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Eligible students – typically those who were eligible for the free- and reduced-price lunch program, signed up in 7th or 8th grade (the deadline is June 30 at the end of the 8th grade year). Students pledge to:
Five high school graduates from Tacoma were featured in the The News Tribune. They don’t think of themselves as the Class of 2012, but rather the Class of 2016 as they are all going to college. One of them credits the College Bound Scholarship for playing a role in her success. But, this is only part of their amazing story. Click HERE to read the entire article.
Finding another job after losing one in the Great Recession is proving much harder for people with less education, according to a new study by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.
More than half the employment gains in the economy since the job recovery began in early 2010 have gone to workers with a bachelor’s degree or better, according to the study, titled “The College Advantage: Weathering the Economic Storm.”
To read the entire post, click HERE to be taken to the Washington Student Achievement Council blog.
Setting goals is something you probably do every day – “Today I will clean my room, be on time for work, and help out more at home,” but you may not always achieve those goals. It could be because the goal was unrealistic or because you didn’t have a plan. One way to accomplish your goals is to use the SMART technique.
Let’s do this together. Right now, grab a piece of blank paper and write down a goal. My goal for this exercise will be “I want to go to college.” Write down two goals if you want, or three. And they don’t have to be about school. They could be about a job, your relationship, or just life.
We’re going to use the SMART acronym to help us make our goal stronger, focused, and attainable. Here’s what SMART means:
Look at your goal as we go through this and make changes and edits. Here we go!
Be specific about what you want to accomplish. A specific goal should answer the five “Ws” by the time you’ve worked through it. What exactly do you want and why? Who might be involved besides yourself? Is there a specific location and when does this need to be completed. Use action words, be clear, and be specific.
My goal before SMART = I want to go to college.
My goal now = I want to go to college and graduate with a degree.
Think of your goal as a project. If you can’t measure it, how do you know if you succeeded in achieving it? For example, if your goal is to be a good baseball player, you need to consider what ‘good’ means? Do you want to reach a certain number of hits? Increase your RBI? Zero errors all season? Use something that can be measured or counted. And, your goal doesn’t have to be one sentence. Think of it as a plan. Consider the steps you’ll need to take to meet your goal. Then, measure your progress to stay on track. Each little step along the way becomes a victory as you work towards success.
My goal now = I want to graduate from college with a Bachelor’s degree.
Make sure your goals are reasonable. Would it be realistic to say, “I want to graduate college next year” if I haven’t even started yet? Get real. Goals that are important to you are worth doing, but don’t pick a goal so grand that you set yourself up for failure. If you haven’t already decided what steps you need to take to reach your goal, do it now.
Accomplishing those steps along the way will help you keep a positive attitude.
My goal now = I will graduate from college with a Bachelor’s degree.
STEPS: Graduate from High School
Be accepted to college
Apply for scholarships to help pay for college
Stay enrolled. Ask for help if I’m having trouble with classes
Choose goals that matter to you and you’ll be motivated to reach them.
If you can answer “yes” to these questions, then your goal is important and relevant:
Does this seem worthwhile?
Is this the right time?
Does this match my needs?
Am I the right person for this goal?
A goal should have a timeframe. Without a deadline, there’s no urgency to reach your goal. “Someday” is not an acceptable timeframe! Once you’ve established a deadline, you can set intermediate timelines along the way and re-evaluate if you need to. And then – get started! Stay focused and you will reach your goal on-time.
My goal now = I will graduate from college with a Bachelor’s degree by the age of 24.
STEPS: Graduate from High School : June 2013
Be accepted to college : April 2013
Complete my FAFSA to apply for financial aid : Jan. 2013
Apply for scholarships to help pay for college : Jan. 2013 – Aug. 2013, Jan. 2014, Jan. 2015, etc.
Stay enrolled. Ask for help if I’m having trouble with classes.
By now, your goal should be more than a few words. It should also be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Timely. Now, pin it up on the wall, or to the refrigerator and get to work.
In the next article about Goal Setting, we’ll go over the Top 10 ways to achieve EVERY goal you set for yourself!
You can earn an approved degree or certificate at a Washington public community or technical college, public four-year institution, an eligible independent college or university or private career school. Click HERE to see the complete list of eligible institutions:
Public institutions are supported by the state and may be either four- or two-year colleges or universities.
Examples of public four-year institutions: University of Washington, Washington State University, Eastern Washington University, The Evergreen State College, etc. There are six public four-year institutions in Washington.
Examples of public two-year institutions: Tacoma Community College, Pierce College, Spokane Falls Community College, Yakima Valley College, Grays Harbor College, South Seattle Community College, Skagit Valley College, Peninsula College, Seattle Vocational Institute, etc. There are 35 public two-year institutions in Washington.
