High School

Putting The Pieces Together
Transition To Post Secondary
Career Interests/Goals
Grade 11 Individual Planning Conference


Graduation requirements/Transcripts
        Pardeeville High School Graduation Requirements
        Your High School Transcript
Career Exploration
        What If I Don’t Know What To Do After High School
        Careful Planning and Course Selection
        Career Exploration Programs
        Selecting a College
Types of Postsecondary Schools       
        Technical Colleges
                Vocational/Technical College Admission Requirements
                Application Process/Technical College
                Receiving Technical College Credit Through Articulated Agreements
        Four-Year Colleges/Universities
                Two Year Transfer Colleges
                College/University Entrance Requirements
                Application Process/Four-Year College
                What About Advanced Placement Courses?
                Writing a Great Essay
                Letters of Recommendation
                Survival Tips for Your First Week of College
                NCAA Clearinghouse – College Athletics
College Admissions Tests/Other Useful Tests
        SAT – II
        COMPASS Assessment
Visiting/Selecting a College
        College Search
        The College Visit
        Comparison Worksheet
Financing College
        Financial Aid
        Creating or Updating Your Resume
        The Job Application
        Interviewing Success
        Job Skills
        Having a Job in High School
Military Information
Special acknowledgement to the Chippewa Falls School District
Graduation Requirements/Transcripts
Pardeeville High School Graduation Requirements
Twenty-four (24) requirements are required to graduate. Ten are elective and the fourteen required credits include the following:
English                          4.0 credits       (Introduction to Composition, Short Story Poetry, Composition, Public Communications, Multicultural Literature, 1.5 electives)
Social Studies                3.5 credits       (American Government, World Studies,
U. S. Studies, .5 elective)
Science                          2.0 credits       (Physical Science, Biology)
Mathematics                   2.0 credits
Health                             0.5 credit
Physical Education           1.5 credits
Personal Finance               0.5 credit
                                       14.0 credits
Your High School Transcript
Meeting the requirements for graduation and receiving your high school diploma is one important level of accomplishment. It is also good to remember that your “transcript” is a permanent record of your accomplishments, which you will show to college admissions counselors, military recruiters, potential employers, and scholarship committees. It is like a blank artist’s canvas that you create over four years to paint a picture of yourself for others.
Your transcript will show
  • whether you have a good work ethic (consistent performance in classes) and
  • whether or not you have challenged yourself by taking the most difficult classes you are capable of
Keep in mind that four-year colleges expect rigorous coursework senior year.
Career Exploration
What If I Don’t Know What I Want To Do After High School?
First of all, understand that you have “lots of company!” It is true that today’s world of work offers many exciting opportunities. It is also true that there are wonderful search tools available to help you learn about and relate your interests to various careers. One thing that is not so different is that many of today’s high school students, like those in the past, need more time and experiences before they can determine a “course of action.”
Careful Planning and Course Selection
It is important for students to understand their strengths and weaknesses and try to select careers or career areas that are compatible with those strengths and weaknesses. Students also need to choose areas that they have a high interest in, but at the same time be realistic. Many students know they would like to attend a four-year college, while others are strongly considering a technical college. In either one of those cases, course planning is paramount in making their post-secondary goals attainable.
Career Exploration Programs
Pardeeville High School offers Wiscareers, an internet-based career exploration program for our students. It allows students to take interest assessments, match careers to those assessments, look for training programs and colleges, as well as other services. Wiscareers can be accessed through the guidance website and is available to students at school and at home. Students currently begin using this program in elementary school and continue through high school. Go to www.wiscareers.com and log in. If you forgot your username or password, please see your guidance counselor. Parents should use their child’s name and password.
Selecting a College
Know thyself
The first step in selecting a college is to take a systematic look at you.
Some questions you might consider are:
•     Why do you want to go to college?
•     What do you want to be doing five years from now?
•     Do you have a specific field of study in mind?
•     What are your academic abilities?
•     Do you want to attend college but have no specific occupational goals?
•     What subject areas do you enjoy the most?
•     In which subject areas do you do your best?
•     What kind of a student are you?
•     How hard are you willing to work at your studies?
•     What are your strengths and talents?
•     What are some of your weaknesses?
•     What extracurricular and community activities have you enjoyed?
Types of Postsecondary (after high school) Schools
Picking the type of school that is right for you means keeping an open mind and learning about what is available along with the type of education the school offers. Sometimes we hear students making decisions about where and what type of school they want to go to based on what their best friend or boyfriend is doing. Other times we hear, “My mom and dad always said I should go to,…” The following information describes the general categories of post secondary schools and what their primary mission is.
These are schools that specialize in a specific trade or skill. Examples would be truck driving school, flight attendant school, and culinary school. Entrance requirements are generally open, although art schools, for example, might require you to submit a portfolio. They may offer financial aid but be certain to check. They may offer certification, licensing, or associate degrees.
