College and Career Center

June 2015 Newsletter

Congrats Seniors!

More than 80% of our senior class graduated either college or career ready this year! Starting with the Class of 2016, all students will be required to be either college or career ready in order to graduate from MLCHS. Want your student to get this requirement met right now? Have your student take the September 13th ACT!

June 13th ACT

Good luck to everyone taking the ACT this Saturday! Remember, you need 3 things for your ACT:

  1. Your admittance ticket (it must be printed out!)
  2. One additional form of photo ID
  3. Your calculator (this will not be provided to you!)


You will also need to bring a #2 pencil and a snack. Best of luck to everyone!

September 13th ACT

The registration deadline for the September 13th ACT is August 8th! All seniors should be taking this ACT! Juniors, this is a great time to take the ACT and begin practicing! Registration must be completed online at actstudent.org!

Take the ACT for Free for Free/Reduced Lunch Students!

Juniors and seniors who are on free/reduced lunch are eligible to take the ACT for free. Registration is still completed online at actstudent.org. ACT fee waivers can be picked up from Ms. Gorman or Mrs. Rannells in the Guidance Office.

When Should My Student Begin Taking the ACT??

It is never too early to take the ACT! I recommend all juniors to take the ACT at least once before they take the junior ACT in March! Sophomores and freshmen are even encouraged to take the ACT early! Students can become college ready as early as their freshmen year!

Is My Student College Ready?

Students become college ready by taking the ACT. They must obtain the following scores:


English: 18

Math: 19

Reading: 20


Remember, these scores are "benchmarks". We expect our students to aim as high as they can and achieve the highest score possible!

WKU Online Dual Credit Courses

Juniors and seniors are eligible to take online courses through Western Kentucky University. Classes cost $210 per course. Classes being offered are listed below:


  • ART 100: Art Appreciation
  • CHEM 101: Introduction to Chemistry
  • COMM 145: Fundamentals of Public Speaking and Communication
  • ENGL 100C: Introduction to College Writing
  • HIST 102: World History II
  • LEAD 200: Introduction to Leadership Studies
  • MATH 109C: General Math
  • PS 110: American National Government
  • PSY 100: Introduction to Psychology
  • REC 200: Introduction to Recreation
  • SOCL 100: Introductory Sociology


Registration must be completed online by August 10th!

Take a College Visit!

The summer is a great time to start taking your student to tour college campuses! It gives students an idea how large campuses can be, what it would be like to live there, and how far away it is from home. Contact the school's Admissions Office to set up an official tour!

KEES Scholarship

Did your student end the school year with a 2.5 GPA or higher? If so, your student is already accumulating scholarship money! All high school students are eligible for the KEES Scholarship. This is an automatic scholarship that can be used for all 4 years at a Kentucky university of technical college. Students must keep a GPA of a 2.5 or higher in order to accumulate money. Click here to see what your student can earn!

CERT - Free ACT Practice

Did you know that every student at Collins has access to free ACT prep materials? CERT, an online ACT prep program allows students to practice problems and enhance skills to prepare them for the ACT. At this point, all juniors and sophomores have taken at least one practice ACT. CERT allows them to access their test scores, see which problems they missed, and how to answer missed problems correctly. Access the CERT website here. Unsure of your student's username and password? Email Ms. Gorman (maggie.gorman@shelby.kyschools.us) and she will get that to you.

Louisville Free Public Library - ACT Prep for Free!

The Louisville Free Public Library is a great source for ACT prep! They offer free ACT prep sessions, as well as free ACT practice tests (great for freshmen and sophomores!). Click here to check out their schedule for June, July and August!