Questions about how to pay for college, apply to college, and choose a college or career program?

VSAC's College & Career Pathways events help parents and students learn about financial aid, grants and scholarships, navigating college loans, how to search for a college or career program ... and more. Attend your choice of in-depth workshops led by local experts.

These free half-day events happen only once a year! Choose your location and date.

  • March 17, Saint Michael's College, Colchester, 9:00 am–1:30 pm
  • March 24, NVU–Johnson, 9:00 am–12:30 pm
  • April 7, Castleton University, Castleton, 9:00 am–12:30 pm.

NEW THIS YEAR— 

Workshops on apprenticeships, skilled trades, certificate programs, and internships that lead to great career paths and life opportunities—without a college degree.  

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What is College & Career Pathways?

What is College & Career Pathways?

A free half-day conference to introduce and guide you through all things college andnew this year!pathways to skilled trades, apprenticeships & great careers without college. 

New workshop paths allow high school families to focus on the topics that matter most to them, with 15 different college & career workshops to choose from led by experts in the field. Topics include:

  • the admissions process & college search
  • how to payapplying for financial aid, scholarships & grants
  • campus life, internships, co-ops & study abroad
  • skilled trades, apprenticeships, certificate programs
  • ... and more 
Who should attend?

High school sophomores: Get an intro to the process and start your planning.

High school juniors: Focus your college & career plans.

High school seniors: Choose your direction and take action!  

High school parents/guardians: Learn about resources and expectations so you can support your student.

When and where are the events?
Each of the three separate events is held on a college campus to give you hands-on exposure to a campus environment. Choose a date and location that works for you: 

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March 17 @ Saint Michael's College, Colchester, 9:00 am1:30 pm

March 24 @ NVUJohnson, 9:00 am12:30 pm

April 7 @ Castleton University, Castleton, 9:00 am12:30 pm

It happens only once a year, and it’s all FREE!

Click on the solid green section to expand or compress each of the workshop descriptions.

The Admissions Process: Step by Step

Find out the steps, deadlines, and details (including what happens after you hit "Submit"), with tips for approaching the process with confidence and staying on track. 

Apprenticeships

There are more than 1,400 active apprentices in Vermont in over 30 different occupations. Opportunities are available in many different occupations including healthcare, IT, business, advanced manufacturing, and construction. Come hear from the Vermont Department of Labor about ways to get involved.

Campus Support for Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities often need to advocate for themselves once they arrive at college. We’ll review the federal laws that require accommodations at the college level and explain how to take advantage of the student support services on many campuses. You’ll find out which questions to ask as you visit colleges and their websites so you can feel more confident when deciding where to apply.

The College Search: Finding the Right Fit

Learn what to consider and tools to use as you create a college list that matches your needs.

Financial Aid & Managing College Costs

Find out how families cover college costs. We'll explain:

  • the types of financial aid available (grants, scholarships, loans)
  • the basics of financial aid applications
  • ways to compare college costs before you apply
Intercollegiate Sports & the College Search

Gain a better understanding of the options to participate on an intercollegiate team, and the NCAA eligibility process and requirements. Learn about the differences between various NCAA divisions and initial eligibility requirements, the process of recruitment and athletic scholarships, and the ways you can support your student as he or she searches for the best collegiate academic and athletic fit.

Keep Calm & Prepare for the First Year of College

The transition to college is one of those big life moments. Moving through it with some tools, understanding, and tricks of the trade can make a difference for you and your student. Join other families as we talk about navigating through this exciting and uncharted time for you and your child.

Making the Most of College: Internships, Co-ops & Study Abroad

Learn about how to take advantage of opportunities like internships, co-ops, clubs, research, and study abroad during college to enhance your career readiness after graduation.

Managing Your $$$: Tips for Students

As you head off to college or into the workforce, you'll be taking on greater responsibility for managing your money. Come learn about how to start off right for a financially successful future.

Pathways to a Great CareerWithout a College Degree

Vermont is full of professional training opportunities that will help you move toward a great career right out of high school. Learn about the range of programs that exist and how to take advantage of them.

