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4- Year Colleges & Universities  

A bachelor’s degree can be pursued at both public and private four-year colleges and universities. This degree prepares graduates for entry-level positions (i.e. computer science, business administration) or a broad range of positions such as liberal arts or social sciences. Most degrees programs require two years of general education requirements and two years of study within a major.


Community & Technical Colleges

Occupational training is offered at community and technical colleges colleges throughout the state to give students the skills and knowledge for direct employment or career advancement in business and industry. Community colleges and technical schools are open to all residents. Associate of Technical Arts degrees and certificate programs are offered in a variety of areas which will vary by school.

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Apprenticeships

During apprenticeships, students work as a full-time paid employee of a company. They are paid a percentage of a full qualified worker's rate and receive regular increases. Apprenticehip programs are often affiliated with labor unions, contractor groups, or government agencies and are licensed by the state. The employer or sponsor also often pays for related classroom training at a vocational/technical school or a community college. For information on apprenticeships, go to the Labor and Industries website.

Labor and Industry Apprenticeship Program Information

New Market Vocational Skill Center 


Military

The Armed Services provides vocational skills training to succeed in one of the many military occupations in return for a commitment of time. Because the career, training, and educational opportunities are different for each branch of the military, students should talk to recruiters representing different military branches. For more information on a military service option, see a local recruiter or go to one of the military websites:

Army

Navy

Marines

Air Force

Air National Guard

Army National Guard

Coast Guard 


Americorps

Americorps is a national service corps in which individuals work for 1 or 2 years helping communities with their education, public safety, and environmental needs. After a year or service, students receive an educational award to be used for further education. For information go to www.americorps.org.


Job Corps

Job Corps is a free education and training program that helps young people learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job. For eligible young people at least 16 years of age that qualify as low income, Job Corps provides the all-around skills needed to succeed in a career and in life.  For more information, visit http://www.jobcorps.gov/home.aspx



College and Scholarship Checklist by Grade

Freshman and their parents:

Click here for a link to the College Success Foundation Set Your Course Foundation 

Sophomore and their parents:

Click here for a link to the College Success Foundation Set Your Course Foundation 

Juniors and their parents:

Click here for a link to the College Success Foundation Set Your Course Foundation

Counselors will be meeting with the junior English classes to continue the Career Cruising College and Career readiness curriculum and talk about the timeline for their junior and senior years.  These presentations are scheduled three times throughout the school year.  

 COLLEGE CHECKLIST FOR JUNIOR YEAR

Summer

_____ Do a career interest inventory

_____ Make a list of important factors

_____ Research colleges online

_____ Make a list of prospective colleges

October

_____ Take the PSAT/NMSQT in mid-October

_____ Make a list of entrance requirements

 Spring

_____ Schedule time to meet with counselor for credit check and planning classes for senior year

_____ Make a college visit during breaks

_____ Take the SAT and/or ACT in May or June

_____ Take SAT II if required by college you plan to apply

_____ Start preparing portfolio, audition materials, writing samples, or other evidence of talent

_____ Request information from colleges by setting up college admissions email account; (Be sure to use an email address that is appropriate and mature, not one that an admissions officer would view as silly or inappropriate.)

_____Attend nearby College Fairs in the Spring to help them choose Colleges that are right for them. 

Seniors

By the first week of October, counselors will meet with seniors in each Senior Social Studies class to share information about the college application process, including information about application deadlines, counselor and teacher letters of recommendation, financial aid and tracking forms. Seniors who are enrolled in Running Start Social Studies classes might benefit from this information. Parents will find the College Planning Workshop helpful as well.

Letter of Recommendation Form

Click here for a link to the College Success Foundation Set Your Course Foundation


FOUR-YEAR COLLEGE CHECKLIST FOR SENIOR YEAR

Fall

_____ Review plans with counselor or career specialist

_____ Create Activity Log or College Resume

_____ Write college essay

_____ Register to take SAT or ACT if needed

_____ Finalize portfolio, audition materials, or writing samples

_____  Create an application spreadsheet to help track document deadlines

October/November

_____ Complete FAFSA for financial aid (www.fafsa.ed.gov)

_____ Complete personal statement/essay for application

_____ Complete applications online

_____ Ask counselor for letter of recommendation if needed

_____ Ask teachers for letter of recommendation if needed

_____ Request transcript be sent to colleges

_____ Meet all deadlines on time

January

_____ Complete FAFSA for financial aid (www.fafsa.ed.gov)

_____ Research scholarships and apply (OHS Senior Notes each month)

_____ Research scholarships at college and from trusted websites

            (www.fastweb.comwww.collegeboard.comwww.scholarships.comwww.thewashboard.org)

