May 1, 2018

If you have registered for college classes for next Fall… please read over the following…..

Checklist for enrollment in Hutchinson Community College courses Fall 2018 at Inman High School

                                        

Follow the steps below to start earning college credit while you are still in High School!

Application: If you haven’t already, complete the online application for admission as soon as possible, found at: http://www.hutchcc.edu/apply. You will need your social security number for the application process. If you have taken classes with HCC before, you do not need to complete the application again.

Course Options: Please see Mr. Pfannenstiel for a list of courses offered at Inman High School and let him know what courses you would like to enroll in. If you are interested in taking additional HCC courses (online, in Hutchinson or at the McPherson Center), please access the full schedule of HCC courses at www.hutchcc.edu.

Assessments: Students need to have qualifying assessment scores in order to be eligible to take some college courses (English and Math) with HCC. Please see Mr. Pfannenstiel to make sure you have adequate assessment scores or for further information about how to qualify for courses. CNA is the only Excel in CTE course that requires a placement score.

Enrollment: HCC staff will enroll you as soon as assessment scores are verified. High School students cannot enroll themselves online. Please make sure Mr. Pfannenstiel is aware of the course(s) you would like to be enrolled in.

Confirming your intent: Upon enrollment, please confirm your intent through DragonZone by completing the following process:

Go to www.hutchcc.edu and click on DragonZone, found under Connect with HCC.

Your Username and Password will be e-mailed to the e-mail address you submitted on your HCC application within

15 minutes. If you did not enter an e-mail address on your HCC application, you will need to call Tech Support at

620-665-3524 for assistance.

Should you forget your username or password you will need to request your credentials by clicking the button that

says “Account Help”. Follow the prompts and enter your HCC ID or SSN# and Date of Birth and then click ‘Forgot Password.’ Your Username and a temporary password will be e-mailed to the e-mail address you submitted on your HCC application.   Once you have your Username and Password, log into DragonZone.   Complete any profile and informational screens that pop-up. Read the screens carefully and follow on screen instructions. Confirming your intent locks in your course schedule and obligates you financially for your courses.

 Keep your Username and Password in a safe place, you will need this information to access your grades, check

your HCC e-mail, print statements, etc.

 You must confirm your intent to receive college credit for your transcript.

 Tuition Payment: After confirming intent, billing statements can be viewed in your DragonZone account and a paper bill for your HCC course(s) will be mailed directly to your home to your attention. Payment can be made online, at the McPherson Center, or the Business Office in Hutchinson. A College Green payment plan can be set up online through your DragonZone account under “My Account”. A delay in payment could result in late fees being assessed to your account. Courses covered under Excel in CTE are tuition free. Please make sure payment arrangements are in place by September 15, 2018.

 Books: Textbook information and estimated prices can be accessed through your DragonZone account. You can purchase your textbook(s) by coming to the Campus Store in McPherson or Hutchinson (Parker Student Union), or ordering your textbook(s) over the phone by calling the Campus Store at 620-665-3517 and requesting they be shipped to your home for an additional fee. Please make sure you have your textbook(s) for your HCC course(s) by the start date of the course.

 Drop/Refund/Withdraw: Information regarding deadlines for drop/refund/withdraw can be found on your schedule in your DragonZone account. Course schedule changes must be done with both your high school Counselor and HCC.

                        

                                        

Dragon Zone Guardian Account Request

                                        

Do you want your parents or guardians to have access to your account information? If so, use the following steps to grant Guardian Account with Dragon Zone.

                                        

1) Go to: www.hutchcc.edu

2) Click on the link for Dragon Zone

3) Click on the “Guardian Account Request”

4) Follow directions on screen to give them access to grades, statements, etc.

                                        

Helpful Terms to Know

                                        

Application: Completing application for admission via the HCC public website, no application fee.

                                        

Enrollment: Adding a student’s name to the HCC course roster in the HCC system after completion of the application and assessments. HCC staff will enroll all high school students.

                                        

Drop: Student initiated removal from course roster during add/drop/refund period. A refund will be given if course is dropped.

                                        

Withdraw: Student initiated removal from course after drop date but before withdraw date. A “W” will appear on transcript and no refund will be given.

                                        

Confirmation of Intent: Student’s acceptance of their HCC schedule and the financial obligation for their HCC class(es).

                                        

STEP AHEAD PROGRAM

                                        

Take some classes from HCC while you’re attending a Kansas high School. After you graduate, enroll and attend full-time at HCC for your freshman year and we will reimburse you the cost you have spent on tuition. It’s as easy as that!

                                        

                                                                         

                        

                

April 27, 2018

Registration for the June ACT session is set for Friday, May 4th.  This is not a test date we recommend but if it works for you make sure you get registered.  

I will be giving the Accuplacer test from now til the end of school for those of you who want Comp and haven’t qualified.  See me a day or two before you want to test to get a time set up.  You will need your HCC Student ID from when you enrolled.  The test is not timed and is a “modified” version of the English ACT section.  Once you test I wills end the answer sheet to HCC to be scored and they in turn will respond with an email about your score.

April 13, 2018

Juniors, might take a look at this brochure from Salina Tech.  They are really opening up a lot of options for students.  The full website is at http://www.salinatech.edu/ and has details for multiple majors.  Salina Tech also offers summer school so if any of you are looking at jumpstarting college in an area that we don’t have at HCC or near us please take a look.

April 11, 2018

Juniors, if you are planning on taking college courses next year on our campus you need to check DragonZone and confirm the classes you want.  Textbooks and cost for the tuition will show up as HCC finishes scheduling so keep checking over the next few weeks.

See me if you have an online class or something incorrect and I can get HCC to fix it right away for you.

April 6, 2018

As you enter your senior year if you are looking at Kansas State University please check the following information below about the scholarships they offer based on ACT & GPA.

Butler County Community College is hosting “Grizzly Junior Day”on Wednesday, April 25, from 9:30 a.m. -12 pm.  To register visit butlercc.edu/junior-day 

Juniors, some of you I know are looking for majors and options.  I received this in an email yesterday and it might be well worth your time to investigate these options about 40 minutes to our north in Salina…. SATC has not sent any recruiters our way but I was really intrigued by all the offerings and the summer options.  All their CTE classes are free for you as a high school student.  If we were a little closer what a great option.  Their majors of Police Science and Criminal Justice is also a good option for students.

Good afternoon from Salina Area Technical College!

 

 

How SATC can benefit students:

SATC has programs simply not available in some parts of the state:

High school students who come on campus have an incredible scholarship opportunity through our Center of Excellence.

April 3, 2018

Signing up for HCC classes……  Juniors I am ready to send HCC the list of students for each class for next Fall.  In order for HCC to enroll you I have to send the ACT score showing you have met the requirement.  I still do not have the February ACT scores so if you took the test in Feb. and raised your score over the requirement I need to have it on the transcript so please get me a copy of it asap.  

The options of classes right now for the 1st semester are Public Speaking for 1st hour, Human Relations or an on line elective (Microcomputers or Macroeconomics) for 2nd hour and Comp I for 4th hour.  As of this spring ---- to take any elective through HCC you no longer have to obtain a Reading score of 17 on the ACT ----so all students are eligible regardless.  That being said I can schedule you right away for electives.  

To qualify for Comp I you still must have a 20 on the the English Section of the ACT or again take the Accuplacer with me and meet the required score which is a 69 on the placement test.  I can give you an Accuplacer most any given time of the day in the next few weeks.  

An Accuplacer test will run 20-25 minutes and is a modified ACT section for both Reading and English.  You can prep for this test by reviewing old ACT tests, doing practice questions, etc..  We always advise to take the Accuplacer after prepping with some ACT work.  

April 2, 2018

Juniors a reminder to start getting serious about the college classes you wish to take next year and continue the research as to which you need for your planned major in college.  Later this week we will start asking you to sign up for those you want and HCC will upload the list to your Dragonzone.  If you have not qualified yet realize there is still time through the April ACT and then the Accuplacer test if you want to take that with me.

If you are not sure if your major requires a specific class don’t hesitate to go to the Hutchcc.edu link and click on “Find a major” to check.

Juniors signed up for the Junior Day--- a reminder to get your college visit sheets turned in to the office today.  You may have your folks call if need be but the signed sheet from the staff needs to be turned in.  

