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Preparing for college & career - January Issue

Make January work for you! This newsletter is packed with things to get done while it's cold outside

Early College STEM Academy Tour & Info Session

Attention current 10th grade student interested in a unique opportunity to earn college credit during high school studying science, technology, engineering, and/or math! Tour Madison College and learn more about the event by registering here . The application deadline is January 19th, so pick up an app (if you havent already) from your counselor before winter break and get a start on it.

Own Your Future - Wisconsin Athletics

Thursday, Jan. 11th, 5pm

1475 Engineering Drive

Madison, WI

Own Your Future aims to broaden the perspective of students to see beyond just the coaches and student-athletes in athletics, so that they feel encouraged to explore their own interests and pave their own path to success. Hear personal testimonials from athletic department staff members about their journey.

Student and their accompanying adult need to register. Student use the code "STUDENT" and adult use the code "ADULT".

Business Emerging Leaders Program

  • Designed for promising students who come from diverse backgrounds and have strong academic records and demonstrated leadership skills.
  • Program participation gives students a distinct competitive advantage when adjusting to college life, learning in classes, and applying for internship opportunities, ultimately preparing them for successful careers in business.
  • BEL Program students who are admitted to UW–Madison and major in business are granted a full-tuition scholarship for four years of attendance.
  • Application opens December 1st and closes March 1st
  • Details and application here

MLK College Readiness & Success Summit

Saturday, Jan. 13th, 9:45am-2pm

1000 Edgewood College Drive

Madison, WI

More information

Get a jump start on college planning by registering for this educational summit in honor and celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy and advocacy for equal opportunity for all.

Topics will include:

  • College Planning: Where to Begin?
  • The College Search Process: How to Choose the Right College
  • The Admissions Process
  • Financing a College Education
  • Writing Personal Statements and Scholarship Essays
  • Self-Advocacy and Adjusting to College
  • College Journey Panel

Space is limited. Learn more and Register HERE and see Mr. Milton for more details

Resources for Spanish Speakers

Breakthrough to Nursing for Future Latino Nurses

Tuesday, Jan. 10th 2017 at 5-8pm

1705 Hoffman Street

Madison, WI

  • Consider a Nursing Career
  • Exploring the Nursing Role
  • Dinner at 5:15
  • Use Visitor Parking and go to Rm 309 in the Madison College Health Bldg
  • Register by calling 246-6514 or email

Casa Abierta - UW Milwaukee Bilingual Day

Saturday, Jan. 27th, 6:30am-3:30pm

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, United States

Milwaukee, WI

More information

This event is intended for 9th-12th grade Latino students and their families. All information shared during the event will be in English and Spanish

Students will be able to:
• participate in a resource fair
• take part in breakout sessions about high school preparation, admission to UWM and financial aid
• attend a student panel; ask questions and get the answers from the student perspective
• enjoy a campus tour and lunch

En este evento tendrán la oportunidad de participar en:
• Una feria de recursos e información
• Talleres de Preparación para el colegio, admisiones, y asistencia económica.
• Podrán hacer preguntas a un panel de estudiantes exitosos
• Tomar un tour de la universidad.

**Complete the Registration Form and see Ms. Poquette in room B15 for the permission slip. Learn more about the event here

African American Youth Career & College Fair

Friday, Feb. 23rd, 9am-2pm

1701 Wright Street

Madison, WI

  • Click the link for more details
  • Register here
  • LHS will provide a bus and chaperones for the Fair. Connect with Mr. Milton

Juniors: Set up your Post High School Planning meeting now!

Have an in depth conversation with your counselor about your senior schedule, post high school plans, ensure you are on track for graduation, meaningful things to do this summer to explore colleges, volunteer, explore a career interest and more!




Nordmeyer (subbing for Ms. Valdivia while she is on maternity leave)



**don't forget to pick up a pass!

All Juniors take the ACT for Free on February 27th. Start prepping now. Here's how:

Need a Job?

One stop link to all the Job and Internship opportunities shared with Student Services staff. Keep an eye on this page if you are a graduating senior, interested in exploring a career through internship, or need to make some cash.

Seniors - Tackle your Post High School To-Do List. Here are some ideas to get started:

  • Complete your applications and/or verify all required materials were received. All colleges need ACT score(s), high school transcript, and application. Some colleges require other materials as well. Check your student account for each college to make sure everything is submitted and find out what your next steps are (ex. set up online account, complete housing contract, confirm your enrollment, sign up for placement tests, admitted student events, and orientation)
  • Scholarships - Complete the La Follette Local Scholarship, check out the January highlighted scholarships, each of your colleges scholarship offerings, and scholarship search engines like and Scholly
  • FAFSA - This is where the bulk of your financial aid will come from. New this year, FAFSA is based off your 2016 taxes, so do not wait to submit this application or you could miss out on valuable aid. Students will need to create an FSA ID as will their parent/guardian. FREE support is also available. See events below
  • Check out each of your school's Cost of Attendance information so you are aware of real costs (google COA then your college's name).
  • Apply for a Job and save money for life after high school
  • Apprenticeship - looking to get paid while you go to school? Many careers in the trades are in very high demand. Contact Elizabeth Roddy at to take the first steps to starting your career after you graduate.
  • Wondering how to get in the loop on a regular basis regarding this info? Check out this newsletter monthly and/or receive texts (Text @lhslancer to 81010)
FAFSA Overview
Still Need to Complete Your FAFSA?

Madison College holds FREE FAFSA Workshops for any student applying to college (note: students don't need to apply to Madison College to attend the workshop)

Univ of Minnesota Share My App Program

Students who applied to University of Minnesota Twin Cities can apply to Crookston, Duluth, Morris, Rochester for Free! Click the link for more details

SENIORS & School Email

Seniors: Do not use school email for ANY matters related to life after high school.

Examples: college apps, parchment account, ACT, FAFSA, scholarship applications, etc

**School Email becomes inaccessible to graduates 2 wks after graduation

11th & 12th Grade College Bound Athletes & NCAA

Students who plan to participate in Division I or II collegiate athletics during college, must complete an NCAA Initial Eligibility Clearinghouse form. Students should register at the end of their junior year, work with their counselor and coach.

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