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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April 2015

Important Information About MCC Courses

Students enrolled in College Career Pathways (CCP) courses, otherwise known as Manchester Community College (MCC) courses at EOSHS, have the option of withdrawing from a CCP course if they wish to exclude the course from their MCC transcripts.  Students MUST complete a withdrawal form, available in the EOS Guidance Office, if they intend to withdraw from the course.  The deadline for withdrawal is April 21st.

Note that withdrawal from a CCP course at this time of year only means that the final grade in the course will not appear on an MCC transcript.  This does NOT mean withdrawal from the course at EOSHS.  Although the final grade will not appear on an MCC transcript, it will appear on an EOSHS transcript.

Students who withdraw from a CCP course after April 21st but before the last day of school will receive a "W" (withdrawal) on their MCC transcripts.

Students who do not withdraw by the last day of classes at EOSHS will receive the grades assigned to them and these grades will appear on their MCC transcripts.  Transcripts are permanent records and cannot be altered.  MCC reports that a grade of "W" on a college transcript may negatively impact eligibility for financial aid.

Timeline for Registering in Courses on UConn Campus

Students interested in registering for courses on the UConn Campus for the fall semester should wait until early May to contact Doug Melody. The 2015-16 master schedule for EOSHS should be constructed by then, so it will be easier to match courses on campus to courses offered at EOS.

Eligible students (11th and 12th grade students with academic credentials - strong transcript and combined SAT scores of 1200+ in Critical Reading and Math) may request enrollment in no more than two classes per semester. Decisions on enrollment are made by the Early College Experience Office. EOS students enroll as part-timers. Typically, about 30 students enroll in courses there each semester.

Final grades earned in courses on campus appear on both EOS transcripts and UConn transcripts. It should be noted that the grades earned in courses taken on campus are NOT factored into the EOS cumulative GPA.

Regional Student Tuition Break Can Save You Money

The New England Board of Higher Education's Regional Student Program (RSP), also known as Tuition Break, provided more than $56 million in tuition savings this academic year to 9242 participating students, according to to the recently published 2014-15 Annual Report of the New England Regional Student Program.

The RSP allows eligible residents of the six New England states to pay a reduced tuition rate when they enroll at out-of-state public colleges and universities within the region and pursue approved degree programs not offered by their home-state public institutions.  In some cases, students may be eligible when their home is closer to an out-of-state college than to in-state college.

Highlights form the 2014-15 RSP Annual Report include:
  • total report in the RSP was 9242
  • participating students and families saved an estimated $56 million on this year's tuition bills, with a full-time student saving and average of $7400.
  • New England public colleges and universities received nearly $66 million in tuition revenue from RSP students enrolled at their campuses.
  • three states saw increases in the number of their residents enrolling under the RSP (9%).
  • Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Maine saw the highest percentage of their residents enrolled under the RSP in undergraduate programs at their state colleges and universities: 73%, 59%, and 53%, respectively.
More than 750 undergraduate and graduate degree programs are offered under the RSP, many of them in specialized and high-demand fields. For more information about the RSP, go to the link under "Helpful Links" to the left of this page.


Click here or above on Connections to open the April edition.  Topics addressed include

  • Does it really matter where you go to college in terms of determining real-world success?
  • Is an elite college worth the price?  Is it really better than a public university?
  • What will the future of college look like - according to the Chronicle of Higher Education?
  • How does EOSHS compare with similarly-sized high schools in terms of ECE enrollment?
  • What's a MOOC?  How can you get one?
  • Have you ever heard of Western Governors University? It may be worth a look.
  • Which colleges and universities accept ECE credits as transfer credits?  Find out.
  • What's a net cost calculator and how may it help in determining the real cost of college?
There is lots of valuable information included in this edition, and it takes only a few minutes to read.

Check it out!