Lynette Hilty has sent the list of those of you who have signed up.  Make sure you check in between 9:30-10:00 am in the Sports Arena.  If you cannot attend for some reason tomorrow let us know, ex. Sick, etc.. as HCC will be calling you, us at school and your folks to see where you are.  As a college visit you don’t need to be back at school.  If you have track, softball, baseball or golf though please plan accordingly so you are on time for your activity.  

March 26, 2018

Juniors, Tuesday, April 3rd HCC is hosting their Junior Days.  To sign up please go to www.hutchcc.edu/juniorday and register.  

2019 Juniors Welcome to Blue Dragon Junior Day Sign up!

Junior Day will be held on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

Begin your college planning process by learning more about HutchCC at our event.

Enjoy information sessions, a campus tour, prizes, and a free lunch.

Check in is from 9:30 am to 10:00 am in the Hutchinson Sports Arena off of 11th street (South entrance).

Sign up Now!

Juniors, if you are planning on taking any college classes through HCC next Fall --- please stop by my office this week and set up your Dragonzone account.  This is similar to your Powerschool account for Inman HS.  This account will house your grades, build your transcript, keep your personal information, etc.. for college.  You will need to have your SS# to create this account.  If it is in Powerschool, I can have you set up in about 5 minutes

March 22, 2018

Juniors, several of you have been receiving invitations to K-States Open House on Saturday, April 7th.  They have contacted me for your information to invite you.  This is a legitimate activity to attend if you want to.  This is a tradition that highlights academic and student life opportunities at Kansas State University.  Exhibits will promote over 250 academic programs and more than 475 campus organizations.  There is free entertainment, career exploration opportunities and student research exhibits that you can see.  For more information about K-State Open House including a schedule of events visit www.k-state.edu/openhouse   A great opportunity for you to see the campus and the various programs.

Junior girls, a reminder that registration is now open for Sunflower Girls State 2018 sponsored by the American Legion.  A number of you are receiving letters from the McPherson American Legion about attending and if you are interested please consider attending one of the meetings with the American Legion.  They typically sponsor the $300 payment if you want to attend.  See me if you need help applying.  The registration link can be found at www.ksgirlsstate.org  (note that it states this site is currently under construction--it will be live shortly)  Deadline for registration is set for May 1.  

I have put the registration form on the Senior Scholarship page for you to see what it looks like.

February 23, 2018

Juniors, if you are looking for an internship this summer you might glance over the following website put together by NexTech.  The closest 2 businesses are in McPherson but both are seeking college interns.  You might find a business though that you have another connection with in the list.

https://www.nex-tech.com/About/Community/Nex-Generation/InternshipApplication.aspx?utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=60687028&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8APyfgJbb36I4z-OzGLtCYdBDHGbY5ZLgmoynHFr4EtphJqiHwqy0K0XXiIYicWq94i1U7wW81ffeWeDxSZFf8BLWzjg&_hsmi=60687028

February 21, 2018

A reminder that Hutchinson Community College will be here recruiting next Wednesday, February, 28 during Home Room.  If HCC is in your future plans even just for college classes your senior year, you need to attend this if at all possible.  Lynette Hilty will share information about the Step Ahead program they offer as well as details for scholarships.  We will most likely meet in the Commons or orange gym.

February 13, 2018

The American Legion Auxiliary Sunflower Girls State program will be held June 3-8, 2018 on the campus of the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS.

ALA Girls State is a nation-wide, American Legion Auxiliary program, focusing on the promotion of Americanism and good citizenship & leadership. ALA Sunflower Girls State was first held in 1939 and except for two years during World War II has been held annually.

Outstanding young women chosen to participate in the program will learn the duties and responsibilities of citizenship through hands-on participation as citizens of Sunflower Girls State. Our program is open to young women who are current Juniors.

The Sunflower Girls State program receives support from citizens, civic groups, and other organizations interested in good government. Speakers have included elected officials, state employees, and community volunteers. These speakers help to inspire the Sunflower Girls State Citizens to take a more active role in public service.

The Citizens of Sunflower Girls State are chosen for their high moral character, leadership, scholarship, and interest in government.

Deadline for registration is May 1, 2018. Participants may be sponsored by their local American Legion Auxiliary Unit or may pay their own registration. More information can be found in the attached poster or at ​www.ksgirlsstate.org.

January, 31, 2018

Juniors, any of you looking at WSU…...

Black & Yellow Days these spring programs are great for seniors who are not yet admitted and ideal for all juniors

Feb. 16, April 9, April 13

8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

For HS juniors and seniors

$15 per student; $5 per guest

This program gives students a glimpse into Shocker Nation. They have opportunities to attend academic and student life sessions, eat lunch in Shocker Hall, take tours of various buildings and labs, and connect with current Shockers.  Sign up at wichita.edu/visit and click on Admissions Events.

January 29, 2018

Junior Boys…. The 81st session of the American Legion Boys State of Kansas will be held on the campus of Kansas State University from Sunday, June 3rd to Friday, June 8th, 2018.  If you are interested in attending or have heard bits and pieces about Boys State but aren’t sure what it is about please go to www.kansasboysstate.org  This website should give you a lot of details about what Boys State is.  We have multiple senior boys who attended that would be willing to sit down with you and share information.  

This morning I received a letter from Dan Hervey, McPherson American Legion Post 24 asking for names of all male students in the top half of the class.  You will receive some type of letter from Dan asking you if you are interested in attending.  If you are please follow the timeline set forth in the letter.  Our local American Legion Post tries to pay for any McPherson County student wanting to attend so watch for this letter if you have an interest.  For more details you can contact Max Harman who attended last summer.

Junior Girls….The American Legion Auxiliary will again sponsor Girls State the week of June 3-8, 2018 on the campus of the University of Kansas.  If you are interested in attending or have heard just a little information about this experience and want more details please go to http://www.ksgirlsstate.org/ for more information.  There will be local meetings information posted later this spring.  I have just got message from our local American Legion Post and you will be getting letters with information also.

 

Jan. 2, 2018

The registration for the Feb. 10th ACT test date is set for Friday, Jan. 12th not the 5th as I originally had!!!.  Please get signed up if you are needing to test for the first time, raise scores to qualify for college classes, qualify for admissions standards or are trying to meet scholarship levels.

**I am sending each of you a registration form for the ACT Prep Class through a Powerschool email.  If you wish to take the class you can bring the form back to me or give it to Mindy in the office with the $40.  The deadline is set for Wednesday, Jan. 17th.  We do need 25 students to participate to hold this workshop on our campus.  I will open the registration to both the Junior class and the Soph class.  We have had numerous students participate in these workshops at KSU, WSU and last year at Lyons and have had all favorable reviews about the help they have received.  This would be a great investment for those of you who are planning on going on to college and want your ACT as high as you can get it.  

Dec. 20, 2017

Juniors, we are trying to organize an ACT Prep Workshop to be held here on our campus on Wednesday, Jan. 31st from 10:30 a.m. -3:00 p.m.  We have messaged your parents and have given you each a flier with some of the details on it.  We will finalize the workshop after we return from break but wanted you to have the information and at least be thinking about it before January.  I will give each of you a registration form the week you come off of break.

Tentative details:

Dec. 5, 2017

Announcing a Free Trip to Sweden for Fall 2018 Freshmen

In an announcement to Kansas high school administrators and counselors this morning, Bethany College President Will Jones revealed the college is launching the Swedes to Sweden program. Beginning in the 2018 Fall Semester, any first-time freshman starting at Bethany will be eligible for a free seven to 10-day service-learning trip to Sweden at the completion of their sophomore year. This study-abroad opportunity will engage the entire sophomore class and be led by Bethany faculty, staff, and alumni.

“It is great to be a Bethany Swede! Over the past 12 months, we have welcomed the largest freshman class in the history of the college, completed a strategic planning process, received the largest single gift in the history of the college, achieved reaffirmation of our accreditation, and closed on a loan from the USDA to purchase New Hall and refinance our existing debt. The Swedes to Sweden program is another win for Bethany students, faculty, staff, and alumni,” said President Jones.

According to some of the best research on higher education, high-impact practices like common intellectual experiences, learning communities, collaborative assignments and projects, global learning, and service learning result in significantly better learning outcomes, increased GPAs, better persistence, higher-rates of student-faculty interaction, and greater appreciation for diversity. They are also the types of experiences that employers value as well.

