Some families are receiving billing statements from CWI for fall dual credit classes taken at VCS. As long as the student requested funding through Advanced Opportunities, the class will be paid for through their individual accounts (remedial classes or repeat classes are not able to be funded through Advanced Opportunities). If a student is unsure if funding was requested, s/he can review courses in Advanced Opportunities. http://www.sde.idaho.gov/student-engagement/advanced-ops/
The window has closed for students to request funding. Those who missed the deadline will have their funding entered by Dr. Dowski or Mrs. Clark at the will of the college's approval.
Interested in engineering? Computer software? Plumbing? Technician? and more?
Micron opens its doors to Treasure Valley students for two days of job shadowing opportunities in a myriad of careers. We have a maximum of ten students who can go-- and this year, we will provide transportation from VCS to Micron! More information HERE
Registration forms attached, or see Mrs. Clark at the main office.
Interested in what is happening at Idaho colleges and universities? These notes will tell you about some of the changes happening in regards to academics, sports, applying, etc. NOTES LINK
FSU Encourages High-Achieving Students to Get 'More in Four'By Amy Farnum-Patronis
More than ever, students are pursuing college-level courses in high school, allowing them to finish their undergraduate degrees in record time.
Now, Florida State University is offering these high-achieving students an opportunity to participate in “More in Four,” a new program for those who want to maximize their four-year college investment by graduating with a bachelor’s degree in three years and then advancing into one of FSU’s 120-plus graduate programs.
“Our research indicates that students who challenge themselves with a rigorous curriculum in high school are better prepared for the rigor they will face at Florida State,” said John Barnhill, associate vice president for Enrollment Management. “They have higher GPAs, and they graduate in four years or less. More in Four recognizes their hard work in high school and provides them a unique opportunity to leave the university with more than a bachelor’s degree.”
FSU admits a large number of first-year college students who have earned college credit in high school through Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), Cambridge AICE Diploma Credits (AICE) or dual enrollment in state or community college programs. Some students have even earned an associate degree before arriving at Florida State.
And, enrolling these high-achieving students is one reason why Florida State University just set a record for the best four-year graduation rate in State University System of Florida history.
“FSU is committed to providing a challenging and formative educational experience for all of our students,” said Assistant Provost Joe O’Shea. “Increasingly, students are coming to FSU with significant levels of college credit from high school, and More in Four is designed to ensure they have opportunities to take full advantage of that credit by building in graduate education as part of their FSU experience.”
Taking courses at the graduate level can enrich a student’s educational experience, sharpen their research skills, improve their resume and help them move toward their post-graduation goals.
Students who participate in the More in Four program are offered specialized advising and support through the Graduation Planning and Strategies Office while they work toward a bachelor’s degree and explore their best options for graduate study. In addition to master’s programs, FSU also offers graduate certificate programs that are a good option for helping students achieve their career and professional goals.
More in Four participants also receive degree program plans and priority registration through their participation in the Degree in Three program, allowing them to register for courses in the earliest registration window.
Most importantly, More in Four participants can take full advantage of their financial aid benefits, such as Bright Futures, to help with graduate school tuition. And, earning a master’s degree means they’ll be able to enter higher-salaried positions that require advanced degrees sooner.
Students who receive a master’s degree can expect to earn about $400,000 more in lifetime income than those with only a bachelor’s degree, according to Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce. In addition, graduate school provides students the opportunity to dive deeper into the subjects they are passionate about and network with professionals in their field.
Affordability and the opportunity to accelerate her career are what attracted aspiring social worker Avory Billman to pursue More in Four. Billman, a native of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, arrived at Florida State in 2017 as a first-time college student who had earned an associate degree in high school. This summer, Billman graduated with her bachelor’s degree in social work, and now she’s studying for her Master of Social Work.
“I was paying out-of-state tuition at first, so it was a big deal for me to get my bachelor’s degree as quickly as I did,” Billman said. “Also, I really want to be in the field, and I can’t do that without my education. This is giving me a jumpstart because I’m really close to being able to practice.”
For more information on More in Four, visit https://gps.fsu.edu/more-in-four.
Florida State University ~ A Preeminent Florida University
Contact Us Visit our Website
Registration for dual credits and requesting funding for those classes through Advanced Opportunities has now ended. Thank you parents for assisting your student(s) in registering, and thank you to the teachers and Mrs. Clark for assisting in registration as well.
