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Friday, November 15, 2013

November 15, 2013

Financial Aid Workshop for Parents
EOS Lecture Hall
Monday, December 9 @ 6:30 PM

Carolyn Karno will be the featured speaker at this year's annual financial aid workshop for parents.  This workshop is scheduled to take place on Monday, December 9th at 6:30 PM in the EOSHS lecture hall.  It is expected to last for about 90 minutes.  Although designed primarily for parents of current 12th graders who are planing to cover costs for higher education, this workshop may also be helpful for those parents interested in getting a preview of what's to come.
 The presenter is a seasoned financial aid professional with a wide range of higher education experience. Before starting her own consulting business, Karno was the Manager of College Planning and Financial Aid at the Connecticut Student Loan Foundation and was instrumental in starting their “Investing in Futures” Resource Center.  Her work with families included assisting them with financial aid forms, deciphering college award letters, and counseling them as to how much they could truly afford to spend.
She is also well known throughout the school counselor community for her college planning and financial aid workshops. Last year she provided more than thirty workshops for parents, students, and education opportunity professionals. Prior to joining the Connecticut Student Loan Foundation, she was the Communications and Outreach Director for the GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) initiative at the Connecticut Department of Higher Education.
Contact the Guidance Department for more information.

Manchester Community College
 Much information about UConn and the ECE Program has been reported on this site, but students and parents should also know about the partnership that EOSHS has with Manchester Community College (MCC) as well.  MCC is annually one of the three schools (UConn and ECSU being the others) that receive the most EOS graduates.  Over 140 EOS graduates have moved on to MCC during the past three years alone.  Below is some data you may find helpful while developing a better understanding of what MCC has to offer.
  • MCC serves over 15000 students each year.  It's the largest community college in CT.
  • the average age of students is 26; 54% are female; 33% of students are full-time.
  • MCC offers associate in art and associate in science degrees in over 40 disciplines.  Broad areas of study include: accounting, business, business office technology, computer information systems, computer science and technology, engineering science and industrial technology, general studies, health careers, hospitality management and culinary arts, human services, humanities, and the liberal arts and sciences.
  • MCC also offers programs of a shorter duration in each of the areas listed above, all of which lead to a certificate.  The certificate programs range from 6 to 30 credits, and some may be completed in as little as a year.
  • MCC graduates are guaranteed admission to the CT State Universities (CSUs).  The transfer compact between MCC and the CSUs provides special opportunities for MCC students to complete an associate degree in a program designed for transfer.
  • Incoming students who have fewer than 16 college credits may enroll in the Guaranteed Admissions Program (GAP), a collaborative program with the community colleges and the University of CT, provided they maintain at least a 3.0 GPA and graduate with an associate degree.  The GAP provides MCC students access to more than 60 majors in UConn's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, or the School of Business.
  • MCC also partners with ECSU to offer a bachelor of general studies degree completion in which MCC graduates can continue their studies seamlessly at ECSU.
  • MCC graduates have successfully transferred to more than 100 public and private universities throughout the country.
  • Full-time one year costs at MCC - $3786.  This compares favorably to full-time commuter costs at ECSU - $8911.  It also compares favorably to full-time commuter costs at UConn - $12022.
  • MCC has an "open door" admissions policy for graduates of high school or those individuals that possess a high school equivalency diploma (GED).  However, admission to the college does not necessarily mean admission to all courses and programs.  Admitted students take a placement test to determine which level of English and math courses they should be placed in to start school.  Students not placing into college-credit courses will instead be scheduled into remedial courses and will be required to successfully complete these courses before enrolling in college-credit bearing courses.  Remedial courses cost the same as college-credit courses, so students enrolled in remedial courses are paying for courses in which they will not receive college credits.
  • Students with SAT Critical Reading or Writing scores of at least 450 are exempt from the English placement test and are placed directly into college-level English.  Students with an SAT Math score of at least 500 are exempt from the math placement test and placed directly into college-level math.
For more information about MCC, click on this link.

Careers in the Middle
MCC recently offered a program on its campus called "Careers in the Middle" and it's purpose was to present information about promising careers that require less than a four-year degree.  Click on this link to the power point presentation used by a featured speaker during this day-long conference.
Careers in health care and manufacturing were featured as these two areas appear to offer the most potential for employment opportunities in the decade ahead.
Other useful links mentioned during the conference are listed below.
A Reminder About Rolling Admissions at CT Public Universities

The CT public universities - CCSU, ECSU, SCSU, WCSU - offer admission on a rolling basis, meaning that these schools accept qualified students throughout the year. It means NOW. Students (and parents/guardians) should know that these schools have become more attractive in recent years for several reasons - not the least of which is the "price tag". Three years ago, SCSU closed its "doors" to applicants in March of the application cycle. This was much earlier than ever before. So, it becomes increasingly more difficult to be admitted as one waits longer to submit applications to these schools. Get it?

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