High School Counselors: Guidance for Guidance


Kendra Parson and I will be facilitating tonight’s virtual college week virtual college week wouldn’t be possible without our sponsors sponsors so we of course would like to thank them first for their contribution Kaltura Kuder ACT and Florida Virtual Campus before we begin I want to go over a few items if you have any questions please put them in a chat session and we will address them in a follow-up email this session will be recorded the recording sessions along with any material shared will be posted to our website FloridaShines.org finally we live on Twitter to feel free to share your comments and connect with us at FL shine thank you now to begin the counselor session we have Helen Lancaster and Dr. Amy Albee Levine with an overview of graduation requirements and transitioning to post-secondary with an emphasis on an advisor advisement tips and tools Helen serves with secondary school counseling consultant for the state of Florida’s high school counseling and student progression area and the Bureau of exceptional education and student services from the Florida Department of Education Dr. Albee-Levine serves as the director of academic and workforce programs for the florida college system in this role she works with the florida college system institutions in the area of articulation dual enrollment community college baccalaureate and workforce program they are both experts in the field with extensive experience in florida education system welcome good afternoon thank you for joining us this afternoon in the first segment we will be presenting information related to standard diploma requirements statewide assessments diploma designations Florida standards in dual enrollment then we will transition into pathways to post-secondary education information and resources to include Career and Technical Education Dr. Albee-Levine from the Florida college system and finally State University system and resource in our first slide what are the standard diploma options students must successfully complete one of the following diploma options this is open for all students we have a 24 credit option and 18 credit ACCEL option and students may satisfy the requirements by pursuing an AICE curriculum or IB curriculum I apologize I’m having difficulty in advancing slides ok in this chart you will see the standards diploma options for students who enrolled in 13-14 and thereafter all students enroll in high school today are on the same academic set of requirements students must have four credits in English language art four math to include algebra and geometry three to include biology and two equally rigorous science courses three world history one eligible course from the Florida Course Code Directory in fine and Performing Arts speech and debate for practical arts and there are a number of courses identified in the current technical education section of the Florida course code directory with the PA subject code that will indicate which courses can meet this fine arts requirements we also require one credit of health physical education and eight electives one course within the 24 credits must be completed via online learning we also have industry certification substitutions for math credits up to two with the exception of algebra and geometry and one for science with the exception of biology one next in this slide you will see the link to the Florida course code directory these subject code you see listed are what determines how a course will set aside our standard diploma requirements it is very important to always refer to the directory when determining whether or not of course weill meet a certain graduation requirement for example as I mentioned earlier career and technical education courses with the PA code will satisfy the EQ and the EQ subject codes are also located additionally to PA or CTE courses I wanted to give you a few examples that would be such as Agri Science Foundation’s 1 biotechnology one or aerospace technologies those courses and several others will satisfy the equally rigorous science requirement for graduation now in the next slide you will see a chart that shows the comparison between our 24 credit option and our 18 credit option the main differences are that the 18 credits option only requires three electives instead of eight there is no online course requirement and no physical education requirements careful consideration related to a student post-secondary education goals is important when advising students on the 18 credits option our next slide is a reminder that we have all of the graduation requirements as well as the statewide assessment requirements and information for post-secondary planning in our academic advisement players available on the graduation requirements webpage all of our graduation pathways do require that a student have a cumulative unweighted GPA of a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale and that they pass certain statewide assessments or earn a concordance or comparative score what are the graduation requirements for students with disabilities students with disabilities have two additional options available both require the 24 credits and allows students to substitute career and technical education course with a related content course for English math science and social studies with certain exceptions listed so basically we have two additional pathway options so students who are on the access course pathway and taking the Florida alternate assessment may earn a standard diploma the second option is an academic and employment option which does require a path credit earned via paid employment students with disabilities may certainly defer their receipt of a diploma to receive transition services and to complete additional coursework as part of their IEP the statewide assessments for a standard diploma requirement is listed on this slide we require passage of the grade 110 EAL or an ACT/SAT concordance score students must also pass the algebra 1 end-of-course assessment or earn a comparative score on the P.E.R.T. in mathematics students who transfer in to our our system must also meet these requirements but if a student has an out of state wide mathematics assessment that’s been used for federal reporting purposes or if they come from a state that offers an algebra 1 statewide assessment that we can use the passing or proficient scores from that transfer record to satisfy our state algebra 1 and of course assessment requirements now our students who are enrolled in those subjects you see listed algebra 1 to algebra 2 we do require that those results constitute thirty percent of the final course grade students with disabilities for whom the IEP indicates that it’s the and the court assessment is not the best reflection in terms of the results to measure the students achievement may have their results waived for purposes of graduation requirements next this slide shows you the chart that comes out of the graduation requirements for Florida statewide assessments file which you’ll see hyperlinked at the bottom the link is there but we had the new evidence based SAT test starting last March and we’ve added that the student scored a 430 on the new or the old s80 that will meet the requirement and if they have a reading subtest score of a 24 on the SATs reading subtest they’ll qualify or an ACT of 19 likewise for math the P.E.R.T. is available to make the algebra 1 and of course assessment okay just a little bit of an update the tentative timeline for the new FSA concordant and comparative score study as you can see it began in January an alignment study will help determine new concordance ACT and SATs scores for the FSA grade 10 ELA and a new prepared of PERT score for the FSA algebra one the study will consider whether it would be appropriate to use the PERT and the PSAT to satisfy the grade 10 ELA graduation requirement and whether it would be appropriate to use the PSAT to satisfy the FSA algebra one graduation require once new concordant and comparative scores have been adopted they will apply to all students who have the respective FSA assessments as part of their graduation requirements keep in mind if a student has obtained a concordance or a comparative score prior to any revision as a result of a new alignment study then the statewide assessment requirement is considered as met and should be coded on the student’s academic history next we do have frequently asked questions that cover all of our requirements for graduation topics and some of the information reviewed thus far but in addition I just want to highlight for you that you’ll have information available on early graduation grade forgiveness credit recovery transfer of credit and many other topics this is viewable and posted on our graduation requirements webpage next thank you the Florida standards webpage otherwise known as the CPalms.org is your site to review course descriptions for all of the courses in our course code directory when you are working with transfer of educational records and you need to determine the best course to match up to assign a Florida course code directory number we encourage you to go to the arrows section called course descriptions in directory thank you next the next website you will see the Florida students achieve is a joint project between the Florida Education Foundation in the Florida Department of Education here families help find information to help them choose the best schools for their children and to understand what things students should be learning and help them work with their children’s teachers to ensure the best possible outcomes so a couple of the functions that you will find on this site is that school performance search tool is available which ultimately enables parents to search by districts zip code and so forth and compare school and district data there are links at the very bottom of the page under the link you’ll see categories of newborn and pre-k elementary middle and high by clicking on one of the links that will take into a specific area again these links do contain parent guides to the Florida standards and it’s a very good website to refer your parents to when conducting conferences I want to show you this currently these are the scholar diploma designation requirements for your students the for your rising seniors