Technical Colleges
Technical colleges provide affordable, career-oriented programs, which enable students to begin their careers after only one or two years of college. Typically, class sizes are kept small and instructors have worked, or are working, in a related career field. Career and technical colleges also offer students short-term training in a wide variety of career fields.  Career and technical colleges may be publicly or privately funded, and the programs they offer vary greatly. These programs are designed to prepare students for specific careers. Students spend most of their class time in job-related settings where they receive hands-on training from experienced instructors.
The closest example to us is Madison Area Technical College (Madison College). There are sixteen technical colleges across the state with   a variety of career-oriented programs that last from a few months to a few years. These programs can lead to a short-term certificate, a vocational degree (one year) or an associate degree (generally two years). Some courses may transfer to a four-year college or university, others won’t. Madison College offers a Liberal Studies four-year transfer program.
Vocational/Technical College Admission Requirements
The Vocational/Technical colleges currently have an open enrollment policy. This means that if you graduate from high school or have earned a GED or HSED, you can be accepted into the school. However, there may be specific program requirements for admittance into certain programs. Examples of these might include but are not limited to:
  • specific high school courses with a grade of “C” or better (most medical programs require chemistry or another 3rd year science)
  • particular scores on the reading or math section of the Compass Test
  • completed physical exam
  • background checks
It is important to check a Wisconsin Technical College catalog or to go online to find out specific program requirements. Failure to have met prerequisites or required courses will delay your “program ready status.” For programs with a waiting list, such as the nursing program at Madison College, the student must be “program ready” before they are eligible to be placed on the waiting list.
Application Process for Technical College
Most Wisconsin Technical Colleges, including Madison College, begin accepting applications the third Monday in November. For programs which fill up quickly or have waiting lists already established, you should have your application in before that date. The medical programs require a complete application by this date and most will not accept applications later. (A complete application includes a transcript, application fee, senior course list, and completed COMPASS tests.)
Most technical colleges, including Madison College, now expect you to apply online, although paper applications are accepted.
Receiving Technical College Credit Through Dual Credit Courses
Pardeeville high school students have the opportunity to earn Madison College Credit by taking high school courses.  Students enrolled in Advanced Accounting, Algebra with Applications, or Computer Applications will be concurrently registered in Madison Area Technical College. To earn the credits, students must complete each unit with a grade of 85% or better on all work including the final Exam. 
Students who prefer a hands-on approach to learning may want to consider an apprenticeship program. Apprentices learn a skilled trade through a combination of classroom instruction and on-the-job training. Apprenticeship programs are considered by many employers to be the best way to receive training in the skilled trades.
Apprenticeships are agreements in which employers pay individuals while they are learning their trade or profession. These programs demand hard work and dedication. Madison College has several apprenticeship programs.
Four-Year Colleges/Universities
A four-year college education, or bachelor’s degree, is necessary for approximately 20% of today’s careers. A bachelor’s degree can open doors, provide status, and prepare students for financially rewarding careers. All colleges and universities hope to attract bright, well-prepared students.
Four-year colleges and universities want students to have both a broad-based education, and education in a specific subject area or major. In order to insure that students receive a well-rounded education, most four-year colleges and universities require that students take 25 to 50% of their classes in general education courses like English, math, science, and history. Since many of the general education courses are taken during freshman year, “undecided” students can use their first year of college to fulfill general education requirements and to decide on a major.
Wisconsin students are fortunate to have the UW-System with 13 colleges and universities, as well as 20 independent private colleges and universities. The UW-System cost is subsidized through tax money, so tuition is lower than the private colleges. However, don’t exclude schools based just on tuition. Many private schools with good endowments are able to offer students scholarship and financial aid to bring the cost to a comparable level of a public university. Also, Minnesota and Wisconsin have a tuition reciprocity agreement. This means that our students can attend a public college in Minnesota without paying out of state tuition.
Degrees from a four-year college include a B.A. - Bachelors of Arts or a B.S.— Bachelors of Science. After a bachelors degree, some advanced degrees include: M.A.—Masters of Arts, M.S.—Masters of Science, Ed.D.-Doctor of Education, Ph.D.-Doctor of Philosophy, J.D.-Juris Doctor (lawyer), and M.D.-Medical Doctor.
Two-Year Transfer Colleges
The University of Wisconsin has thirteen two-year extension campuses located throughout the state. These colleges offer more open admission requirements, lower tuition, solid academic foundation classes and a guaranteed transfer into any UW four-year college if the GPA criteria is met. A two-year associate degree is available and classes can also be transferred to most four-year colleges. Other states offer a similar program through a community or junior college system. The closest school to us is UW-Baraboo.
College/University Entrance Requirements
Entrance requirements among four-year colleges vary greatly. Some colleges and universities have a lower admission policy and will accept many high school graduates who apply. At the other end of the spectrum are colleges and universities that are highly selective. In order to be accepted at a highly selective college or university, a student must usually have high ACT/SAT scores and a high GPA. Regardless of the entrance requirements, all colleges and universities want applicants who have followed a college prep program in high school.
UW-System schools require a minimum of 17 specific high school credits. The following chart shows the number of credits required in each area.
