MCCSC College and Career Newsletter

August 2022

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Upcoming Events and Deadlines

Aug. 5: Sept.10th ACT registration deadline - Register here

Aug.19: Late registration deadline for Aug. 27th SAT - Register here

Sept. 22: Monroe County College Fair - More info

Sept. 23: WhyApply Day! - More info

Sept 26-30: College Application Week! - More info

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The start of a school year is a new beginning for students, educators and parents that can be both exciting and overwhelming. Below are ten tips from Indiana educators to help you prepare for a successful school year:


  1. Get excited
  2. Start to get organized.
  3. Get back into your school routine.
  4. Be calm and positive.
  5. Set goals for the year.
  6. Don’t procrastinate and prioritize activities.
  7. Be prepared for the unknown.
  8. Treat problems as a learning experience.
  9. Get involved in new activities.
  10. Get enough sleep.
FREE/REDUCED LUNCH & TEXTBOOK APPLICATION

Click the image above to access the application

If you think you may qualify for free/reduced lunch or textbook assistance, please complete this form (click the image above). Please note that this qualification will allow you to apply to colleges for free, take the ACT/SAT for free, and receive financial support for specific work-based learning opportunities.

ATTENTION CLASS OF 2023

All seniors will use Naviance to process and submit transcripts, letters of recommendation, and other college application documents. The first step in this process is matching your Common App account to your Naviance Student account. Click the resources below for detailed instructions and additional information.



If you have any questions about Naviance Student and the college application process, please

contact your assigned school counselor.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR 7TH AND 8TH GRADE STUDENTS

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Indiana’s 21st Century Scholars program offers income-eligible Hoosier students up to four years of paid tuition at an eligible Indiana college or university after they graduate from high school, depending upon financial need. Tuition is a big part of college expenses, and the 21st Century Scholarship may provide tens of thousands of dollars in financial aid over the course of four years.


You can enroll your child in the program from the time they enter in 7th grade to June 30 of their 8th grade year. Parents of 8th graders are encouraged to enroll their child as soon as possible to not miss out on this important opportunity. To apply, your student must:


  • Be a resident of Indiana
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Be enrolled in 7th or 8th grade at an Indiana public or private school accredited by the Indiana Department of Education
  • Be a member of a family that meets income eligibility requirements


For full requirements, including maximum annual income, visit Scholars.IN.gov/enroll.


Once you’re ready to apply, visit ScholarTrack.in.gov and create a parent account. You will need to provide your name and an email address to create an account. Once you’ve created an account, click “My Account” to submit an application for 21st Century Scholars. Visit Scholars.IN.gov/enroll for more information on the application process.

NEW 2022-2023 MCCSC HIGH SCHOOL CAREER PATHWAY GUIDE

Check out the new 2022-2023 MCCSC High School Career Pathway Guide (Click the image above). This guide includes all the Next Level Programs of Study Career Pathways offered at each of our four high schools and Hoosier Hills Career Center. You can read about the courses offered as well as the careers associated with that pathway.

TEST PREP RESOURCES

Introducing Naviance Test Prep

Part of the graduation pathways requirement is that students must demonstrate that they have met postsecondary-ready competencies. One way to fulfill this requirement is by taking the ACT or SAT and meeting the following benchmark scores:


• SAT: 480 in English and 530 in Math

• ACT: 18 English / 22 Reading AND 22 Math / 23 Science


All MCCSC 7th – 12th grade students can access free, online PSAT, SAT, ACT and AP courses and practice tests through their Naviance account. Students can work at their own pace and receive instant feedback. Naviance Test Prep will analyze student's current standing for each test and personalize a study guide to assist in enhancing their test scores. The program identifies specific areas to address and allows students to take practice full-length exams.

Naviance Test Prep allows students to:

  • Plan a study schedule according to your test date or when you wish to be fully prepared
  • Determine and strategize your test readiness to success
  • Review necessary knowledge for each exam through lessons, flashcards, practice questions and tests
  • Enjoy the Game Center while boosting your test-taking strategies


Over time, students will be able to track their progress and performance in order to adhere to their goals.

We hope that you will find the student quick guide and student video helpful.

Click on the links below to learn more!

Naviance Test Prep Quick Guide

This guide is intended to help you get started with your PSAT, SAT, or ACT and AP Test Preparation!