I want to make one edition so your students are going to take careful note here unlike the current seniors who are not required to meet the must pass algebra one end-of-course assessments get the scholar diploma designation your current juniors must pass this algebra 2 end of course assessment in order to get a scholar diploma designation so again these are must pass and of course assessment requirements the only other additions that we can point out to you that a student could be exempt from the biology one is the EOC the US history Eoc muct past requirement if they are enrolled or happened enrolled in AP IB or AICE biology or us history and the student takes those respective assessments and earn the minimum score to earn college credits on our next slide we just want to remind you that students do have an option to earn a merit diploma designation on there diploma so in addition to meeting the 24 credit standard diploma requirements based on their cohort year I think student attains one or more industry certifications identified then they would be able to earn that certification for diploma designation a student may earn both a scholar and merit diploma designation on their diploma now we would like to transition to pathways to post-secondary education we are showing our main resource it’s the Florida counseling for future of Education handbook this resource will cover many topical areas including bright futures dual enrollment the Florida College System Florida technical centers and so forth and then and more importantly where do you find what courses will actually satisfy state university system entrance requirements this is called in a second bullet you’ll see high school courses that satisfy course distribution requirements listed as an appendices items the other thing to take careful attention to as you’re working with your seniors in their final year and schedule planning if you’re going to want to look at the high school special case equivalencies making sure that the bright futures as well as SUS enrollment requirements are going to be met you want to not advise students to take a course that would be considered as at a location you’ll also see this handbook is posted on our graduation requirements webpage industry certifications makes you more employable and some do articulate to college credit through the gold standard Career Pathways articulation agreements of industry certification to AAS and AS degrees 16-17 so we do have a link there for you and again some can lead them to an opportunity for school district codes FTE funding under the tape act now the next slide will show you our web page for industry certification the link is displayed below and I likely mentioned in the last slide there is a quick a link here to the quick reference guide to gold standard Career Pathways industry certification articulation agreements and the link below that there is a long list of industry certifications and links to specific programs you know for example you can see adobe certified associate Dreamweaver and the list goes on so I encourage you to look at this page when you’re working to find out more information to work with your students so on the next slide going back to graduation requirements we just want to let you know that these that school districts determine whether or not certain industry certifications could be identified to have a student be considered to receive an industry certification math waiver or a science waiver but the eligible industry certifications may be identified from the career and professional education industry certification funding list now related to dual enrollment who is eligible for dual enrollment courses and again this information is covered in detail along with frequently asked questions than the Florida Counselor future education handbook our students in grades 6 through 12 in public or non-public education or home education may be considered for dual enrollment so for college credit dual enrollment courses a student must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA and of course achieve a certain score on a common placement test for career dual enrollment courses students must have a 2.0 GPA or higher again students must meet additional eligibility requirements based on the dual enrollment articulation agreement and students cannot be scheduled to graduate prior to the completion of the dual enrollment course high school students may attend a CTE center or a college as a dual enrollment student to obtain career and technical education instruction not available at their high school and this credit will also counts towards post-secondary education after high school graduation dual enrollment for both college credit and Career and Technical Education areas is a viable option for our students today on this slide you’ll see a link to the dual enrollment frequently asked questions so again all students who meet certain eligibility criteria and may participate students are them from the payment of tuition and all fees and the dual enrollment does provide clarification on the award of high school credit for career dual enrollment courses as well now which academic core high school subject will count towards graduation that have comparable dual enrollment courses we have a dual enrollment high school subject area for the equivalency list so when advising students pay careful note to the subject code that matches our course code directory subject codes required for graduation when advising ok on our next slide Dr. Amy Albee-Levine will present you information with the Florida College System Thank You Helen good afternoon one on this slide you can see two different websites you can access for some general information on the Florida College System next I wanted to focus on just some basic information about certificates degrees earned in the Florida college system you can see on our graph there that more than fifty one percent of students in the system earn an AA degree and we had 112,000 certificates or degrees earned in 15-16 next I wanted to talk a little bit about the high school graduates of the 2013-14 graduated enrolled in higher education in Florida approximately sixty five point seven percent enrolled the Florida College System and you can see that the other percentages for those who enrolls in private institutions technical centers and the state university system on the next slide I wanted to talk about some of the key factors you need to remember when advising dual enrollment students preparing to enter the Florida College system’s the first is ensuring students are aware the eight Meta majors and the associated gateway courses you can see the eight meta majors listed on the slide that math requirements differ one thing I wanted to point out that mathematics requirments differ based meta major and i will discuss these gateway courses in detail on the next slide next I want to talk about the general education requirements it is important to make sure students are aware the gen ed requirements and selecting courses and again I will talk about these further as well and common prerequisites common prerequisites are important to keep in mind when you want to be selecting a program of study for those three things a student and you as the counselor or advisor should keep in mind when preparing students to enter the college system provides information on all these factors will help reduce the amount of excess credits to take and potential financial burden on the next slide I’ll get into more detail on gateway courses when considering doing online advisement it’s important that students understand the meta majors and associated gateway courses the English Composition one is a gateway course for all meta major academic and pathways so all 8 you see there students will need to take the English Composition course gateway courses for mathematics are aligned with a meta major out of their pathways the math gateway courses for business are college algebra or elementary statistics the math gateway course for stem is college algebra and the math gateway course for all other meta majors are college algebra liberal arts math one or two or elementary statistics it’s also important to point out that gateway course can count toward the students gen ed requirements as well so one of these gateway courses could also be a requirement in gen ed on teh next slide i was talking about the gen ed core requirements students must complete one course from each of the five core subject areas that you see their on your slides communications humanities mathematics natural science social sciences it’s important as a gateway courses mentioned on the previous slide also serve as gen ed requirements when preping a math course to complete the gen ed requirement students are strongly encouraged to consider their meta major and the associated gateway courses in mathematics next I want to talk about common prerequisite requirements many programs of study require the completion of common prerequisites or specific courses requirement for enrolling in the actual program study the number of common prerequisites differs by program some some programs can have as much as 24 credits some can have as few as three credits the common prerequisite manual which you will see the link for on your slide can be can be important and it’s important review this manual as some common prerequisite courses also need gen ed or gateway course requiremnts this again can reduce the likelihood of a student accumulating excess credit and being required to pay additional tuition and fees the excess our surcharge occurs at over a hundred and ten percent of the program so for a baccalaureate students 120 hours which is what most baccalaureate programs are at students earning over 132 credit hours would be charged access credit to the tuition rate next I want to talk about some of our to 2+2 articulation programs choose to earn AA degree are guaranteed admission to at least one of the SUS baccalaureate granting Florida College System admissions this does not guarantee admission to the institution of choice or specific programs at all institutions common prerequisite courses that have been identified for more than 200 university and college baccalaureate degree programs across all public institutions additionally some degree programs are designed as limited access