            1.   Core College Preparatory Credits                         13 credits minimum
                  English                                                                              4 credits
                  Mathematics                                                                     3 credits
                  Social Studies                                                                   3 credits
                  Sciences                                                                            3 credits
            2.   Specified Elective College Credits
                  From the above areas,                                                       4 credits
                  Foreign Languages, fine arts,
                  computer science, or other academic areas
Core College Preparatory Credits
Math – Students need to take Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II to meet minimum requirements. (Algebra IA and IB count as Algebra I). The ACT assessment is based on Algebra, Geometry, Advanced Algebra and five to six questions of Trigonometry.
Science – Students need three college-preparatory science courses. All students in Pardeeville take Physical Science and Biology. In addition they will need to take at least one of the following courses: Advanced Biology, Chemistry, advanced Chemistry or Physics.
English – Choose your elective English courses carefully. Most four-year colleges will not accept Real Life Writing or Media Analysis.
World Language – Two years of the same world language is required at UW-Madison, UW- Eau Claire, University of Minnesota, Winona State and a few other colleges in Minnesota.   World language is strongly recommended.
Independent College Admissions: Admission requirements vary from school to school.   Consult the booklet, “Wisconsin Independent College and Universities,” or the internet for specific requirements.
Admission will also depend upon the student’s ACT score, class rank and difficulty of high school coursework. Applications also inquire about school/community activities and job history. Most require an essay, as well.
Application Process/Four-Year College
Most four-year colleges now strongly encourage students to apply online, although paper applications are accepted. Some applications have a page that needs to be completed by your counselor. If you apply online, print off the entire application and keep it for your records. Please inform your counselor of your application and your transcript will be mailed for you  If you have letters of recommendation, these can be included. 
It is your responsibility to have your ACT or SAT scores sent to your college or university. When you registered for the ACT, if you did not list the ACT code of a school for which you are applying, you will need to request ACT to now send that score. It can be done online or by phone and there is an additional fee. A few colleges will accept a copy of your ACT scores from the high school, so you may want to ask. Some will accept scores from the high school to determine acceptance to the college, but will want “official” ACT scores directly from ACT before registration for classes.
Currently, UW-Madison is the only UW-System school that requires the Writing Assessment with the ACT. The University of Minnesota Twin Cities and some private schools also require the writing portion of the ACT.
What About AP (Advanced Placement) Courses?
AP courses give students the opportunity to take a college-level course while attending high school. These courses are not for every student and careful thought needs to be given as to whether to take on this challenge. AP courses are freshman level college courses that are very rigorous and require a considerable time commitment by the student. Pardeeville High School has Advanced Placement courses in Calculus, English Literature, and U. S. History. The more selective the college, the more rigorous coursework they will expect in high school.
Writing a Great Essay
Some private or public schools may require a written essay as part of their admissions process.
DO start early. Leave plenty of time to revise, record and rewrite. You can improve your presentation.
DO read the directions carefully. Answer the question as directly as possible, and follow word limits exactly. Express yourself as briefly and as clearly as you can.
DO tell the truth about yourself. The admission committee is anonymous to you; you are completely unknown to it.
DO focus on an aspect of yourself that will show your best side. You might have overcome some adversity, worked through a difficult project, or learned from a specific activity. A narrow focus is more interesting than broad-based generalizations.
DO tie yourself to the college and/or program. Be specific about what this particular school/program can do for you. Your essay can have different slants for different situations.
DO speak positively. Negatives tend to turn people off.
DO write about your greatest asset and achievements. You should be proud of them.
DON’T repeat information given elsewhere on your application. The committee has already seen it and it looks as though you have nothing better to say.
DON’T write on general, impersonal topics - - like the nuclear arms race or the importance of good management in business. They want to know about you.
DON’T use the personal statement to excuse your shortcomings. It gives them additional attention.
DON’T use clichés.
DON’T go to extremes: too witty, too opinionated, or too “intellectual.”
***Always “save” a copy of your written essays, as you may be able to recycle them for another purpose with minor adjustments. Essays are often needed for scholarship applications.
Letters of Recommendation
Students often wonder whether or not letters of recommendation are needed for college applications. The answer is yes and no, it depends upon the university and/or how qualified you are for admittance. UW-Madison expects letters. They also may help your chances at other colleges if you are on the low end for their rank and ACT requirements. A recommendation form is
Suggestions for Recommendation Letters
§ Think of an individual who knows you well.
§ Ask for a letter of recommendation two weeks in advance.
§ Meet with the individual to explain recommendation requirements.
§ Provide a resume or the information as presented below and on the back of this page.
§ DO NOT assume the letter will be completed if you leave the request in a teacher’s mailbox, or on his/her desk. Make personal contact!
§ Write a thank you note to the person who wrote your letter of recommendation.
§ Provide your counselor a copy of all recommendations for your file.
Student Name:                                                                         Date:                                               
Please give letter to                                                                              by                            
Report the following if relevant:
Cumulative GPA:                                                      ACT/SAT Composite:                                  
I encourage you to write specific examples of my observed leadership, intellectual curiosity, etc. from the classroom and/or specific activity we are both associated with.
