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Did you know nearly 1 in 3 teen daters* reported their partner checked up with them multiple times per day on the internet or on their cellphone, asking where they are, who they’re with, or what they’re doing? These days with texting, social media, messengers, and apps, it's easier than ever for young people to stay in touch with their partners. But that also means that unhealthy relationship behaviors can happen out of the view of family and friends who can help.

To put a spotlight on the potential dangers of unhealthy digital behaviors and honor Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM) this February, One Love is excited to announce the premiere of our new PSA video “They’re Not Your Friends”.
Unhealthy Connections -They're Not Your Friends
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Check out our *NEW* Career Exploration Resources Padlet!

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High School seniors looking for apprenticeship opportunities in advanced manufacturing? Do they want to join a program that values their education and provides them with hands-on training at great employers?

The MAT2 Apprenticeship Program is a unique opportunity for your students' future.

This year, our network companies are looking for 33 apprentices as Mechatronics Technician and CNC Machinist apprentices to start this summer.

Join our next two upcoming events:

In-Person Interview Days at Henry Ford College

Saturday, March 25, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

  • Prospective apprentices will hear from our network companies, including Brose, SW Machines, EMAG, ZF and Durr Systems about their companies and the apprenticeship experience
  • They will have the chance to do short interviews with the company representatives
  • Parents/legal guardians are welcome to attend

RSVP here

We also have virtual info sessions coming up on February 23 at 11:30 am and March 14 at 3:30 pm - open to everyone who wants to learn more about the MAT2 Apprenticeship Program!

MAT2 Apprenticeship Program Benefits:

  • Earn while you learn & receive a debt-free AAS degree
  • 3 years of coordinated college and work at Henry Ford College or Macomb Community College
  • Application of skills learned in college to real-world situations
  • 2-year job guarantee upon successful completion

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Kick Off the New Year with a Kick-Start to College and Career Planning

Join ACT and expert career coach Victor McGuire, Ph.D, as we start the New Year sharing all things every student should know about picking a career path!

That’s right — we're giving your students free career coaching now so that they can find their best path to a fulfilling major and profession. We’ve asked a leading career expert to share his learnings and tips for teens trying to find their ideal career. Victor’s decades of experience — and own personal experiences — will help guide your students to have a better understanding of how to pick a major, shape your career, and find personal success.

Free Virtual Webinar
What Every Student Should Know About Picking a Career Path
February 16, 2023
6:00 p.m., CT

Register Here: https://www.act.org/content/act/en/students-and-parents/college-and-career-planning-event/register-my-journey.html?&utm_medium=email&utm_source=marketo&utm_campaign=pi13-my-journey-%E2%80%93-milestones-spring-d2l-event-campaign-k12-b2c&utm_content=dc_1720-internal-organic-122922-mr027971-button&mkt_tok=MDM1LUVaUi05NTkAAAGI_WWWm_mTCY-7z4pWQN2OcrJqHGoeRClqu7tcCs1VZnJBmgMqHrrhGEKb_bzO6TnnwySWOZw1i0JNqM68piy_kYb0p65qgW2-HHc-kTWXusZZIfYE

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The SAT is more than just a test. It's a tool that helps unlock opportunity.

Did you know that SAT scores:

•Are still accepted and encouraged by most colleges?

•Can open the door to scholarship opportunities and help with college course placement?

•Could confirm or exceed your high school GPA to help you stand out?

And if you took the PSAT/NMSQT®, you're already familiar with—and prepared for—the SAT.

Learn More

Official SAT Practice:

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Students who graduate from high school in Michigan with a diploma or certificate of completion or achieved a high school equivalency certificate in 2023 or after will be eligible for more financial aid from the State of Michigan:

  • Up to $2,000 if they attend an eligible training provider in Michigan, per year, up to two years
  • Up to $2,750 if they attend a Michigan community college, per year, up to three years
  • Up to $4,000 if they attend a Michigan private college or university, per year, up to five years
  • Up to $5,500 if they attend a Michigan public university, per year, up to five years

Want to learn more about the Michigan Achievement Scholarship? Join us for one of our upcoming informational sessions.