Bruce Karstadt (’73), President and CEO at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota, commended the college for “looking to the future” in regards to student international experience. “Bethany College and the Smoky Valley region have a heritage deeply rooted in Sweden.  And while I cherish these historic connections, this program is about the world today and the kind of world we want for tomorrow,” he said.  “This is such an incredible opportunity for younger generations to gain modern insights into a country that serves as a global leader in sustainability, gender equality and human rights.  A service-learning project in Sweden will give Bethany students an invaluable international experience for personal growth, and one which is increasingly important for professional success, as well.  I’m so proud of my alma mater for this bold investment in tomorrow’s leaders.”

Bethany College has enjoyed a special relationship with Sweden since beginning in 1881. Many of those involved in the founding of Bethany College, and have served the college through the years, have sustained strong identifications with Sweden. The college benefits from this rich heritage long celebrated in Lindsborg, known as Little Sweden, USA. Bethany students participate in festivals such as Svensk Hyllningsfest, Midsummer’s Day, and the St. Lucia Festival. The Bethany College Swedes have won more conference championships than any team in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference. The Pearson Distinguished Professor of Swedish Studies has enriched the educational experience on campus for almost 20 years. Exchange programs with Karlstad University and Linnaeus University in Sweden have also benefited Bethany students and in return brought international students to campus.

During the strategic planning process last academic year, Bethany College identified its Swedish identity as one of the distinguishing characteristics of the college to be strengthened over the next five years. One significant initiative that was named in the Bethany, Arise! strategic plan was the sophomore class trip to Sweden. The details for the program will undergo further refinement in the coming year. College officials stated Swedes to Sweden is being made possible thanks to the generous philanthropic support of alumni and friends and stronger net revenue.

“I am very excited for our students, faculty, staff, and alumni. The Bethany learning and living environment will be enhanced thanks to this effort,” President Jones said. “Imagine the conversations, thoughts, and dreams Swedes to Sweden will spark during the coming years.”

Nov. 27, 2017

Juniors, if you are taking the ACT in a couple of weeks please make sure you are doing some prep work.  If you need old tests please stop by and see me.  If you want online materials please check with Mrs. Jordan.  

Any of you applying for the Ark Valley Scholarship a reminder the application is due in the Ark Valley office by this Friday, Dec. 1 at 5:00 pm.  See me if you have questions.

Those of you who ACT tested in October, I still don’t have the results.  If you have them and want to discuss and set goals before the next test please see me.

Barton County will not be here today recruiting.  Butler County will be here recruiting on Wednesday and that will close out the Fall visits to our campus.  

Have you made your college or vo-tech visits this Fall?  If not, what are your plans?  

Your Post High School Plans & Career Cruising Information:  wanted to share with you some more details about Career Cruising and what we are hoping you will use it for.

I know that sometimes we seemingly have to “jump” through hoops for the state to meet requirements.  It is typical of all jobs in some respects.  The Career Cruising we are asking you to use once a month this 1st semester does meet a state requirement with your 4 year plans but it also gives you an opportunity to set solid plans and have good information that really does help you in the long run as you make plans.

Our goal as a staff was to make this process as simple as possible and yet productive.  We hoped to cover the following for you by using 1 home room a month…..

                

Sept-  Checked Learning Styles & took an Interest Inventory.

                Oct-  Each student was to pick 2-3 careers of interest and find some details

 about the career so they know if it fits their plan or not.

Nov- Each student was asked to research a Vo-Tech, Speciality School or College

 that had their major or career.

Dec- Students will be asked to set a couple of short term and long term goals that

 fit with their 4 year plan.

Jan- Your Teacher Advisor will meet with you to go over all the details you have

           entered in your plan this year.  

Jan-  You will begin work on your resume in your English class.  This is a resume

you will use for scholarship work, entry into schools at the next level, for

 job applications, etc..

After this is finished we are ready to enroll for your senior year.  

If you are behind any of the sessions where you need to be ---Mrs. Jordan, Mr. Weinbrenner, myself or your advisor would gladly help you if you ask.  

Our KU Recruiter, Christina Rudolph wanted to remind any of you who are looking at KU about the visit dates this spring.

Nov. 13, 2017

From KSU…..

Greetings from Manhattan!

 

It is hard to believe that we have turned the calendars from October to November! I am excited to see what the rest of the semester has in store! I included some additional information on some exciting opportunities for students considering K-State!

 

Junior Day

Juniors are invited to visit K-State for a Junior Day to explore all the opportunities available as future students. There are three remaining open dates this semester, December 1st, December 4th and December 8th. If they are not able to make any of those dates, we'll also have several Junior Days in the spring. The program begins at 8:30 AM and will end at 4:00 PM. For more information and to register, visit http://www.k-state.edu/admissions/juniors.

 

 

As always please let me know if you have any questions. I’m happy to help!

 

Go ‘Cats!

Courtney Carlton

Admissions Representative

New Student Services

Berney Family Welcome Center

Nov. 6, 2017

Juniors, I have uploaded the Ark Valley Electric Scholarship application to the USD 448 Senior Scholarship website.  To enter this local scholarship contest you have to be a current member of Ark Valley Electric.  This is a scholarship that will involve either writing an essay or putting together a short multi-media video.  The first place winner will receive an all expense paid trip to Steamboat Springs, Colorado and a one time $1000 scholarship.  The 2nd place winner will receive a $500 scholarship.  Deadline is set for December 1, 2017.  Finalists will make their presentation to a panel of judges and answer any questions regarding their presentation.  The two winners will be selected and notified by January 1, 2018.

If you would prefer a paper copy of the application please stop by the office.

Nov. 1, 2017

A reminder that ACT registration deadline is set for this Friday.  Make sure you get registered at ACT.org.  If you need to change your email address due to our switch to K-12 this year please see me and I will call and help you.  Wait time on the ACT helpline is about 12-20 minutes for each call so let me try to help you.

Several of you do not have photo ID’s for the test date.  See me for a form that you will have to give to the test site proctor to be able to test.  A drivers license works best for proof of ID.  The form I give you will have your school pic on it and our school seal to get you in for testing.  

Why such a push this week to get you registered?  Visiting with our upper classmen each year they share with me the pressure of taking the ACT late in the Jr. year if they haven’t started or haven’t qualified for classes, schools or programs they want to pursue.  Those of you wanting to go on to college, be recruited or wanting to earn scholarships--- make sure you realize the ACT along with the GPA are the initial “cuts” that either keep students from their goals or can lift them to many opportunities.  We can talk all we want to about it simply being a “test” score but it does hold the key to many of your future plans.  That’s why we are wanting you to get registered, get a test taken and then set goals!  See me if you need to.

Cut scores on the ACT--- as the seniors are finishing the first semester here is what we are seeing that might benefit you for next year and as you set your goals:

        

Oct. 26, 2017

Juniors, Kansas Newman is here today recruiting during Home Room and then NCKTC out of Beloit & Hays is here next Wednesday during Home Room and Lunch.  I still think NCKTC is the strongest of the Tech schools in the state with programs in Heavy Equipment Operation, Bricklaying, Electrical Tech, Carpentry, Plumbing, Heating & Air, Culinary Arts, Automotive, Diesel, etc…  If you are interested in any of these programs please plan on visiting with the rep when is on campus.

If you & the folks are on Ark Valley Electric a reminder they give away a couple of scholarships and a trip every year to outstanding high school juniors & seniors.  I have not received the scholarship app yet this Fall and have called a couple of times but no response yet.  You might have the folks contact your branch office and see if they can get you an application.  I attached the flier from their website but found no application yet.

Oct. 23, 2017

Juniors, the first 9 weeks is finished and I want you to think about several things….

Oct. 19, 2017

Bethany College is off to a strong start this year, recruiting the largest incoming class in Bethany’s history!  Thanks to friends of the college and The Good Life Scholarship, Bethany College welcomed 75 students from McPherson and Saline county high schools this fall!

 

The week of December 4th will be a historic time as well at Bethany.  For just the 14th time in Bethany’s 136 year history, we will be inaugurating a new President. Will Jones arrived in Lindsborg and at Bethany just over a year ago, and what a blessing it has been! The installation of President Jones will be held on Friday, December 8th, and, in conjunction with the installation service, the Admissions office will be hosting a Good Life Preview Day!

Students from McPherson and Saline county high schools are invited to campus at 8:30am for a tour of campus and to interact with other students and faculty on our campus.

