Career Center Tips & Timelines 11 October 2021
The end of September brings us fall weather and recently graduated seniors heading off to college. It reminds me of my own experience heading off to college. I was the first in my family, all wide-eyed and bushy-tailed with no idea what was ahead of me. Being the first to go to college there was no immediate family member to discuss the pros and cons of college, financial aid, and navigating the enrollment process and course selection. But…..I didn’t care! I was excited to head off to college, study all the things that interest me, play soccer, live in the dorms, and be out on my own. By the time I reached the fall of my junior year I had enough credits for two bachelors but not enough for a single one. Meaning, I was taking every course I enjoyed without thinking about how it fits into a declared major.
Now, this is not meant to scare off potential college students. It merely is a lesson to be in communication with your admissions counselor and financial aid department. Discuss scholarships, grants, loans, and out-of-pocket expenses as well as what happens if you amass a load of credits that do not apply to any single degree. So what happened? I left college after fall of my junior year with no more money for school and a mound of debt. I exhausted it all…..
Granted, in the process, I have learned more than I ever want to know about financial aid, scholarships, and declaring a major, and keeping in regular communication with financial aid and the admissions office. Although financial aid departments and admission counselors have dramatically improved in the 32 years since I first stepped foot on a college campus, the process is pretty much the same.
Future college students should get to know the costs associated with the college including but not limited to credits, tuition, fees, housing, food expenses, and declaring a major. This all sounds daunting. Thankfully, I have traveled the windy, bumpy, and sometimes uphill road to completing a degree and learned all the challenging pathways in completing higher education. Thirty-two years later since I first stepped foot on a college campus I have completed an Associate’s degree in Applied Science in my early 40’s, Bachelor’s in Sociology with a concentration in Community Health in my late 40’s, and on my way to starting a Master’s this January in now my 50th year on this planet. I have navigated financial aid, scholarships, and completing school work all the while working full time, and enjoying raising a son, who is now off to the military himself. In the process, I have been a High-Speed Tool Grinder for Boeing, and an educator and career counselor in a prison, as well as a few odd careers in between.
The lessons I have learned led me to help students find their career pathway. I look forward to assisting you or your student through the career and college process in the hopes that you or your student finds a career pathway that best suits their future goals, not just an education.
As always, need assistance, I am here to help. Contact me.
pronounced Deeann Fritchee
She | Her | Hers
Career & College Specialist
Enumclaw High School
(360) 802-7669 main office
(360) 802-7825 direct line
- Financial Aid Application Opened - 1 October 2021
- PSAT - 13 October for Sophomores, 26 October for Freshman and Juniors
- Free for Sophomores, $18 for Freshmen and Juniors. You can pay on the district website > or look below in resources.
- AP Students must register for the AP Exams by 12 November in CollegeBoard AP Classroom, regardless if they plan to take the exams or not. If students do not register by 12 November they will not be able to later. They can opt-out of the exam in the spring but not opt-in. Do not pay for AP exams until Spring.
In the Commons During Lunch:
- Coast Guard - 19 October
- Marines - 21 October
- Army - 27 October
- Air Force - 28 October
- Navy - 1 November
- Army National Guard - 3 November
- Marines - 4 November
In the Media Center during Hornet Times - Sign Up @ Career Center:
- Green River College Visit - 18 October
- Pacific Lutheran U. Visit - 19 October
- Warner Pacific U. Visit - 20 October - Virtual
- Merrimack College Visit - 21 October
- Willamette U. Visit - 25 October
- Whitworth U. Visit - 25 October
- Pacific Northwest College of Art Visit - 25 October
- Saint Martin's U. Visit - 27 October - Virtual
- Central WA U. Visit - 27 October
- Whittier College Visit - 1 November - Virtual
- Western Oregon Visit - 1 November - Virtual
- Saint Martin's U. Visit - 2 November - Virtual
- U. Of Puget Sound Visit - 2 November
- Boise State U. Visit - 4 November - Virtual
- U. of Oregon Visit - 10 November
- College Fair TBD @ HS
- Career Fair TBD @ HS
- More fairs listed in Resources
Here are a few examples.
- Aerospace Engineers
- Agriculture Engineers
- Architectural Engineers
- BioMedical Engineers
- Chemical Engineers
- Civil Engineers
- Computer Engineers
- Electronic Engineers
- Environmental Engineers
- Industrial Engineers
- Manufacturing Engineers
- Mechanical Engineers
- Robotic Engineers
What courses are available in high school to assist in this CTE Career Pathway?
- Principles of Engineering
- Chemistry - Bio & Environment
- Drawing/Graphic Design
- Medical Careers
- Human Anatomy
- Human Biology