My future goals:
 Plans for college or other post-high school education or training:
 Special interests, hobbies, talents and how you have pursued them:
 Most important activities at school:
 Special awards/recognition I received:
 Describe yourself and provide other relevant information that will be of benefit to the writer:
Survival Tips for Your First Week of College
  1. Make friends with your peers (If you take time to talk to some people, you’ll find they’re feeling just the way you are.)
  1. Discover student activities (Besides providing great resume builders, getting involved can help you meet new people.)
  1. Get oriented (Become familiar with the campus and the town.)
  1. Make friends with your roommate (You’re not the only one adapting to the strange habits of a new roomie; someone is adjusting to you, too.)
  1. Be cautious! (Don’t walk alone; don’t leave your dorm room unlocked, check to see what safety programs your school has like late-night escorts or emergency phone.)
  1. Get a head start...get organized (Get your textbooks early and look through them to see what the course is about. Set a schedule you can live with-allow for fun and study time.)
  1. Count your pennies (Don’t resort to credit cards when the money is suddenly gone; because of high interest rates and low minimum payment, you’ll end up paying two or three times the original cost. Keep track of what you spend, and what you still have---and don’t waste money on things you don’t really need.)
  1. Be true to yourself (People who encourage or expect you to do things that don’t feel right are probably not your friends. There are lots of people on campus; find the ones who share your standards, rather than simply following the first group you meet.)
  1. It’s OK to call home (It’s OK to miss your family. An occasional phone call can be a relief for you as well as the people that care about you.
NCAA Clearinghouse - College Athletics
If you are planning to participate in Division I or II college athletics the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse must certify you. To see current requirements and to register, go to www.ncaaclearinghouse.net.
College Admissions Tests/Other Useful Tests
The ACT Assessment is a national college admission examination, which assesses high school students’ general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work. The test consists of 215 multiple-choice questions in four skills areas: English, mathematics, reading and science. An additional optional test, the Writing Assessment, measures skills in planning and writing a short essay. Most Midwest students take the ACT test for admissions to four-year colleges.
The ACT takes approximately three hours and thirty minutes with breaks. The Writing Test involves an additional 45 minutes. The 2010-2011 school year basic registration fee is $33.00. This includes score reports for up to four college choices, which are listed at the time of registration. The Writing Assessment is an additional $15.00. These costs are subject to change each year.
There are at least three good reasons to take the ACT:
1.   The ACT Assessment tests are universally accepted for college admission. Virtually all colleges and universities in the U.S. now accept the ACT Assessment.
2.   The ACT Assessment tests are curriculum based. The ACT Assessment is not an aptitude or an IQ test. The questions on the ACT are directly related to what you have learned in your high school courses in English, mathematics, and science.
3.   The ACT Assessment is more than a test. The ACT also provides test takers with an interest inventory that offers information for career and educational planning. Additionally, a student profile section provides a comprehensive profile of your work in high school and your future plans.
Each test date has a registration deadline. Be sure to check with your counselor or ACT’s website. Registration materials are available in the Guidance Office or you may register online at www.actstudent.org. Preparation materials are available for loan in the Guidance Office. We also offer a preparation workshop in the spring.
Will I need to take the ACT?
All four-year colleges will require the ACT or SAT, but most technical college programs do not. Be sure to check the technical college’s website or course catalog for the most up-to-date information.
When Should I take the ACT?
Most college-bound students take the ACT in April or June of the junior year. You can take the ACT as many times as you want, but we recommend preparing well for the test rather than taking it repeated times with the hope that your scores will go up.
The SAT Assessment consists of three sections. The Critical Thinking section, formerly called the “Verbal” section, includes short reading passages along with the longer passages. Questions include sentence completion and passage-based reading questions. The Math Section, previously
called the “Non Verbal” section, includes both multiple choice and student-produced response questions. The Writing Section includes both multiple-choice and a short essay.
Note: Most college-bound students from the Midwest take the ACT Assessment. It is not necessary to take both tests unless there is a specific need, such as applying to a college outside of the Midwest that prefers the SAT.
The SAT II consists of one-hour, mostly multiple-choice tests that measure how much students know about a particular academic subject and how well they can apply that knowledge.
The 22 Subject Tests include: Writing (with an essay), Literature, U.S. History, World History, Math Level IC, Math Level IIC, Biology E/M, Chemistry, Physics, French Reading, French Reading with Listening, German Reading, German Reading with Listening, Spanish Reading, Spanish Reading with Listening, Modern Hebrew Reading, Italian Reading, Latin Reading with Listening, Japanese Reading with Listening, Korean Reading with Listening, Chinese Reading with Listening, and the English Language Proficiency Test.
A few colleges require or recommend one or more of the Subject Tests for admission or placement. Used in combination with other background information (your high school record, scores from other tests like the SAT I, teacher recommendations, etc.), they provide a dependable measure of your academic achievement and are a good predictor of future performance.
COMPASS Assessment
The COMPASS is a series of basic skills assessments completed on a computer. The test is not timed and scores are received immediately after taking the test.
COMPASS is an admission requirement for most of Madison College’s Associate and Technical programs and is used at most other state technical colleges as well. For many of the programs, your scores will be used for advisory purposes only: Madison College program counselors may use your scores to recommend beginning coursework or to help connect you with appropriate college services. Some programs require specific scores in certain areas, like math or reading.
