College-Bound? Training-Bound? Not Sure?

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Stephen Mease

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February 24, 2022

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College and Careers Pathway

Register for the Free College and Career Pathways Virtual Event, March 5

If you have a high school student in your life who’s looking for guidance on college or professional training options, an upcoming College and Career Pathways event will put your family in touch with dozens of local experts, essential resources, and some of Vermont’s best-known postsecondary programs. And you won’t even have to leave your living room to attend.

The virtual event, called College and Career Pathways, takes one of VSAC’s highest-attended informational events to a Zoom format. On Saturday, March 5, from 9:30 to 12:30, participants can learn about scholarships and the FAFSA process from VSAC’s financial-aid expert, get free last-minute SAT tips from a professional test-prep tutor, and connect with representatives from schools they may be interested in attending. Neurodiverse students will also find two brand-new workshops focused on opportunities for students with learning difficulties, developmental disabilities, and autism.

“We have an A-list lineup of presenters,” said VSAC Special Events Coordinator Anna Telensky, who put together the virtual event. She said the presentations will likely offer the most value for 10th and 11th-grade students and their families, but “ambitious 9th graders,” and seniors who are exploring workforce training programs, will also find a lot of benefits. “Whether you are college-bound, training-bound, or not sure, this event will help you discover free resources and get expert advice on planning for your next steps after high school,” she said.

The event opens with a 30-minute virtual resource fair, in which participants can pop into breakout rooms to chat with representatives from some two dozen colleges, training programs, and organizations across Vermont. (See the full list of presenters on the event website; simply click on the second tab, titled “March 5 Virtual Resource Fair Exhibitors,” about midway down the page.)

After the resource fair, there are two workshop sessions, covering topics such as Navigating the Admissions Process; Non-Degree Pathways to a Great Career; Exploring MyFutureVT’s Career Resources; Scholarships and Managing College Costs; Supporting Your Teen’s Career Search; Writing Admission Essays.

If more than two workshop topics appeal to you, or if you’re unable to attend live, the entire event will be recorded and available for viewing online after March 5. Workshops from 2021 are also available for viewing on the College and Career Pathways website.  www.vsac.org/plan/college-career-pathways.

Students and parents are asked to register for workshops in advance.

College and Career Pathways is funded by VSAC; Vermont State GEAR UP, a federally funded program; and the J. Warren and Lois McClure Foundation.

For information on college and career planning and help with financial aid, go to www.vsac.org/FAFSAfirst and check out our online workshops and events. You can also give us a call at 800-642-3177, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and online at info@vsac.org.