 

There will be a presentation on The Good Life Scholarship followed by the installation service for President Jones in Presser Hall. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn more not just about Bethany College and the college selection process, but, attend an event with dignitaries and speakers that will be memorable.

For questions or to RSVP for this event, please contact Matt Pfannenstiel, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, at pfannenstielmm@bethanylb.edu by November 1st.

Juniors, a few of you have set up your recruiting visits but not many.  You need to get this done if you are going yet this Fall.  It is very important for you to get out and see some schools that you are interested in before they get to Thanksgiving Break and Finals.  See me if you need help.

The next ACT Test is coming up next Saturday, Oct. 28th and I know not many of you are signed up for it but those of you who are please give your best effort.  If you have not taken the ACT test yet, please get signed up for the Dec. test date if it works.  The big priority for a lot of you if you want college classes next year is to meet the minimum scores on the ACT and it can take several test dates for students to meet all those score minimums.  Don’t keep putting it off as you will quickly run out of time!

Some updates….

Thursday, Oct. 19                Fort Hays State Recruiting Home Room (Conference Room)

Monday, Oct. 23                FAFSA Parent Meeting 6:30 pm (Auditorium)

Thursday, Oct. 26                Kansas Newman Recruiting Home Room (Conference Room)

Saturday, Oct. 28                ACT Test Date

Wednesday, Nov. 1                NCKTC (Beloit & Hays) Recruiting Home Room (Conf. Room)

Friday, Nov. 3                        ACT Registration Deadline for the December Test Date

Tuesday, Nov. 7                Career Expo A.M. at the Hutch Mall

Saturday Nov. 11                ACT Workshop at WSU, Wichita Campus

                        (Form on the USD 448 Scholarship Website)

Wednesday, Nov. 15                KU Recruiting Home Room (Conference Room)

Saturday, Dec. 9                ACT Test

Oct. 9, 2017

Juniors, this week Sterling College is recruiting on Tuesday.  We are doing more Career Cruising work on this Friday so please use the time to focus on what you want to major in and to research any career path or school you need to.  

It is time to start using your college visit days or at least getting them set up.   We are at “mid term” time for colleges which as the half-way point of the semester is full of tests, papers due, etc..  For a lot of you the first 3 weeks of November are the best times for you to be making college visits.  Please start getting organized with this.  I will help any way I can.  The simplest of the visits to HCC or the Vo-Tech are still very valuable in your decision making process.

Monday, Oct. 23, I will have Matt Pfannenstiel, Dean of Admissions & Financial Aid from Bethany here on campus from 6:30-7:15 to share with your folks FAFSA information and answer any questions they have.  We will meet in the auditorium.  Now as juniors, we realize you are not ready to fill out the FAFSA yet but your folks might find this presentation helpful.  I will meet with all of you students next Fall to discuss Financial Aid in detail.

Sept. 29th, 2017

I wanted to share a copy of a questionable letter one of our students received about recruiting.  Check this out on the page below.  This is an example of an agency who will try to get you to sign and pay for a package at $199 up to thousands of dollars and in return for you paying them they are promising to get you aid & scholarships.  Never, Never pay money to an agency like this!!  If you get letters like these please let me see them if you have any questions and I will call just like I did on this one.

Sept. 25th, 2017

Juniors, a couple of reminders….

A week from today, Monday, Oct. 2nd, we will be taking you to Hutch High’s Activity Center to the local College Planning Conference.  We will leave at the end of 1st hour, just meet up at the front office and have you back before home room.  You should have a lot of colleges, vo-techs, specialty schools in attendance that don’t come to our campus to visit.  Please make the most of this opportunity to meet recruiters and pick up information.  

It is optional, but HCC recommends that you look over the attachment below and then go to the following link ( www.gotocollegefairs.com) and register to attend this CPC.  The benefits of registering prior to attending is that it will get your information to the schools recruiting you so they have a record of you.  Then when you attend you don’t have to stand in line and fill out paperwork.  You will have a barcode on your phone that you just show the recruiter and it will upload automatically.  

Steps to register:  

  1. Go to the link listed above
  2. Click on Student Registration (orange box)
  3. Once you have registered click on Add a Fair (select Ks and the the Hutchinson CPC)
  4. This will allow students to sign up prior to the event and then print off a bar code to bring with them that day.  This barcode helps students be able to see more college's and visit with them in more detail instead of spending the time completing the prospect card.

If you missed the ACT Deadline last Friday and still want to test you can still register with a late registration fee.  See me if you need help.

SSgt. Villareal will be here tomorrow recruiting for the Army National Guard during lunch.  If you have an interest please stop by and visit with him.

Wichita State is here recruiting today during Lunch….  Please come eat with them if you have an interest.  The recruiter wanted me to share the following with you:

I just wanted to inform you about this opportunity for your students to experience WSU’s campus. Please feel free to pass this information on to any students who you know are interested in Wichita State! If you’re curious, please see the schedule below:

 

Here is what we have planned for the day:

8:30 a.m.         Check-in and Shocker Experience Fair

9:00 a.m.         Black and Yellow Day Welcome Session

9:30 a.m.         Academic & Student Life Sessions

11:00 a.m.        Lunch & Get to Know You Activities

12:40 a.m.       Tours of campus, buildings & labs

2:00 p.m.         Closing Session

2:30 p.m.         Optional Campus Tour

 

 

 

 

 

Black and Yellow Days are the perfect way for students get a taste of college life. They will learn about the seven academic colleges, hear advice about their college search, speak with current WSU students, get a tour of campus, plus lunch and a Shocker t-shirt!

 

Wichita State Black and Yellow Day

Friday, Oct. 13

Or

Monday, Oct. 30

 

Space is limited and online registration is required. The cost to attend is $15 per student and $5 for each guest which covers lunch, program materials, and a Shocker t-shirt for the student.

 

To RSVP, go to wichita.edu/visit and click on Admissions Events or call (316) 978-3085.

Sept. 18th, 2017

Juniors this will certainly be a busy week with Homecoming---please try to fit into your schedule time to meet with any of the recruiters you need to…

Tuesday:        Bethany

Thursday:        Emporia State

**Reminder:  ACT Registration is set for this Friday for the Oct. 28th Test Date.  Check your calendars and register if you need to at ACT.org    See me if you need help!

From Friday’s Career Cruising results…. I would like you to think about something.  If your results in your Learning Style Interest Inventory came back that you were highly Auditory as a learner---I would caution you to be careful about looking at “online classes” for your senior year and especially the college classes without the instructor present to give details and explain.  See me if you have questions about this.  

If you are interested in pursuing a degree in Engineering check out the following 2 fliers from Kansas State University:

KSU’s Engineering Programs…..

Juniors, if you are interested in Pitt State and their Technology Department -- check out the following….

Juniors, Barton County CC has numerous scholarship offers available any given year.  Check out the following list to have an idea of what they actually offer.

Sept. 13th, 2017

As you complete your work in Career Cruising this Friday please go to the Link below and check off what you completed in that seminar time.  

 https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1cXGp2uOAY_eqNpyQJZ0LBf8jK8HqMRx0sHkK536D_zg/edit?ts=59b2c02e

Sept. 11, 2017

This week KSU PolyTech out of Salina is recruiting Tuesday, Sept. 12th during home room --- check out the following info including majors to see if you want to attend….