The ASVAB is the most widely used multiple aptitude test battery in the world. Numerous validation studies indicate the ASVAB assesses academic ability and predicts success in a wide variety of military and civilian occupations. It can be very helpful for all students and is particularly useful for the non-college bound student with no ideas about their skills or aptitudes.
Three score composites, or Career Exploration Scores, are provided specifically to help students engage in the career exploration process. These scores help students to get a good sense of their verbal, math, and science and technical skills compared to other students in the same grade. ASVAB results are reported to students and counselors on the ASVAB Summary Results sheet. The ASVAB Summary Results provides students with appropriate explanations of the scores, as well as suggestions for their use.
Students interested in the military are required to take the ASVAB. The Military Careers Score, allows students to compare their skills and abilities with the skills and abilities of job incumbents in various military careers. Students also receive a Military Entrance Score. This score, also called the Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) score, is the score that determines whether a student has scored high enough to meet the entrance requirements for military service. 
Students who receive a High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) or General Education Diploma (GED) may be admitted to a technical school in the state of Wisconsin. However, there are some programs whose admission requires certain successful completion of courses. It is a distinct advantage to the student if he/she can complete these courses successfully in high school. This can allow a student to be admitted to a technical college program directly out of high school or as soon as openings arise. Students who do not meet a specific program’s requirements will need to take these classes at the technical college before being admitted to the program. This is more costly and time-consuming.
Visiting Colleges or Technical Colleges
Students should begin to visit college or technical college campuses in the spring of their junior year. Feeling comfortable on a campus is one key to making successful transition. Make it a point to visit the school or schools you are considering applying for, even if they are in your backyard. You will begin to understand what factors are important to you in selecting a college. Preview days and tour information is available on the college websites.
College Search
When beginning your college search, look at the characteristics that are most important to you and rank order them. This should help you locate schools that will meet your individual needs. Some characteristics to consider in the college search are: Academic programs, location, type of institution (public or private), student population, academic standards, competitiveness, diversity of student body, cost, financial aid, special programming, athletic programs, campus life and housing.
The College Visit
We cannot emphasize enough the importance of visiting the campus you wish to attend. Even though you may have taken a virtual tour on the internet, or spend time with a friend who attends the school you are considering, you need to get your feet on campus. Students may schedule overnight stays, attend preview days, set up individual meetings with program advisors and may even sit in on some classes. The possibilities are numerous. Parent participation in the tour can be very helpful and reassuring for parents. Always submit a pre-plan with the office if visiting on a school day.
Here are some things you may want to consider when you are making campus visits:
  • Make arrangements with the admissions office for your visit
  • Try to visit on a weekday
  • Verify admission requirements (tests and high school preparation)
  • Discuss your chances for success
  • Obtain the college calendar and a catalog
  • Determine college costs
  • Ask about financial aid, as well as deadlines, forms required, etc
  • Ask questions about academic requirements/offerings, the average class size in lecture classes and lab classes
  • Attend a class to get an idea of typical size and academic atmosphere
  • Check the percentage of entering freshmen who graduate in four years
  • Ask about the placement record of graduates in the field you are considering for major study
  • Identify career planning services for undergraduates
  • Tour the campus.  Check out the dorms, dining hall, library, bookstore, computer labs and other areas key to your needs
  • Talk to students about the general academic environment and the study commitment necessary for success
  • Find out what student activities (clubs, organizations, etc.) are available
  • Inquire about campus life, social activities, an general safety on campus.
  • Investigate transportation options
Complete the College Comparison Worksheet
Comparing Colleges Worksheet


Names of Colleges
-Distance from home
-Physical Size of Campus
-Type of school (2 or 4 yr)
-Setting (Urban or Rural)
-Co-ed, male or female
-Religious affiliation
Admission Requirements
-Specific GPA
-Application deadline
-Major offered
-Student/Faculty Ratio
-Typical class size
College Expenses
-Tuition, room and board
-Application fee, deposits
Financial Aid
-Available scholarships
-Percent receiving aid
-Required forms/deadlines
-Residence halls
-Types and sizes
-Food plans
-Computer Access/Labs
-Clubs, organizations
-Athletics, intramurals
-Greek life
Campus Visits
-Scheduled Dates


Financing College
Financial Aid
The cost of education continues to rise every year. All students and their parents are encouraged to apply for financial aid in January/February of the student’s senior year. The application form that needs to be filed is called the FAFSA. (Free Application For Federal Student Aid). 
Financial need is based on the following factors:
  • Income of both parents or the primary parent if parents are divorced
  • Assets (Savings, etc.)
  • Number of dependents
  • Number of children in post-secondary school
  • Years from retirement
Even though some families may not receive need-based aid, they may be eligible for different types of loans based on the information supplied on the FAFSA form. 
The primary types of financial aid include:
  • Grants (these are need-based awards from both the federal and state agencies)
  • Scholarships
  • Loans (a variety of loans both need and non-need based)
  • Work-Study programs
The Guidance Office compiles and has available a list of scholarships as we receive them. The list is also posted on bulletin boards in the high school and on our school website. The local scholarship list is available in March.