because their admission requirements are more selective than institutions general admission requirements part of two plus two popular articulation agreements enhance your opportunities beyond the statewide 2+2 agreement in fact Florida College institutions partner with state universities to offer 57 target of TwoPlusTwo articulation agreements in addition Florida College System is part of the private and a state universities and colleges to offer 121 targeted 2+2 articulation agreements these 178 articulation agreements ensure students have access to the right via program and I’ve highlighted some of the 2+2 target agreements that we have in the state the Santa Fe program for getting into UF TCC or Tallahassee Community College’s program for FSU the direct connect to UCF and fuse for the University of South Florida next I wanted to talk about a new set we have for foster care students and you can see the link there on the slide this side provides information for students in foster care and the researchers offered by the college system institutions it’s like again the second slide you see on your slide and finally I want to talk about disabled student services at the college’s what are ccollege students with documented disabilities are eligible to receive auxiliary aids and services accommodations may include services such as extended time on exams text in an alternative format note takers and sign language interpreters in order to receiving services choose one self-disclosure disability and register with their colleges office of disability services at this point I will turn it back over to Helen to talk about these state university system thank you Dr. Levine our state university system of Florida Board of Governors website is there for you to visit at the conclusion of our presentation just as a reference for a lot of our information on SUS but as we mentioned earlier our resource for the is a Florida counseling for future education handbook there’s an entire section on the first time in college admissions requirements so there are certain courses required the listed in appendix item which I mentioned but students must earn at least four credits and english language arts three of which must have substantial writing they must earn four credits and math as the algebra one level or above and they do not recognize industry certification mathematics one and two waivers or the industry certification science waiver keep that in mind or credit recovery courses as elective courses the actual academic core yes but not the credit recovery course students must earn three credits in science to which must have a substantial lab and then they must earn credits demonstrating a competency of a foreign language or sign American Sign Language equivalent to the second high school level or higher so if they’re a student comes in and they only have Spanish 2 on their record if they’ve transferred in without a Spanish one as an example it will have met that requirement for SUS minimum admissions to qualify for consideration for admission also you want to really take time and take a look at the section in the handbook that explains all of the different ways a second level of proficiency competency can be demonstrated additionally three credits of social science and two additional academic core credits or electives so what courses would be considered as an elective well there are many and please familiarize yourself with what’s in the handbook the next slide discusses the evaluation of course work for the SUS so if you’re not sure if of course counts for SUS and admissions we recommend again that you check the handbook or you can also go to the bright futures course table formerly known as the competence course table here you will find a link to that table if the SUS admission section indicate they see the course is treated like a core academic course if it’s listed E is acceptable as an elective and if it says N it means the course does not meet admissions requires next slide shows something to keep in mind we want you to understand too that students must have a 2.5 or higher GPA on a 4.0 scale as calculated by the university they must have a 3.0 GPA and higher to take the SSAT or ACT however there is no minimum score required for students and GPA ranges of 2.5 to 2.49 you will see other important factors minimum requirements may be changing so check back in the fall when we have the tour we will be going over all updated information on our next slide there are many pointers as you advised your seniors that will be entering in the 17-18 school year senior year rigor the majority of the students are admitted based on three years of high school coursework plus the plan senior year courses an admission is like a contract once the university agrees to admit the student with student agrees to complete his or her plans any substantial change must be reported to the University all admission is provisional and subject to a student’s receiving the diploma and sending the final transcript students who slack off their senior year will find the transition to a university is much more challenging and also if a student is unsuccessful a second semester of their senior senior year a university may rescind their admission decision like the Florida College System the State University system has certain opportunities for students with disabilities students are able to receive a reasonable substitution or modification for admission requirements when documentation is acquired the students inability to meet the requirement is related to the disability and that the substitution does not fundamentally alter the nature of the program and you will find the link to the regulation on students with disabilities and admission in the first bullet and additional information the next slide shows our state university system admissions tour fall 2017 we hope that you can join us and any educator that is works with advising students for post-secondary education planning and welcome as well as our school administrators invitations to register for the workshop will be mailed in May if you want to be sure you receive an invitation or perhaps ensure it might be your first time attending one of our regional workshops certainly contact admissions tour at [email protected] just to recap our important advising resources for you to have at your disposal would be the florida counseling for future education handbook page 57 begins the listing of core courses considered for SUSthe gen ed core course options the common prerequisite manual and then there’s a link to the ACC credit by examination equivalencies another resource we want to share it with you is that we do have resources to support to achievement for students and parents there are subject tutorial and resources for just families and students in the academic core areas but on the site at Floridastudents.org there’s a free SAT practice website please let your students know that this is available lastly I wanted to announce a webinar on college readiness support for homeless youth presented by ASCA next thursday April the 13th at two o’clock and this link in the presentation does contain a direct website to register and again we want to thank you for your attention today and if we can help you with any technical assistance or resources please do not hesitate to contact us thank you both for sharing as a reminder we will provide a copy of the presentation with with all of the hyperlinks after the session and we will have a Q&A session at the end of all the presentations next we have Nashla Dawahre with an overview of FloridaShines shine Nashla I’m sorry I work with you every day and I’ll never learn your last name but Nashla serves as the assistant director of student services offered by Florida shines in the florida virtual campus with more than 12 years experience in higher education administration and Student Development she’s passionate about being engaging and helping students reach their educational and career goals and is proud to play a role in preparing the leaders of tomorrow prior to joining the Florida Virtual Campus Nashla lead and managed a variety of efforts and recruitment admissions orientation academic advising first-year experience and retention at the University of Colorado I am sure you are ready to hear all about Florida shines resources so I will ask Nashla to take over good afternoon Thank You Kendra it’s a pleasure to be here today and thank you for joining us I want to spend just a few minutes sharing with you what Florida shines has available for your students guess you have been in Florida for a while you’re probably familiar with the services we offered prior such as EPEP in facts.org and even choices Florida shines is the new brand and I probably at some point shouldn’t say new anymore we’ve been around for a little over two years now but the brand of Florida shine brings all of those legacy services together FloridaShines stands for Florida’s student hub of innovative educational services and really we offer services for high school students post-secondary students we offer services for adults returning to school in really any Floridian looking for career information with our newest career planning tool our website is Floridashines.org and it’s organized with the students life cycle in mind as you can see what the three yellow buttons here the website is designed so that the students start with the tool that prepares them in high school to attend the post-secondary program whatever that might be and plan to pay for school that’s under go to college the tools under succeed in college are also for students who are looking for tools while they’re in school and then we offer career and education planning tools that allow the students to match their interests their values and their abilities with the best major in the best career path for them so that’s a quick overview of what Florida shines offers I want to go a little more in detail and highlight some of the most important areas for your students on the website under go to college one of the most popular services we offer for high school students it’s our academic progress evaluation i’m going to show you what it looks like you can see it here any student attending a public high school can log in with their student ID and their school information to access their academic