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Nearly 900 parents and students joined VSAC this year for our three College & Career Pathways events to learn about:

  • financial aid and college costs
  • the college search — what to consider & tools to use (even when undecided)
  • apprenticeships and other pathways to great careers
  • applying to college, step by step
  • tackling the college admissions essay
  • strategies for the SAT/ACT
  • searching for scholarships … and more!

Did you miss the events this year? Use the resources on this page to support your family in planning and paying for college.

Thanks to all of our attendees and presenters for making the 17th annual College Pathways series another success!

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The Admissions Process: Step by Step

Presenter Powerpoint (PDF)

The Application Process

College Admissions Toolkit

College Board’s Make a Plan

College Prep App Guide (PDF)

Surviving the College Admissions Madness

Direct Admission to Vermont State Colleges from CCV

Apprenticeships

Vermont DOL Apprenticeship Program

Apprenticeship FAQs

Vermont Trades & Apprenticeships (PDF)

Apprenticeship Occupations Approved in Vermont (PDF)

Apprenticeship Sponsors

Federally Recognized Apprenticeship Occupations (PDF)

IBEW Apprenticeship Opportunities

Plumbing & Electrical Licensing

Campus Support for Students with Disabilities

Presenter Powerpoint (PDF, Saint Michael's & NVU-Johnson)

Presenter Powerpoint (PDF, Castleton)

Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities

The College Search: Finding the Right Fit

Presenter Powerpoint (PDF, Saint Michael's & NVU-Johnson)

Presenter Powerpoint (PDF, Castleton)

College comparison sheet (PDF)

College Navigator search tool

Links to colleges in Vermont

The top myths about college (PDF)

Financial Aid & Managing College Costs

Presenter Powerpoint (PDF)

Presenter Handout: Managing College Costs (PDF)

The Financial Aid Process

FAFSA.gov

Online Videos

Having the Money Conversation

College Navigator

VSAC's Paying for College Guide

VSAC’s Scholarships Booklet

My Education Loans — VSAC's Education Loan Guide

Intercollegiate Sports & The College Search

Presenter Powerpoint (PDF)

Presenter handout: NCAA Initial Eligibility (PDF)

NCAA Recruiting Fact Sheet (PDF)

NCAA Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete

NCAA Eligibility Center

NCAA Division I Academic Requirements (PDF)

NCAA Division II Academic Requirements (PDF)

Keep Calm & Prepare for the First Year of College

Presenter Powerpoint (PDF)

Student Advice for Freshman Year

Habits of Success (PDF)

The Parent “Don’t” List

Fill the Silence with These Conversation Suggestions

A Year in the Life of A College Freshman — A Student Perspective

College Thrills & Chills (PDF)

Harlan Cohen.com

Comfortable in the Uncomfortable (TED Talk)

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

Presenter Powerpoint (PDF, Saint Michael's & NVU-Johnson)

Presenter Powerpoint (PDF, Castleton University)

Climb to Your Career in Four Years

Vermont Business for Social Responsibility (VBSR) Intern Program

Vermont.Internships.com

US Department of Labor: Internship Programs Under The Fair Labor Standards Act

Managing Your $$$: Tips for Students

Presenter Powerpoint (PDF)

Reality Check

Guide to Champlain Valley Financial Resources (PDF)

Ultimate Guide to Retirement 

Pathways to a Great CareerWithout College

Vermont Training Classes

CCV Credentials & Training Programs

Good Jobs by State (PDF)

VTC Continuing Education & Workforce Development

Green Mountain Technology & Career Center Adult Education Classes

Save Money with College During High School

Presenter Powerpoint (PDF)

Dual Enrollment/Early College Fact Sheet (PDF)

Vermont Dual Enrollment 

Introduction to College & Careers — a Free Course for Vermont High School Students

Fast Forward Program

VAST Program at Vermont Technical College

Program Options for Students Families (PDF)

Dual Enrollment Vouchers

Scholarships

Presenter Powerpoint (PDF)

Presenter Handout: Learning About Scholarships (PDF)

Tips & timelines

College Board Scholarship Search

Cappex Scholarship Search

Fastweb Scholarship Search

Strategies for the SAT & ACT

Presenter Powerpoint (PDF)

Presenter Handout: Test Tips &  Strategies (PDF)

www.actstudent.org

www.collegeboard.com

Understanding Award Letters & How to Fill the Gap

Presenter Powerpoint (PDF)

Sample Financial Aid Award Notifications (PDF)

Understanding Financial Aid Awards

Comparing Costs and Financial Aid Awards

Shining a Light on Award Letters that Leave Students in the Dark

VT Career Outlook

Occupational Outlooks

Pathways to Promising Careers (PDF)

Writing the Admissions Essay

Presenter Powerpoint (PDF)

Tips for essay writing

Common Application Essay Prompts

Graphical Organizers to Help Organize Your Thoughts

What The Five Paragraph Essay Looks Like

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

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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!