High school students in 11th and 12th grade are invited to the annual Women in Engineering (WIE) Day at the University of Idaho College of Engineering.
Women in Engineering DayFriday, October 18, 20197:45 a.m. - 4 p.m.Integrated Research and Innovation Center (IRIC)
U of I Moscow campus
REGISTER FOR WIE DAY
Deadline to register is Friday, Oct. 11. WIE Day is limited to 80 participants.
WIE Day is a free one-day workshop designed to build on your students' existing interest in engineering and computer science. Students will learn how to take the skills they already have and turn them into a successful college experience and future career!
Questions?For questions about WIE Day, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
New for 2019- Idaho has expanded its Advanced Opportunities funding to allow students to use $500 per course ($1,000 per year) of Advanced Opportunities funding towards workforce development classes that will be published on an approved list by the state ("Hot jobs"- jobs in demand). For the Caldwell region, CWI offers the following classes as part of the new rules: Electrical Apprenticeship, Plumbing Apprenticeship, HVAC Apprenticeship, and Phlebotomy. See Statute HERE Other programs not listed as part of the new statute can still utilize Advanced Opportunities funding as overload classes ($225 per class). Please see Dr. Dowski for additional information.
Resources for planning your post-secondary options:
12th grade college & Career planning: https://nextsteps.idaho.gov/12th-grade/#fndtn-fall
Direct Admission letters sent out yesterday (find out which Idaho colleges/universities you automatically qualify to register to (sent via mail): https://nextsteps.idaho.gov/resources/direct-admissions-letter-what-do-i-do-next/
Apply Idaho: Opens October 1st: https://nextsteps.idaho.gov/resources/apply-idaho/
FAFSA: Opens October 1st: https://nextsteps.idaho.gov/resources/fafsa-on-the-web-worksheet/
Friday, Oct. 11, 2019
University of Idaho, Moscow Campus
Help us spread the word! During High School Design Day, students experience life as emerging designers at the University of Idaho. This half-day event is FREE and includes hands-on design workshops in our campus studios, taught by expert faculty in the following fields:
WELCOME back to school! I cannot believe it is already September 6th! On my blog, you will find important information about college and career information.
From our University of Idaho Rep:
o Envision – Oct 4 & Nov 2: https://www.uidaho.edu/events/envision/register
§ This event is geared towards Seniors (but all grade levels are welcome), and students get to explore campus life and discover our research and learning programs at the U of I.
§ *WE WILL HAVE A BUS* - we are still working out the details, and I will send more info once I have it. Tentatively, we will have room for approximately 50 seniors from the Treasure Valley, and students will need to pay $35 to reserve their spot.
o High School Design Day – Oct 11 (see email attached): https://www.uidaho.edu/caa/highschool-events/hsdd
§ Free event (Dinner included) on campus that includes hands-on design workshops in our campus studios.
§ High school counselors and educators who teach subject matter related to these disciplines are also encouraged to attend.
§ Discounted rooms are available at the Best Western University Inn if rooms are reserved by Sept 10
o Vandal Challenge – Oct 24-26 (see flyer attached)
§ It is a 3 day conference designed to help Latinx high school students pursue higher education.
§ For students who apply and get admitted to the program, their transportation, lodging and meals are covered
§ If students are interested in applying, please have them either email me or email@example.com
o AVANZA: https://www.uidaho.edu/events/avanza
§ Students and parents are invited to attend to learn more about the U of I and CAMP. We encourage first generation and multicultural students to attend, but all are invited. We will help students fill out FAFSA and apply to the U of I, plus we will have a free dinner.
§ Three locations in this area:
· Nov 6 at Capital High School, 6-9pm
· Nov 11 at Fruitland High School, 6-9pm
· Nov 12 at Vallivue High School, 6-9pm
§ Idaho Central Credit Union is giving away four $500 scholarship at each Avanza event. Come prepared for an interview. Winners will be announced at the end of each event.
o Meet the Vandals – Nov 19, Boise: https://www.uidaho.edu/events/meet-the-vandals
§ We are bringing the best of the University of Idaho to Boise! It is a fun-filled evening where students get to meet other Vandals-to-be in their area, and find out more about what it means to be a part of the Vandal Family. We will have sessions and answer questions students and families have about applying, financial aid, majors, career outcomes, etc.
DUAL CREDITS: REGISTRATION ENDS SEPTEMBER 27th!