Sept. 7, 2017

        

        September

Saturday, Sept. 9                ACT Test date

Tuesday, Sept. 12                KSU PolyTech Salina Recruiting Lunch

Tuesday, Sept 19                Bethany College Recruiting Lunch

Thursday, Sept 21                Emporia State Recruiting Lunch        

Monday, Sept. 25                WSU Recruiting Lunch (Conference Room)

Tuesday, Sept. 26                Army Recruiting Lunch (Commons) Ssgt. Villareal

        October

Sunday, Oct. 1                        FAFSA is live for 2018-19 school year

                                        (fafsa.ed.gov)

Monday, Oct. 2                HCC College Planning Day Hutch High SAC

                                        9:00-11:00 am

Saturday, Oct. 7                ACT Workshop at KSU, Olathe site

                                (k-state.edu/admissions/act)

Saturday, Oct. 7                ACT Workshop at WSU, Wichita Campus

                                (Form on the USD 448 Scholarship Website)

Monday, Oct. 9                KSU South Central Ks Senior Day

                                        (k-state.edu/admissions/seniors)        

Saturday, Oct. 14                ACT Workshop at KSU, Manhattan

                                        (k-state.edu/admissions/act)

        Thursday, Oct. 19                Fort Hays State Recruiting Lunch

        Thursday, Oct. 26                Kansas Newman Recruiting Lunch

        Saturday, Oct. 28                ACT Test Date

        Saturday, Nov. 11                ACT Workshop at WSU, Wichita Campus

                                (Form on the USD 448 Scholarship Website)

        Monday, Nov. 13                KSU Junior days--Manhattan Campus

        Friday, Dec. 1                        KSU Junior days--Manhattan Campus

        Monday, Dec. 4                KSU Junior days--Manhattan Campus

        Friday, Dec. 8                        KSU Junior days--Manhattan Campus

                                        (k-state.edu/admissions/juniors)

        Saturday, Jan. 20                ACT Workshop at WSU, Wichita Campus

                                (Form on the USD 448 Scholarship Website

Sept. 6, 2017

We are about 4 weeks away from the College Planning Conference on Monday, Oct. 2nd sponsored by HCC and held at the Hutch High Salthawk Activity Center.  Plans are to take all seniors and juniors to the Planning Fair as there will be dozens of colleges, vocational schools, specialty schools and military recruiters available to meet with you and get you information regarding their options.  Current plans are to leave at the end of 1st hour and be back by Home Room.  

It is optional, but HCC recommends that you look over the attachment below and then go to the following link ( www.gotocollegefairs.com) and register to attend this CPC.  The benefits of registering prior to attending is that it will get your information to the schools recruiting you so they have a record of you.  Then when you attend you don’t have to stand in line and fill out paperwork.  You will have a barcode on your phone that you just show the recruiter and it will upload automatically.  

Steps to register:  

  1. Go to the link listed above
  2. Click on Student Registration (orange box)
  3. Once you have registered click on Add a Fair (select Ks and the the Hutchinson CPC)
  4. This will allow students to sign up prior to the event and then print off a bar code to bring with them that day.  This barcode helps students be able to see more college's and visit with them in more detail instead of spending the time completing the prospect card.

Sept. 5, 2017

From our KSU rep……

Good Morning from K-State!

 

As we are all starting to get into the swing of things after summer, I wanted to reach out to you with key points that would be beneficial to both you and your students.

 

College of Veterinary Medicine Updates

Our College of Veterinary Medicine has recently announced a change in the requirements for our Early Admit program. As you're working with students that may be interested in applying to the College through Early Admit, please see the new requirements below.

 

New Admission Requirements for enrollment in our DVM degree program through our Early Admit Program:

 

 

 

 

 

Visit Campus!

We would love to host students on our campus as they are going through the college search process. Students may call the office of New Student Services to set up a personalized visit to our Manhattan campus Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm.

 

Apply Now!

The dual application for Admissions and Scholarships is available to students to complete at www.k-state.edu/apply. We encourage students to apply early and to reach out to me with any questions! The priority deadline is November 1.

 

Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions. I would love to know how I can best serve you and yours students this year!

 

K-State Proud,

Courtney Carlton

Admissions Representative

August 30, 2017

Butler County Community College, located in El Dorado is one of the stronger Junior colleges in the Jayhawk Conference.  They will send a recruiter out this Fall but please check out the recruiting flier they sent…

August 29, 2017

Thinking of attending Wichita State……. Please consider some of the following…..

To RSVP go to wichita.edu/visit

Juniors as we approach Sept. 1 and are starting to dig into scholarships and talking about search engines I wanted you to see what comes across my desk and is very similar to what you find in your searches.  If you click on any of these I’ve tagged below it will give you a good idea of what is out there and what it takes to apply.  These potential scholarships come from the UNIGO website.  Most are for students of any age but you have to check details to know for sure.

FEATURED: Niche "No Essay" College Scholarship

Award: $2,000

Deadline: Last day of every month.

Eligibility: Anyone planning to attend college or graduate school within 12 months.

How to apply: Just register on their website. That's it.

JonesTshirts.com "Love Your Career" Scholarship

Award: $1,000

Deadline: 9/11

Eligibility: U.S. students enrolled in a U.S. college or university for fall 2017.

How to apply: Interview a professional in a career you plan to enter and write an essay of at least 1,000 words.

All For Mailers Student Scholarship

Award: $500

Deadline: 9/15

Eligibility: U.S. and Canadian high school seniors and college students.

How to apply: Write an 800- to 1,000-word essay about mail.

Auto-Pets "Out-Of-The-Box-Thinking" Scholarship

Award: $1,500, $1,000, $500 (one award each)

Deadline: 9/15

Eligibility: U.S. high school seniors, undergrads, or grads.

How to apply: In 400 words or more, describe an original pet product invention.

CareerFitter.com Scholarship

Award: $500

Deadline: 9/15

Eligibility: U.S. high school seniors, undergrads, or grads with a 2.4 or higher GPA.

How to apply: Write an essay of up to 1,000 words about your perfect career.

Gear Up Your Future Scholarship

Award: $2,000, $1,000 (one award each)

Deadline: 9/19

Eligibility: U.S. students who are attending high school or college in the U.S.

How to apply: Write a 500- to 3,000-word essay about the future of technology in education.

Hit The Books Scholarship

Award: $500

Deadline: 9/30

Eligibility: College students between the ages of 18-25.

How to apply: Write an essay of up to 500 words about the importance of education.

Don't Text and Drive Scholarship

Award: $1,000

Deadline: 9/30

Eligibility: U.S. high school, undergrad, or grad students.

How to apply: Complete this sentence in 140 characters: "I pledge not to text and drive because

Unigo $1,500 Shout It Out Scholarship

Award: $1,500

Deadline: 9/30

Eligibility: U.S. citizens or residents who are 13 or older.

How to apply: If you could say one thing to the entire world at once, what would it be and why? Tell us in 250 words or less.

Study Abroad Scholarships Essay Contest

Award: $1,000

Deadline: 12/31

Eligibility: U.S. high school or college students attending a U.S. high school or college who are 18 or older and will be enrolled in a study abroad program on or before March 31, 2019.

How to apply: Write an essay of 250 words or less about why you want to study abroad.

August 28, 2017

Juniors taking College Classes……. HCC will be delivering T-shirts sometime during the week of Sept. 5th for all of you that are currently enrolled as HCC students whether it be in classes on their campus, on line or HCTEA.  They just send us a mixed bag of shirt sizes to hand out so it’s not ideal but we will match you the best we can with the sizes they send us.  Why are they doing this you ask…….. Please read the following…

Hutchinson Community College would like you to “Wear This T-shirt to the Kansas State Fair.”   Stop by the Hutchinson Community College booth in the Meadowlark Building and sign up to win!   Post photos of yourself in your shirt at the fair on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram (make sure the photos are public). You must use #hutchcc.  Gift cards will be given away daily to those spotted in person or on-line wearing the 2017 HutchCC State Fair shirts. 

August 25, 2017

“Seniors 19” Kansas Can First Meeting

 

o   Schedules – review your placement on the curriculums whether it be Scholars, QA or USD 448 grads.  Check your schedule plans for your senior year to make sure you are still on track.

 

o   Recruiting --Know your GPA’s/ACT’s /class rank for recruiting, filling out information, etc.. Check your transcript to make sure you know this information.  Transcript information won’t update until January.  I can send you a digital copy of your transcript if you email me or get you a paper copy.  Any transcript a school needs or an official transcript for scholarships must come from my office.  Don’t send a copy in that you have. Recruiters want to know transcript details as well as what you will major in.  Do you have an updated  resume?  Are your Resumes uploaded on Career Cruising?

 

o   Career Cruising with advisors in addition to me this year……. The juniors will have Mr. Knapp, Mrs. Baldwin and Mrs. Webb.  I’m not sure how they will break it down further but it should give each of teacher approximately 11-12 students to work with during Home Room time at least once a month.  The state vision for you, use of Career Cruising, the scholarship search, etc..

 

If you are undecided on what you want to major in there are several routes I suggest you consider…..

 

1)        check out various college & vocational school Websites for list of majors, opportunities, classes required, etc..—Go to Hutchcc.edu & click on Majors to get a list of potential pathways.  You can use any school be it college or vocational.  KU has a new program coming out this Fall that is suppose to be one of the best “helps” out there for finding your career path.  I will share it with you as soon as we see it.

