Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Georgia Southwestern State University - College Spotlight



GSW



GSW is located in one of the original top 10 cities in the state - Americus, Georgia.  It is rich in culture and history with approximately 400 acres of campus space, including an 18 hole golf course owned by the University. Americus is approximately 2.5 hours away from Johns Creek.  It is a small university with close to 3000 students.  If you are looking for a small environment, this may be the right place for you.  The student to faculty ratio is 17:1 and the average class size is 22.  There are full range of bachelor's degree programs and they are committed to shaping future leaders.  Americus is home to President Carter.  He and his wife have invested a lot of money and time to this institution. A little known fact: Habitat for Humanity was also founded in Americus.   Though it may not be on your radar there are many excellent programs to learn about.  Go visit and discover this gem! 

Highlights
  • The Business program is the largest major on their campus with Education majors a close second.
  • The Nursing School is fantastic and has a pass rate on the NCLEX above the national average.  The NCLEX is the National Nursing Exam that students must pass in order to be licensed.  They have a Guaranteed Acceptance Program for students to apply to during their senior year of high school and if admitted are guaranteed a spot in the nursing program as long as they maintain a 3.2 college GPA.  This is a great opportunity because nursing programs in the state of Georgia are highly competitive and often many students do not get admitted.
  • The Art School is home to the ONLY hot glass studio in the University System of Georgia.
  • The freshman class is only 481 students.  
  • 85% of students receive financial aid.
  • 69% of freshmen receive HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarships. 
  • It is one of the most affordable college options in Georgia.  

Admission Requirements

  1. Completed application with the $25.00 non-refundable application fee.
  2. Official copy of your high school transcript showing academic achievement in grades 9-11
  3. Official test score results of either the SAT or ACT.
  4. If admitted, the following requirements will need to be satisfied prior to enrollment:
    Official final high school transcript showing date of graduation.Completed health history and immunization forms. Submit a $45 acceptance deposit


    Applicants are evaluated on their academic performance in their high school CPC courses, SAT or ACT test scores, and the potential for completing the requirements for the desired degree. Georgia Southwestern's freshmen class averages in the range 985 - 1000 SAT in Math and Critical Reading and a 21 Composite on the ACT. The average GPA is 3.00 - 3.15. The University System of Georgia requires a minimum of SAT of 400 Math and 430 Critical Reading and a minimum ACT of 17 Math and 17 English for 4-year universities. Students who have taken the "new" SAT, March 2016 and forward, must meet the equivalent to the above requirements using the USG Concordance Tables. According to those tables, students would need a 24 on the "New SAT Reading Test" and a 440 on the "New Math Section" to be considered for admission to Georgia Southwestern.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Georgia Gwinnett College - College Spotlight


Located less than 20 miles from CHS in Lawrenceville is an often overlooked 4 year college. Home to more than 12,000 students, Georgia Gwinnett strives to be a public college with a private college experience. Once on campus, students are given a faculty advisor they will meet with at least once a semester, and they will receive the personal cell phone number for their professors and the College President. Class sizes are small: average is 21 students, and no class has more than 40 students. This means the classes you have here at Chattahoochee are most likely larger than the ones you would have if you attend Georgia Gwinnett.

Highlights

  •       GGC is the #1 Most Ethnically Diverse Southern Regional College for the past 3 years
  •       GGC’s Tuition is capped at $1921.95 a semester, which is why GGC is ranked #2 for Lowest Graduate Debt for a Southern Regional College
  •       GGC is a member of the NAIA and are champions in Baseball, Men’s & Women’s Tennis, and Men’s Soccer
  •       GGC has 15 different majors with 38 different concentrations including Criminal Justice, Education, Information Technology & Nursing. You could also pursue a certificate in Latin American Studies
  •       GGC has over 100 organizations for ways students can get involved, whether it is a service organization, intermural sport, theater, or student government.
  •       GGC’s apartment style resident halls will make students want to live on campus (although it is not a requirement for Freshmen who live within 30 miles of campus).

·       High School GPA of 2.0
·       SAT:  Reading 24; Math 440 (taken after March 2016) OR
·       ACT: 17 English & 17 Math OR
·       Accuplacer- taken at Georgia Gwinnett College
·       Students are not required to take 2 years of the same World Language in high school for Admissions

It’s not too late to apply! Application deadline for Fall 2017 is May 1, so submit yours today!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Gwinnett Technical College - College Spotlight


viewBook
If you think that Gwinnett Tech doesn’t have anything to offer you, think again. There are two campuses, the main branch in Lawrenceville and the new Alpharetta campus, located across the street from Avalon. Gwinnett Tech educates over 10,000 students through their 150 degree, diploma, and certificate programs. Most programs can be completed in 2 years, and with tuition at only $89 per credit hour and fee, this is an extremely affordable opportunity just down the road from Chattahoochee. They have a 99.3% job placement rate within 6 months of graduation, and Gwinnett Tech helps their students find internships and practicums while they are in college.

