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Outline of Services


College Advising & Career Counseling Services:

I. American College Test (ACT) and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
a. Test Registration Assistance
b. Explanation of Differences
c. Referrals to Test Prep and Tutoring Programs
d. Breakdown of Scoring and Assessment
e. Criteria for Bright Futures Qualification
f. Fee Waivers and College Application Vouchers

II. Recommendations and Explanations for Other Testing
a. College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
b. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
c. College Placement Test (CPT)
d. Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
e. Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
f. Preliminary SAT / National Merit Qualifier (PSAT)
g. ACT Plan and Discover Programs (Pre-ACT Test)

III. Advanced Placement Courses (AP)
a. Overview of the National Program
b. Benefits to Taking the Classes
c. Requirements to Receive Passing Grades/Scores
d. Credit Policies at Colleges and Universities
e. Bulletin for Parents and Students
f. How High School Transcript GPA is Affected
g. Familiarity with the AP Final Exam Process

IV. Applications to Schools
a. Review and Proofread
b. Critique and Recommend Changes
c. Online Logins and Passwords
d. Supplemental Materials
e. Possible Fee Waivers
f. Timeline and Calendar Deadlines
g. Common Applications and Forms

V. Articles and Publications
a. Related News Stories and Features
b. Current Trends and Information
c. Journals and Student Newspapers
d. National Resources and Industry Newsletters
e. Individualized Research and Readings

VI. Athletics and Sports Recruiting
a. Creating Profiles
b. Marketing Student
c. Contacting Coaches and Recruiters
d. Explanation of Clearinghouses
e. Breakdown of Divisions
f. Athletic Conferences and Associations
g. Directories and Listings
h. Legal Policies and Agent Violations
i. Advice Dealing with Overzealous Coaches

VII. Tri-County College Guidance Services
a. Broward Advisor for Continuing Education (BRACE)
b. Dade — College Assistance Program (CAP)
c. Palm Beach – None Provided in District Schools
i. Overview of Each Program
ii. What They Do and Don’t Do
iii. Limitations of Each Office

VIII. Bright Futures Scholarship Program
a. Overview of Qualifications Needed to be Met
b. Application Process and Dates
c. Explanation of Core Courses and Weighted GPA
d. Tuition Amounts that are Covered and Paid
e. Test Scores and Volunteer Hours
f. Limitations and Technical Aspects

IX. Campus Tours
a. Setting up Personal Visits for Students and/or Families
b. Joining in with School Group or Organized Program
c. Referrals to Outside Providers in Other Regions of USA
d. Online Virtual Tours and DVD Programs
e. Questions to Ask and Knowing What to Look For and See

X. Career Exploration and Preparation
a. Using Government Resources and Publications
b. Career Interest Inventories
c. Creating Resumes and Profiles
d. Job Shadowing, Internships, Co-ops, and Volunteerism
e. Making Contacts and Conducting Information Interviews
f. Researching Labor Market and Occupational Trends
g. Job Fairs and Interviewing Practice
h. County Employment Offices and Job Classifications

XI. College Fairs
a. Dates and Calendar of Events
b. Approaching Recruiters and Targeting Schools
c. Plan of Attack for Best Use of Time and Energy
d. Preparation for What to Ask
e. Types of Fairs and Events Hosted
f. Listings of Schools in Attendance
g. Requesting Information and Later Follow-up

 

College Advising Boca Raton


XII. Community Colleges
a. Purpose and Function
b. Transferability (2+2 Program)
c. Separate Guidelines and Requirements
d. Bachelor Degrees Offered in Conjunction
e. Limitations to Credit Transfer
f. Advantages for Unprepared Students
g. Diploma, Certificate, and Degree Programs
h. Dual Enrollment Programs

XIII. Consulting for Students (Independent Counselors)
a. Advantages and Limitations
b. Outside Network of Contacts at Universities
c. Professional Affiliations
d. More Exposure to Out-of-State Institutions
e. Mentor Programs and National Referral System
f. Providing a Positive Role Model for Student(s)

XIV. Disabilities and Associated Conditions
a. McKay Scholarships
b. Vocational Training
c. Testing Accommodations
d. Campus Assistance for Students
e. Referrals to Tutoring Assistance

NOTE: This is not an area of specialization for me. Student should be meeting with the school’s ESE specialist and following the 504 plan.