2)        stop by and visit with me and I will take you through some lists of majors and

help you eliminate at least a few through discussion.

3)        go into your Career Cruising program, review your information and continue to

research more in depth….

4)        see if we can set up more school to career visits, job shadows, etc.. Mrs. Jordan did this last year with multiple students ranging from shadowing Animal Vets, Accountants to Dental Hygienists.  See her if you are interested.

 

Whether it’s college, vo-tech or the military, recruiters all ask similar questions in

meeting with you.

 

o   Colleges & Voc. Eds are calling setting up campus visit dates.  I will have sign-up sheets for you as we get more information and these meetings again will be during home room.  Tie in with this your college visits --- you have 1 as a junior but probably can have more if you talk with Mr. Weinbrenner and you get organized. You really should make a visit in the Fall of the year.  Start checking the calendars for the schools you are looking at to see if you want to go to their Jr. days or if you want to go on your own.  Permission paperwork is through the office with a parent phone call.  You may set up the visit through my office or on your own with your folks.  Either way works fine.

o   ACT’s – Should I take it & why?  Take it again if I already have?  Each situation is different so please come ask & talk to your folks.  Do what’s best for you and what you are trying to accomplish.  If you don’t need to take it don’t spend the $46 and the 4 hours.  If you need a higher score for admittance to a school/program or class, by all means take it.  If you are trying to earn more scholarship money, sure, take it but know your cut scores and what you need.  Take it for the right reasons is what I tell students.  We know you test enough and to ask you to test just for the sake of having a score is not something we believe in.  You should consider testing both in the Fall and Spring of your Junior year.  Statistically speaking we know that the April test date usually has the highest scores for Juniors.  If you are trying to qualify for college classes we can use both ACT scores and Accuplacer scores. Where can I get help?  Classroom teachers, Reading on my own, Old tests, WSU, KSU, March2Success, Fuel Ed, etc...

 

o   Go to ACT.org to register & use the practice test.  I have the retired ACT test from last year in paper form or on your Junior 2018 website in the August 11th information page.  The Army’s March2success ACT prep is also on the Jr. Website on the August 11th information page.  We are hearing good things about this ACT prep but we have not had many students use it.  Sept 9th is the first ACT test date but I think only a few of you are going with that one --- most of you will want the Oct or Dec test date for this Fall.  A reminder the State colleges will still check that you have met one of the 3 requirements for admittance:  21 ACT or higher, Top 1/3 of the class rank or the QA or Scholars curriculum.  Let’s review the minimums on how the ACT plays into scholarship money for colleges in state…

  >21 ACT gets you in any school in Kansas, in most cases with the exception of KU who has raised their score to a 24 with a 3.0 GPA or 21 with a 3.25 GPA.

 

  >22, >3.0 GPA gets some academic money at 2 year public schools in  Kansas, remember though, Jucos typically only pay Books/Tuition, no Room/Board

>24-25, >3.0 GPA  gets you in the running for academic scholarship money at 4 year Public

>22, >3.0 GPA gets you in the running for academic scholarship money at 4 year Private Schools.  Most Public & Private Schools have a sliding scale and a simple rule of thumb –“the higher the ACT/GPA, the more financial scholarship money you are eligible for.

 

I know you are aware of this already that not every student qualifies or earns scholarships.  If you are fortunate enough to have the grades, the ACTs or the skills recruiters are looking at please feel proud, blessed and remember to say “thank you” as they recruit you.

 

o   Meeting deadlines--- a special emphasis for seniors but a skill you need to work on this year is making sure you realize how important it is for anything you do with post high school.  I can tell you all types of stories both good and not so good on students and deadlines.  The ones unfortunately that I remember the most are of students missing deadlines and getting left out of potentially thousands of dollars of scholarship money, not getting admitted, etc…  The “D-I’s” – are November 1 deadlines in state while many of the other schools D-II’s and privates set their own deadlines so it is wise to get familiar with their website and/or the recruiter.  HCC’s scholarship deadline is February 15th.  A lot of times you won’t know the deadlines unless you apply for admission or get on the schools website.  This is why you have to do things early in the year.  You can apply for admission any time but most wait til the summer or Fall of the senior year. Once you are in the system you will be notified of all finances available at the schools you are looking at.

 

o   Scholarships:  

Academic:  when you apply for admission – fill out the scholarships app & meet the deadlines.  Have your resume ready to go with references (make sure your references are aware you put their names down and out of courtesy tell them they might get a call or email).  These scholarships are all ACT/GPA/Service Project related.

 

From August until January – early scholarships are based on the Highest ACT, GPA, PSAT, etc..

From January on – scholarships are more Department based, performance based, offered based on needs of the school.

 

Activities:  Work through your sponsor/teacher:  Band-Hatfield, Vocal-Menard, Art-

Brensing, Scholars Bowl-Parsons, FFA-Knapp etc.. they will be your contact person and

biggest help/advocate. I can help you but your sponsors & coaches are the key.

 

Athletics:  Work through your coaches/sponsors to set up tryouts, auditions, sending of tapes, etc.. be it for any sport, dance or cheer.

 

o   Scholarships you find on your own….by September 1 senior year you should set up an account on one of the better scholarship searches on the internet and for us we would recommend – FASTWEB.com   but you may use any you want to.  This one goes out and searches for you based on the information you put in the data base.  Any time a new scholarship is made public and your information matches the criteria, you will get an e-mail or a “hit” from your FASTWEB account.  The typical scholarships on this site are company based, essays, contests, projects, etc.. but it covers us coast to coast, businesses & schools. There are many other search engines out there and don’t be afraid to try any or all.  Please share with us what you find to be worthwhile.  Junior year there is just not a lot available but it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look.

 

o   Local Scholarships from Alumni, Businesses, Private Donors, etc..  will be made available in late March, early April of 2019.  I will have those to you as they are made available.  A common application is used for the majority of the 20+ local scholarships. Last year we had 26 local scholarships.

 

o   You should be checking with your folks to see if their place of employment offers a scholarship for you, if your church does, if your insurance company does, if you are members of the American Legion, VFW, etc… and what the deadline & details are.  Do this your junior year.

 

o   If you plan to go on to School:   Our goal is for each of you to have options as early as possible but definitely by Spring that you can set down with Dad/Mom and make the best choice for you and what you want to do.

 

o   If you plan to join the Military:  You can meet with a recruiter any time, sign at any time (age permitting), etc..  If you are not 18, which you juniors will not be, we like the recruiters to come to your house or you have to get permission to visit with them here on campus.  Make sure you’re comfortable with the decision before you sign.

 

o   If you are headed to the Work Force right at or after graduation:  The goal has to be setting up Interviews in the spring of your senior year if you are not going on to school etc...  Typically, with the economy the way it is you will find the transition straight to work to be a challenge unless you have a “connection”.  As a school we seldom if ever recommend students go straight to the work force.  Some students will say ”I need to work for a year and save some money and then go to school”.  We know from our past alumni and statistics that students who do not continue with their education right after graduation typically do not go back to school.                 

o   Financial Aid-  I will meet with you in October or November of your senior year & show you the information regarding the FAFSA form and how you fill it out and all the changes that the Feds make.  My Financial Aid meeting isn’t until mid October so I won’t get all the changes til then.  On Oct. 1 of your senior year the FAFSA is live for you and the folks to fill out.  As recruiters start meeting with you they will be reminding you to fill out the FAFSA starting in October if you want to and this will give you a head start on whether or not you will get any Financial aid.  Filling out the Financial Aid information is the same regardless of whether you are looking at a public, private, 2 year, 4 year school, etc…  A necessity to fill it out right away?

 

o   Be careful of scams & letters wanting you to come to meetings or spend money to get scholarship money.  Bring the letters to me and let me check out the source if you are unsure.  Biggest scam every year is the letter that for $99 I can get you a $5500 scholarship.  Don’t fall victim to it.  $5500 is the typical Stafford loan amount every American student has available to them.

 

o   The biggest fear of parents and many students in this day & age – spending $50,000-$100,000 on an education and then coming out only to find no job openings in the field you are in and being so far in debt.   It happens.  Many examples----.  Choose wisely when you are looking at careers & schools.  Involve your folks as much as you can.  KU example on tuition this year.  More schools may do this in the future.