There are some things students can do throughout their high school years to put themselves in a more competitive position to receive scholarships. It is important for students to document activities and experiences that may enhance senior scholarship applications and resumes. Here are some suggestions:
  • Continue to be involved or get involved in school, community and church activities. Talk to your counselor if you need ideas.
  • Volunteer (volunteer experiences help all parties involved…there are many good causes out there)
  • Participate in leadership conferences or workshops.
  • Get to know your counselor and at least a couple teachers on a more personal level. These are the important people who will be writing your recommendations and the more they know about what makes you a unique individual, the better the recommendation they will be able to write.
  • Begin to formulate different essays about your goals, both educational and career. Common topics for scholarship application essays include:
    • “What are your educational and career goals?”
    • “Discuss an activity/experience that has made a significant difference in the way you view life.”
    • “Describe your Hero.”
Scholarship Searches
There are a number of reputable companies and organizations that provide students with FREE scholarship searches. However, students and parents must be cautioned about “scholarship scams.” Do not use a scholarship service that requires a fee, parent credit card number, or guarantees scholarship money. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the available financial aid and scholarship information at the following free Internet sites:
Most of these sites will require that students complete a brief personal profile and set up an online mailbox. As scholarships become available that match your student profile, it will be indicated in your mailbox. Some of the programs allow students to generate a letter requesting an application.
Top Ten Tips For a Winning Scholarship Application
1.          Apply only if you are eligible.
2.          Complete the application in full.
3.          Follow directions.
4.          Neatness counts!
5.          Write an essay that makes a strong presentation.
6.          Watch and follow all deadlines.
7.          Make sure the application gets where it needs to go.
8.          Keep a back-up file in case anything goes wrong.
9.          Give it a final ‘once over.’
10.      Ask for help if you need it.
Beware…Scholarship Scams
Adapted from Get A Jump, Peterson Company
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), in Washington D.C. has a campaign called Project $cholar$cam to confront this important fraudulent activity. Certainly there are legitimate scholarships out there but students and parents must be aware of the following warning signs:
  1. “This scholarship is guaranteed or your money back.” No service can guarantee that you will get a scholarship or grant. Be sure to review the service’s refund policy before committing any money.
  1. “The scholarship service will do all the work.” Although some organizations and or companies can help fill some of the paperwork, you are the only one that can complete the personal information.
  1. “The scholarship will cost some money.” Be leery of any charges related to scholarship information services or individual scholarship application, especially in significant amounts.
  1. “You can’t get this information anywhere else.” Students can get a lot of information from other resources in student services. There are scholarship books, internet sites and scholarship posting.
  1. “You are a finalist” or “You have been selected by a national foundation to   receive a scholarship.” Most legitimate scholarship programs almost never seek out particular applicants. Most scholarship sponsors will contact you only if you have sent an inquiry.
  1. “The scholarship service needs your credit card or checking account number in advance.” Never provide your credit card or bank account number on the telephone. Always get information in writing first before considering giving out that information.
If you have been approached or are concerned about the legitimacy of a scholarship offer, feel free to contact the Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Response Center at www.ftc.gov.
Employment after high school is an appropriate option for some high school graduates. In some cases, a job may turn into a career. However, high school graduates with no vocational training may find that they have limited career options. In many cases they will find that they are, in reality, not entering a career field as much as they are “getting a job.” They may also find that they will not be making much more than minimum wage, and that opportunities for advancement will be very limited.
On the other hand, not every student is cut out for post-secondary schooling right out of high school. Business and industry are always anxious to find employees who are hard working, polite, punctual, well groomed, willing to learn, and able to get along well with others. Of course, if a student has a particular talent or skill in sales, art, computer, etc., he/she can be very valuable to an employer.
Ten Ways to Find Twenty Employers
Adapted from The Job Hunting Handbook by Dahlstrom & Company
Talk to the people you know. Ask your family, friends, relatives, neighbors, classmates, teachers, and counselors if they know of any employers who are hiring. Referrals land more jobs than any other method.
Community Agencies:
If you are a woman, a minority, handicapped or disabled, you have dozens of community agencies that would like to help you.
Job Fairs:
The Chamber of Commerce, the Job Service, business associations, and large corporations, colleges, often sponsor job fairs and/or career days. All these fairs you’ll get to meet employers, learn about their companies, and see where you might fit in.
The Job Service:
There are about 2,000 state employment offices around the country. They help job hunters find employment and they help employers find workers. You can check the computerized Job Bank to see what job opportunities are available.
Newspaper Help Ads:
The help-wanted section of your newspaper can be used to spot the job you’re looking for. It can also be used to spot companies that are “hiring.”
Trade Directories:
If you are looking for a job in a specific industry, go to the library and ask the librarian to help you find the trade directories. Directories list all businesses in certain industry. There are directories for hospitals, publishers, banks, department stores, computer companies, and just about any other industry you can think of.
Trade Journals: 
Practically every occupation has its own trade journal or magazine. Check your library to see if they subscribe to a trade journal for your occupational interest. Most journals feature articles and advertisements by or about major companies-employers. Most also have “help wanted” sections.
