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College Pathways Program

College Pathways supports and assists high school seniors with the transition to college – regardless of where they choose to attend.  The program is designed to eliminate barriers to college entrance through small group and one-on-one workshops with discussions on:

students at 2019 Commencement

  • The college selection process
  • College applications
  • Funding college and financial aid
  • FAFSA completion
  • College placement testing
  • Career, degree planning, and advisement

Through the College Pathways Program, high school seniors are able to make confident, informed choices about their futures and are guaranteed lifetime acceptance to OCC.

Students

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Presentations and Learning Outcomes:

College Admissions 101- introduces the importance of attending college, what to consider when selecting a college, the college application and enrollment process, tips for applying to colleges, and practice filling out college applications through the completion of an OCC application—opening up opportunities for students regardless of their plans!

“College Admissions 101 – Parent Night” provides parents with an opportunity to learn more about the OCC Pathways Program as well as the college admissions process.

Financial Aid, College Literacy, and the FAFSA explains federal and state financial aid, different types of aid (grants, scholarships, loans, subsidized, unsubsidized, etc.), and how to get and keep aid.  Financial literacy is also discussed and students are introduced to the importance of making sound financial decisions around college choice that will set them up for future success.

In this workshop, parents and students will complete the FAFSA with expert assistance from OCC Financial Aid staff.  Parents are encouraged to attend and complete the FAFSA regardless of where their students are choosing to attend college.

“Taking the ACCUPLACER: Proving You’re Ready for College Courses” To prepare students for College Entrance exams and the process of proving their readiness to take college courses, students will take a free ACCUPLACER exam. The ACCUPLACER is a computer based entrance exam designed to evaluate students’ skills in reading, writing, and mathematics.  The ACCUPLACER test is administered each year in more than 2,000 secondary and postsecondary institutions.  Following ACCUPLACER testing, students will know any academic areas they may need to brush up in and will be able to send their ACCUPLACER scores to any college or university.

Career, Degree Planning, and Advisement assists students with choosing a career and aligning it to their choice of major.  Students complete a short career interest inventory and utilize Emsi’s Career Coach software to review job forecasts and labor market data to the career that meets their interests.  Students will determine the level of education needed and academic major required to get a job in that field.  The session ends with tips on how to stay on track with meeting academic curriculum and major requirements while pursuing a degree.

“High School Registration Days” provide priority registration to students participating in Pathways who are planning to enroll after graduation. Students are bussed to OCC during their school day where they tour campus, register for classes with an advisor, secure a student ID and have lunch. Early registration allows students to secure class schedules that will accommodate work and family commitments.

Partnering School Districts:

Leah Purpuri

  • College 101: September 30, 2019 & October 1 2019*
  • Parent Night: October 1, 2019 6:00 pm
  • Financial Aid Info: October 2 & 3, 2019*
  • FAFSA Workshop: October 7, 2019 6:00 pm
  • Accuplacer: January 27 & 28, 2020*
  • Career Workshop: February 27 & 28, 2020*
  • Registration Day: June 5, 2020*
    *College  101, Financial Aid, Accuplacer, Career Workshop, and Registration Day take place during the school day and are student ONLY events.

Kevin McKnight

  • College 101: September 20, 2019*
  • Parent Night: TBD
  • Financial Aid Info: September 20, 2019*
  • FAFSA Info Session: October 15, 2019
  • Accuplacer: February 28, 2020*
  • Career Workshop: TBD*
  • Registration Day: April 24, 2020*
    *College  101, Financial Aid, Accuplacer, Career Workshop, and Registration Day take place during the school day and are student ONLY events.

Angela Smith

  • College 101: September 19, 2019*
  • Parent Night: TBD
  • Financial Aid Info: September 19, 2019*
  • FAFSA Info Session: October 15, 2019
  • Accuplacer: October 3, 2019 & February 26, 2020*
  • Career Workshop: TBD*
  • Registration Day: April 23, 2020*
    *College  101, Financial Aid, Accuplacer, Career Workshop, and Registration Day take place during the school day and are student ONLY events.

Tim Murphy

  • College 101: September 23, 2019*
  • Parent Night: September 23, 2019
  • Financial Aid Info: October 8, 2019*
  • FAFSA Workshop: October 8, 2019
  • Accuplacer: January 22, 2020*
  • Career Workshop: February 19, 2020*
  • Registration Day: May 20 & 29, 2020*
    *College  101, Financial Aid, Accuplacer, Career Workshop, and Registration Day take place during the school day and are student ONLY events.