 

 

August 23, 2017

        

Important Dates at KU this year and every year…..

                

Oct 1  The FAFSA for 2018-19 goes live

                Nov 1        Deadline to be considered for scholarships & Honors Program

                Dec 1        Priority FAFSA Date for KU students

                  Feb 1        Admitted Students can submit improved ACT scores and improved GPA’s

                         for consideration of more scholarship money

                May 1        Students should pay the enrollment deposit

        KU wanted to share these facts about the incoming frosh class to let you see where you

stack up:

                Average GPA        3.58

                Average ACT        25.7

                Percentage of students from Kansas        59%

                Percentage of students out of state        41%

KU defines their Assured Admission Standards a little different than the Board of Regents lists it.  KU defines guaranteed admission as:

21+ ACT and a 3.25+ GPA or

24+ ACT and a 3.0 GPA And

2.0+ GPA in a college prep curriculum

Wanting to make a visit to KU?  Check out the following dates:

        October 13                Crimson & Blue Day

                                (admissions.ku.edu/crimsonandblue)

        Fall & Spring                Jayhawk Days

                                (admissions.ku.edu/visit/jayhawk-days)\

Fall & Spring                Admitted Sr. Days

(admissions.ku.edu/visit/junior-days)

Aug. 18, 2017

Juniors….  

        

Tuesday, August 22                KU Roadshow at the Cosmosphere

                                        (RSVP:  admissions.ku.edu/roadshow )

        Wednesday, Aug. 30                KSU Recruiting Lunch (Conference Room)

        Thursday, Sept. 7                Bethel Recruiting Lunch (Conference Room)

        Saturday, Sept. 9                ACT Test date

        Monday, Sept. 25                WSU Recruiting Lunch (Conference Room)

        Sunday, Oct. 1                        FAFSA is live for 2018-19 school year

                                        (fafsa.ed.gov)

Monday, Oct. 2                HCC College Planning Day Hutch High SAC

                                        9:00-11:00 am

Saturday, Oct. 7                ACT Workshop at KSU, Olathe site

                                (k-state.edu/admissions/act)

Saturday, Oct. 7                ACT Workshop at WSU, Wichita Campus

                                (Form on the USD 448 Scholarship Website)

Monday, Oct. 9                KSU South Central Ks Senior Day

                                        (k-state.edu/admissions/seniors)        

Saturday, Oct. 14                ACT Workshop at KSU, Manhattan

                                        (k-state.edu/admissions/act)

        Saturday, Oct. 28                ACT Test Date

        Saturday, Nov. 11                ACT Workshop at WSU, Wichita Campus

                                (Form on the USD 448 Scholarship Website)

        Monday, Nov. 13                KSU Junior days--Manhattan Campus

        Friday, Dec. 1                        KSU Junior days--Manhattan Campus

        Monday, Dec. 4                KSU Junior days--Manhattan Campus

        Friday, Dec. 8                        KSU Junior days--Manhattan Campus

                                        (k-state.edu/admissions/juniors)

        Saturday, Jan. 20                ACT Workshop at WSU, Wichita Campus

                                (Form on the USD 448 Scholarship Website)

Aug. 11, 2017

We will be having Junior meetings with Mr. Pfannenstiel early this Fall either from Am. History or English III hours to visit about College & Career Readiness.  Please take time to read through the following informational items to help give you an understanding of where you are at in the process.  See Mr. Pfannenstiel if you have questions or need any help before you meet.

 

o   Schedules – review your placement on the curriculums –(are you scheduled to be Scholars completers or QA completers and then review your Grad. Requirements, etc..)  Double check your Art credit requirement.  Please know what curriculum track you are on.

 

o   College classes—Our plan is to offer a full set of classes next year in 2018-19 for you as seniors.  We offer the electives that students would need to take in almost any career path.  This year we run Public Speaking, Human Relations & Comp I --3 days a week on our campus and I believe we will try to do the same next year.  The 2nd semester of your senior year we usually offer College Algebra, College Psych, Fundamentals of Sociology and Comp II.  Students who are serious about getting a good start on college classes typically walk out of here with between 18-24 or more college credits which knocks a full semester off their time in school at the next level.  To qualify, check the Enrollment information check lists.  Any elective requires a 17 on the ACT Reading Section.  Comp requires a 20 on the ACT English section & to take College Algebra a student needs a 21 on the ACT Math Section.  A reminder that this is the start of your college GPA and we would use Public Speaking & Comp for your high school grades so you would not have to double up classes.  This year we have a number of seniors who are taking online Macroeconomics & Microcomputers to knock out another class they need.  You need to start researching your classes needed for your degree pathway this year so you are on target with your class schedule your senior year.

 

o   Each of you will continue to be involved with Career Cruising.  As Inman HS continues to progress with IPS we will set up specific dates and requirements for you to meet regarding your post high school plans.  This program will help you set up the digital portfolio to use this year, your senior year and take with you post high school.

 

o   ACT’s – Should I take it & why?  Should I take it again if I already have?  Each situation is different so please come ask me & talk to your folks.  Do what’s best for you and what you are trying to accomplish.  If you don’t need to take an ACT don’t spend the $46 and the 4 hours.  If you need a higher score for admittance to a school/program or class, by all means take it.  If you are trying to earn scholarship money, sure, take it but know your cut scores and what you need.  (Every school lists a sliding scholarship scale on their website for GPA & ACT)  Take it for the right reasons is what I tell students.  We know you test enough and to ask you to test just for the sake of having a score is not something we believe in. I think there are a number of you who need to get started in September and October so we can set goals and priorities as you have told me College and/or Vo-tech are your goals.  

 

o   Go to ACT.org to register and/or use the practice test.  I will have the retired ACT test from last year in paper form or you may access it on your Junior 2019 website in the August 10th information page of this website.   Remember that KSU and WSU have ACT workshops if you are struggling with the test or want prep work prior to.  Last year the other closest ACT workshop was one at Lyons High School in the spring.  We have had students go every year and it’s really a mixed bag of feedback as some students say a lot of it is common sense and habits, while other students have felt really good about the workshop and how material was presented.  Let’s review how the ACT plays into scholarship money or admittance…

  >21 ACT gets you in any school in Kansas, in most cases with the exception of KU who has raised their score to a 24 with a 3.0 GPA or 21 with a 3.25 GPA.

  >22, >3.0 GPA gets some academic money at 2 year public schools in  Kansas, remember though, Jucos typically only pay Books/Tuition, no Room/Board

>24-25, >3.0 GPA  gets you in the running for academic scholarship money at 4 year Public

>22, >3.0 GPA gets you in the running for academic scholarship money at 4 year Private Schools.  Most Private Schools have a sliding scale and the rule of thumb –“the higher the ACT/GPA, the more financial scholarship money you are eligible for.

 

 

o   Recruiting & your Transcript—What do schools see when we send your transcript out?  Schools or recruiters will see your GPA, Class Rank, ACT, etc… so you should know your GPA’s/ACT’s /class rank for recruiting, filling out information, etc.. as you are asked.   Check your transcript to make sure you know this information (lower left side).  Recruiters want to know this as well as what you will major in.  Have you updated your resumes or do you have a resume on Career Cruising is a question we will address early this year?

 

If you don’t know what you want to major in there are several routes you can go–

 

1) One of the best ways our juniors and seniors of the past have been able to get

a vision of what they are looking at is to go straight to various school’s

websites and start working through the list of their majors and offerings be

it College or Vocational.  Though you can find this information for any

school you are looking at, the most often used by our students include

HCC at http://www.hutchcc.edu/academics/majors   KSU at

http://www.k-state.edu/careercenter/students/exploration/curriculumguide

s.html and then NCKTC out of Beloit & Hays at

https://www.ncktc.edu/programs/   There are other programs in the area

you might consider also.  These would include WTI in Wichita at 

https://www.wti.edu/ or check Salina Vo-Tech at 

http://www.salinatech.edu/ A reminder also that if you are interested in the

military, with parents permission I can get the recruiters in any day to visit

with you.  The military has it’s own battery of tests (ASVAB) they use to

help students highlight their career choices, majors and what occupation

they will enter the military in.

2) Stop by and visit with me and I will take you through some lists of majors and

help you narrow down your choices.

3) Check your Career Cruising results and focus on the research of the careers you

 are most interested in.  A reminder too that no one can do this for you.  You

 invest time for this to benefit you.

