing (

It’s highly recommended that you complete one or more job shadowing experiences in your high school years.

Job shadowing is often an important step a student takes in defining a career goal. Once a student has read
what he/she can about an occupation, job shadowing allows the student to see the occupation in action and to
ask employees important questions. This activity assists the student in deciding to either explore the career
further or search for an alternative.

Students explore a variety of positions with the community by observing employees perform their duties. This is
an actual on-the-job experience where a student is paired with a person who is in a career in which the student
has shown interest. A student will shadow a professional ranging from a few hours to a full day.

Many job shadowing opportunities can be found on the Connect a Career website. We believe that the best way
to decide if a career is right for someone is to experience it first hand. As a result, Kimberly High School
promotes and encourages students to take advantage of this “FREE” service.

How do I sign up for a Job Shadow?

Students must create an account and sign up for job shadows on the Connect a Career website: Stop in Student Services with any questions.

College/Entrance Exams

There are two major college entrance exams, the ACT and SAT. All Wisconsin public/private two- and four-year
schools accept either test. Beginning in 2015, all juniors in the State of Wisconsin will take the ACT. Nationally,
most schools will accept scores from either the ACT or SAT I. It is important to know that students are
responsible for knowing which test they need to take for the schools that they are interested in attending.

ACT (American College Test) is a college entrance examination generally taken during the junior year.
Students receive scores in English, Reading, Math, Science Reasoning and Writing, as well as a composite score.
ACT tests are offered at Kimberly High School in September, December, February and June. An ACT
registration tutorial can be found on the KHS Student Services website. Register for the ACT test online at

SAT I (Scholastic Assessment Test) is a college entrance examination, generally taken during the junior
year. The SAT I is a three-hour test, primarily multiple choice which measures verbal and mathematical reasoning
abilities. SAT tests are given throughout the state, but not at Kimberly High School. Students planning to attend a
college that prefers the SAT I must also determine if any SAT II subject tests are required. SAT II consists of
subject tests, which measure the student’s ability to apply knowledge. Subject tests are one-hour, primarily a
multiple choice test in specific subjects.
Post-Secondary Options                                                                   Page 12 of 30

Most careers require some education or training beyond high school. One career may require four years of college
while another may require a six-month program at a technical college. In most cases, your career goal
will determine which of the following options is the most appropriate:

   Career and Technical Colleges
   Colleges/Universities
   Military
   Apprenticeships
   Employment

Career and Technical Colleges

Career and technical colleges offer students short-term training in a wide variety of career fields. Career and
technical colleges may be public or privately owned and the programs they offer vary greatly. Some career and
technical college programs last only a few weeks, while others take up to two years to complete.

These programs are designed to prepare students for specific careers. Students therefore spend most of their class
time in job-related settings where they receive hands-on training from experienced instructors. Degrees that may
be obtained include: Applied Associate Degree, One and Two-Year Technical Diploma, Short-Term Diploma,
Certificates, Apprentice-Related Instruction, Advanced Technical Certificate and Liberal Arts Transfer Program.

Students who prefer a hands-on approach to learning may want to consider an apprenticeship program.
Apprentices learn a skilled trade through a combination of classroom instruction and on-the-job training.
Apprenticeship programs are considered by many to be the best way to receive training in the skilled trades.

Apprenticeships are agreements in which employers pay individuals while they are learning their trade or
profession. These programs demand hard work and dedication. Those who receive their training through
apprenticeship programs are provided with power and opportunities for advancement. Some business partners
offer an apprenticeship program to qualified students. Contact your career counselor for more information.
Post-Secondary Options                                                                         Page 13 of 30


A four-year college education, or bachelor’s degree, is necessary for approximately 20% of today’s careers. A
bachelor’s degree can open doors, provide status, and prepare students for financially rewarding careers. All
colleges and universities hope to attract bright, well-prepared students. Colleges and universities vary greatly in
their majors offered, admission policies and costs.