Kurt HoltzDawn Siegle

  • College 101: December 4, 2019*
  • Parent Night: TBD
  • Financial Aid Info: December 4, 2019*
  • FAFSA Workshop: December 5, 2019
  • Accuplacer: December 17, 2019*
  • Career Workshop: April 1, 2020*
  • Registration Day: April 28, 2020*
    *College  101, Financial Aid, Accuplacer, Career Workshop, and Registration Day take place during the school day and are student ONLY events.

Kurt Holtz

  • College 101: December 5,  2019*
  • Parent Night: TBD
  • Financial Aid Info: December 5, 2019*
  • FAFSA Workshop: December 5, 2019
  • Accuplacer: December 18, 2019*
  • Career Workshop: April 2, 2020*
  • Registration Day: April 29, 2020*
    *College  101, Financial Aid, Accuplacer, Career Workshop, and Registration Day take place during the school day and are student ONLY events.

Mary Esch

  • College 101: September 12 & 13, 2019*
  • Parent Night: September 12, 2019
  • Financial Aid Info: October 23 & 24, 2019*
  • FAFSA Info Session: October 24, 2019
  • Accuplacer: January 16, 2020*
  • Career Workshop: November 20 & 21, 2019*
  • Registration Day: April 22, 2020*
    *College  101, Financial Aid, Accuplacer, Career Workshop, and Registration Day take place during the school day and are student ONLY events.

Maria Byrd

  • College 101: October 2 & 3,  2019*
  • Parent Night: October 3, 2019
  • Financial Aid Info: November 21 & 22, 2019*
  • FAFSA Workshop: November 21, 2019
  • Accuplacer: January 20 & 21, 2020*
  • Career Workshop: March 18 & 19, 2020*
  • Registration Day: April 08, 2020*
    *College  101, Financial Aid, Accuplacer, Career Workshop, and Registration Day take place during the school day and are student ONLY events.

Shannon Findlow

  • College 101: September 16,  2019*
  • Parent Night: TBD
  • Financial Aid Info: October 10, 2019*
  • FAFSA Workshop: October 10, 2019
  • Accuplacer: December 10, 2019*
  • Career Workshop: November 13, 2019*
  • Registration Day: May 1, 2020*
    *College  101, Financial Aid, Accuplacer, Career Workshop, and Registration Day take place during the school day and are student ONLY events.

Karen Kenny

  • College 101: September 24,  2019*
  • Parent Night: September 24,  2019 6:30pm
  • Financial Aid Info: October 1, 2019*
  • FAFSA Workshop: October 1, 2019 6:30pm
  • Accuplacer: January 15, 2020*
  • Career Workshop: March 13, 2020*
  • Registration Day: April 27, 2020*
    *College  101, Financial Aid, Accuplacer, Career Workshop, and Registration Day take place during the school day and are student ONLY events.

Kim Ferlauto

  • College 101: September 19 & 20,  2019*
  • Parent Night: September 19,  2019
  • Financial Aid Info: October 16, 2019*
  • FAFSA Workshop: October 16, 2019
  • Accuplacer: October 28, 2019 & December 16, 2019*
  • Career Workshop: November 18 & 19, 2019*
  • Registration Day: April 30, 2020*
    *College  101, Financial Aid, Accuplacer, Career Workshop, and Registration Day take place during the school day and are student ONLY events.

Monica Vasslides

  • College 101: September 25,  2019*
  • Parent Night: TBD
  • Financial Aid Info: October 22, 2019*
  • FAFSA Workshop: October 22, 2019
  • Accuplacer: January 29, 2020*
  • Career Workshop: March 11, 2020*
  • Registration Day: May 27, 2020*
    *College  101, Financial Aid, Accuplacer, Career Workshop, and Registration Day take place during the school day and are student ONLY events.

Robert Borthwick

  • College 101: September 26,  2019*
  • Parent Night: October 18, 2019
  • Financial Aid: October 18, 2019*
  • FAFSA Workshop: October 17, 2019
  • Accuplacer: January 23, 2020*
  • Career Workshop: March 12 & 13, 2020*
  • Registration Day: May 28, 2020*
    *College  101, Financial Aid, Accuplacer, Career Workshop, and Registration Day take place during the school day and are student ONLY events.

Richard Stratton

  • College 101: September 18,  2019*
  • Parent Night: September 18, 2019
  • Financial Aid: October 9, 2019*
  • FAFSA Workshop: October 9, 2019
  • Accuplacer: January 14  & 17, 2020*
  • Career Workshop: March 04, 2020*
  • Registration Day: May 21, 2020*
    *College  101, Financial Aid, Accuplacer, Career Workshop, and Registration Day take place during the school day and are student ONLY events.

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