Spring

_____ Wait for acceptance and offers

_____ Review award letters and weigh your options

_____ Notify colleges of your final decision

_____ Send deposit to college

 June

_____ Request final transcript be sent to college (form in Senior Notes)

 

HONORS CLASSES

Olympia High School has open access to Honors Classes staring in 9th grade.  These classes cover the same academic material as regular classes, but are more in depth and typically faster paced.  Generally, they are not the equivalent of college-level work and do not earn college credit.  However, taking Honors courses show colleges that students are willing to take the academic challenge.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) CLASSES

Olympia High School has open access to AP Classes, but students often must be prepared in prerequisites These courses prepare students to take rigorous nationally administered exams in May that can lead to college credit and/or placement. 

FINDING THE RIGHT COLLEGE

Factors to consider when searching for colleges include:

Programs of study or major

School size

Class size

Location

Climate

Support programs

Campus culture

Distance from home

Extracurricular activities

Athletics

Religious affiliation

Cost

Financial Aid options

Outside learning options/Study abroad program

College and Scholarship Checklist by Grade

Freshman and their parents:

Click here for a link to the College Success Foundation Set Your Course Foundation 

Sophomore and their parents:

Click here for a link to the College Success Foundation Set Your Course Foundation 

Juniors and their parents:

Click here for a link to the College Success Foundation Set Your Course Foundation

Counselors will be meeting with the junior English classes to continue the Career Cruising College and Career readiness curriculum and talk about the timeline for their junior and senior years.  These presentations are scheduled three times throughout the school year.  

 COLLEGE CHECKLIST FOR JUNIOR YEAR

Summer

_____ Do a career interest inventory

_____ Make a list of important factors

_____ Research colleges online

_____ Make a list of prospective colleges

October

_____ Take the PSAT/NMSQT in mid-October

_____ Make a list of entrance requirements

 Spring

_____ Schedule time to meet with counselor for credit check and planning classes for senior year

_____ Make a college visit during breaks

_____ Take the SAT and/or ACT in May or June

_____ Take SAT II if required by college you plan to apply

_____ Start preparing portfolio, audition materials, writing samples, or other evidence of talent

_____ Request information from colleges by setting up college admissions email account; (Be sure to use an email address that is appropriate and mature, not one that an admissions officer would view as silly or inappropriate.)

_____Attend nearby College Fairs in the Spring to help them choose Colleges that are right for them. 

Seniors

By the first week of October, counselors will meet with seniors in each Senior Social Studies class to share information about the college application process, including information about application deadlines, counselor and teacher letters of recommendation, financial aid and tracking forms. Seniors who are enrolled in Running Start Social Studies classes might benefit from this information. Parents will find the College Planning Workshop helpful as well.

Letter of Recommendation Form

Click here for a link to the College Success Foundation Set Your Course Foundation


FOUR-YEAR COLLEGE CHECKLIST FOR SENIOR YEAR

Fall

_____ Review plans with counselor or career specialist

_____ Create Activity Log or College Resume

_____ Write college essay

_____ Register to take SAT or ACT if needed

_____ Finalize portfolio, audition materials, or writing samples

_____  Create an application spreadsheet to help track document deadlines

October/November

_____ Complete FAFSA for financial aid (www.fafsa.ed.gov)

_____ Complete personal statement/essay for application

_____ Complete applications online

_____ Ask counselor for letter of recommendation if needed

_____ Ask teachers for letter of recommendation if needed

_____ Request transcript be sent to colleges

_____ Meet all deadlines on time

January

_____ Complete FAFSA for financial aid (www.fafsa.ed.gov)

_____ Research scholarships and apply (OHS Senior Notes each month)

_____ Research scholarships at college and from trusted websites

            (www.fastweb.comwww.collegeboard.comwww.scholarships.comwww.thewashboard.org)

Spring

_____ Wait for acceptance and offers

_____ Review award letters and weigh your options

_____ Notify colleges of your final decision

_____ Send deposit to college

 June

_____ Request final transcript be sent to college (form in Senior Notes)

 

HONORS CLASSES

Olympia High School has open access to Honors Classes staring in 9th grade.  These classes cover the same academic material as regular classes, but are more in depth and typically faster paced.  Generally, they are not the equivalent of college-level work and do not earn college credit.  However, taking Honors courses show colleges that students are willing to take the academic challenge.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) CLASSES

Olympia High School has open access to AP Classes, but students often must be prepared in prerequisites These courses prepare students to take rigorous nationally administered exams in May that can lead to college credit and/or placement. 