Four-year colleges and universities want students to have both a broad-based education, and education in a
specific subject area or major. In order to insure that students receive a well-rounded education, most four-year
colleges/universities require that students take 25-50% of their classes in general education courses like English,
math, science and history. Since many of the general education courses are taken during freshman year,
“undecided” students can use their first year of college to fulfill general education requirements and decide on a

Entrance requirements vary greatly. Colleges and universities that have an open admission policy will accept
most high school graduates who apply. At the other end of the spectrum are colleges and universities that are
highly selective. In order to be accepted at a highly selective college/university, a student usually must have a
high ACT/SAT score and a high GPA with a rigorous curriculum. Regardless of the entrance requirements, all
colleges and universities want applicants who have followed a college prep program in high school. This
generally includes four years of English, three years of math (Math 1, Math 2 & Math 3 or Math 3 Extended),
three years of science, three years of social studies, two years of the same foreign language and one year of fine
arts. If a student has not taken all of these courses, it does not mean that he/she cannot go to a four-year college/
university. Consult with the college admissions counselor for more information.

A student who has not taken several of the recommended college preparatory courses may want to start at
one of the UW extension campuses (i.e. UW-Fox Valley), then transfer to a four-year college after a year
or two. Admission requirements are less competitive, classes are smaller, and there is less academic
pressure. Students can attend the two-year campus for one or two years, then by meeting the admission
requirements, transfer to a four-year college or university. Degrees from a four-year college include a Bachelor
of Arts (B.A) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.). After a bachelor’s degree, some advanced degrees include: Master
of Arts (M.A.), Master of Science (M.S.), Doctor of Education (Ed. D.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Juris
Doctor (J.D.)-lawyer and Medical Doctor (M.D.).
Post-Secondary Options/Recruiters at KHS                                                        Page 14 of 30


The military trains young men and women so that they can protect the interests of our country. In order to do
this, the military offers qualified high school graduates a good salary and free job training. The military also
provides discipline and structure, as well as opportunities for career advancement and travel. The United States
military is the nation’s single largest employer. It offers training and employment in over 2,000 job specialties,
75% of which have civilian counterparts.

There are four major branches of the military: Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. Opportunities for students
also exist in the Coast Guard, National Guard and Reserves. College students who take ROTC will enter the
military as officers, while academically gifted students will find excellent educational opportunities at the four
military academies.

Employment is an appropriate option for some high school graduates. Turn a job into a career. High school
graduates with no vocational training will probably find that they have limited career options. In many cases,
they will find that they are, in reality, not entering a career field as much as they are “getting a job”. In most
cases, they will also find that they will not be making much more than minimum wage, and opportunities for
advancement will be very limited.

On the other hand, business and industry are always anxious to find employees who are hard working, polite,
punctual, well-groomed, willing to learn, and able to get along well with others. Of course, if a student has a
particular talent or skill in sales, art, computers, etc., he/she can be very valuable to an employer. Contact your
school counselor for more information.

College Representative and Military Recruiter Visits
Representatives from colleges and the military visit Kimberly High School each year. Listen to the
announcements; check the counselor bulletin board and our Web site to determine the date and time. Most
recruiters visit during lunch times if possible. You will need to stop in Student Services to receive a pass to
attend a meeting if during a class time. Also, you are responsible for communicating your intentions to attend
with your teacher one day in advance.
General Admissions Standards                                                             Page 15 of 30

General Admissions Standards
Colleges will use some, if not all, of the information listed below when determining whether or not to accept an
applicant. Individual colleges, however, differ in how they evaluate this information. For example, one college
may place great importance on test scores, while another may not.

Admissions is competitive and selective

        Grade point average
        Class rank
        Strength of subjects/rigor of course work
        ACT and/or SAT scores
        Recommendations
        Activities/awards
        Personal essay
        Interviews
        Community service

Wisconsin Admissions Standards
Admissions standards to the University of Wisconsin system all require 17 college preparatory credits from high
school, distributed as follows:

        4 credits of English
        3 credits of Mathematics, Math 1 thru 3 for example
        3 credits of Science
        3 credits of Social Studies
        4 elective credits chosen from above or foreign language, fine arts, computer science or other academic

Admissions Timeline for Military Academy

Take ACT or SAT as early as possible and as often as you wish.

Academy applications are available in May of junior year and must be submitted by October 15. Contact
nominating sources, usually member of Congress. ROTC applications due by December 1.
Midwest Higher Exchange Compact & Reciprocity                                                Page 16 of 30

Midwest Higher Exchange Compact (MHEC)

MHEC helps improve access to education through the Midwest Student Exchange Program. It provides
opportunities to students to attend out-of-state institutions in the Midwest. Over one hundred and forty colleges
and universities in Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and Wisconsin
have opened their doors to each others’ citizens by offering reduced tuition rates. Often mistaken as a
scholarship, the program is actually a means to receive reduced tuition rates. Through the Compact, public
institutions agree to charge students no more than 150% of the in-state rate for specific programs; private
institutions offer a 10% reduction on their tuition rates. You must enroll as a non-resident student at a
participating Midwest Student Exchange Program campus to receive the discount.

