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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 Fall 2022

 

College & Career Pathways: Resources for Students and Families

This fall seniors will be diving into exploration of post high school pathways in their AHS College & Career Readiness (CCR) and AP Economics classes, where they are getting extensive support on planning for post high school education and/or career options that are a good fit for them. 

All 9th- 11th students will get to explore career and college pathways in various classes this school year, as well as in grade level meetings during TCB.  Junior and senior students are strongly encouraged to attend College & Career Pathways information sessions, learn about our ASPIRE program and check out the AHS College Handbookplease see below for more info on these and other resources! 

Jen Marsden, our AHS College & Career Specialist, is available to help all students (and their families) explore post high school education and career options, and to assist in navigating the college admissions and financial aid process. Please reach out to her with questions or to schedule an appointment at jennifer.marsden@ashland.k12.or.us.

  

AHS College & Career Pathways Information Sessions

 

Upcoming College & Career Pathways Info Sessions: All sessions will be on zoom from 5:30 - 6:30 pm and can be accessed at the following link: https://asdconnect-org.zoom.us/j/97711618881. The sessions will be recorded and available on the AHS YouTube Channel, where you can already find info session recordings from last year.

 

Thursday, September 8 – College Pathways 101: Finding an educational pathway that is a good fit takes some planning. AHS Counseling Department staff will present information on college pathways, specifically geared toward junior and senior students and their families. Topics covered will include a general overview of the process of applying to both community colleges and four-year universities, ACT/SAT testing, and how to access financial aid/scholarships.

 

Thursday, September 29 – Financial Aid 101: Learn about the ways to access financial aid and scholarships! We will discuss the process for completing  the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), an online application which qualifies students to receive the Federal Pell Grant, the Oregon Opportunity Grant, the Oregon Promise Grant, government loans, and grants/scholarships from many private colleges. We will also briefly cover the CSS Profile, a separate online application many private schools use to determine institutional financial aid.

 

Thursday, October 13 - Four Year Colleges & Universities - Navigating the Application Process: AHS Counseling Department staff will present information on how to make the most of the college search process, how to apply to both public and private four-year colleges and universities, ACT/SAT testing, and how to access financial aid/scholarships.

 

Thursday, October 27: Community College Opportunities and Pathways:  Community colleges offer an extensive array of professional training programs in fields such as Mechanics, Electronics, Culinary Arts, Massage Therapy, Dental Hygiene, Physical Therapy, Graphic Design and more! Students can also complete general education credits at a community college, receive a two-year A.A or A.S degree and then transfer to a four-year university to complete a bachelor’s degree. Learn more about these potential college and career pathways and how to access them! There will also be an overview of the Oregon Promise Grant and other financial aid and scholarships available to AHS students.

 

 

AHS College Handbook

Spend time exploring the  AHS College Handbook, which contains useful information for all students planning to pursue post high school education. Topics covered include how to find an educational pathway that’s a good fit for you, information on applying to community colleges and four-year public & private universities, ACT/SAT information, how to access financial aid & scholarships, and many other helpful resources. Hard copies of the handbook are available in the College & Career Center and the AHS Main Office.

ACT and SAT Updates

Students planning on applying to four year colleges usually take ACT/SAT tests in spring of junior year and/or fall of senior year. Many colleges are now “test optional” and Oregon’s public universities no longer require ACT/SAT test results for admission, 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 are eligible for fee waivers for both tests. Please contact jennifer.marsden@ashland.k12.or.us  to obtain a fee waiver.

Upcoming 2022 Test Dates (registration deadlines are about one month before the test dates):

 

SAT (offered at AHS): October 1, November 5, December 3     

 

ACT (not offered at AHS): Oct. 22, Dec. 10

 

Oregon Community Colleges and the Oregon Promise Grant

Oregon community colleges offer a large variety of professional training in fields such as Graphic Design, Mechanics, Culinary Arts, Dental Hygiene, Physical Therapy Assisting and more! Students can get the skills they need in a year or two, and graduate ready to enter the job market. Students may also complete their general education credits at a community college and then transfer to a four year university. Tuition can be significantly less at a community college and the Oregon Promise Grant (OPG) offers qualifying high school graduates the opportunity to have the majority of their community college tuition covered by federal and state grants. Learn more about the OPG here.

And here are a few more great resources: Oregon Goes to College, Rogue Community College CTE Programs, Colleges that Change Lives

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.

College Visits and Info Calendar.pdf