Save Money with College During High School

Learn about the options Vermont students have for jump-starting college while in high school: dual enrollment, early college courses, technical centers, the VAST program, and the Intro to College & Careers program at Community College of Vermont.

Scholarships

Learn how to find and apply for local, state, and national scholarships.

Strategies for the SAT & ACT

Get “best practice” strategies for each test from a professional private test prep tutor and come away with free test-prep resources so you’ll be better prepared.

Understanding Award Letters & How to Fill the Gap

Every financial aid award letter is different. We'll help you:

  • review sample award letters
  • learn how to understand, compare, and contrast offers
  • discuss loan options for filling the gap between costs and awards

Note: This workshop is only being offered at St Michael’s College.

Vermont Career Outlook

What careers and skill sets will be in demand as you enter the workforce? Learn about current economic conditions in Vermont, including employment by industry, occupational trends, and skills in demand.

Writing the Admissions Essay

Find out what colleges look for in the admissions essay and discover how to craft an essay that sets you apart.

It happens only once a year, and it’s all FREE!

Saint Michael's College, March 17

9:00-9:30 am

Welcome

9:45–10:30 am

Financial Aid & Managing College Costs

Keep Calm & Prepare for the First Year of College

Strategies for the SAT & ACT

Vermont Career Outlook

10:45–11:30 am

Apprenticeships

The College Search: Finding the Right Fit

Making the Most of College: Internships, Co-ops & Study Abroad

Understanding Award Letters & How to Fill the Gap

11:45–12:30 pm

The Admissions Process: Step by Step

Intercollegiate Sports & the College Search

Pathways to a Great Career—Without a College Degree

Save Money with College During High School

12:45-1:30 pm

Campus Support for Students with Disabilities

Managing Your $$$: Tips for Students

Scholarships

Writing the Admissions Essay

NVU–Johnson, March 24

8:00–9:00 am

Optional campus tour with NVU–Johnson admissions reps.

9:00–9:30 am

Welcome

9:45–10:30 am

Financial Aid & Managing College Costs

Intercollegiate Sports & the College Search

Keep Calm & Prepare for the First Year of College

Strategies for the SAT & ACT

Vermont Career Outlook

10:45–11:30 am

The Admissions Process: Step by Step

Apprenticeships

The College Search: Finding the Right Fit

Making the Most of College: Internships, Co-ops & Study Abroad

Save Money with College During High School

11:45–12:30 pm

Campus Support for Students with Disabilities

Managing Your $$$: Tips for Students

Pathways to a Great Career–Without a College Degree

Scholarships

Writing the Admissions Essay

12:30–2:00 pm

Choose to stay for lunch (purchase for $7 cash, check or credit) at Stearns Dining Hall.

Castleton University, April 7

9:00–9:30 am

Welcome

9:45–10:30 am

Financial Aid & Managing College Costs

Intercollegiate Sports & the College Search

Keep Calm & Prepare for the First Year of College

Strategies for the SAT & ACT

Vermont Career Outlook

10:45–11:30 am

The Admissions Process: Step by Step

Apprenticeships

The College Search: Finding the Right Fit

Making the Most of College: Internships, Co-ops & Study Abroad

Save Money with College During High School

11:45–12:30 pm

Campus Support for Students with Disabilities

Managing Your $$$: Tips for Students

Pathways to a Great Career—Without a College Degree

Scholarships

Writing the Admissions Essay

 

It happens only once a year, and it’s all FREE!

DIRECTIONS: 

Saint Michael's College: Check in at Tarrant Center between 8:30–9:00 am. The Welcome begins at 9:00 am. Parking in the Ross Sports Center Lot is accessed via the South Entrance. Directions and campus map.

NVU–Johnson: Check in at Dibden Center for the Arts between 8:30–9:00 am. The Welcome begins at 9:00 am. Parking in the Bentley Hall Lot is accessed via South Pond Road. Directions and campus map.

Castleton University: Check in at Fine Arts Center between 8:30–9:00 am. The Welcome begins at 9:00 am. Parking in Stafford Lot is accessed via Seminary Street. Directions and campus map.

It happens only once a year, and it’s all FREE!