   Where can I learn more?

            It’s easy, simply visit to search for participating institutions and programs.
            Learn about campus enrollment requirements.
            Find campus-specific contact information.
            Learn more about this money-saving program.

Wisconsin/Minnesota Tuition Reciprocity

Wisconsin residents attending two- and four-year colleges in Minnesota, will pay a tuition that is comparable to
the in-state resident tuition rate of students from Minnesota.

Students can learn more and obtain the reciprocity application by going to:
College Selection Process                                                                Page 17 of 30

       Know Yourself
       The first step in selecting a college is to take a systematic look at yourself. Some
       questions you might consider are:

          Why do you want to go to college?
          What do you want to be doing five years from now?
          Do you have a specialist field of study in mind?
          What are your academic abilities?
          Do you want to attend college but have no specific occupational goals?
          What subject areas do you enjoy the most?
          In which subject areas do you do your best?
          What kind of a student are you?
          How hard are you willing to work at your studies?
          What are your strengths and talents?
          What are some of your weaknesses?
          What extracurricular and community activities have you enjoyed?

       College Search
       When beginning your college search, look at the characteristics that are most important
       to you and rank order them. This should help you locate schools that will meet your
       individual needs. Some characteristics to consider in the college search are:

          Programs of study
          Location
          Type of institution-public or private
          Student population
          Academic standards
          Competitiveness
          Size
          Diversity of student body
          Cost
          Financial aid
          Special programs and services
          Athletic programs
          Campus life
          Housing
College Search                                                                                                    Page 18 of 30

                                                                 College Search

What college major(s) or programs(s) are you considering? In other words, what are you interested in studying in school?

Access the Internet. Go to one of the college finder sites ( or

Write the names of the first three to five colleges from the list generated by your priorities.

Looking under either “Key Facts” or “Campus Tour” complete the following for two of the colleges listed above. Record the information
for one college on this page, the second college on the next page.
College #1
         College name
          College address, phone number, and Website address:

               Address                                        Phone

          Admission requirements: Check those that ar e required by this college for admission.

               ____ACT                            ____HS Foreign Language
               ____SAT                            ____HS Math (how many?____)
               ____ACCUPLACER                     ____HS Science (how many?   )
               ____Certain GPA                        HS Fine Arts (how many?   )

          Housing facilities (r oom/boar d*) on campus? Yes or no?            Check types of housing available (*boar d is the food plan):
               DORMS/OTHER HOUSING

               ____co-ed (male & female)       ____on campus apartments            ____no campus housing
               ____women’s dorms               ____sorority houses
               ____men’s dorms                 ____fraternity houses

Which type of housing would you and your parents prefer as a freshman?

          Cost of room and board: (If ther e ar e multiple listings, choose the one that you would most likely use as a college fr eshman.)

          Tuition and fees:

               Tuition is the amount of money char ged for post-secondary education. Most colleges will quote a dollar amount for a full-time
               student, usually taking four or five classes. Tuition may also be given as $ per credit.

               Fees may be for such things as: activity pass, computer , student gover nment, heath center , etc. Some schools include the esti-
               mated cost of books in this quote, and some do not. Check it out!

               Private College or In-State Tuition & Fees           Out-of-State Tuition & Fees
               (Usually the lowest rate because you and          (Usually a higher rate because you don’t
               your parents pay taxes to support it.)             support this school through your taxes.)
College Search                                                                                                   Page 19 of 30

College #2
         College name
         College address, phone number, and Website address:

              Address                                     Phone

         Admission requirements: Check those that ar e required by this college for admission.

              ____ACT                          ____HS Foreign Language
              ____SAT                          ____HS Math (how many?____)
              ____ACCUPLACER                   ____HS Science (how many?   )
              ____Certain GPA                      HS Fine Arts (how many?   )

         Housing facilities (r oom/boar d*) on campus? Yes or no?        Check types of housing available (*boar d is the food plan):

              ____co-ed (male & female)     ____on campus apartments           ____no campus housing
              ____women’s dorms             ____sorority houses
              ____men’s dorms               ____fraternity houses

Which type of housing would you and your parents prefer as a freshman?

         Cost of room and board: (If ther e ar e multiple listings, choose the one that you would most likely use as a college fr eshman.)