Using Course Planner 

  You may recall in a past blog entry entitled "Course Planner" that a feature has been added to Naviance that allows students to construct four-year plans of study based upon the selective category of schools they may wish to attend upon graduating from EOSHS.  This tool may be very helpful when deciding which courses to choose relative to post secondary goals.  The tool may be found under the "Courses" tab in Family Connections.  Contact your counselor if you need help with this.

Exploring Expertise

Exploring Expertise is a conference at the University of Connecticut (UConn) for students in grades 8-12 and their parents/guardians. It will be held on May 16 from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM (4:30 PM if you choose to take a campus tour).  UConn  invites interested students and parents/guardians to spend a day on campus learning about potential career directions they might pursue in their areas of interest and talent. Experts in a wide variety of disciplines will share their passion for their subjects and talk about the kinds of questions guiding cutting-edge research.  Students can choose up to three sessions to attend and will have the opportunity to meet UCONN faculty, learn about their profession and projects, and ask plenty of questions.

Parent sessions will focus on information and suggestions regarding college preparation and talent development opportunities, including the kinds of resources that will be available to students in college, at UConn, and at other universities.
A few sessions are open to both parents and students and will focus on some opportunities available to students in college which will be informative for parents as well.

For more information, click here.

UConn ECE Program Announces Fee Increase

The UConn Early College Experience (ECE) has recently made a decision to increase fees for ECE courses.  This does NOT apply to EOS students.  This fee is waived by virtue of an agreement established several years ago when UConn decided to no longer manage EOSHS and this resulted in the establishment of the Region 19 School District.
Should students inadvertently be charged fees for ECE courses (this happens occasionally), they simply need to contact the ECE Office to correct the error.

American Legion CT State Police Youth Week

The American Legion Department of CT and the CT State Police announced their joint sponsorship
of the 16th Annual State Police Youth Week.  The program, a law enforcement practicum for high students completing 11th grade this year at an accredited high school in the state of CT, will be held at the State Police Training Academy in Meriden, CT from Sunday, July 5th to Saturday, July 11th.
The program offers insight into the training, duties, and expectations of law enforcement officers and provides realistic experience patterned after recruit training at the CT State Police Academy.  It also affords participants who are considering a career in law enforcement the opportunity to gain knowledge about the professional life of a police officer.
Cadets will participate in a variety of demanding instructional sessions - including patrol techniques, criminal and accident investigation, firearms safety and training, water safety training, team-building and confidence training, defensive driving techniques, and other law enforcement skill training.  Cadets will experience the daily activities of recruit training, including 5:15 am reveille, physical conditioning, inspection of quarters, and participation in assigned details.
Completed applications, including personal statements and recommendations, accompanied by the $125 fee, must be received by Friday, June 15th.  Due to strict limitations on the number of participants, late or incomplete applications may not be considered.
Applications are available in the EOS Guidance Office.  For more information, call 860.296.0719.

"My Career in Manufacturing Is a Reality"

Quinebaug Valley Community College (QVCC) has launched a new Advanced Manufacturing Program and is planning to open the Advanced Manufacturing Center in Fall 2016.  This skill is in high demand locally and paid internships are available at $12-$14 per hour, rising to $20 per hour after one year.Currently accepting only 50 students, enrollment fills quickly.  Registration opens on April 1st.
An information session has been scheduled at QVCC (Danielson) on April 22 at 6 pm.  A panel of employers who hire QVCC graduates will present, current QVCC students in the program as well as recent graduates will be available to share their experiences, and demonstrations will be conducted(Solidworks/Makerbot 3D printer, CNC simulators, precision inspection equipment, and ROMER Arm will be on display).

For more information, click here.

Scholarship Available Through Liberty Bank Foundation

EOSHS students interested in careers in engineering or technology may apply for the annual Donald B. Wilbur Scholarship.  The $1000 scholarship was established in 2008.  To qualify, candidates must be graduating seniors at high schools where Liberty Bank has offices.
For more information, click here.

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