College and Career Happenings

March 2015

ACT Scores, Visiting Colleges, College Research Sessions for Juniors, Sophomore Presentations, Filing the FAFSA (senior families)

ACT Scores

Juniors took the ACT test at DGN on March 3rd. All juniors received a "Permission to Post" form in the mail. Additional copies can be found in the Counseling Office or the College and Career Center. This form allows DGN to add the ACT score to the students' transcript. Many colleges will accept these scores for the purpose of admission while others ask that students send their scores from ACT directly. Each time a student takes the ACT, they can choose to send their scores to 4 schools for free. If students do not take advantage of this option, they will be required to pay for each time they send the scores to an institution. Colleges will consider the students' highest scores for admission. Some colleges consider the students highest scores for each subject, therefore it can be advantageous to send all scores or post all of them to the transcript when applying.


Visiting Colleges

Spring is a great time for juniors to visit colleges. Whether you are visiting local colleges or traveling out of state, make arrangements early. Check the document library in Family Connection for tips on planning these visits.


College Research Sessions

Mrs. Manderino is offering College Research Sessions the week of March 16 and March 23. These sessions are intended to help juniors get started researching colleges. Topics included in this session are as follows:


  • Criteria students may use to search for colleges
  • Importance of the campus visit
  • Number of colleges to apply to
  • Resources to use when researching colleges


Sessions will be offered during the following times:

Week of March 16:

Thursday, March 19, 7:30am, 4A, 4B, 6A, 6B

Friday March 20, 5A, 5B


Week of March 23:

March 25, 7:30am, 5A, 5B

March 26, 4A, 4B, 6A, 6B


Students should sign up below or in the College and Career Center to participate.


Sophomore presentations

Sophomores participated in sessions in the College and Career Center over the last two weeks about career exploration and the importance of connecting students' interests, values, skills and personality to a possible career. Students were introduced to another tool in Family Connection called Road Trip Nation, and they utilized the results from the Career Interest Profiler to further research careers. Road Trip Nation is a video library of leaders in various career fields discussing the "road" to their career with a group of students. This tool allows students to further research possible careers by hearing about the experiences of current leaders in many career areas.


The handouts from this session can be found on the Sophomore page under "Information" and "March 3-6: Sophomore Group Guidance". The word "handouts" is linked to the document. Students were encouraged to continue using these tools from home as they consider post-high school plans.


Filing the FAFSA (This information is repeated from January's edition)

Senior families should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Families can start the application on January 1st. My colleagues at the Academy for College Admission Counseling have graciously prepared two resources that will be helpful as families are completing the FAFSA. The first is Financial Aid 2015. It is an extensive document providing tips for filing the FAFSA, financial resources on the web, financial aid terms and award letters. The second is a draft of the 2015 FAFSA form. Plan to complete the form right away for the greatest chances of receiving aid. Click here for more information on getting started. Finally, the FAFSA on the Web Worksheet may be helpful as you are organizing your information.


As a result of completing the FAFSA, families will receive award letters during late March or early April. These letters detail the financial aid package offered by each school. Students do not have to commit to attending a college until May 1. This allows time for families to review the award letters and compare the costs of attendance for each school.

College Visit Information

Parents can view a list of college representatives visiting DGN by following these steps.

1. Log in to Family Connection

2. Click on "I'm a guest"

3. Enter the password "purpleandwhite"

4. Click on the colleges tab on the left side.

5. Upcoming college visit information can be found on the right side


Students can sign up to meet with college representatives visiting DGN by following these steps.

1. Log in to Family Connection

2. Click on the "colleges" tab

3. "view upcoming visits"

4. Next to the college you choose, click "sign up"

5. "sign me up"

6. Pick up the purple pass the morning of the visit from the College and Career Center.

Summer Enrichment Opportunities

Parents and students can view a list of summer enrichment opportunities by following these steps.

1. Log in to Family Connection using student or guest access (directions for guest access can be found above in the College Visit Information section).

2. Click on the "colleges" tab

3. Scroll down to "college research"

4. Click on "enrichment programs"

Scholarship Information

Parents can also view scholarships by following the steps 1-4 above. Scroll down to the section marked "scholarships & money." Click on "scholarship list."


Students can utilize the scholarship list by doing the following:

1. Log in to Family Connection

2. Click on the "colleges" tab

3. Scroll down to "scholarships & money"

4. Click on "scholarship list"

Events

Knowledge for College

Saturday, April 11th, 9-11am

425 Fawell Boulevard

Glen Ellyn, IL

The Center for Access and Accommodations at the College of DuPage will discuss accommodations and support services available at COD. The session will be in the Health and Science Center 1234 & Atrium. For more information call 630-942-2141.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Lyons Township High School College Fair

Monday, April 13th, 6:30-8:30pm

100 South Brainard Avenue

La Grange, IL

Click here for more information.

Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Information Sessions

Click here for dates and locations.

Open House at FGM Architects

Tuesday, April 14th, 5:30-6:30pm

1211 W 22nd St

Oak Brook, IL

This is an information session on the field of architecture. One parent must accompany each student.


Please RSVP at carolineb@fgmarchitects.com or call 630-574-8700. This session will be held in Suite #705.

Hinsdale District 86 College Night

Thursday, April 16th, 7-9pm

5500 South Grant Street

Hinsdale, IL

College night will be held in the field house.

Let's Talk Architecture

Thursday, April 16th, 6:30-8pm

1 Friendship Plaza

Addison, IL

This information session is about how architecture impacts our daily lives.


Please RSVP at tmitchell@aianei.org or call 630-527-8550. This session will be held at the Addison Village Hall.

Dartmouth Information Session

Sunday, April 19th, 4pm

5501 North Kedzie Avenue

Chicago, IL

For more information and to RSVP please go to http://dartgo.org/ontheroad.

Midwest College of Cosmetology Open House

Midwest College of Cosmetology is holding their Open House on November 8, January 31 and March 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 755 West Raab Road, Normal, IL. Please RSVP to Sarah Forbes at sforbes@lincolncollege.edu or 309-268-4331.

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics Career Expo for High School Students

Wednesday, April 22nd, 5:30-8:30pm

Fermilab's Wilson Hall, Batavia

This Career Expo will explore careers in Engineering, Mathematics, Science and Technology. This event is free and no registration is required. Parking is free and located on the west side of Wilson Hall. For more information go to: http://ed.fnal.gov/programs/careerfair/.

Cosmetology Program Information Session

Saturday, April 25th, 10am

301 South Swift Road

Addison, IL

For more information call (630)942-2592 or go to www.cod.edu/cosmetology. Please RSVP at admissions.cod.edu.


Please enter session at door number 14.

Kendall Camps Preview Day

Saturday, April 25th, 11am-1pm

900 North North Branch Street

Chicago, IL

This session gives you a sneak peek of Kendall College's culinary, baking, hospitality and business camps.


RSVP at Terrell.johnson@kendall.edu or 312-752-2206 by Wednesday, April 22. For additional camp information go to kendall.edu/camps.

Southern Illinois University 2015 United Airlines Career Day

Saturday, April 25th, 6am-5:30pm

O'Hare International Airport, Chicago, IL, United States

Chicago, IL

Selected students will start at O'Hare International airport and be flown to Southern Illinois Airport in Carbondale. Students will tour the SIU's aviation facilities, main campus, rec center and student center.


Interested students must click here to apply.

Washington University in St. Louis Information Session

Sunday, April 26th, 3-4pm

1401 West 22nd Street

Oak Brook, IL

For additional information please call (800)638-0700 or (314)935-6000.

Cosmetology Program Information Session

Wednesday, April 29th, 7pm

301 South Swift Road

Addison, IL

For more information call (630)942-2592 or go to www.cod.edu/cosmetology. Please RSVP at admissions.cod.edu.


Please enter session at door number 14.

College of DuPage Veterinary Assistant Information Session

Tuesday, May 5th, 6-7pm

425 22nd Street

Glen Ellyn, IL

This information session will be held in room SRC 1123. For more information call 630-942-2176. To register for this session call 630-942-2208.

Academy Day (Information Sessions on the 5 Service Academies)

Saturday, May 9th, 9-11am

1020 Dunham Road

Saint Charles, IL

This is an information session about the five services academies: U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marines Academy.


Please enter through door #84. The information session will be held in the Little Theatre. If you have any questions or to RSVP please call 630-232-0006 or email RoskamEvent@mail.house.gov .

College of DuPage's Pharmacy Technician Information Session

Tuesday, May 12th, 6-7pm

425 22nd Street

Glen Ellyn, IL

This session will be held in room SRC 1119. For more information call 630-942-2176. To register call 630-942-2208.

College of DuPage's Pharmacy Technician Information Session

Saturday, May 16th, 10-11am

425 22nd Street

Glen Ellyn, IL

This session will be held in room SRC 1119. For more information call 630-942-2176. To register call 630-942-2208.

Latino Health Science Enrichment Program (Summer 2015)

The Hispanic Center of Excellence in Medicine at University of Illinois at Chicago has invited DGN students to apply for the Latino Health Science Enrichment Program. Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA and have finished at least one high school math and science class. For more information please come to the College and Career Center.

College of DuPage's Hemodialysis Technician Information Session

Monday, June 8th, 6-7pm

425 22nd Street

Glen Ellyn, IL

For more information call 630-942-2176. To register call 630-942-2208.