FINDING THE RIGHT COLLEGE

Factors to consider when searching for colleges include:

Programs of study or major

School size

Class size

Location

Climate

Support programs

Campus culture

Distance from home

Extracurricular activities

Athletics

Religious affiliation

Cost

Financial Aid options

Outside learning options/Study abroad program

College and Scholarship Checklist by Grade

Freshman and their parents:

Click here for a link to the College Success Foundation Set Your Course Foundation 

Sophomore and their parents:

Click here for a link to the College Success Foundation Set Your Course Foundation 

Juniors and their parents:

Click here for a link to the College Success Foundation Set Your Course Foundation

Counselors will be meeting with the junior English classes to continue the Career Cruising College and Career readiness curriculum and talk about the timeline for their junior and senior years.  These presentations are scheduled three times throughout the school year.  

 COLLEGE CHECKLIST FOR JUNIOR YEAR

Summer

_____ Do a career interest inventory

_____ Make a list of important factors

_____ Research colleges online

_____ Make a list of prospective colleges

October

_____ Take the PSAT/NMSQT in mid-October

_____ Make a list of entrance requirements

 Spring

_____ Schedule time to meet with counselor for credit check and planning classes for senior year

_____ Make a college visit during breaks

_____ Take the SAT and/or ACT in May or June

_____ Take SAT II if required by college you plan to apply

_____ Start preparing portfolio, audition materials, writing samples, or other evidence of talent

_____ Request information from colleges by setting up college admissions email account; (Be sure to use an email address that is appropriate and mature, not one that an admissions officer would view as silly or inappropriate.)

_____Attend nearby College Fairs in the Spring to help them choose Colleges that are right for them. 

Seniors

By the first week of October, counselors will meet with seniors in each Senior Social Studies class to share information about the college application process, including information about application deadlines, counselor and teacher letters of recommendation, financial aid and tracking forms. Seniors who are enrolled in Running Start Social Studies classes might benefit from this information. Parents will find the College Planning Workshop helpful as well.

Letter of Recommendation Form

Click here for a link to the College Success Foundation Set Your Course Foundation


FOUR-YEAR COLLEGE CHECKLIST FOR SENIOR YEAR

Fall

_____ Review plans with counselor or career specialist

_____ Create Activity Log or College Resume

_____ Write college essay

_____ Register to take SAT or ACT if needed

_____ Finalize portfolio, audition materials, or writing samples

_____  Create an application spreadsheet to help track document deadlines

October/November

_____ Complete FAFSA for financial aid (www.fafsa.ed.gov)

_____ Complete personal statement/essay for application

_____ Complete applications online

_____ Ask counselor for letter of recommendation if needed

_____ Ask teachers for letter of recommendation if needed

_____ Request transcript be sent to colleges

_____ Meet all deadlines on time

January

_____ Complete FAFSA for financial aid (www.fafsa.ed.gov)

_____ Research scholarships and apply (OHS Senior Notes each month)

_____ Research scholarships at college and from trusted websites

            (www.fastweb.comwww.collegeboard.comwww.scholarships.comwww.thewashboard.org)

Spring

_____ Wait for acceptance and offers

_____ Review award letters and weigh your options

_____ Notify colleges of your final decision

_____ Send deposit to college

 June

_____ Request final transcript be sent to college (form in Senior Notes)

 

HONORS CLASSES

Olympia High School has open access to Honors Classes staring in 9th grade.  These classes cover the same academic material as regular classes, but are more in depth and typically faster paced.  Generally, they are not the equivalent of college-level work and do not earn college credit.  However, taking Honors courses show colleges that students are willing to take the academic challenge.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) CLASSES

Olympia High School has open access to AP Classes, but students often must be prepared in prerequisites These courses prepare students to take rigorous nationally administered exams in May that can lead to college credit and/or placement. 

FINDING THE RIGHT COLLEGE

Factors to consider when searching for colleges include:

Programs of study or major

School size

Class size

Location

Climate

Support programs

Campus culture

Distance from home

Extracurricular activities

Athletics

Religious affiliation

Cost

Financial Aid options

Outside learning options/Study abroad program