         Tuition and fees:

              Tuition is the amount of money char ged for post-secondary education. Most colleges will quote a dollar amount for a full-time
              student, usually taking four or five classes. Tuition may also be given as $ per credit.

              Fees may be for such things as: activity pass, computer , student gover nment, heath center , etc. Some schools include the esti-
              mated cost of books in this quote, and some do not. Check it out!

              Private College or In-State Tuition & Fees         Out-of-State Tuition & Fees
              (Usually the lowest rate because you and        (Usually a higher rate because you don’t
              your parents pay taxes to support it.)           support this school through your taxes.)

What do you like and what do you dislike about this college? What is your impression of this school? Are the activities and organizations that you
are interested in pursuing available on campus or in the vicinity?

Summary:          Most colleges sponsor visits to campus and open houses during the summer and early fall. Which college(s) would you
be interested in visiting? Why?
Campus Visits                                                                            Page 20 of 30

     Campus Visit
     Arrange to visit any colleges to which you plan to apply. Consider these factors before
     and during your visit:

        Make arrangements with the admissions office for your visit.
        Try to visit on a weekday and stay overnight.
        Meet with the college admissions officer.
        Verify admission requirements (tests and high school preparation).
        Discuss your chances for success.
        Obtain the college calendar and a catalog.
        Determine college costs.
        Ask about financial aid opportunities, as well as deadlines, forms required, and other
         needed information.
        Meet with faculty in the academic area that interests you.
        Ask about average class size and academic advising.
        Check the percentage of entering freshmen who graduate in four years.
        Ask about the placement record of graduates in the field of study you are considering.
        Identify career planning services for undergraduates.
        Tour the campus. Check out the dorms, dining hall, library, bookstore, computer labs
         and other areas key to your needs.
        Talk to students and ask their opinions on the school.
        Find out what student activities (clubs, organizations, intramurals, etc.) are available.
        Investigate transportation options.
        Complete the College Comparison Worksheet for all schools you are considering
         (found on the next page).

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—distance from home

—physical size of campus

—type of school (2- or 4-year)
—school setting (urban, rural)
—location & size of nearest city
—co-ed, male, female
—religious affiliation

Admission Requirements
—tests required
—average test scores, GPA, rank

—your major offered
—special requirements
—student-faculty ratio
—typical class size
College Expenses
—tuition, room and board
—estimated total budget
—application fee, deposits

Financial Aid
—required forms
—percentage receiving aid

—residence hall requirement
—food plan


—clubs, organizations
—Greek life
—athletics, intramurals

Campus Visits
—special opportunities
College Planning Checklist                                                                  Page 22 of 30

Register with Selective Services (required for 18 year-old males)
Yes________ Date________

Completed Job Shadowing
Career(s) ___________________________________________________

Completed required high school courses for admission requirements
Check your chosen institution’s handbook.

Yes________ No________

Research/Visit Post-Secondary Institution
Date_______________ Place____________________

Date_______________ Place____________________
                                                                              It is okay to be
Application Form from Post-Secondary Institution                            undecided about a
                                                                           major; most colleges
School __________________ Submitted Yes_____Date_________                   provide services to
                                                                           help students select a
School __________________ Submitted Yes_____Date_________                  major during the first
School __________________ Submitted Yes_____Date_________
                                                                             and second year.

School __________________ Submitted Yes_____Date_________

School __________________ Submitted Yes_____Date_________

Application Process
Review and check all that apply:

 1. ACT______                      Date__________
 2. SAT ______                     Date__________
 3. ACCUPLACER_____                Date__________
 4. Submit Letters of Recommendation (if needed)       Yes/No __________
 5. Early Decision Option                              Yes/No __________
 6. Essay                                              Yes/No __________
 7. Interview (if required)                            Yes/No __________
 8. Audition/Portfolio                                 Yes/No __________
 9. Scholarship Search                                 Yes/No __________
10. FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)   Yes/No
11. Final Transcript Request                           Yes/No _________
Apprenticeship Programs                                                                    Page 23 of 30

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development is the state agency that has primary responsibility for the
implementing and monitoring apprenticeship programs in Wisconsin. Our representative is: Ms. Lisa Perkofski at
Fox Valley Technical College. She can be reached by phone at: 920-832-5303.

Apprenticeship is an excellent choice because it provides real-life opportunities that cannot be duplicated in any
other training program. Apprenticeships are grouped into three main trades—construction, industrial/
manufacturing and service. If you are motivated to earn while you learn but aren’t sure what specific
apprenticeship interests you, try browsing these categories of skilled trades:

        Construction apprentices build and repair residential, commer cial and industrial structures.
                    Work is often outdoors and may require travel.