State Indexes:
Most states publish indexes of all the registered business in their state. The index to manufacturers would like the entire textile, plastics, computer, appliance and other manufacturers. The index to retail firms would list all the department stores, pharmacies, restaurants, gas stations, and other retailers. The index to service firms would list all the banks, barbershops, hospitals, law firms, and so forth. Check your local library for these resources.
Local Businesses:
If you want a job in your own hometown, check the membership lists of your local Chamber of Commerce. You might also check with your city or county government for a list of businesses in the area.
Yellow Pages:
The Yellow Pages of your telephone book is another good place to check for prospective employers. 
Creating or Updating Your Resume
It is important for students to have a resume ready to go when they are ready to hit the job market. For some of you it will be directly after high school graduation for others it will be after additional education and/or training. 
Remember that your resume is a picture of yourself! It represents your skills, interests, abilities, education, work experience and references.   Employers receive dozens, sometimes hundreds of resumes in the mail each week. Statistics show that only 2 out of every 100 will result in a job interview. Why only 2 out of every 100 you might ask?
Employers give each resume a quick ten second glance. If the resume is too long, too wordy, too cluttered in appearance, or too disorganized it may go in the “circular file.” Resumes that get read are those that are one page in length. They are easy to scan and inviting to look at. They have “pizzazz.” They show that the person applying for the job is qualified and can deliver results. Please refer to the resume example that is located in Section VII – the Appendices
The Job Application
The job application, similar to your resume, tells a story about yourself. Be sure to complete all of the questions honestly. Many employers will ask that you complete the application right there at the company instead of taking it home.   The purpose of this might be to ensure that the perspective candidate is actually completing the application. 
Remember a job application is not an IRS tax return. Just because it is a form, don’t let it scare you. If the application asks a question that may bother you, LEAVE IT BLANK or print see me.   Perhaps you don’t understand the question, or feel it would be important for you to clarify your answer.
There are some areas where an application should not inquire simply because it is illegal. If you find any of the following on your application, you have every right to ignore them: height, weight, age, sex, marital status, size of family, religion, birthplace, race or national origin, handicapping conditions, arrest or convictions or military discharges.
Interviewing Success
As corny as it may sound, be prepared by practicing in the mirror. Employers are looking for people who are not only qualified for the job but are also confident and able to work with others in a professional manner. Review some of the possible questions in the back of this booklet. Be sure to greet your interviewer with a “firm handshake” and make good eye contact throughout the interview.
Feel free to ask the interviewer any questions you may have, relevant to the company or job you are interviewing for. Doing some research about the company or business ahead of time can help you ask meaningful and impressive questions and it helps demonstrate your interest in the job. Make sure that you follow up the interview with a “Thank You” note.
If you would like to practice your interviewing, please contact your school counselor and perhaps he/she can run through a mock interview situation with you.
When you are job-hunting, you may wish to prepare a resume. A resume is your introduction to a potential employer. It tells him or her about your work experience, your education, and your skills. Your resume must always be typed, preferable on quality paper. Set up your resume so it is easy-to-read. You may also wish to utilize the Job Seeking section in Wiscareers. Here you will be able to create a resume and see samples of other work.
Anita Dario
126 Green Street
Fulton, OH 43321
(815) 999-5555
Work Experience:
8/06-Present                            Secretary, Cranberry Trucking, 800 Pinewood Place, Fulton, OH
                                                • Take dictation
• Type letters and invoices
                                                • Assist in weekend operation of switchboard
5/05-Present                            Daycare Assistant, Kids Count Daycare, Fulton, OH
• Help care for children ages 5-7 in after school program
                                                • Assist in developing after school activities
                                                • Distribute drinks and snacks
8/05-8/06                                 Wellness Room Attendant, Fulton Gym, Fulton, OH
• Cleaned cardiovascular and weight room equipment
                                                • Monitored use of cardiovascular machines and weight equipment
Education:                              Fulton High School, Fulton, OH
                                                Cumulative GPA: 3.25
                                                Graduation Date: June 6, 2008
Special Skills:                         Type 55 wpm
                                                Experience working with Microsoft Word, Power Point, and Excel
References:                            Available upon request
Job Skills
Adapted from Bridges.com
According to the experts, there are four specific categories of skills students will need in order to prepare for the future job market. 
Basic Skills
  • Reading: Comprehension is the most basic skill. Students need to know how to single out relevant material.
  • Writing: Employers look for employees who can clearly express ideas using the proper grammar, spelling and punctuation. Report writing and letter writing are essential.
  • Mathematics: You don’t have to be Einstein but students need to be able to have the arithmetic skills to solve problems. Knowing how to use tables, charts and graphs and the ability to show that information in computer presentations will also be a plus.
  • Speaking: Good speakers are valued for their ability to persuade, using clear language, tone of voice, humor or gestures. Good speakers know their audience and are not fearful of them.
  • Listening: Learn to hear what’s actually being said, without filtering. Be sure to ask for clarification if you are unsure of what has been said.
Thinking Skills
  • Creative Thinking: Colorful, inventive ideas show flair and imagination.
