College Life Workshop Topics


PAYING FOR COLLEGE

 

AB 540 and CADAA: Higher Education Opportunities for Immigrant Students (Friday & Saturday)

The presentation will educate attendees about the financial aid and higher education opportunities available to students regardless of their immigration status.  Participants will learn about in-state tuition eligibility under Assembly Bill 540 and how to access thousands of dollars of FREE financial aid through the California Dream Act. Students that attend this session will also learn about the eligibility requirements for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and what benefits it can offer them in terms of education and employment.

Friday Audience: All students

Saturday Audience: All students, parents, and caregivers

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Scholarship Opportunities and Resources (Friday & Saturday)

This presentation will inform students about the availability of additional financial aid dollars through private scholarships. Students who attend this session will learn how to apply for “merit-based” scholarships, about different sites and organizations they can look into for scholarship opportunities, and what typical scholarship applications require.

Friday Audience: All students

Saturday Audience: All students, parents, and caregivers

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Borrowing Smart & Avoiding Student Debt (Friday & Saturday)

This session will cover the impact the amount of student loan funds will have on future finances. Participants will also learn how to help themselves by determining how much they need to borrow based on potential future income, in-school budget, and estimating anticipated monthly payments for loans. This session will also cover how to borrow responsibly, including borrowing only what you need to pay your education expenses and what students can realistically afford to repay when they leave school.

Friday Audience: Seniors 

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Budgeting Your 1st Year of College (Friday)

This session will cover what an actual college budget looks like and how students can be smart about theirs during their first year of college. Students will learn how to manage their finances, plan for changes, and prepare for the unexpected. This session will also cover how budgeting can help students build decision-making skills and reach their financial and academic goals.

Friday Audience: Seniors

Saturday Audience: Seniors

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PREPARING FOR COLLEGE

 

How to Prepare for College (Friday)

This session will cover the requirements necessary to attend California’s public universities. Students who are interested in attending a California State University or a University of California campus will learn which classes they are required to complete in high school to meet the A-G requirement sequence, what a personal statement should look like, and about other requirements to be eligible to attend these institutions.

Friday Audience: Underclassmen

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College 101 (Saturday)

This session will cover the different systems of higher education (i.e., community college, 4-year public universities, 4-year private universities, etc.) and what each system has to offer. This session will also identify and address the various steps it takes to prepare for each system of higher education.

Saturday Audience: All students, parents, and caregivers

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Creating a College-Going Culture at Home (Saturday)

This session will help families learn how to create an encouraging college-going environment at home.  Participants will learn about the importance of setting high expectations for students, and strategies to create positive messages about the importance of academic achievement. This session will also cover common misconceptions about the role of parents in the college planning process.

Saturday Audience: Parents and caregivers

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Everything there is to Know about the SAT and ACT (Friday)

The vast majority of four-year colleges require the SAT or ACT for admission. This presentation will review how and why colleges use admission test scores, the relative importance of test scores to different colleges, comparing the SAT and ACT, and what you should know about the upcoming SAT redesign. The presentation will also explore different timelines for admission tests and effective, low-cost methods of test preparation.

Friday Audience: Underclassmen

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Factors to Consider in Choosing a College and Major (Friday & Saturday)

This presentation covers the college decision making process and will help students identify the criteria that are important to them when deciding on a college, major, and career.

Friday Audience: Seniors

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Your Child Got Accepted to College, Now What? (Saturday)

This session will cover the transition from high school to college and will address the continued role of parents in their child’s education as they transition to college. Presenters will help parents understand life on campus and the experience that their child is about to embark on.

Saturday Audience: Parents and caregivers

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Thinking About College Out of State? (Friday)

This session will discuss the costs and benefits associated with attending out of state colleges and universities.  Students who attend this session will learn about the differences in the application process, between in-state and out-of-state tuition, and the availability of financial aid.  The session will also explore the challenges associated with attending school away from home, and strategies for adjusting to this transition.

Friday Audience: Underclassmen

Saturday Audience: Underclassmen

 

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What Every High School Senior Should Know About College Placement Exams (Friday)

This presentation educates students on the importance of college placement exams. After attending this session, students will know what the college placement exams are, and understand how these placement exams can either set them up for success in college, or prolong their academic trajectory.  This session will also discuss how to successfully prepare for placement exams.

Friday Audience: Seniors

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Strategies to Succeed While Attending a Community College (Friday & Saturday)

This presentation discusses the costs and benefits associated with concurrent enrollment, and attending a community college to transfer to a four-year university. The session will educate students on how they can get a head start in earning college credit through concurrent enrollment, and what they should expect upon starting at a community college, what they need to do to be successful, and how to transfer to a four-year university.  After attending this session, students will be aware of the transfer requirements for CSU, UC, and private institutions, as well as, the affordability community colleges offer.

Friday Audience: All students

Saturday Audience: All students

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EXPLORING CAREERS

 

How to Get Work Experience and Internships (Friday & Saturday)

This session will discuss the important role that work experience and internships can have on students’ academic and career development. Students who attend this presentation will learn why work experience and internships are becoming more and more critical, and will receive tips for successfully applying and landing a job or internship.

Friday Audience: All students

Saturday Audience: All students

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The Ins and Outs of Career Technical Education (Friday & Saturday)

Many careers require post-secondary education, but not all require a four-year degree. This session will cover the opportunities community colleges offer for associates degrees or certificates in technical career education. Students who attend this presentation will learn the different options and benefits to obtaining a certificate or associates degree in a technical industry.

Friday Audience: All students

Saturday Audience: All students

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Pathways to In Demand Occupations (Friday & Saturday)

This session features a panel presentation that will cover education training programs to put students on track for employment in high growth, high wage sectors. This session will also offer advice to students on how to pursue their dream career. Students who attend this presentation will learn how to harness and maintain creativity throughout their education, and how it can ultimately lead them to successfully achieving their dream job.

Friday Audience: All students

Saturday Audience: All students

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Resume Writing 101 (Saturday)

This session will help students sum up their skills, experiences, and accomplishments into a well-written resume. This session will cover what a resume looks like, what goes on a resume, how to describe work and volunteer experiences, and how to highlight skills.

Saturday Audience: All students

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