VCS Dual Credit Classes OPEN for registration this FALL:
BSU: Biology (year long), Chemistry (year long), Health (fall semester), Engineering 100 (fall semester)
CWI: English (ENGL175 fall), Physical Education (fall), Western Civilization (fall), US History (fall)
NNU: Crossfit (year), Weightlifting (year), Economics (fall), Environmental Science (year)
All other DC classes will be open in SPRING for registration
Registration ENDS: 9/27/19
Dr. Dowski will visit advisories and classrooms to assist in dual credit registration
DIRECTIONS HERE FOR DUAL CREDIT REGISTRATION AND ADVANCED OPP FUNDING
When registering for DC classes, you MUST also request your Fast Forward (Advanced Opportunities) funding at the SAME time. Credit costs have increased to $75/credit
Students taking classes on campus or on-line from CWI must request FF funding!!!
Students taking IDLA DC classes must register for the class and request FF funding!!!
Please contact Dr. Dowski with any questions.
For students taking classes at CWI or TVCC and would like assistance with online fees, textbook costs, etc. (anything but tuition)
Vision Charter School Scholarship for Dual Credit Course Fees, Supplies, & Textbooks
This year, VCS will be offering scholarships to assist students with payment of books and fees associated with their college classes that are being taken directly from colleges or through IDLA. Summer 2019 scholarships are due to main office by 8/31/19. Fall 2019 scholarships are DUE to the main office by 9/15/19. ALL students are encouraged to apply. NEW** All textbooks purchased through the scholarship program will become property of VCS and available to future students through the library for check-out. The SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION is available at the main office or here.
MAY 31ST– CWI SUMMER REGISTRATION ENDS
CLASSES BEGIN JUNE 3RD. DROP DEADLINE: JUNE 7TH
CHECK YOUR CWI ACCOUNT FOR LIST OF CLASSES AND AVAILABILITY. MRS. CLARK WILL BE IN OFFICE THIS WEEK FROM 9AM—3PM FOR REGISTRATION ASSISTANCE. DR. DOWSKI WILL BE IN THE OFFICE WED/THURS (9A-3PM) AND FRI (12P-3P) FOR SCHEDULING ASSISTANCE OR QUESTIONS.
JUNE 30TH– LAST DAY TO REQUEST ADV. OPPORTUNITIES FUNDING FOR SUMMER CLASSES!
STUDENTS WHO DO NOT REQUEST THEIR FUNDING BY THIS DAY WILL NEED TO PAY FOR SUMMER CLASSES. DON’T KNOW IF YOU REQUESTED FUNDING? CHECK YOUR ACCOUNT! DO NOT RE-APPLY!!!
AUGUST 17TH– CWI FALL REGISTRATION ENDS
SCHEDULES SHOULD BE READY TO VIEW AT END OF JULY IN STUDENTS’ PORTALS. STUDENTS MAY REQUEST CHANGES TO HIS/HER SCHEDULE IN EARLY AUGUST AND FOR THE FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL.
EMAIL DR. DOWSKI WITH ANY QUESTIONS
STUDENTS, GRADE 9-11, SHOULD HAVE MET WITH THEIR PARENTS AND REVIEWED THEIR 4-YEAR ACADEMIC PLANNING (ECAP) BY THE END OF SCHOOL, 5/25/19. PLEASE ASK YOUR STUDENT TO SHARE IF S/HE HAS NOT ALREADY DONE SO…..(PARENT DIGITALLY SIGNS ON “CAREER TRACKER TAB” THAT THE ECAP HAS BEEN SHARED WITH HIM OR HER).
CWI Registration OPENS for FALL 2019 on-campus classes April 22nd. Registration for SUMMER 2019 on-campus CWI classes continues. Please see Dr. Dowski's website for links to CWI's registration site and instructions. Registration packets are available in the main office through Mrs. Clark.