Naviance Test Prep Student Video

Short video demonstrating how to access and use Naviance Test Prep

WORK BASED LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

Work and Learn Indiana

Work and Learn Indiana is a FREE work-based learning platform connecting Indiana employers, anyone seeking a work-based learning experience, high schools, colleges, and universities. Work and learn helps Indiana employers and community partners develop and retain Hoosier talent through relevant work-and-learn experiences that drive a highly skilled and equitable workforce. Get meaningful work experience in a high-wage, high-demand industry sector. Click the links below for more information.

Job Postings

Tuesday, August 9th and Tuesday, August 16th, from 11am to 5pm, OneWorld Enterprise will host open interviews handing out free pizza, drinks, and swag. The event will be held at Lennie's (514 E Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, IN 47408). This will be a fantastic opportunity for students looking for a part-time job after school or on the weekends to meet the general managers and interview day-of for positions at Pizza X, Lennie’s, Hive, and One World Catering. Click the image for more information.

SCHOLARSHIPS

I.U. GROUPS Scholarship Applications are available

The Groups Scholars Program has helped over 13,000 Hoosiers succeed at IU. Students interested in IU Groups should refer to IU Groups materials regarding all necessary parts of the application and see their school counselor with questions. Learn more on the Groups Scholars Program website HERE.

IU GROUPS Application Worksheet

Click link to view the application information

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Use Naviance to Search for Scholarships!!!

Students can now manage their scholarships from one place in Naviance Student. In the video below, we show you an overview of the student portal Naviance Student.
An Overview of Naviance Student in Naviance by PowerSchool
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Open Enrollment for Well-Rounded Course Access Courses

IU and IDOE are offering an opportunity for schools to enroll students in free online courses developed and taught by Indiana teachers as part of the well-rounded course access (WRCA) project within the Indiana Course Access Network. Students remain enrolled in their own school, but can take one or more of the following courses that may not be offered at their school or be accessible with their schedule:

  • 1508 Citizenship and Civics - Semester course beginning Wednesday, August 3
  • 2550 Quantitative Reasoning - Year-long course beginning Wednesday, August 3
  • 3012 AP Environmental Science (L) - Year-long course beginning Wednesday, August 3
  • 4803 Intro to Computer Science - Semester course beginning Wednesday, August 3
  • 1012 English as a New Language - Year-long course beginning Wednesday, August 3
  • 2530 Finite Mathematics through Ivy Tech (Dual Credit) - Year-long course beginning Wednesday, August 3

If you have any questions, please contact Mark Conrad, Project Management Specialist at IU.

Major Choices is a podcast from the Career Development Center at Indiana University. In each episode, board-certified career coach Rachel Gerber offers tactical tips to learn about yourself, discover your strengths, how to pick a college major, and think about the steps towards a fulfilling career.

Inside Admissions is a podcast that gives listeners a peek behind the curtain of college admission. Want to understand college admissions from the other side? Looking for reputable advice from admissions professionals? Check out this podcast! https://insideadmissionpodcast.com/ @InsideAdmission

Explore Careers Using Naviance

The Naviance Career Search feature helps students explore careers, clusters, and pathways. Click the links below to learn more.
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Are you interested in playing sports in college? Don't know where to start? take a look at this Initial Eligbility Brochure.
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School can be challenging. No, school will be challenging. Don’t let that discourage you. If you give it your all (or somewhere close to that), expect great rewards. It won’t happen overnight – but it’s going to happen. Keep dreaming, and keep believing.

COME ON KID, THIS IS YOUR DREAM - Motivation for Back to School

Get "Ready" with ReadyUp

ReadyUP was created as an outcome of the Ready Schools Grant design thinking process in 2018-2020 where MCCSC received input from over 650 stakeholders including parents, students, teachers, and community members regarding preparing all our students, PreK-12 to be college, career, and life ready when they graduate from high school. As a result of the process, we developed five focus areas: Project-Based Learning (PBL), STEAM & Hands-On Learning, Career Awareness, Entrepreneurship, and Community & Industry Partnerships. Now, when you see the ReadyUP logo, know that it is a program/event committed to making sure students are prepared and "Ready" for college, career, and life success. Check out the latest ReadyUP newsletter!


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