People are talking about itin social media-Twitter, Facebook,

People are talking about itin social media-Twitter, Facebook,

People are talking about itin social media-Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and more and its not just a social media phenomenon, but a real world problem as well. A college education still

yields many rewardseven in a lagging economy Five Ways Ed Pays Education pays in higher earnings and lower unemployment But the time to plan is now. not during the senior year or after

high school graduation. The Rising Tide Of Student Debt Student debt load from graduates who attended both public and private not-for-profit educational institutions has been steadily increasing over the past decade. Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 1999-2000, 2003-2004, and 2007-2008 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS) Credit: NPR College Stresses

College academics and finances can be a huge burden on students. In a study commissioned by, four of the top five stressors for students were financial in nature. Need to Repay Loans Cost of Education Borrowing Money for College Need to Find a Job After School Academic Challenge of Courses Laughter is a great way to alleviate the stress. But, there are eight

better strategies to Rigorous Course Selection MEANS Less chance of remediation when you get to college WHICH MEANS

College affordability AND success increases. Benefits of rigorous course selection in K-12 Less chance of remediation in college More prepared for college workload; hence, greater chance of college success Better chance of admittance into university of choice Greater chance of receiving academic scholarships/financial aid

TIP: Even when youve taken challenging classes in high school, its important to take college placement tests seriously they determine where you start! Factoid: Taking one math class beyond Algebra Employer Tuition Assistance tuition assistance includes a MEANSEmployer variety of employer-sponsored programs to help employees and their dependents pay for college. In many cases the funds received from these

programs will be excluded from income and hence tax-free. Employeesponsored scholarships and tuition waivers (e.g. dependents of college or university employees) could also fit here. WHICH College affordability AND MEANS success increases. Loan Forgiveness

Programs MEAN Under certain circumstances, the federal government will cancel all or part of an educational loan. This practice is called Loan Forgiveness. Common career fields that are often eligible are: teaching, nursing/medicine, public service, volunteer work, law/legal studies. Source:

tml WHICH College affordability AND MEANS success increases. Part-time work study MEANS Limit need to borrow/lower debt load

Improve time management and organizational skills Learn new skills for the workplace Create networking opportunities and references Provide work experience for your resume Greater engagement with your campus community WHICH MEANS College affordability AND success increases.

Advantages of college work study The benefit of working in an environment suited to the students skills, preferences and possible career goals. A work schedule arranged around the students class schedule by the student and employer. The student will not be asked to work during class times, and employers are flexible in allowing time off for studying for exams. Students graduate with less debt. Professional experience and contacts developed. These can be valuable when beginning a career or applying to graduate school. Source: The University of Texas

Gap year experiences (before, during, or after college) MEANS . .. Stronger career direction More mature and focused for college work / life Education awards (possible) Loans deferred (generally)

WHICH MEANS College affordability AND success increases. Benefits of Taking a Gap Year Easier to take time when younger Natural break between high school and college K-12 years of schooling = potential burnout Opportunity to choose/create ones life for a year Relevance of classroom study to the world Explore interests, hands-on learning Find ones passion

Build self-confidence handle the world on own Gain skills resume building before college Improve chances for college acceptances Gain clearer sense of college major focus Easier transition from college to the work world Accelerated Coursework in High School, like . . . Advanced Placement classes International Baccalaureate classes or diploma program Post Secondary Enrollment

Options Program Dual Enrollment Early College High School MEANS Preferential scheduling Opportunities to double major Opportunities for experiential learning Possibility of attaining a degree in three years WHICH MEANS . . .

College affordability AND success increases. General Education Courses All Ohio public colleges and universities have requirements for general education. These are courses all students are expected to take regardless of major. General education courses are good choices for early college work. Other courses may offer students exciting and challenging learning experiences, but if they do not fulfill a requirement at your chosen college or university, they will not shorten their time to earn degree.

Transition toa College Pace: Traditional college courses move at a faster past than many high school courses. In Ohio public colleges, one course is taught over a 14week semester rather than an entire academic year. Rigor: Traditional college courses have higher expectations for successful work than high school courses. Taking early college courses alongside traditional college students may help students adjust to that rigor. Course format: Traditional college courses may be taught in a variety of formats: large lecture courses matched with smaller discussion sections, online lectures, etc. Critical thinking and independent problem solving: Successful college students take responsibility for their own learning, solving Benefits of taking AP Classes

A Different Kind of Class From the moment you enter an AP classroom, you'll notice the differencein the teacher's approach to the subject, in the attitude of your classmates, in the way you start to think. In AP classrooms, the focus is not on memorizing facts and figures. Instead you'll engage in intense discussions, solve problems collaboratively, and learn to write clearly and persuasively. Find Your Passion With several courses to choose from, you'll be able to explore your interests and discover new passions. In AP classes, you'll study fascinating topics and ideas that just might become the foundation of your future college major or career. Prepare to Succeed in College AP courses can help you acquire the skills and habits you'll need to be

successful in college. You'll improve your writing skills, sharpen your problem-solving abilities, and develop time management skills, discipline, and study habits. Earn College Credit and Placement Most four-year colleges in the United States and colleges in more than 60 other countries give students credit, advanced placement or both on the basis of AP Exam scores. By entering college with AP Experiential Learning, like

Internships Co-ops Service learning Undergraduate research MEANS Career validation Experience for resume / job search General employability and career-specific skills Paid co-ops and internships

can be a significant college funding stream WHICH MEANS College affordability AND success increases. Benefits of Experiential Learning The opportunity for immediate application of classroom knowledge to real work.

The development of competencies and experience related to career goals. The exploration of career goals with professionals in the field to determine if the field is the right choice. Gaining practical employment experience that employers look for when hiring graduates. Students take responsibility for their own learning and create a more rewarding educational experience. Developing job search skills such as interviewing techniques. Establishing a network of professional contacts, mentors and references for after graduation. Sample a job/career to determine what your future career will be

Ohio Higher Ed Resources Additional hyperlinks Ohio Means Internships Its not where you start, its where you end up Starting at a community college MEANS. . . Lower tuition costs Complete your basic requirements

Time to define your major An opportunity to boost your GPA Save money by living at home Take advantage of transfer pathways WHICH MEANS College affordability AND success increases. Benefits of Attending Community College Community college tuition is less expensive than a public/private

universities; hence, students typically accrue less debt A community college education will help ease ones transition into a major university Community colleges often offer smaller classes and more individualized attention Community colleges often offer more technical/career courses to help one decide what they would like to do for a future The key to using these strategies is effectively is informed advising! Rigorous

Course Selection Accelerate d Credit Experienti al Learning Communit y College Informed

Advising Gap Year Tuition Reimburse ment Part-time workstudy Loan forgiveness

Do you understand all of the options well enough to advise students and parents about them? Once you do, how will you share the information with your audience? Who will your audience be? What will your delivery format be? Action Steps As I prepare to launch into the 2012-13 school year, I commit to the following: _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ Thanks for attending!

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