record here in florida what this tool does is it allows the students to select an evaluation as you see on the top there whether whether they’re pursuing a standard diploma an 18 credit diploma and then evaluate how close or how far they are from making progress towards those requirements as you can see here the students can take a look at what courses they’ve taken they can see how those courses are counting towards progress and then they can interact with the tasks on the top to move through their academic record in a matter that makes sense to them for instance if they’ve taken an assessment as you see here the student hasn’t but if they’ve taken a standardized test or an assessment that’s part of their record those course would be available for them here as well at the end of the evaluation what we’ve done is we allow the student to see how their own academic record compares to what they need for entrance either into Florida 12 universities they also get to learn about what’s recommended to be successful at a state college so it’s really a great tool for planning and preparing your students for graduation and really the post-secondary world so again this is a free tool for your students they can access it at any time with their school information in their student IDs in addition to academics on Florida shine hosts what we call Florida’s institution profile this is the search engine that allows your students to look into what schools have available for them we know a lot of juniors are going to be looking at visiting campuses this summer making a decision about where they want to go so this is a great place to start it’s directly under go to college and they can click under explore colleges and universities when they search they’ll get a listing of all the options here in Florida and then they can narrow down their search as you see here based on several criteria they can look at location programs offered setting size etc and then once they take the school that they want to learn more about they’ll see is something that looks like this they’ll dive into all the specifics for that school now what’s unique about the Florida shines profiles is that this information comes directly from the admissions and the financial aid offices at those schools and they update this information at least once a year so it’s accurate enough to date information as well the information is presented in a user-friendly way it’s easy to understand reading again with the students mind in mind if you will it’s easy to navigate even on your mobile devices and so we know if this is a joke my joke of the evening we know things are never on their phones or their mobile devices so this is something they can access from their phones as well as they’re exploring colleges and universities what we’ve tried to do with the profile to make this information digestible for the students information that can sometimes be overwhelming for them so this is a way for them to also compare several schools if they are considering more than one here in Florida there’s also a very unique feature inside the profile and that’s what we call the program search a lot of times your students find the college campus of their dreams and they really love the campus but the campus or the college doesn’t offer the major or the program that they’re looking for so this is a way for them to also make sure that either their major the program they’re looking for is offered at that institution and then they can learn about the type of degree whether it’s a two year and a 4 year and the type of employment that’s available for that program at that specific school again I just want to reiterate and go back just another tool to help us make an informed decision of where they want to go now we know a lot of times the decision is not based on where they want to go but after looking at the cheapest option or the best financial aid package that they received and the Florida shines also offers a bright futures evaluation to measure your students eligibility for earning a bright futures scholarship whichever it whichever one they’re aiming for FMS or FAS or gold seal they can log in just like they do with a high school academic progress evaluation and they can see their eligibility status for those scholarships that’s another tool that they can look at as well in addition we offer additional information about financial aid programs in Florida and then sort of a basic overview of planning to pay for college for the students and for their parents as well I’m not going to go too much into detail today but I definitely encourage you to have your students log into the website into their Bright Futures evaluation and I also encourage you to invite your high school parents to attend FAFSA workshop that we’re offering on April 12 the workshop is part of virtual college week so that they’re ready to start thinking about that last year if they’re going into their senior year not just them but their parents as well when it comes to paying for college here is a quick look at what bright future looks like and that evaluation looks like just looking at what they need to do to be eligible for the different Brigth Futures Awards whether it’s FAS FMA or gold seal any of those awards they can see how far or how close they are to meeting those requirements and keep track of their progress as well I want to quickly go and under the succeed and school portion of our website it’s focused on students who are already in a post-secondary program but we do offer several academic success tools that I think you’ll find helpful for your students for instance there is a variety of worksheets available for your students to either download really looking if they’re look to improve their study skills their time management their note taking their test taking skills again they can download them directly from the website or you can incorporate them as a classroom activity if you’re working with them directly in the classroom that’s something we have available for you as well and just to point out a few post secondary resources and highlight some of the information Helen and Dr. Levine shored with you for those students who are participating in dual enrollment we host the state online course catalog for colleges and universities so any post-secondary online course is hosted here through Florida shine to what we call our online course catalog and so students can search for online courses through Florida shines every semester and again this is a good planning tool if they’re mapping out their courses for dual enrollment in addition to the course planning than to reiterate the importance of advising at that stage if they’re looking at dual enrollment we offer information about general education core courses that students should be considering to count towards those first two years be there at a college or universities that advising component that you do is definitely very important for our students the last piece of my session that I just want to point out quickly before I conclude I want to talk about or transition to our new career for an education planning tool I’m going to let our next speaker Maggie tell you the details of the system but let me just say that we were very excited to launch my career shines in 2015 the new tool replaced Florida choices it is funded by the state which means it’s offered like all of our services at no cost to you or your students and it really is a collaboration effort we know that as you know students who have a plan are more likely to achieve their goals and be retained at a higher percentage if they feel comfortable about the choices they are making if they understand the requirements of what it takes to pursue a specific career then they can also make that informed decision and they can sort of map out the best plan for them based on all those pieces it can be overwhelming for the student so we’re excited to have this system that helps you narrow down all of those options for your students my career shines it’s like I said a collaboration effort it’s several state partners coming together bringing in their expertise their resources really to help the students of tomorrow I have one more thing that I want to share with you before I let Maggie dive into my career shines and show you the system and that’s a question you’re probably wondering and or having your mind in it how can I learn more about all of these tools that not NAshla mentioned in the last five minutes I know I shared a lot of information with you but we offer for you several training resources that can help you facilitate the services or introduce these services to your students and their parents all you have to do well and here’s a listing of them actually variety of resources for training documents videos webinars if you’re looking for literature to have it your offices or at your school we’re happy to share any of that with you and support you so that you can facilitate help students have access to these services all you have to do is go to the very top right of FloridaShines.org that’s our website and if you click on partners right up there where you see that red box you can then select the area that you’re wanting to learn more about in our case it is student services where you can learn more about my career shines and then from there you can download the training resources that you’re looking for if you don’t find what you’re looking for you can always contact us for more information so I hope you found these resources of these are helpful to you if you have any questions please put them in the question box and I will be happy to adress them at the end of the session with our QA my contact information is up here as well and again i hope you found these resources helpful to help your students plans for the future thank you very much Thank You Nashla now that we understand a little more about the resources available to us let’s take a deeper look at my career shine next up is Maggie Miller good afternoon and I really appreciate everyone on that joined us we are going to look at Florida’s career planning system we we’ve been calling it new but it’s really not it’s that two years old now going to advance you so we are here to help students plan their future and doing that today and planning using my career shine just want to point out we’re going