        Industrial/Manufacturing workers make almost all products we use. These apprentices set-up,
                     operate, build and repair the machinery and equipment needed for food processing and the
                     production of paper goods, automobiles, electrical equipment and machinery. Work is
                     usually conducted indoors at a modern facility.

        Service apprenticeships provide per sonal care and service needs. This diverse group of occupations
                     includes workers in personal care (barbers/cosmetologists and cooks/chefs), utilities
                     (electric line trade, metering technician), and public safety (correctional officer, fire
                     fighters). As with the industrial trades, those interested in apprenticeships must apply
                     directly to the employer or company operating the apprenticeship program. ~ This site explains all aspects of appr enticeships in the state of

Wisconsin Youth Apprenticeship Program

Wisconsin's Youth Apprenticeship program is a part of a statewide School-to-Work initiative. It is designed for
high school students who want hands on learning in an occupational area at a worksite along with classroom
instruction. Please see Mrs. Powell in room 2012 for information about the youth apprenticeship program at KHS.
It could be your path to success! This site explains all aspects of youth apprenticeships in
the state of Wisconsin.
Military Checklist                                                                                   Page 24 of 30

Military Branch_______________________________________________

Complete High School Graduation Requirements Yes______ No______

Register with Selective Services (requir ed for 18 year -old males) Yes______ Date ______

Complete Job Shadowing Yes______ No______ Career_____________

Recruiter Visit Yes______ No______ Date of visit_____________

Recruiter’s Name______________________________ Telephone Number (_____)________-___________

Complete ASVAB with qualifying score Yes______ No______ Date____________

Qualifications for Enlistment:


High School Diploma Yes______ No______

Military Physical, Height, and Weight Requirements_________________________

Military Career Plan:

Military Educational Plan:

                                                                                    Military Websites

Advancement Opportunities:                                                


Submit Transcript Yes______ No______
Submit References Yes______ No______
Reference Names and Addresses
Employment                                                                                    Page 25 of 30

Job Search
This is the search to do if you are planning on going directly into the workforce full-time after graduation.
1. What kind of work are you interested in doing?

2. Complete a career interest inventory ( to identify careers that are suitable.
3. Are you planning on finding full-time work in the Fox Cities area? _____ If not, where are you planning on
   looking for work? _____________________________

4. If you will be looking for full-time work in Wisconsin:
         Go to This is the Web site for employment in Wisconsin.
         Click on a link that appears to be most appropriate for the type of employment you may be seeking.
           You may want to click on various sites to find the most suitable.
         Remember, these are jobs that are CURRENTLY available. The purpose of doing this is to get
           an idea of the KINDS of jobs available, the job description, pay, benefits, etc.

5. If you will be looking for full-time work outside of Wisconsin:
        Go to
        Complete the information the screen requests and follow other directions provided.

6. List the jobs(s) you found interesting AND qualified for, as well as a short description of the work, wages, and

7. Americas Career InfoNet ( has information about jobs and wages at the national level.
      a. Click on General outlook on the U.S. job market.
      b. Browse through the charts listed below. Pay close attention to the projected job availability with the
         level of education and training that you are most interested in obtaining.

              General Outlook                  Fastest Growing
              Most Openings                    Largest Employment
              Declining Employment             Highest Paying
              Wages and Trends

       c. What is the most interesting information that you discovered while looking over these charts?

8. After you searched the job availability database, answer these questions:
       a. Have you found the kind(s) of jobs that you would consider doing full-time?
       b. Do you believe that this job will provide the level of income that you desire?
       c. How can you best prepare for this type of job while in high school?
Financial Aid                                                                                Page 26 of 30


The Student Financial Assistance Programs, overseen by the US Department of Education, are the largest sources
of student aid in America. To access the financial aid a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
application must be filed. FAFSA applications are available online ( along with the ability to
download a worksheet to assist the process.

Steps to Financial Aid

By fall of your senior year in high school, you should have narrowed the colleges to which you will apply and
determined their costs of attendance.