 

Whether it’s college, vo-tech or the military, they all ask similar questions in recruiting.  If any juniors are looking at an Academy, West Point, Air Force, Naval Academy, etc… please see me as these apps and appointments all start your Junior year.

 

o   Colleges & Voc. Eds are calling setting up campus visit dates.  They are primarily after the seniors this Fall but it doesn’t hurt for you to set in and listen to the schools you might have an interest in.  Colleges will come back and recruit in the spring too and those are important for you to attend.  Tie in with this your college visits --- you have 1 as a junior and 2 as a senior but probably can have more if you talk with Mr. Weinbrenner and you get organized. Last year just a little more than half the juniors took college or vocational visits.  We need more of you to go.  Start checking the calendars for the schools you are looking at to see if you want to go to their Junior days or if you want to go on your own.  Permission paperwork is needed and you can run this through the office with a parent phone call.

 

 

o   Meeting deadlines--- a special emphasis more for seniors but our juniors need to be aware of it already -----make sure you realize how important it is for anything you do with post high school plans that you are on time and aware of deadlines.  I can tell you all types of stories of students missing deadlines and getting left out of thousands of dollars of scholarship money, not getting admitted, etc…  The “D-I’s” – November 1 deadlines senior year, while many of the other schools set their own deadlines so it is wise to get familiar with the schools website even as a junior.  HCC is February 15th.  A lot of times you won’t know the deadlines unless you apply for admission or get on the schools website and this is critical when deciding when you should take the ACT.  This is why you have to be active early in the senior year.  Once you are in a school’s informational system you will be notified of all finances available at the schools you are looking at for the senior year.

 

o   As a junior the biggest goal is to get your GPA/ACT as high as you can, qualify for college classes if this is a path you want to go, add some community service, build the resume and work experience, continue to research your majors, schools, meet recruiters, attend Junior Days, etc.. You will not find many scholarship opportunities for Juniors but there are some out there.  Any that come across my desk I will post on your website immediately. FASTWEB is one of the best scholarship search engines we have used that hosts the majority of the potential scholarships for seniors.

 

o   Scholarships:  

Academic:  when you apply for admission – fill out the scholarships app & meet the deadlines.  Have your resume ready to go with references (make sure your references are aware you put their names down and out of courtesy tell them they might get a call or email).  These scholarships are all ACT/GPA/Service Project related.

 

From now until January – early scholarships are based on the Highest ACT, GPA, PSAT, etc..

From January on – scholarships are more Department based, performance based, offered based on needs of the school.

 

Activities:  Work through your sponsor/teacher:  Band-Schierling, Vocal-Menard, Art-

Brensing, Scholars Bowl-Parsons, FFA-Knapp etc.. they will be your contact person and

biggest help/advocate. I can help you but your sponsors & coaches are the key.

 

Athletics:  Work through your coaches/sponsors to set up tryouts, auditions, sending of                tapes, etc.. be it for any athletics, dance or cheer.

 

o   Local Scholarships from Alumni, Businesses, Private Donors, etc..  are made available in late March, early April of your senior year.  I will have those to you as they are made available.  A common application is used for the majority of the 20+ local scholarships.

 

o   You should be checking with your folks to see if their place of employment offers a scholarship for you as a junior or senior, if your church does, if your insurance company does, if you are members of the American Legion, VFW, etc… and what the deadline & details are.  Do this early in the year so you don’t miss deadlines.  

 

Post High School Options

o   School:   Our goal is for each of you to have options as early as possible, junior or senior year but definitely by Spring of your senior year so you can set down with Dad/Mom and make the best choice for you and what you want to do.  We don’t ask you to look at different options to cause you stress but rather to be able to make the best choice & to shop around.

 

o   Military:  You can meet with a recruiter any time, sign at any time, etc..  If you are not 18 we like the recruiters to come to your house or have parental consent to meet you at school.  Make sure you’re comfortable with the decision before you sign.

 

o   Work Force:   As a school we seldom if ever recommend students go straight to the work force.  Some students will say, ”I need to work and save some money and then go to school”.  We know from our past alumni and statistics that students who do not continue with their education right after graduation typically do not go back to school. Transition from school to work can be successful if it’s a family business, a student has the right connection, etc.. but typically, a student will struggle with just the HS diploma in a job setting.                  

o   Financial Aid-  I will meet with you in October or November of your senior year & show you the information regarding the FAFSA form and how you fill it out and all the changes that the Feds make, etc...  If a recruiter talks to you about Financial Aid --- know the basics we discussed in our meeting. There is really not much you can do as a junior other than find out cost of schools, programs, room & board, etc..  As recruiters start meeting with you they will be reminding you that as a senior it is imperative that you fill out the FAFSA to see whether or not you will get any Financial aid.

 

 

o   Be careful of scams & letters inviting you to come to meetings or asking you to invest money to get scholarship money.  Bring them to me and let me check them out if you are unsure.  Biggest scam every year is the letter that for $99 I can get you a $3500 scholarship.  Don’t fall victim to it.  $3500 is the Stafford loan every American student has available to them if they fill out the FAFSA.

 

o   The biggest fear of parents and many students in this day & age – spending $50,000-$100,000 on an education and then coming out only to find no job openings in the field you are in and being so far in debt you can’t live.  It happens.  Many examples----.  Choose wisely when you are looking at careers & schools.  Involve your folks as much as you can.  We know from statistics that students share --- one or both of their parents are the biggest influence in their career choice as they are making decisions.

 

August 11, 2017

Wichita State…

Updated ACT/ASVAB Prep Site

Qualifying Scores

  1. To take any college elective class through HCC the minimum ACT Reading score is set at 17. 
  2. To take College Comp (dual credit English IV) a student needs to score a 20 on the English section of the ACT.  Meeting this minimum score can be more of a challenge for some of our students than the Reading.  
  3. To qualify for College Algebra (most common math class required for a majority of  majors) a student needs a minimum of 21 on the ACT Math section.  

August 10, 2017

Welcome Back

ACT Reminders

        http://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/test-preparation.html 

        

This link would include the “retired Practice test” as well as the question of the day,

Questions for each section and Test prep for purchase, etc..

KSU ACT Workshop

Fall 2017 ACT Workshop dates include:

Saturday, October 7, at the K-State Olathe campus  Register here for Olathe.

Saturday, October 14, at the K-State Manhattan campus Register here for Manhattan.

Please Note: Event registration will close 72 business hours before the event. K-State reserves the right to close registration early if an event fills to capacity prior to the 72-business-hour deadline. Refund requests must be made prior to this deadline. In the event of inclement weather, we encourage you to check the K-State website for event updates. Events will be cancelled if K-State is closed. Otherwise, we will email you if an event is cancelled. We ask that you use your best judgment when choosing to travel to campus in inclement weather. If an event is cancelled, K-State will make an effort to reschedule the event to a later date and your registration may be transferred.

Improve your score

This class consists of five hours of instruction on the four ACT subject tests. Students gain insight into the test's content and format while learning practical test-taking strategies for maximizing their test score. Students learn how to control the test rather than letting it control them!  ACT’s “Preparing for the ACT” is used in this class in addition to our strategies.  This class covers general ideas about the test as a whole, as well as specific strategies for each sub-test:

Don't forget to bring a calculator and an extra pencil with you!

Parents

You'll attend a special morning program with sessions to learn more about financial aid, scholarship programs, and general K-State information. At lunch, you will have a chance to eat with your student and discuss the morning session. Parents will be on their own after lunch.

Got questions?

You'll learn the answers to these important questions:

Schedule

8:30 to 9 a.m  Registration

9 a.m. to noon  Test-taking strategies

Noon   Lunch

1 to 3 p.m.  Test-taking strategies  

Cost  For students $50 per student: covers the cost of materials, instruction and lunch For parents $15 per guest: covers the cost of materials, refreshments and lunch

Parking  Parking is available near the buildings. Further parking information will be sent via email after you register.  Staying overnight? Check the list of Manhattan lodging options

Additional Information:

Read more about our presenter: Click Here for Bio   Discover what other students are saying about the ACT workshop: Click Here for Testimonials     Check your email after you register for additional information about parking and how to get to campus. Click here to view our campus maps.

KU Rock Chalk Roadshow 2017 August 22nd at the Cosmosphere!

RSVP:  admissions.ku.edu/roadshow