to learn a little bit more about how parents can partner and their child’s career planning process we have a new newly released parent portal we’re also going to just kind of look live as a live account and look at the main features of Kuder Navigator we also would like to point out I know we probably have mostly high school folks on here but we always point out the middle grades promotions the by the time they come to you they had received a career planning course either 6th 7th or 8th grade and the majority of the state is using the social studies courses civics or history and the system can actually help fulfill the 8th standard and that promotion statute just FYI we do have three systems oh we have an elementary system and production called Kuder galaxy the grade 2nd and 3rd grade will be released at the end of this year towards the end of the year in December and then the rest of the grades four or five and one and two will be released after that and then it comes Kuder Navigator and that’s what you’re going to do today after students leave high school they can become a journey users by just pressing a button and their navigator system just want to point out some parent resources I won’t be able to open up a parent account but I do like to go over this because it is relatively new there are resources for parents including a parent handbook that will help and that prepare their child for college or career this is at no cost we say it’s free but it’s at no cost for the parents to review all of the aspects of their their own child or children multiple children are exploring in system that’s my que we’re going to go live you okay so what you’re looking at here is the dashboard if you have been in our training you will know that this training takes three hours to just go through the system I have 30 minutes so I’ve thought about it ahead of time and we’re going to spend our time together so you have a student has a personalized profile here they also have three assessments and the first thing that we would view is have students take these assessments this should be taken once a year just to point out if we do have some middle school folks on the line or if you work in middle school wait to share that up the students only have access to to the first two assessments the interest is skills confident and when students become a ninth grader they have access to the third assessment work value while I’m here on the dashboard before I move into the menu I want to point out that a student to it to invite their parents to create a student account they have to go into their account settings so they will choose your account settings and the very last on this list would be my parent account for the student would hit the edit button put the parents first name last name email address and then the parent receives this code and the parent would register just like the student would register and it would send the code once that happens the parent will be able to see all the assessment results any schools post-secondary institutions that the students are exploring in a scholarship to resume anything the student has created the students the parent you see the parents will have access to just want to show you’re the best at the dashboard what would you have a review of all the assessments so any kind of student taking assessments the results are our housed right here and also there are some reporting some reports that the students can print if you are working with my career shine and you have had our training you are aware that there is an administrative database management system we call AMS and that gives you the counselor access to reports as well usage report you can see all resumes you can see all education plans which I’ll talk about just a moment anything the student has created so we’re going to focus on this menu over here I’ve got 30 minutes and I definitely feel like if there are some focus areas for counselors first of all it’s divided up the menu divided up and things to do and the actual was inside of the portfolio so I’m just going to do students can take an assessment so here is it take the assessment that can be taken at any time sometimes where students come in and don’t do their best maybe they’re not feeling well they could take it tomorrow no problems the system will hold the latest results next on the menu is explorer occupation which is really important to our high school students and and related to everything every speaker has already spoken about and that is choosing the right course work one way that you can help your students choose the right course for the correct course work regarding what they want to be when they grow up is using their up their data to help drive that decision to coursework so if students click here there are three ways as you can see to explore occupation when I service will be based on their assessment results so when a student takes their assessment you will notice each student will have a different list of occupations because they took the assessments different way they will be able to favorite occupation after exploring them which is very important and they will be able to look where they have alignment with your assessment results in this first example if you have interest skills and values are aligned also we’ve got the national bright outlook symbol which is very important and our pop-up menu is not coming up right now but the national bright outlook is our occupations that are trending over the next decade and it’s super important for our students you know about that symbol and also the green leaves indicate trending jobs but in the area of conservation so when a student does click on an occupation this is where they start to learn in depth about it the landing page there are videos throughout we have updates in this case this one came from o net and then this is where students can start learning about those occupations what are the paths and conditions have a public relations specialist for example where they can lose interest or it can validate that that is a high area of interest this is a summary the next tab is a summary of the interest skills and work values so that students I’m sorry for that occupation and then the education and experience tab is very important to your students especially when they want to look for a major in that in that area so if we want to click on one of these links here suggested college and post-secondary majors this tab this link here will actually show them schools in florida offering that major and i’ll tell you working with counselors across the state this is usually where i hear a collective wow because if so it’s a it’s a honing in on a college or university post-secondary institution based on their assessment results and interest from here they can actually click on the school link and learn about that school and I’ll show you that in a moment next is to check out the salary of that occupation it’s a high interest of students want to point out that we do have a statewide sources nationwide comparison here we can also look at different states and compare other state there’s also a translation into hourly from yearly salary to hourly and that is important to our students because a lot of times they only most at the time they held a job possibly with an hourly rate related occupations I don’t have to tell school counselors how important related occupations is because this just opens up that door to other areas of exploration and then additional information takes you out to learn more about the for example public relations specialist with occupation so we can spend a lot of time there very important set of tabs to learn about occupations I am moving down quickly to plan for education it’s also important for you and your parents I’m choosing to go into depth here in to find school this is where a student can especially closer to graduation exploring in schools they can also look in this menu you’ll notice there are ton 392 entries so it’s very important you’ll notice after training that you need to filter here I’m going to quickly filter should give you an example maybe I want to live at home and I would be willing to drive 40 miles one way and I’m already having an idea that I was studying engineering for example my filters come after filtering this gave me one major university actually at university of south florida the front here where you can actually learn all about that school much like on Florida shine that was some more detail and from here students can actually apply to that college and this link right here very handy it does take them out to the applications but they would not lose their tab up here next are the academic majors and programs you can see what are the programs is study and the certificates or degrees awarded application and admission cost financial aid very important for your parents know about and your students and then additional information is where students can check the accreditation or the campus crime statistics so that’s fine here and the next one I want to show you is learn about financial aid and search for scholarships and grants so we learn about financial aid let’s kind of backup our florida shines information if you see the 8 tabs if you see that you can learn about for example bright futures and just so you know this takes you to Florida shine so it’s all to stay connected here you can actually apply to scholarships I’ll open that just moment but you’ll notice the complete fafsa is down here as well so lots of our information and action steps you can take towards post-secondary options but numbers we would be find and apply for scholarships which is the same as here i’m going to click here the menus and currently we have 266 available scholarships we partnered our companies who develop a system called Kuder incorporated which is the company I work for but supports MyCareerShines I wanted to point out that we partnered with Peterson’s database of scholarships engines and that is the protection for your students they will not receive spam emails and we do get updates from them but from here they can go into any of these scholarships click on one and actually apply that scholarship here after they read about the criteria if they are eligible that’s pretty handy and that’s another spot or usually here are counselors with a collective