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What is the College & Career Center?

The AHS College & Career Center is located in the AHS Library. Students can get support exploring post high school education and career pathways by dropping into the CCC or reaching out to our AHS College & Career Specialist, Jen Marsden, at jennifer.marsden@ashland.k12.or.us. Students receive age appropriate post high school planning curriculum in their Advisory and senior College & Career Readiness classes, and are also encouraged to attend CCC information sessions on college and career exploration and planning, where students (and their families) can learn more about finding post high school pathways that will be a good fit for them.  

The CCC also hosts visits by representatives from community colleges, four year colleges and universities, professional career schools, branches of the military, Job Corps, gap year programs and more! Below is the link to the current calendar for Fall 2021. Please check back for updates as more events are scheduled.
College Visits and College & Career Pathways Info Sessions

College & Career Center Update Spring 2022

 

College & Career Pathways: Resources for Students and Families

Seniors spent first semester exploring post high school pathways in their AHS College & Career Readiness (CCR) classes, where they received extensive support on finding post high school education and/or career options that are a good fit for them.  Jen Marsden (AHS College & Career Specialist) and AHS Counselors provide college and career planning curriculum in CCR classes and are also available to individually help students explore their interests/options, and to assist in navigating the college admissions and financial aid process.

AHS Counselors recently connected with juniors in Family Health classes to introduce SCOIR, a career and college exploration platform. SCOIR gives our students access to YouScience, which utilizes aptitude and interest assessments to support students in better understanding how their skills and interests can translate into career and college pathways. Learn more about SCOIR/YouScience on March 16th (see info sessions below)!

Juniors and other interested students (and their families) are strongly encouraged to attend upcoming information sessions, check out the new AHS College Handbook, and read below for information on ACT/SAT testing, and the ASPIRE Program. We welcome students and parents/guardians to reach out to jennifer.marsden@ashland.k12.or.us or their AHS Counselor with questions or to schedule an appointment regarding career and college planning.

 

AHS College & Career Pathways Information Sessions

 

College Pathways 101, February 16 Recording

Overwhelmed by the idea of thinking about college? Finding an educational pathway that is a good fit takes some planning. Topics covered include the process of applying to both community colleges and four-year universities, ACT/SAT testing, and how to access financial aid and scholarships. 

Wednesday, March 16: SCOIR and YouScience

5:30-6:30pm, Zoom Link: https://asdconnect-org.zoom.us/j/97711618881

Join AHS counseling staff to learn more about how SCOIR and YouScience are supporting our students with career and college exploration. Through aptitude assessments and interest inventories, students can better understand their unique talents and how their skills translate to programs of study and career pathways.

Wednesday, April 6: Financial Aid 101

5:30-6:30pm, Zoom link: https://asdconnect-org.zoom.us/j/97711618881

Learn about the pathways to access financial aid and scholarships! We will discuss the process for completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), which qualifies students to receive the Federal Pell GrantOregon Opportunity GrantOregon Promise Grant, and government loans. Even if you think your family will not qualify for federal financial aid, it is important to complete the FAFSA. Many colleges will not give students merit aid unless they have a FAFSA on record.

Wednesday, April 27: Four Year Colleges & Universities – The Search and Application Process

5:30-6:30 pm, Zoom link: https://asdconnect-org.zoom.us/j/97711618881

Learn how to make the most of the college search process, apply to both public and private four-year colleges and universities, and how to access financial aid/scholarships.

Wednesday, May 18th: Community College Opportunities and Pathways

5:30-6:30 pm, Zoom link: https://asdconnect-org.zoom.us/j/97711618881

Community colleges offer an array of professional training programs in fields such as Mechanics, Electronics, Health Care, Culinary Arts, Graphic Design and more! Students can also complete general education credits and then transfer to a four-year university to complete a bachelor’s degree. The Oregon Promise, our state’s grant to make community college affordable for all Oregon grads will also be discussed. 

 

AHS College Handbook:  Check out the new AHS College Handbook, which includes information on how to find an educational pathway that’s a good fit, opportunities available at community colleges and four-year public/private universities, financial aid/scholarships, and many other useful resources. Hard copies of the handbook will be available soon!

 

ACT/SAT Info and Updates: Students applying to four-year colleges that require test scores usually take the ACT and/or SAT in spring of junior year and/or fall of senior year. The Oregon Public Universities no longer require test scores for admissions, but some do for eligibility for honors colleges or merit scholarships. Check individual universities for current guidelines. Students register for the ACT and SAT online and those who qualify for free/reduced lunch can contact karyn.barats@ashland.k12.or.us  for fee waivers. Upcoming testing dates: ACT (April 2, June 11), SAT (March 12, May 7, June 4) 

ASPIRE at AHS

ASPIRE’s trained volunteer mentors help students explore education and career pathways available to them after high school. Mentors assist students in researching colleges, preparing admissions and scholarship applications, understanding the financial aid process, and many other aspects of the road to post high school education and careers. Students who want to learn more about ASPIRE or sign up for a mentor can contact jennifer.marsden@ashland.k12.or.us.

Become an ASPIRE Mentor!

The heart of ASPIRE are the many dedicated volunteers who work with our students. ASPIRE mentors at AHS include parents, retirees, professionals, and college students. Check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTYXTTpnxow&feature=youtu.be to learn more about the ASPIRE program and the role of ASPIRE mentors. For more information about becoming an ASPIRE mentor, please contact jennifer.marsden@ashland.k12.or.us.

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College & Career Center

Jennifer Marsden
College & Career Center
ASPIRE Coordinator
541-482-8771 ext. 2130
Jennifer.Marsden@ashland.k12.or.us
Available Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Meeting by appointment during office hours.
Contact via email, phone, or Teams to schedule an appointment.

Karyn Barats
Scholarship Coordinator
Counseling Secretary
541-482-8771 ext. 2114
Karyn.Barats@ashland.k12.or.us
Available Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm.
Meeting by appointment during office hours.
Contact via email, phone, or Teams to schedule an appointment.

Katie Howett
College Dreams Representative
khowitt@collegedreams.org
Contact via email or phone to schedule an appointment.

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