Private not-for-profit institutions are independent (they are not supported by state government) and may have been established by a church. Examples of not-for-profit four-year institutions: Seattle University, Pacific Lutheran University, University of Puget Sound, Whitman College, Whitworth College, Walla Walla University, Heritage University, Cornish College of the Arts, etc. There are 17 not-for-profit four-year institutions in Washington.
Private for-profit career colleges are businesses and may be two- or four-year colleges.
Examples of for-profit career colleges: Art Institute of Seattle, Divers Institute of Technology, Gene Juarez Academy, Everest College in Renton, and Lucas Marc Academy.
You may use your College Bound Scholarship at any of the institutions named above. Remember that the College Bound Scholarship is based on the tuition rates at public institutions. Tuition at the private and for-profit colleges is typically much higher than public (state) institutions. For the complete list of eligible colleges, click HERE.
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Are you a super athlete? Read more about becoming a professional athlete here: www.bls.gov/k12/sports02.htm
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And – Washington state has it’s own unique site where you can learn about jobs and careers, find which jobs match your interests and $ee how much you can earn at these jobs. Go to www.careerbridge.wa.gov and try it for yourself.
From Bellingham to Vancouver and over to Pullman, the four-year public universities offer exciting options throughout our state.
What do you mean by “the four-year publics?”
We are the colleges and universities in Washington, supported by the state, that offer bachelor’s (B.A.) and master’s (M.A.) degrees. In the case of UW and WSU, we also offer doctoral and professional degrees. We vary tremendously in size (think Evergreen and the Seattle campus of the UW) and location (downtown Tacoma and the cattle ranches near Ellensburg). We offer different majors and activities on campus. What we all share is a belief that everyone in our state should have access to education.
I’m really not ready to choose a college yet. How can I keep my options open?
1. Choose the high school classes suggested under the BETTER!! or BEST!!! columns of the College Bound Scholarship “Good! Better!! BEST!!!” chart. The Good column provides the minimum requirements for admission to four-year public universities. Following the guidelines in the Better! or BEST! columns will make a a more competitive applicant when it comes time to apply, so challenge yourself.
2. Take the SAT or ACT. You may decide to start at a community college and transfer to one of us, or you may choose a school that doesn’t require the SAT or ACT. That’s just fine. For now, it’s important not to close any doors too early. These tests are used not just in admissions but also in awarding some scholarships.
2. When you’re ready, visit our campuses. Some may be close by! Six hours is the farthest you would have to drive to get to a university in Washington – take a road trip! The information you gather about us will empower you to make an informed choice. Many universities also have branch campuses or cooperative programs with other colleges. Explore your options.
Glossary of terms used in this article
MAJOR – A subject you study in depth in college. Some you may have heard of, like psychology, business, or art. Others may be more unusual, like forensic science or comparative ethnic studies.
SAT and ACT – are the most widely used college admissions tests in the U.S. all the four-year publics accept both tests equally.
This article was contributed by our friends at the University of Washington-Tacoma.
College is in your future even if you are undecided about what you want to be (carpenter, explorer, investigator, animal trainer, teacher, chef) or study (music, history, psychology, criminology, art, or business). Don’t worry – it takes a long time to make such a big decision, and you may even enter college without knowing precisely what career path you want. However, there are things you can do now to help you make the right decision later. Watch this video to learn a little more about choosing a career path.
Job or Career?
A job is something you will probably have when you are in high school or college. You might work in a restaurant, a movie theater, or in a shop at the mall. You could even be an entrepreneur and work for yourself as a babysitter, car washer, or landscaper. These jobs do not require a lot of experience or training – employers know that you are just starting and will usually train you.
A career requires training and education beyond high school. Police officers, teachers, chefs, lawyers, mechanics, and carpenters are just some examples of the many careers available. People who follow a career path, not just move from job to job make more money, have benefits such as: longer vacations and better health care, and enjoy their work more. Why? Because they have found something that they do well, love doing, and have worked hard to better themselves in their chosen field.
One Step at a Time
A job is often a good way to decide on a career. Let’s say that your first job as a teenager is to sell electronics. You may discover that you are a great salesperson and that you are very interested in how the business operates. Or, you could get a job in a restaurant and instantly realize that you hate it – it’s too busy, people are sometimes grouchy, and your co-workers may be years older than you. These types of experiences will help you understand yourself better. You will learn what makes you happy (nice co-workers, selling a good product) or what you don’t like (low pay, stressful environment).
Talk to your parents, older siblings, or relatives. Ask them about their work – Do they like it? Is it satisfying? How did they choose it? What advice can they give you? Listen to their stories and learn from their experience. By doing this you can work toward having a career in your future, not just a job.
In other articles, we’ll discuss how to find careers that might fit you. In the meantime, here are some websites where you can investigate potential career pathways.