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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

10th and 11th graders: 2013 Career Conference

2013 Career Conference

Do you want to:
-       Learn about in-demand careers in Central MN?
-       Learn how to interview properly?
-       Learn about personal finance?
-       Learn about financial aid opportunities?

The first 40 sophomore and juniors to sign up in the guidance office will be granted this awesome opportunity.

When? Thursday, January 3: Arrive to school by 7:40 and return by 6th hour (at St Cloud Community and Technical College)

Cost? Money for lunch, everything else is FREE!

Deadline? Sign up by November 30th.

Opportunity to Learn More about Financial Aid and the FAFSA

Parents of high school juniors and seniors as well as guidance counselors are urged to attend a complimentary live online video presentation explaining the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on Thursday, November 15, 2012, at 5:00 PM EST (4:00 PM in Minnesota) at

James Copeland, Awareness and Outreach Specialist for Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education, will discuss topics such as how to determine if your family is eligible, how and when to apply, options for filing online and newly available information resources. The presentation at is free to attend online.


A live streaming video presentation overview of federal student aid programs available through the Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA). Topics: FAFSA application process, confirming eligibility, how to apply, options for filing, program changes and new resources.

James Copeland, Jr., Ed. D. , Awareness and Outreach Specialist, Federal Student Financial Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education.

Thursday, November 15, 2012, at 4:00 PM CST.

Online at, a leading website for free online college admissions events.
Advance registration available. Login on Thursday, November 15, 2012.

Learn about the ins and outs of the FAFSA process. Chat live with admissions representatives from 250 colleges.


(888) 697-0050

Please see this link for more detail on the virtual event. There are also presentations on the GI Bill, college application essays and letters of recommendation and more:

Monday, November 12, 2012

EXPLORE and PLAN Testing

On November 20th all 8th graders will be taking the EXPLORE test and all 10th graders will be taking the PLAN test.  Both of these tests are pretests to the ACT.  They test on the same material of the ACT test. The ACT test is a test required to enter a 4 year college and is typically taken in your junior year of high school.

The thing I like best about these tests is that it takes your test answers and combines them with an interest inventory on the test and gives you an idea of careers and college majors that you would enjoy as well as be good at doing.  I find this test to be very accurate of your abilities and interests (as long as you take the test seriously, of course!).  In addition, the test will give you an idea that if you continue what you are doing academically, what you could receive as a score on the ACT test.

If you have any questions about these tests, feel free to contact me.

Thursday, November 8, 2012


November 12-16, 2012

  November 12-16  is free application week for all MNSCU (MN State Colleges and Universities) schools. This means that any applications submitted online or postmarked between these dates is free. This is a savings of $20 per application. The schools included are listed below.
  See Ms. Dusha for assistance.
MN State Universities
MN State Community and Technical Colleges
Bemidji State University
Alexandria Technical and Community College
Metropolitan State University
Anoka-Ramsey Communtiy College
Metropolitan State University
Anoka Technical College
MN State University, Mankato
Central Lakes College
MN State University, Moorhead
Dakota County Technical College
St. Cloud State University
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
Southwest Minnesota State University
Hennepin Technical College
Southwest Minnesota State University
Inver Hills Community College
Winona State University
Lake Superior College

Minneapolis Community and Technical College

Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical

Minnesota State Community and Technical College

Minnesota West Community and Technical College

Normandale Community College

North Hennepin Community College

Northeast Higher Education District

Northland Community and Technical College

Northwest Technical College

Pine Technical College

Ridgewater College

Riverland Community College

Rochester Community and Technical College

St. Cloud Technical and Community College

Saint Paul College

South Central College