Where Are You Going? What are you doing?
Whether you're a freshman or senior, there's no better time to start thinking about the future than NOW! Thinking about the future doesn't mean that you have to know every detail of your post-high school plan. It might just mean looking at some career options that seem exciting and taking classes that give you an idea of how that career works. Some of you will absolutely know where you want to go and have a good idea of what you want to study. The links below will help you, regardless of where you are in this process. We'd love to have you come down and visit us in the counseling office to discuss college and career goals.
Are you a first generation student? Check out this resource.
College Prep Checklists
Great resources from the Georgia Student Finance Commission.
resources to help:
Extensive site that allows you to research colleges, explore different qualities about yourself (and link them to careers), and even apply to college. You can even check your HOPE GPA.
Uses an algorithm that combines aptitudes, interests, and 21st century careers to make the highest quality career and educational recommendations. Previously, this was only available through professional counselors costing thousands of dollars. It uses 5-to-8 minute performance based exercises for each aptitude to capture true areas of highest potential. The assessment does not rely on self-reported user data, which can be ‘gamed’ or manipulated. It shows exactly where your personal abilities are best aligned with over 500 career options, and it’s all in one online experience. Students can access YouScience from their student portal.
Interested in earning college credit that also takes care of graduation requirements? Georgia's dual enrollment program may be perfect for you. This allows you to take college classes and receive high school and college credit simultaneously. Courses may be taken before, during, or after schools hours on the college campus or online. Approved courses may count towards high school graduation requirements. Check out all the new dual enrollment rules on GA Futures in regards to eligibility and funding. See Ms. Damron in the Career Center to begin the process.
Big Future is an excellent site provided by the College Board that allows students to search for colleges based on a number of different characteristics.
Work-Based Learning/Youth Apprenticeship:
Have a job? Want to do your job during your school day AND receive high school credit for working? What about gain experience in your intended career field? Work-Based Learning or Youth Apprenticeship may be just for you! Visit the linked site and see Ms.Deaton in the Career Center.
*not all jobs meet WBL requirements
Interested in the military? What branch are you thinking about? Have you taken your ASVAB?
Probe is an annual program of college fairs and guidance counselor workshops that are held throughout the state of Georgia. AHS hosts a Probe fair in September, and there are numerous other local Probe fairs you can attend. These are a great way for juniors and seniors to meet college representatives.
AHS Career Center:
Mrs. Damron is our Career Center Coordinator. The Career Center is a great place to learn about SAT, ACT, Accuplacer, scholarships, and if you qualify, you can pick up your SAT/ACT fee waivers with Mrs. Damron.
Choosing a Major:
Choosing a major to study for four years is an important but difficult decision. Some students have no idea what they want to do, while others daydream about their dream job but aren’t really sure how to get there. To help students through the process, this guide highlights the important factors to consider when choosing a field of study and looks at top majors as well as the potential careers they can lead to. Before committing to a program, find out everything you need to know.
College Entrance Exams:
If you have free or reduced lunch, you may qualify for fee waivers for these exams.
Free exam prep materials are available in the Counseling Office, Career Center, and through ACT or College Board.
Visit the Counseling Office or Career Center for information on the Accuplacer exam.
Create a going merry account for scholarship opportunities:
The HOPE Scholarship program is for students that have demonstrated academic achievement and are seeking a college degree. There are several ways to become eligible for the HOPE Scholarship, either by graduating from high school as a HOPE Scholar or by earning it while in college. For more information, please review the HOPE Scholarship regulations.
The HOPE Grant program is for students seeking a technical certificate or diploma, regardless of the student's high school grade point average or graduation date. For more information, please review the HOPE Grant regulations.
The Zell Miller Scholarship program is for students who have demonstrated academic achievement and are seeking a college degree. Generally, to become eligible, a student must graduate from an eligible high school with a 3.70 GPA and a minimum score on the SAT/ACT. For more information, please review the Zell Miller Scholarship regulations.
The Zell Miller Grant program is for students seeking a technical certificate or diploma, regardless of the student's high school grade point average or graduation date. To be eligible for the Zell Miller Grant, a student must earn and maintain a minimum 3.5 cumulative postsecondary GPA. For more information, please review the Zell Miller Grant regulations.
The HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarships and HOPE and Zell Miller Grants pay a certain amount for tuition. The amount of the award depends on the type of school the student is attending, the number of credit hours the student is enrolled, and the specific tuition rate for the college. To view the award amounts, please view the chart found here .
For more details about the program and qualifications please visit: www.gafutures.org.
NEED A RECOMMENDATION FROM YOUR COUNSELOR?
Please submit a résumé or brag sheet and a self-assessment to your counselor. These are also good resources for letters of recommendations needed from a teacher.
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