wow that’s exciting some students that access to this at their fingertips that’s going out out their system and I’m going to go back home but the last other plan for education I want to just share i’m going to send their very little time here but just show you the plans will work students can actually learn all about the interview process lots of videos here and tip and under find a job what they can do is actually find job openings and learn how to research employers moving right along I wanted to share that a live portfolio items what you need to know is that from the moment of students begin taking the assessments they are building a web page for themself well actually the system is doing it for them so I’m going to share run through here and of these important areas for you to know about including my academics which where the ED plan is located under my assessment students have access to all of their assessment results here they can also add external results like an abstract or any kind of any any kind of assessment they feel that was the important to be part of their portfolios under my job search tools I won’t spend a lot of time here but I would like to share that your students and they do need resumes if they’re going to be interfering at post-secondary institutions they can build a resume here it’s very intuitive simply fill in the blank customize it these are the areas that they can add and I’ll just share with you because people always want to see one completed of what the student completes all of those sections they can actually edit from here you’ll notice the gray areas are now gray because they’ve been completed and then these are where you can now edit edit at any time and update the resume and the system actually formats it for you and you have access you can print it now you can share it you can copy and paste it onto another word document but based on how you selected your resume style it will change the font for you you can also develop a chronological or a functional resume should have said that earlier so that’s pretty exciting once you share that cover letters are the same kind of format that here also you can learn about you can view some samples that you can also there’s a video included whenever you create a resume just want to points this out before move on what what it does for you is this system actually gives you examples of what should be should be inside of each of the paragraph so that really as a support for the students if they’re working independently and trying to create the sample resume or real one so I’m going and also references here are fill in the blank fill in the bubble and then it holds the system holds for them as I mentioned you can favor it throughout the system one point I want to make under favorite is if students don’t favorite they cannot do they cannot perform a really interesting task a lot of when students are coming down and trying to decide between one or two or three different occupations they can now compare side-by-side those occupations I really emphasize that in training how important researching is and then they compare so here in the our student can start you need to make some decisions based on salary or increase very important we look for that sun because those are occupations that are increasing in this case there happens to be a negative so as a career counselor I’m not sure I would be focused on a occupation that would be decreasing in demand okay so that is your compare features for occupation the other compare feature want to share quickly is my favorite schools especially if you’re working with parents maybe at a career night or a senior night or junior night with parents involved as well it’s really great for them to see and compare these schools that students are beginning to consider I always throw a private university in there as well it was going to compare three schools you it’sa little slow I apologize ok so here we have a state college of university Florida State University and then a private college and so you can see here all kinds of interesting information about the student body admissions and tuition fees and I always throw in a private one just it’s kind of eye-opening for parents to see the differences and students to the differences okay going back to my main menu just want to show you a few more key features and that is my academics this is also brand-new practically brand new we have my academic success tools which really includes three steps into building a four-year plan in eighth grade so this is a requirement in eighth grade before students enter ninth grade as you can see there are resources here I cannot don’t have time to open to just know these three steps lead up to students building an ED plan so what I’d like to do is show you the Ed plan an example and of course to build a new plan you would click here at a plan i’ll just share with you what it looks like and then i’ll share with you what a completed one looks like so students here can actually include courses that they received high school credits for example algebra one here or maybe a language so they would want to include that let me go back and I will just share with you one denies I kind of worked through so if you notice this is approved I want to share that the parents or the administrator at the school can approve these ed plans so I can expand ninth grade and here i’ve included algebra 1 I’m sorry that was eighth grade prior to you there I’ve got a plan out for ninth grade and then you would do this for every grade and then these are also completed so the school counselor you can have students print these here is a preview can be signed it says when it was approved and who approved it and you can also say yes it does add up to 24 that was my selected kind of a diploma option 24 credit standards and then this could be held and their folder or also can you print it out and signed by a parents so we aren’t very excited about this I do go into this with more detail when we are in a training together but I just want you to know one more thing about the ed plan is that just want to expand here a course do you think I’m going to take a different approach if you would just not mind okay so if i go to my sample here we worked long and hard with the Department of Education to upload all of the course codes and course courses there for students is this is as simple as it is if a student wants to add for example a biology they click on the little plus they look at the course name you and they add this course and then all the math is done for them that’s how you would add a course and you can also add additional courses they’re not in the list ok so that’s pretty exciting that also would be visible as I mentioned earlier the parents can eaprrove that but we’re hoping that you’re working also with with your parents to make sure those are our accurate last I want to show you is my e profile so students do not have access to this in 6th 7th or 8th grade but once they are high school students and it’s going to open for me students have access to my e profile and what that is is it is a web page that will showcase the students skills and talents they can give it some customization here they can add if they have a twitter handle or a linkedin account you can see all of the different social media here we always been training if you have students involved in performing arts they could create a YouTube channel showing their performances change their photo write a summary paragraph share their location contact information any of the favorites that they have selected their assessment results they can share those which resume would they like to share they may have a couple what they have references and then I didn’t show you this earlier due to time that they can upload up to 50 megabyte of examples that showcase their skills and talents that if they had projects and left on maybe photography they’re proud of letters of reference anything that would showcase to who they are what I’m going to do is once this is complete you can save in publish share with you what it looks like and this is another time i usually get get a collective sigh of excitement l i’m going to publish if you notice once you do publish a student gets a URL so this URL could spent ahead of time to an energy for jobs or at a post-secondary institution and now the student has a web page customized they’veup there I want to point out those hot button so if they had seen any of those social media link this actually there’s live in to those accounts there was Twitter and then I constantly check these I’ve always worked for me here’s the linkedin that resume that those students built one time is now reformatted to be part of their webpage very intuitive and in my opinion and makes them nice to look at it can preview it and actually print that resume at a lot of different pathways to the same place and assistance there are the references and then those documents that would showcase their skills and talents would be located right here we are our company is very very proud of this future the other thing I always share and in training is that that Florida students have never had this kind of leverage and competing for jobs and opportunities and post-secondary institutions we’re very proud of it and so excited for our students to share their their skills and talents as they compete for jobs and positions in colleges and universities okay so what I’d like to do at this point is ask our wonderful Ashley to go back to the final slide thank you i would like to thank you everyone and trying to be very timely here i know that if you have questions they will be they will be we will have folks myself will hang around to answer those questions as well so thank you Maggie my career shines is a great tool available to all students and play a huge part in supporting you and what you do with your students every day I’d like to remind you that these presentations are being recorded and will be placed on our website FloridaShines.org along with any material shared for the last presentation of the evening we’d like to emphasize the large role you play in your students lives to help them transition to a successful path to help us with best practices and tips we have Melissa Hewitt melissa is a guidance counselor at Lafayette High School and she is currently