  • Problem-Solving: Learn how to identify and dismantle a problem to see what the best approach might be in solving it.
  • Decision-Making: The best way to make decisions is to have the goal in mind. Review the relevant information and be sure to consider all of the options.
  • Visualization: Take a blueprint or plan, and picture the finished product. Focus on the image. Imagine what it takes to be successful.
People Skills
  • Social: People know when you really care and when you don’t. It is important to take time to understand what person is saying and feeling. Be assertive when necessary.
  • Negotiation: After making a position clear, try to understand the other point of view, common ground and options. Even if you have real concerns about the ability of the other person, try to listen and make fair compromises.
  • Leadership: Showing confidence in your own abilities makes others believe too and feel better about decisions being made. Use any rules of trade standards in a positive way to inspire others, communicate the plan clearly and be as stern or nurturing as the situation requires. 
  • Teamwork: Constructive collaboration means understanding people and their priorities. Try to put aside personal differences for the team.
  • Cultural Diversity: It’s important to use the ideas and talents from other cultures if possible. One should use all of the resources available to them.
 Personal Qualities
  • Self-esteem: If you think you can’t your boss will pick up on that. Trust yourself to use your best judgment and move forward with confidence.
  • Self-management: Assess your own skills, know what you have to offer and set realistic goals for yourself. Invent a personal timetable so you can watch your progress.
  • Responsibility: Always do the best job you can, even if the task seems kind of dull. High standards of quality through honest, energy and hard work will pay off in the long run.
Having a Job in High School
Many teens can benefit from having a job. However, without close monitoring, there can be drawbacks as well. Counselors often hear students explain how their job is a big part of their life. We become concerned when students seem more concerned about making payments on their car or when it becomes apparent that it is limiting them from participating in activities or from focusing on school. Students, employers, and parents need to keep things in perspective. If your child is working or considering getting a part-time job, the information below can help you determine if it is truly the best choice for your child’s particular situation. The following information is from familyeducation.com.
The Benefits
  • Teenagers’ jobs can teach work skills that will serve them well in college and prepare them for careers in adulthood.
  • They can acquire confidence, develop a sense of responsibility, and feel more independent. 
  • Studies find that students who work a moderate amount — no more than 10 to 15 hours a week during the school year — tend to earn higher grades than those who don't work at all. 
  • Earning money will enable them to buy things they want and will provide an opportunity for learning responsible money management.
  • If parents work outside the home, an after-school job can give students the adult supervision in those crucial afternoon hours.
  • The right job — or jobs — may expose them to new work possibilities and set them on the path to a lifetime career.
The Drawbacks
  • Working more than 13 to 20 hours a week is associated with lower grades.
  • Teens who work too many hours find it difficult to keep up extracurricular activities and social relationships.
  • Some studies have found that teens who work long hours in the wrong setting are more likely to engage in such risky activities as using illegal drugs or alcohol — in part because they are exposed to older coworkers who lead them astray.
What Parents Should Do
  • Ask what your teen wants to get out of the job. Is it career preparation? A taste of career options? Another venue for his/her social life? Or is it just about the money?
  • Discuss the importance of focusing on school, continuing extracurricular activities, and keeping up a social life as well.
  • Talk about preparing a budget that includes saving as well as spending. This could turn out to be a good time to introduce them to real financial planning.
Know The Law
Maximum hours of work per day/week, and permitted time of day varies by school day and time of year. For a copy of Hours and Times of Day Minors may Work in Wisconsin, please go to the Department of Workforce Development’s website at: http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/er.
Keeping Up the Good Work
If your child takes a job, you need to monitor how it's going.
  • Visit the job site and meet the supervisor, so you know the work situation and the supervisor knows you're watching.
  • Consider limiting work hours at first, allowing more hours only when you are     convinced school and social lives aren't suffering.
  • Consider limiting or banning work on school nights, or restricting it to afternoons or weekends.
  • Help your child look for better jobs as time goes on, especially jobs that   relate to career interests or those that would expose him/her to a wider range of career options.
Military Information
Military Opportunities include full-time duty in one of the branches, as well as delayed entry and part-time commitments in the National Guard or reserves. In addition to serving one’s country and possibly making a career in the military, this experience can offer the opportunity to see other parts of the word, learn an occupation, and earn the privilege of various monetary benefits towards a post secondary education.
Most of the military branch recruiters visit the Guidance Office and will meet individually with students at school or at their home. Parents are encouraged to be a part of this decision-making process.
For further information on entrance requirements, education benefit packages and length of terms contact:
            ARMY                       1-800-USA-ARMY                www.goarmy.com
            NAVY                        1-800-USA-NAVY                www.navy.com
            AIR FORCE               1-800-423-USAF                   www.airforce.com
            MARINES                  1-800-MARINES                   www.marines.com
            NAT’L GUARD            1-800-GO-GUARD                www.wisconsinguard.com
Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)
Students who are committed to serving our country in a military branch are required to take the ASVAB to determine eligibility for training programs. The ASVAB is a unique tool that helps measure specific aptitudes or “gifts” that a student may or may not be aware of having.


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