XV. Essays for College and Scholarship Applications
a. Review and Proofreading of Written Documents
b. Recommendations and Suggestions for Improvement
c. Possible Changes are Tracked in Red and Returned
d. Limited Assistance with Brainstorming if Requested
e. Referral to Websites for Tips and Strategies
f. All Essay Review is Done Through the Use of Email

XVI. Exchange Programs
a. Year After High School (5th)
b. Domestic Programs in the USA
c. Work vs. Education vs. Travel
d. Information on Passports and Visas
e. Contact with Consulates and Embassies
f. Unique Opportunities Found Elsewhere
g. Transfer Credit Requirements
h. Tuition Payment Options

XVII. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
a. Assistance with Completion – Select Questions
b. Importance of Submission
c. Dates and Timeline of Process
d. Paper vs. Online Format
e. Requesting a Pin # from Government
f. Free Publications Explaining Procedures
g. How the Form is Used and Evaluated
h. Calculation of the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC)

XVIII. Financial Aid
a. Types of Aid, Where to Look and Forms to Complete
b. Contacting Institutions, Agencies, and Foundations
c. Limits to Award Amounts and Individual Criteria
d. Organization of Documents and Following a Calendar
e. Free Publications from the US Government
f. Suggestions for Receiving a Better Offer
g. Possible Deductions for Tax Forms
h. Review and Comparison of Award Letters

XIX. Guidance Activities
a. Academic, Career, and Personal/Social Domains
b. Limited Counseling for Individual Issues
c. Working as an Intermediary Between Student and Parents
d. Liaison for Contacting Outside Agencies
e. Active Membership in American School Counseling Association

XX. Interviewing
a. Information Sessions with People Working in Chosen Occupation
b. Mock Practice at Career Centers and Employment Offices
c. Questions to Ask When Meeting with School Representatives
d. Real-life Practice at Job Fairs and Portfolio Reviews
e. Knowing When and Where Important People are Going to Be

XXI. Internships, Co-operative Education, and Job Shadowing
a. Different Aspects of Each
b. How to Find and Apply for these Programs
c. Advantages and Benefits
d. Choosing Which One is Right for You
e. Integration into University Educational Curriculum

XXII. Letters of Recommendation
a. Value of Such – Or Lack Thereof
b. Who to Ask and When
c. “Cheat Sheets” — Advice on Reality
d. Knowing Whether or Not They are Even Required

 

Academic Advising Boca Raton


XXIII. Major Selection
a. Finding Out Your Real Interests
b. Researching Requirements of Particular Careers
c. Knowing Which Schools Offer what Programs
d. Changing Decisions after your Freshman Year
e. Choosing Course of Study to Improve Admissions Odds
f. Selecting/Receiving a Proper Academic Advisor
g. Check Out the Backgrounds of School Faculty

XXIV. Miscellaneous
a. How to Make Best Use of the University Catalog
b. Impressing Schools with Knowledge of Desired Program
c. Find Out the Statistics for Crime and Graduation Rates
d. Get a Work Study Job that You will Enjoy
e. Targeting a Specific Contact in Each Department
f. Listings of Clubs and Activities Offered on Campus
g. Writing Appeals and/or Completing Petitions

XXV. Multicultural Education
a. Research Statistics on Racial Diversity
b. Locating Groups with Common Heritage Backgrounds
c. Gap Year Experience to Another Country
d. Seeking Out Particular Course(s) on Subject
e. Requesting Referrals from Select Faculty

XXVI. Online Educational Magazines
a. Most Up-to-Date Information Available
b. Free Registration and Email Delivery
c. Stories of Interest Written by Fellow Young People
d. Connects High School Students with National Community

XXVII. Residency for Tuition Purposes
a. In-state vs. Out-of-state
b. International Classification
c. Referrals on Visa Status
d. Possible Tuition Waivers
e. How to be Re-Evaluated as a Resident

XXVIII. Scholarships
a. Types Available and Where to Find Them
b. Assessing the Requirements for a Match
c. Completing the Applications and Review
d. Reality of Being Awarded and/or Renewed

XXIX. Searching for the Right College
a. Assessing Your Personal Characteristics and Criteria
b. Knowing What is Out There Beyond the State Schools
c. Finding a Program of Study that Matches your Future

XXX. Summer Opportunities
a. Academic Programs and Athletic Camps
b. Work Opportunities vs. Travel Benefits
c. Advantages for Students who Apply or Transfer

XXXI. Trade and Technical Schools
a. Directory of Schools and Offerings
b. Specific Admission Requirements
c. Choosing Program Suitable for Chosen Career

XXXII. Transcripts and Transferring
a. How GPA’s are Calculated and Reported
b. Receiving Credit for Courses from Another Institution
c. Advantages/Disadvantages of Changing Schools
d. Checking for Errors and Requesting Copies
e. Researching Program Compatibility Before Applying
f. Evaluation for Meeting Graduation Requirements

XXXIII. Volunteering
a. Reporting Hours and Receiving Proper Credit
b. Finding Appropriate/Approved Locations
c. Choosing Programs/Projects to Enhance Resume’
d. Spreading Out the Time Evenly

NOTE: This is not an all-inclusive listing, but a general overview.