completing her 25th year in public education she has a master’s degree in guidance she has over 10 years of experience as a high school teacher in 15 years of experience and guidance we’re excited to hear what you have to share with us today welcome Melissa thank you for this opportunity to share and I’m going to jump right in and start with counselors and ask who are we as counselors we are advocates for students we are facilitators of events investigators of needs developers of plans agents of referrals liaisons as many evaluators of progress coordinators of assessment dis aggregators of data counters of credit organizers of everything but probably most important we are prepares for life as counselors we have a huge responsibility and an influence on the lives of so many at times it can be overwhelming but being prepared and having a plan make our jobs a little easier so how can we help prepare students for post-secondary first of all we have to make sure that they graduate is probably one of the most stressful tasks that we have as counselors is making sure that everything meets those high schools requirement we need to complete graduation checklist semi-annually I prefer to do it twice a year versus once just to make sure that we not let something slip through the cracks to do that you can either use a computer-generated check sheet or you can use a hand charted and it really depends on the data system that your school district uses whether or not you have access to a computer generated plans it makes it easier when you can put something into a student’s hand or into these parents hands to be grade specific we need to get very specific with what students know and what they don’t know we assume that students and parents use the same vocabulary as we do but as educators we almost have a vocabulary all of our own so what our credit and how many do I need that’s probably the first thing that we need to make sure that ninth graders understand we need to introduce what post-secondary options are introduced that vocabulary as counselors we evaluate data and we need to evaluate data we need to be able to look at students and know who is on what tracks whether their ESE they have a 504 if they’re in the RTI plan if they’re in the AP track if they either have academic or career and technical school enrollment aspirations whether or not they’re required to have remediation credit recovery and then obviously if they’re interested in attaining an industry certification we do that by utilizing FSA ACT and SATs scores those are the earliest options that we have for assessment always the ninth grader we need to continue those interest inventories students need to evaluate themselves as much as possible ninth grade is very important for having students to set goals nitrate as a transition year the perfect opportunity for students tomorrow start making goals they make goals short-term and long-term and they also need to know that it’s okay for them to change those goals but they must always have something to work towards at this point you also need to grips with students about their goals they need to know what’s realistic and not very realistic for them a rule of practice that we use in our school district is every student who has not passed the algebra 1 EOC is given the pert test to help find that concordance score also during the year in which students are enrolled in algebra 1 after they’ve taken the algebra 1 end-of-course assessment prior to the end of that school year even before we have test scores back we go ahead and PERT test those students to give them an additional opportunity to be done with algebra 1 as soon as possible we provide students with a credit summary at the end of each school year in conjunction with course selection for the following year during that time is when I really try to have students to evaluate their goals based on their progress at that point during the school year to see how realistic their goals are see if they’re passing the credits and the tests that they need to to continue on the tracks at their own so as we move to 10th grade we need to expand their knowledge of post-secondary options and of that vocabulary Florida shines is an excellent opportunity of providing those resources as does the bureau of labor statistics utilization of the Occupational Outlook Handbook and it of course you live in the Florida College System website to introduce students to all of those post-secondary options 10th grade we review credit and graduation requirements reevaluate that data to note specific changes of who is currently now ready for dual enrollment or ap or etc and at this point you get very specific and being very deliberate and explaining their options and what their future may look like and mapping out an academic plan at this point we would repeat inventories while adding more personality profiles helping students to figure out who they are and what their expectations are as well as including as much family and other resources are people who have influence on those students particular lives and what their expectations are reevaluated every year again we pert test students who’s not past the algebra 1 EOC 10th grade also is an opportunity to provide those students with credit summaries at this point they’re halfway there or they should be close to halfway there at the end of 10th grade and they can start seeing a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel any students who are expressing interest in academic and career dual enrollment this is a great time to really start getting students clued in to what those requirements are if a student is interested or expressive interesting going to a university immediately after high school versus a community college I really strongly advise them to start taking the ACT or SAT as often as possible that application date comes early in their senior year see the more test experience they can get the better off they’re going to be as an 11th grader review credit graduation requirements reevaluate all of that data students start getting ready for different options at different levels repeat those inventories helping them to figure out who they are where they’re at and really where they’re at in the spectrum of what they’re wanting their goals to be at this point it’s really eleventh graders is a time to start narrowing their options including what their post-secondary major are going to be what their institutions of preference are going to be and there are tons of resources online to use this to help utilize their opportunities to get to those goals again pert testing ACT testing as much as possible to get concordance scores probably at the end of the 11th grade is the most crucial time in terms of making sure students understand where they are credit wise the light at the end of the tunnel hopefully is getting brighter and I really really emphasize for any student who plans to go straight to a university 11th grade is the year if you need to or students need to they need to take that SAT or ACT every single time to get the scores that they’re wanting to achieve or have prior to senior year and then also I introduced options to financial aid start having scholarship opportunity conversations so that students have a background and an understanding of that and then at the end of 11th grade I provide every student with a copy of their individual Bright Futures evaluation so that they know where they stand financially for the future as 12th grade rolls around um I require face-to-face meeting with every parent and senior prior to course selection for seniors course elections as scheduling for seniors can be quite a nightmare seniors have more opportunities more flexibility within their schedules students are going everywhere all comes during the day then making sure that every credit is covered is crucial for a senior data specifications or evaluations get very very difficult this is the time to have that really tough conversation with seniors and their parents about what is realistic not all expectations or options are realistic and this is the time to start narrowing that repeating inventories while adding more and more help for students to help them figure it out and then one of the advisements that I do heavily during the summer prior to and especially the month of august and early September is advising students about that state university application deadline every year it seems to sneak up quicker and quicker the better prepared we can be in making sure that they understand that deadline the better students do in getting those applications in again pert testing ACT testing remediation for students who aren’t quite there yet doing those ACT SATs as much as possible excuse me and then providing extensive information about financial aid scholarships college admissions process we take advantage for granted that students really understand that process so as much as we can do through field trips attending college fairs career shows having students have official visit providing handouts and parent nights are key to making sure that seniors understand what that post-secondary transition looks like Bright Futures evaluations are also periodic periodically distributed to seniors during their senior year but probably my biggest goal during a student senior year is answering the millions of questions that they and their parents often have or at least posing those questions to them because oftentimes students don’t know what they don’t know so the more questions I compose their direction helps them make more better decisions for their futures and then of course the last page of my presentation is pretty self-explanatory it’s best practices or for me it’s just in practical experience to create a library of resources for myself has been monumental in my ability to the council students I really like packets versus individual sheets if I can have everything related to one topic together I love to do that versus individual sheet I’m big on brochures and handouts I want to put something in the hands of students and parents and even our faculty member who often have questions about that post-secondary transition and then of course guidance counselor’s we can’t always be available we are often stretched thin and we’re in 10 million different directions in one day but if you’ve got