Highlights
  • The HOPE Grant will cover a portion (about 87%) of tuition for students pursuing a diploma or certificate programs with no minimum high school GPA. For more information on the HOPE Grant, click here.
  • There are more than 35 transfer articulation agreements with 4-year colleges for students wanting to continue their education beyond Gwinnett Tech. For more information, please visit Gwinnett Tech’s Articulation Agreement page here.
  • Additionally, there are 27 individual courses taught at Gwinnett Tech that schools within the University System of Georgia will automatically accept from schools within the Technical College System of Georgia.  For a list of these courses, click here. 

·       Programs at the Alpharetta campus
o   Accounting
o   Business Management
o   Computer Programming
o   Criminal Justice
o   Cybersecurity
o   Data Center Specialist
o   Early Childhood Education
o   Game Development
o   General Education
o   Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management
o   Logistics
o   Marketing Management
o   Networking Specialist
o   Patient Care Assistant
o   Website Design/Development

Admission
  •       Complete the essay-free application and pay the $25 fee
  •       Submit official records including high school transcript and test scores

o   Gwinnett Tech accepts the SAT, ACT, and ACCUPLACER (can be taken at Gwinnett Tech)
Meet additional requirements for your program area, if any
Application deadline for Fall 2017: June 30, 2017


See Gwinnett Tech in Action
·       The Lawrenceville Campus will be hosting an event called “Science Works” on Thursday, March 30, 2017, from 4-8 p.m. You can see every program in action, explore interactive projects, and check out everything Gwinnett Tech has to offer you. Register here.

·       Call 678-226-6751 to schedule an on-campus visit

Monday, March 20, 2017

Hooch Madness is Here!



You may have noticed the giant map of colleges in the main hallway and are wondering what that is all about.  This is a showcase of all the colleges & universities the faculty and staff of CHS has attended.  Over 30 states and 11 countries spanning 5 continents are represented on the board – make sure to check it out and see some of the options you may have for the future!  The Counseling Office is so excited to announce the 3rd annual Hooch Madness program March 20th – 31st! For the next two weeks, we will be hosting a variety of events promoting college awareness.  Be on the lookout for college spotlights on the Counseling blog, teacher questions of the day, and Twitter Challenges (#CHSHoochMadness), as well as the events featured below.

  • Advisement door decoration contest:  Winners will be decided on Friday, March 30th, and the Advisements selected will receive a pizza party when we return from Spring Break!  Get creative!  The theme is “college” so it doesn’t have to be limited to one specific school.
  • Move on When Ready Support Day:  March 20 in G125.  If you need help with any part of the Move on When Ready process, please drop in to see a Counselor during your Advisement.
  • Instant Decision Days: Seniors, if you still need to figure out where you will be attending school in the Fall, we have some great options for you!  Gwinnett Tech will be here on March 23rd, Georgia Gwinnett College on March 27th, and Valdosta State on March 28th.  Come sit down with a representative and receive an admissions decision on the spot! Space is limited, so sign up for an appointment in the Counseling Office.
  • “I’m Accepted. Now What?”:  This event is for Seniors who have been accepted to Kennesaw (on March 21st) or Georgia College (on March 23rd) to find out what next steps they need to take.  You can ask questions about orientation, housing, financial aid, and more!  If you haven’t been accepted but have started your application, you can also submit any of your missing documents at this time.  Sign up on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/chattahoochee-counseling-department-11137741233
  • Financial Aid Workshop for Juniors:  Wanting to get a jump start on scholarships and financial aid?  Sign up for the workshop on March 28th in G125 during 4B and 5A.  Space is limited, so be sure to sign up: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/chattahoochee-counseling-department-11137741233
  • Spring College Fair:  March 24th in the gym during all Advisement periods.  Over 40 colleges will be represented including Albany State, Embry-Riddle, Georgia Southern, Miami, Ole Miss, Toccoa Falls, and more! See the flyer below for the complete list.
  • College Gear Fridays:  Join in on the fun & show your support for your favorite college by wearing college gear on March 24th & 30th!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

FAFSA Friday!



The Free Application for Federal Student Aid opened on October 1, 2016 for current seniors who plan to enroll in college for Fall 2017.  We hosted a Financial Aid Information night at the end of January.  If you missed it, here is the link to that blog post:  Click here for the Financial Aid Information Night Blog Post

However, today, the counselors visited with Gwinnett Technical College at the Alpharetta location.  If you haven't checked out this gem of a school, you should.  They have great programs for all types of students.  Get all the scoop at the Gwinnett Technical College Website

While we were there, they told us about this AMAZING opportunity for students.  They are hosting an event called FAFSA FRIDAY!!  It will be held on March 24 from 12 - 3pm.  ANY current senior or senior parent is welcome to attend.  You do not have to be a student at Gwinnett Tech OR even plan on enrolling there next year to come to this event.  It is open to anyone!!  This is where you cheer that someone who actually knows the in's and out's of Financial Aid is willing to help you! They have this fabulous Financial Aid Specialist, Atua Emu, who is willing to help you complete your FAFSA.  Do you have questions?  You should attend this event.  It is a drop in event, but you need to come prepared with all of the documents.  Don't delay!  One caveat....March 24 is a Friday, so if you plan to miss school to attend this event, make sure you submit your documentation for a pre-approved absence in advance, or be prepared for an unexcused absence.  If you have questions about this particular event, please call them directly.