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2023 Pharmacy Summer Institute
Monday, July 10 - Wednesday, July 12, 2023
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. EST
Held on the historic University at Buffalo South Campus

Now in its eighth year, the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Pharmacy Summer Institute is an enrichment program for motivated high school and college students that expands knowledge of the many exciting career pathways in the professions of pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences.

Our unique program incorporates active participation in a wide range of learning experiences including:

  • Admissions Planning & Academic Advising: Get tips and guidance on how to prepare for your education and career in pharmacy practice and/or research
  • Career Discovery: Learn about the diverse job opportunities for pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists
  • Research Opportunities: Visit our research labs and meet with faculty in clinical and basic sciences
  • Building Tours: Explore our internationally recognized community of healing, learning and discovery
  • Meet Us: Network with real-world practitioners, researchers and current UB PharmD students
  • Activities and Live Demos: Observe pharmacy skills including patient counseling and compounding

Applications for our Pharmacy Summer Institute open March 1 and close May 1.

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Summer is a perfect time for motivated high school students to learn from William & Mary’s world-renowned professors and experts in today’s most sought-after industries. The application period for our online pre-college summer program is now open.

Our online pre-college programs help students ages 13 and older explore their interests. Through participating in our courses, students can discover if an interest could lead to a college major or even a future career.

Even more exciting, we've just added a new course to our portfolio for anyone who is thinking about a future in the legal profession. Constitutional Law: We the People provides an inside look at the fundamentals of the Constitution and how the judicial system works to interpret it. Students will learn how lawyers and judges rely on the constitution to support their cases, and why there are differing opinions on how this document is — or should be — deciphered.

This course is designed by renowned William & Mary professors and delivered through engaging video lessons.

You can also view and pass along our shareable flyer here which includes key details about our courses.


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We would like to invite your students to our annual CSI Camp at Waynesburg University! The Camp will take place from June 12, 2023 to June 16, 2023, and we are thrilled to once again make this opportunity available.

Our CSI Camp is designed to give students hands-on experience of what they can expect
in the forensic science and criminal justice majors and, ultimately, occupations. Camp will
enable students to enhance their knowledge and understanding of forensic topics and allow them to make valuable connections with professionals and fellow peers in the field. Students will have the opportunity to train with and learn from certified experts in
a small group setting.

Students entering 11th grade, 12th grade, or who are spring 2023 high school graduates are eligible to attend CSI Camp.

If you or your students would like more information on the Camp, please visit https://www.waynesburg.edu/csi-camp. If they are interested, they can register for the Camp on this website as well.
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Are you a high school or undergraduate college student doing outstanding work to support mental health? Apply for our Student Voice of Mental Health Awards!

The Jed Foundation (JED) Student Voice of Mental Health Awards honor one undergraduate college student and one high school student doing outstanding work to raise awareness of mental health issues, reduce stigma, encourage their peers to reach out for help and support, and create a community of care on their campus in which mental health is valued and supported. Award winners receive a $3,000 cash scholarship, a trip to New York City to receive the award at JED’s annual gala on June 7, 2023 (COVID-19 regulations allowing), recognition on JED’s website and social media platforms, and ongoing opportunities to represent and work with JED.

Apply Today

If you know a student who may be interested in this scholarship, please share this opportunity with them. Applications will remain open until 5 p.m. EST on Wednesday, March 1, 2023, and U.S.-based students of all backgrounds 16 years of age or older are encouraged to apply. Learn more.

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My education changed my life. It opened doors, granted me opportunities, and helped me create a future brighter than I could have ever imagined for myself.

That’s why as First Lady, I wanted to pay it forward by helping students get to and through college. It’s why I’ve been working to help girls around the world get the education they deserve.

And it’s why, last year, Barack and I teamed up with Airbnb Co-Founder and CEO Brian Chesky to create the Voyager Scholarship for Public Service. This scholarship helps connect college students with financial aid, meaningful travel experiences, and a network of mentors — and we’re so proud of the incredible work we’ve already seen from the first class of Voyager scholarship recipients.

We can’t wait to see what’s next. Right now, the Obama Foundation is looking for rising juniors based here in the United States who are interested in pursuing a career in public service.

So take a look at the message from Valerie below. If it describes you, I hope you’ll apply. If it describes someone you know, please encourage them to learn more and apply before March 22. Because together, we can help more students get the education and experiences that can
change lives—and the world around us.
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If you haven't started already, it's time to register and apply!