Follow the steps listed below to apply for financial aid:

1. Learn all you can about the financial aid process. Be sure to explore the university’s financial aid office and
   scholarship site.
2. Find out and comply with each college’s admissions and financial aid application deadlines.
3. Review available scholarships, gather and complete the necessary forms: meet the deadlines.
4. Complete the (FAFSA) Free Application for Federal Student Aid in order to qualify for aid through the federal
   government as soon after January 1 as possible.
5. Inform financial aid administrators about atypical expenses. Certain allowances may be made to assist you.
6. If your college choices require copies of parent income tax forms, be sure to submit them as soon after January
   1 as they are completed.
7. If required by your college choices, complete the College Board PROFILE application for financial aid.
8. Complete any additional college-specific financial aid forms that may be required, Ask!
9. Review your Student Aid Report, (SAR) for accuracy. This is based on your FAFSA. You should receive it
   approximately 4 weeks after you complete your FAFSA.
10. Review and accept financial aid packages.
11. If you get a VERIFICATION notice from the financial aid office, submit the necessary forms (parent and
   student W-2’s and tax returns) ASAP.

Use scholarship search engines like to help you find other assistance (scholarship, competitions, etc.).

       Visit the financial aid website for more information:
Scholarships                                                                              Page 27 of 30

Scholarship Listings in School

Once scholarship applications become available, they are numbered and placed in a binder in Student Services.
Copies of the scholarship applications are kept in corresponding numbered bins. Students are encouraged to come
in to Student Services weekly to access these applications and so that they are aware of any new scholarships.
Students are encouraged to involve their parents in the search of scholarships. Religious groups, fraternal
organizations, and employers may be a source as well. Check with employers for any scholarship opportunities.
Students are encouraged to inquire about scholarships offered by the schools they are considering.

A list of scholarships is available on the Student Services website at:

Scholarships have a variety of criteria that applicants must meet. Students are responsible for deadlines and
the materials that are sent to scholarship agencies. If your student needs letters of recommendation, transcripts
or other materials from employers, counselors, or the Student Services secretaries, please request these materials
well in advance of the scholarship deadline. Also, letters of recommendation may be used for more than one
scholarship, so please be sure to make additional copies for future use.

Scholarship Search Via the Internet

The search on the Internet contains a database of over 275,000 scholarships. You may setup a
fastweb mailbox to receive information on scholarships which match your profile.

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Scholarships for Juniors                                                                                             Page 28 of 30

                       Important: If the application is not readily available on the website or
                           in Student Services, please check back regularly for updates.

   Scholarships Available Online                                     Qualifications                                     Amount
ACT Poster Concept Contest             Junior or Senior entering a two-year or four-year college in the U.S.          Up to $5,000
                                       Visit for more information.

B. Davis Scholarship                   This scholarship is open to any junior or senior as well as all students         $1,000
                                       currently registered in any post secondary institution. Apply online at:

Best Buy Scholarship                   Demonstrate commitment to and involvement in volunteer community                 $1,000
                                       service. Students in grades 9-12 and living in the U.S. and Puerto Rico are
                                       eligible to apply. Apply online at:

First Freedom Student Competition      National Essay and Video Contest open to current 9th-12th grade students.        $2,500
                                       Information available at:

John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage     Available to students in grades 9-12.                                         $500 - $10,000
Essay Contest                          More information available at:

Kohl’s Kids Who Care Program           Nominee’s volunteer efforts should have resulted in a positive community      $50 - $10,000
                                       outcome and must have occurred within the last 12 months. Based on
                                       initiative, creativity, leadership, generosity and community reach.
                                       Application form must be completed by nominator.
                                       Online application:

Prudential Spirit of Community Award   Open to students in grades 9-12 who have been active in community                $1,000
                                       service. Apply online at:

QuestBridge College Prep Scholarship   High school juniors who have a strong academic record and an annual           Amount Varies
                                       household income of less than $60,000.
                                       Information available at:

         Scholarships Available in
Bin                                                                  Qualifications                                     Amount
             Student Services
 50    Junior Achievement of           Student must be or have been a participant in a Junior Achievement             Up to $1,500
       Wisconsin Scholarship           classroom program during the current school year. Available to all grade
                                       levels. Available in January.

 81    SFM Foundation                  Junior or Senior of working parents who have been killed or injured in         Up to $5,000
                                       work-related accident during the course and scope of employment with a
                                       Minnesota- or Wisconsin-based employer and entitled to receive benefits
                                       under the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Act or Worker’s
                                       Compensation Act of Wisconsin. Available in December.

 94    Voice of Democracy              An essay speech of three to five minutes on a specific theme is required.        $30,000
       Scholarship                     Available in November.
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