resources that are available for students even when you’re not in your office if they have access to that we are doing a much better job than not having resources available so as counselors we direct the paths of today’s students ultimately to be tomorrow’s leaders so I thank you for this opportunity to share and really what I’ve shared with you today is pretty much how I as the only high school guidance counselor at Layafette high school kind of manages my time and this is how I helped make that post-secondary transition better thank you again Melissa thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience to better help us serve students and thank you to everyone who joined us this evening this concludes the presentation portion of the counselor session we would like to open up the floor to questions we’ve been collecting all evening and also feel free to type any additional questions in the question box and we will address them as time allows the first question actually the first three questions came in for Helen Helen and with regards to the 24 credit standard diploma can the physical education credit be waived for a student with a medical exemption the PE requirement cannot be waived there are certain courses within the course code directory for students with disabilities that may be considered I would like to provide the name of our physical education director for the Department of Education her email and her name is Nicole Wilder I recommend that the individual contact her via email with the question it’s Nicole and [email protected] or they would prefer they can call Nicole an (850)245-0813 awesome thank you so much another question came in and said what if you are already bilingual if the student is bilingual with with regard to graduation requirements that is what I’m assuming the just that was all that was put in the question box ok so basically i would recommend that person to email me directly what I think they’re asking is perhaps that they’re a transfer student and they take a from whatever country is their native language will that count for meeting our English one two three or four requirements and the answer is yes to that but I really need a little more information perhaps the individual could email me directly or phone ok great and then the third question that came in during your session was on when is the time to sign up for virtual classes they used drivers ed an example but I think this is a good general question when is a good time I think that would be up to the student and their interests and their graduation plan and also grade level it’s part of an overall graduation program plan I would recommend that you know again with the student contact the school counselor there really is not a specific time to start virtual education we know we certainly to meet the online course graduation requirement would recommend that the student take care of that as early on in their high school career as possible okay thanks oh and Helen one more just came in that I think this under your area is wood colleges accept the 18 credit diploma absolutely what we are directors of admission of every SUS entrance to our requirements tour that we have will be they just basically emphasize that the first requirement is a standard diploma or of course GED with certain provisions or home education academic history but if I could speak to students to graduate from a public high school the 18 credit is a standard diploma as well as the 24 the real critical issue here is the students program of study have they been given every opportunity to take a rigorous of courses as they need to be competitive students are evaluated for SUS admission on an equal playing field so that student who’s been in school for four years could very well have had more opportunities to participate in volunteer activities to just show their leadership roles developed talents and take more rigorous coursework so that it’s a carefully planned option and it depends again on the students post-secondary goal but it’s a competitive admissions process I would just want as a school counselor you know to make sure a counselor to involve the parents and the students very closely because they want to be well positioned to the acceptance criteria thanks thank you again so Nashla to two questions came in during during your presentation the first one is someone asked how they can get access for today’s material thank you Kendra so we are excited we have an event tonight for you counselors that are joining us we have an event tomorrow for students and then we have an event on thursday for parents they’re recording this live and anything else that came with the presentations will be available on florida shines at the end of next week if you wish to have a copy of the slides we’re happy to make a PDF and send it to you before the end of the week go ahead and email us at [email protected] and we’ll be happy to do that if you need it before the end of the week otherwise it’ll be posted at FloridaShines.org under virtual college week for all of the sessions and again let me just remind you to invite your students to join us tomorrow evening and we’re going to have another handful of experts for them and then a handful of expert for the parents we’re going to be talking about admissions and financial aid thank you actually one more for you Nashla does Bright Futures take Algebra one with no grade meaning they received credit by passing the FSA but never took a course you know I talked about our bright futures evaluation it is a collaboration with the Bright Futures office we don’t handle any of the evaluation part we only display what the Bright Futures office sent us we’re happy to follow up with you with the contact for the Bright Futures office and then we can make sure that we get you an answer as well so we’ll follow up with the bright future office information and if you have a student in specific as an example we can follow up with you that way and get you an answer from them wonderful so Maggie actually a couple questions came in during your session as well the first one is the person s are all of these scholarships a complete list of what’s available currently they are a complete list according to Peterson’s database I know that there are other fast web is out there there’s several different ones that we will use Peterson’s database those numbers of available scholarships do change I was I’ve witnessed that during training so the set sort a question yeah I believe so and actually the other one someone just sent us their email and asked for you to follow up with information on my career shine so we’ll make sure we get that that email address and name to you and sure I would have to say no because you know each district even has their own foundation scholarships that are offered you know by districts but these are ones that are published by individuals or foundations or company through Peterson default to Florida is a priority but there are scholarships not quite afford as well and actually I’m I was we were looking through the chat boxes and it looks like a couple people asked how they can get training on you know you you gave a great overview but maybe they might more like more in-depth training about my career shines products and features to tell the group how how they can go about that I would love to we are if you can imagine this time of year we’re slowing down because of the testing season but the first thing I want to say is the training is all free of course we provide all of the materials we go into depth a lot of we also do some and assessment interpretation and how to use the assessment results in course selection which is kind of been a topic of today which is exciting so to get the training there is a very long URL that i do not have memorized but i imagine that Nashla you guys could help us get that training link into out there for the folks that have attended today but i do need to share that you do need research approval we are invited by the districts and usually they invite all of the counselors or whoever will be working with students so there is a link you can also find it on floridashines.org or MyCareerShines.org you can request training as well Thank You Maggie that’s a great point and we’ll be sure to also share that information at at the end of the presentation when we post materials we had one more question come in and it was actually Melissa it was during your session and the person wants to know do you recommend looking for scholarships as a ninth grader it’s kind of hard to start looking for scholarships as a ninth grader but certainly need to start looking at what the criteria are as far as what those four scholarships require one thing I do strongly advise in 9th grade that I did not fit in my presentation is for students to start working toward their community service hours a lot of scholarships are tied to community service hours but certainly the opportunity to start exploring what their options are to see what they might would be interested in or what would might apply for them and I would like to point out if that’s ok that the seventh and eighth graders in their MyCareerShines account you do not have access to that and that does come in until 9th grade so they certainly could start looking ok well I really appreciate the great discussions that we’ve had and that actually was the last of the questions so before we close out I just want to take a second to encourage you to invite your students and their parents to the remainder of the virtual college week tomorrow and Thursday which are focused on them also don’t forget about our hands-on workshop next Wednesday April twelfth focusing on how to fill out the FAFSA you can register for all of these at virtualcollegeweek.org again before we wrap up I’d also like to thank our event sponsors once again Kaltura Kuder ACT and the Florida Virtual Campus they have really made this event possible for you and your students finally you will receive a follow-up email with a survey that we truly hope you will complete all presentations and materials shared will be posted on our website FloridaShinese.org for additional information please email us at college [email protected] and be sure to follow us on Twitter FL shine thank you and have a great night

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