You can register with our scholarship portal and complete one application which will be considered by the dozens of scholarship funds at the Community Foundation.

Reminder: If you think you will apply for a scholarship, and you have not done so already, you should register for a login within our online grants management system. If you have already registered, then you are all set! No need to re-register.
Learn more to get started at cfsem.org/Scholarships.

Questions? Feel free to contact Karen Gartrell, Program Assistant and Scholarship Coordinator at the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, at scholarships@cfsem.org or by phone at 313-961-6675.

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Anyone who lives, works or worships in the state of Michigan is eligible for our scholarship that can be used at an accredited or certification program in the state of Michigan. Each online application must be accompanied by an essay on the following topic:

“…tell us how you demonstrate the credit union value of “people helping people.” If possible, include an example of a time you have given back, or made a difference in your school, community, or workplace. Then, tell us how you plan to continue to “Give Big” to your community, school, or the state of Michigan after you complete your program and begin, or further, your career.”

Thank you for your willingness to share this information and support education in Michigan.

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Please let your students know about AutomotiveScholarships.com so they can apply for the hundreds of available scholarships to be awarded for the 2023-24 academic year to students studying engineering, accounting, business, IT/cybersecurity or other courses of study for a career in the automotive field, as well as those training to become automotive, heavy duty or collision repair technicians.

Graduating high school seniors, full-time post-secondary students, and former recipients are welcome to apply. Each completed application is considered for all scholarships where the student meets the qualifications.

Please share these scholarship opportunities with students, parents or anyone interested in applying for scholarships.
To receive information and reminders, text name, email to 720-903-2206.

Apply Now

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We’re giving Black students and their families another chance this school year to connect with Black admissions reps at Real Talk: HBCU Edition on March 1 and 2. This two-night event will be an opportunity to compare colleges, receive advice on standing out during the admissions process, get information on special scholarships that can make college more affordable, and have top questions answered in real time.

Night 1 on Wednesday, March 1, at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT, features:

•Dillard University

•Fayetteville State University

•Florida A&M University

•Morgan State University

•Tuskegee University

Night 2 on Thursday, March 2, at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT, features:

•Bethune-Cookman University

•Claflin University

•Morehouse College

•Norfolk State University

•Tennessee State University

•Texas Southern University

Register Here! https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/communities-events/real-talk?SFMC_cid=EM890427-&rid=370880421

Real Talk events were created to provide Black students and their families with the tools they need to feel confident as students start planning for their future after high school

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We would like to take the opportunity to announce our upcoming Meridians event on Saturday, February 18, 2023. Meridians, our virtual preview day, is a one day event where students will have the chance to interact with our current students, alumni, faculty, and admissions officers. It will be hosted over Zoom, and with our Regular Decision II application deadline coming up on March 13, 2023, it is really the best event for any student interested in Minerva to learn more and ask questions.

If you have any curious, ambitious, and driven students that are considering a non-traditional college experience, please encourage them to register for Meridians here. Please also feel welcome to sign up if you wish to attend yourself to learn more about Minerva.
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Pathway to a Top College with a Full Four-Year Scholarship - The National College Match is a college admission and scholarship process through which high-achieving, low-income students can be admitted early with full four-year scholarships to QuestBridge college partners.

We are looking for high school seniors who have shown outstanding academic ability despite financial challenges. We take a holistic approach to reviewing applications, and we do not have absolute criteria or cut-offs for GPA, standardized test scores, income, or other factors.

Be sure to review carefully:

Eligibility | Academic Achievement | Financial Qualifications | Personal Circumstances | FAQs


Junior College Planning:

Counselors across all 3 campuses have been going into junior CORE classrooms to discuss the timeline for the college planning process! Please review our presentation to learn what juniors should be focusing on for 2nd semester and see our college planning checklist for a review of our timeline. Letters will go out next week for students and families to sign up to see their counselor for a Junior College Planning Meeting: a 45 minute appointment specifically for your individual college process.

IA Counselors

Okma Campus

Kristin Hanson



Caylan Healy



East Campus

Whitney Bernstein



Alexandria Phelps



West Campus

Brigid Piagentini