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Fall Forward!



This is an awesome speech from Denzel Washington about opportunities that come from failure. Learning comes from failure.  Choose to fall forward.  Take risks.  It's excellent. He says, "you will suck at something." How true.  But, you'll never know how to overcome obstacles until you choose to stick with it.  Don't quit.  Don't give up.  You are worth it!



Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Course Verification Process



The new year may have already come and gone, but next school year is right around the corner!  Let's talk logistics.  Let's plan for what's to come!!!  Everyone has received a copy of their course verifications for the upcoming school year.  It seems there are many questions about the process to take certain classes, so here are the basics!

Your next verification will go home on March 3.  They are due back with corrections by March 9.  Final course requests will go home on March 15.  
  • We've said this before, and we're saying it again - if you are not on the "Class of..." Edmodo pages, you should be.  We post a lot of information for students there.  If you are a parent, you must have your student send you the link to add you.  If you are a student and have not joined your Class page, you need to stop by the counseling office and get the most up to date Edmodo code.  Once you join, you will receive information through your senior year.  It's one and done!
  • If you had more than 6 credits listed on your verification it is because teachers gave you multiple choices for courses.  For example you may have been recommended for 2 sciences or 2 social studies courses.  You must scratch out the classes you do not wish to take, keeping in mind you must have the required courses for graduation and a total of 6 need to be listed.  You are welcome to write "alternate" down for any extra classes in the event something does not work out logistically. Gotta make some tough choices or the scheduling team will do it for you. 😊
  • If you wrote any course on your verification form that requires an application such as: 
    • Teacher Aid, Office Aid, or Work Based Learning - You must complete the interest survey & then if deemed eligible by Ms. Crockett you will receive a formal more lengthy application to complete.  Until all of those steps are complete, it will not be added to your course requests.  Here is a link to the WBL interest survey: Interest Survey for WBL (TA, Office Aid, Off Campus Employment) 
    • There are 2 Advanced Placement courses that required an application no later than February 21st.  AP Capstone and AP Computer Science Principles.  You cannot write these on your verification form, you must complete the online application AND be accepted into the class before it will be added.  Advanced Placement Applications and Information
    • Any other Advanced Placement course or Honors course that you were NOT recommended for and did not appear on your verification but you want to take, you can scratch out a course on your verification and ADD the AP or Honors course you wish to take.  Your parent and you must sign the bottom of the verification form.  The course will only be added IF you meet the district placement guidelines.  You can check out the placement criteria for individual courses in the Course Directory.  Hooch Course Catalog for 17-18 school year
    • Classes such as Internship, Musical Theater, Yearbook, Newspaper, Directed Study etc will not show up on your verification form until the scheduling team receives approval that you can take that course.  We will typically receive one list from the teacher in charge of that area and move all students at one time. Here is the Directed Study application that needs to be submitted to Ms. Pair:  Directed Study Application
  • If you want to take an online course during the school year (fall or spring semester), you cannot write that on your verification form.  You will need to follow the online course registration process which will be available in the counseling office on March 1st.  It will be first come, first serve and spots are limited.  Deadline to submit contracts is March 9.
  • If you want to take a class over the summer in order to make room for something else in your schedule.  The required course will not be deleted from your verification until we receive proof that you completed and passed the course over the summer.  Your courses will not change until then.  You can sign up for summer classes starting on March 1st through Fulton Virtual School or Georgia Virtual School.  Counselors will still have to approve those, but no contract is required to turn in.
    Link for Fulton Virtual School: Fulton Virtual School
    Link for Georgia Virtual School: Georgia Virtual School
  • College courses will not be added until the student has been accepted to the college AND has registered for courses at the college.  You leave on your current recommendation and then once you are registered/accepted at the college, the counselor will make the change.  If you have any questions about the MOWR process there is an AWESOME website that details the steps and answers all frequently asked questions. MOWR Information Website
  • If you did not indicate alternatives to your application driven courses, or if you did not select classes adding up to 6.0 credits, the scheduling team may select high school courses for you. You can update your corrections during the second round of verifications.
  • Keep in mind BALANCE is key.  It does you no good to take a ton of rigorous courses and then get below average grades.  It will only hurt your GPA and impact college admission chances.  Be smart!  Take what is appropriate for YOU and what you can realistically handle.  Best fit for you may be different than someone else.  That is OK.  It is best to take less rigor and get A's then take a lot of rigor and get C's.  Choose wisely!
  • Counselor SUPPORT DAYS!!!  Got a question??  Students can drop in to get their questions answered on March 6 & 8th in G125 during all lunch periods. Note: even if you meet with your counselor during those dates, they cannot add an "application" course to your schedule.  We have to wait for you to be approved before adding anything, so make sure you select alternate, non-application/audition based electives for your verification.