Ms. Dowski will be available for parent and student planning sessions for AA degrees, AC certificates, and High School classes on the following days:
For Incoming 10th-12th grade students: (Room 129)
**April 10th, 3:30pm--7:00pm
**April 13th, 3:00pm-7:00pm
**April 22nd, 10:00am-6:00pm
**Students, please bring up-to-date ECAPS with your diploma progress and AA or AC progress. PLEASE RSVP for an appt. time. Appointments will be created in 20 minute increments. Assisting multiple students/families at one time may be necessary. See available appointment times HERE
For Incoming 9th grade students: (Room 129)
April 10th, 7:30pm-8:30pm: Current 8th grade parents/students for 4-Year Planning (Parents & students who would like a better understanding of 4 year planning can also attend)
For Incoming 6th-8th grade students: (Room 129)
April 11th, 3:30-5:00pm: Drop in (no scheduled appt. necessary) to receive any assistance on scheduling questions or concerns
I will be out of my office from April 15th-April 19th. I will be able to respond to emails in a limited capability during this time. firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is the link to the newest counselor's news. Registration for summer classes at CWI has opened and numerous scholarships for seniors, a few for juniors, and one for 7th graders are all coming due!
College Board has created a new scholarship (monthly) to encourage students to track their way to college. You may already be completing some of these tasks (or will in 12th grade) that could make you eligible for numerous scholarships.Check out the rules here!
Here is the link to the latest "Counselor's Corner" newsletter....Pertinent information for 7th to 12th grade students and parents.
ATTENTION JUNIORS: The Nampa American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary are looking for juniors interested in participating in "Girls or Boys State", a fun, six day hands-on training in leadership and American government!
As a participant, you will live on NNU's campus for a week, meet other juniors from throughout the state, have the option to get dual credits, and have a never-to-be-forgotten experience collaborating with others!
INFORMATIONAL MEETING: Saturday, January 26th at 9:00am @ the American Legion Meeting Hall, 1504 2nd St. S., Nampa (downtown)
There are partial and full scholarships available towards the cost of attending. Please attend the informational meeting on Saturday or come and get an application from the counselor's office. Girls' applications are due January 30, 2019 to the counselor's office. Boys' applications are due April 6, 2019 to the American Legion.
Dates of State:
Girls: June 9-14, 2019
Boys: June 2-7, 2019
**Two boys and one girl from Idaho will be selected to represent Idaho at the National Conference held in Washington, D.C.
Here is a link to the 1/6/19 edition of the Counselor's Corner. There is a lot of information this week about dual credit registration for spring 2019! If you have questions, please email me at email@example.com
Counselor Corner Weekly Digest: 12/13/18
LOOKING TO ADD OR DROP CLASSES FOR SEMESTER 2 THIS YEAR?by Mary Dowski, Counselor on December 5, 2018
Request for class changes are now being accepted for spring semester. Please remember that year-long core classes cannot be dropped. Requests need to be turned in, with signatures, to the main office (Mrs. Clark) by 3:30pm on Tuesday, December 18th.
CWI ON-CAMPUS/ONLINE REGISTRATION IS OPEN….
Students planning on taking CWI classes on campus or online directly from CWI this spring need to register! Please see Ms. Dowski for assistance. Classes fill rapidly and if a student is intending to enroll for purposes of his or her AA or AC requirements, early registration is recommended. Once students register, they can also apply for their Adv. Opps funding. Class registration ends January 11, 2018
SCHOLARSHIPS, SCHOLARSHIPS, SCHOLARSHIPS!!!
PLEASE CHECK MY WEBSITE FOR UPDATED LISTS OF SCHOLARSHIPS…
IDAHO BASED SCHOLARSHIPS HAVE OPENED!
YMCA Scholarship-Due March 1, 2019 to Ms. Dowski. Only 1 student from each school can apply. (Deadline to YMCA is March 15th)
(Treasure Valley Family YMCA Scholarship for Civic Engagement Fund
For seniors at any high school in the area served by the Treasure Valley Family YMCA (Ada and Canyon counties) who have made significant contributions to their community through community service. Must demonstrate a passion for working collaboratively to find solutions for civic issues (whether homelessness, healthcare, education, environment, etc.) and have an interest in pursuing civic work (whether career or volunteer) that will strengthen and improve our communities.
Interested in the manufacturing industry? FIND SCHOLARSHIPS HERE!!!
Scholarships are not just for seniors! Check out my scholarship page!!!
2. Wondering About College and How to Support Your Student?
The College Board (same organization that oversees the PSAT and SAT) has a vast amount of information on supporting your students in the college selection process, financial aspects of college, planning, etc. The site is not only for helping your seniors, but younger students as well. Check it out here!
3. ACT AND SAT EXAM DATES ARE LISTED ON THE COUNSELOR’S CALENDAR!
Go to www.act.org or www.collegeboard.org to register