college and career
EXPLORATION OF SELF
Planning your future is a process that involves assessing your interests and skills to help you set goals and make choices that fit your personal style. The best way to begin this process is by exploring yourself-examining what you do, the way you do it, and how you can use your knowledge of yourself to develop a sense of personal direction
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THE VALUE OF EDUCATION
Education is valuable. No matter what you decide to do with your life, training for a career makes you valuable, to. Success depends on your ability to explore your personal options and make effective decisions. Becoming a professional means gaining the knowledge and expertise you need to achieve accomplishments in your field of work.
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THE HIGH SCHOOL EXPERIENCE
Just as the transition to high school brought new challenges, the transition to college will bring even more. Successful traditions involve learning how you can succeed in new situations and environments and using stress as a motivating force. Make the most of your high school years by setting priorities and accepting challenges. Change can be stressful, so find ways you can use change as an opportunity to improve.
What's your learning style?
Everyone has a learning style. By understanding how you learn, you can develop study skills that help you meet academic challenges and handle tests and homework assignments. Everyone has a working style too, and it's up to you learn your personal rhythms. The more you know about how you work and how you absorb information, the easier it will be to determine the kind of career that would suit you best.
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Career and Technology Education
There are many schools that offer a variety of career and technology programs for students who wish to pursue other post secondary options. There are particularly appropriate for those students who prefer a practical, "hands-on" approach to learning. Many schools offer career training in:
- Criminal Justice
- Electrician, Plumbing, Refrigeration, HVAC
- Health Care/Human Services
- Liberal Arts
- Massage / Spa / Wellness
- Unique & Alternative Careers
Vocational, Technical and Trade Schools
Community colleges provide affordable, career-oriented programs which enable students to begin their careers after two years of college or less. Students completing short-term programs (one year or less) receive certificates or diplomas. Students who complete a two-year program earn an associate degree. Students who want a bachelor's degree can start at a community college and then transfer to four-year college.
Four Year College or University
Students who wish to pursue a general academic program usually choose a four-year college or university. Such a program lays the foundation for more advanced studies and professional work. Four-year colleges and Universities offer bachelor's degrees (the B.A. and B.S.) in most areas in the arts and sciences, such as English literature, foreign languages, history, economics, political science, biology, zoology, chemistry, and in many other fields.
Maryland Area Community Colleges
Allegany College of Maryland
Anne Arundel Community College
Baltimore City Community College
Community College of Baltimore County
Carroll Community College
College of Southern Maryland
Frederick Community College
Hagerstown Community College
Harford Community College
Howard Community College
Prince George's Community College
Wor-Wic Community College
There are a number of Web sites that provide excellent college information. Below are the most popular:
Maryland Area Four-Year Colleges
- Bowie State University
- Coppin State University
- Frostburg State University
- Salisbury University
- Towson University
- University of Baltimore
- University of Maryland, Baltimore
- University of Maryland Baltimore County
- University of Maryland, College Park
- University of Maryland Eastern Shore
- University of Maryland University College
- Morgan State University
- St. Mary's College of Maryland
FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION
Anyone can afford to go to college if they decide that education is a good investment. Most people get financial aid to pay what they can't pay toward college costs, and there are plenty of financial aid options. Learn how much the college of your choice will cost, and create a budget to plan for college expenses. Start saving for your education as soon as possible. Click here (link to Financial Planning word document) and on the Web sites below to find out more information.
www.ed.gov/updates/97918tax.html (tax relief information)
Click on the Web sites below to get some helpful information on how to take tests.
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EXPLORING CAREERS AND MAJORS
Choices give you the power to control your future. Wise choices involve thought and help you plan your future as best as you can. Thinking about the subjects you enjoy will help you decide which classes to take and the path you want to pursue in college. Online personality and skills assessments can help you choose a college, a college major, and specific things you can do plan for your career.
You can do the follwing through MyRoad
- Take a validated personality assessment to get a detailed report on your personality type
- Explore a list of suggested careers and majors that fit your personality and strengths
- Search for colleges by location, major, cost, and much more
- Find out what students and professionals have to say about their choices
- Get tips on applying to college and succeeding in high school and beyond
- Create an online portfolio for college and career planning
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- the training and education needed
- expected job prospects
- what workers do on the job
- working conditions
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