CAREERS  AND  COLLEGES

All students are encouraged to apply for, and attend, the college of their choice. Resources are available to students regarding collegiate options (find Adventist universities and colleges information here https://adventistcolleges.org/). Information regarding colleges and universities outside of the Adventist sector is also made available to students. As a major part of the process, students are encouraged to prayerfully consider their options when selecting a college or university. 
Students are encouraged to pursue careers that will enable them to utilize their skills as ardent citizens.
Students are exposed to various career choices via field trips, College Days (both on the AAA campus and at different colleges/universities), and classroom instruction.
This page contains links to college resources that may assist you as you try to determine the college or university you would like to attend.

Choosing a College 

  • ACT Resources – http://www.actstudent.org/college/choosing.html 

  • Peterson’s – Choosing a college, graduate schools and online education programs at this comprehensive education site. Search for scholarships and financial aid information – http://www.petersons.com/ 

  • Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – College Financing – http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/

  • Bureau of Labor Statistics – Occupation summaries sorted by subjects, interests and hobbies common among students. Written in everyday English we can all understand. http://www.bls.gov/k12/    

  • CareerZone – An innovative online career exploration and planning system designed especially for today’s high-tech youth. CareerZone presents current and relevant occupational and labor market Information in a clear and interesting way, making career exploration and planning fun and easy.  http://www.nycareerzone.org/

  • My Future – The goal of the site is to help students understand the opportunities available to them after graduation, and better prepare them for the choices and challenges they have ahead (9-12) http://www.myfuture.com/   

  • Princeton Review – A resource containing school search information, career assessments, advice on applying for programs, test-taking strategies and practice tests, etc. http://www.princetonreview.com/ 

  • ECampus Tours – Virtual tours of hundreds of college campuses. Site also includes a free scholarship search, and other financial aid resources.  http://www.eCampusTours.com 

  • Career Zone – A resource guide for students, parents, and education professionals sharing information on college preparation, choosing a college, and paying for college.   https://www.careerzone.ny.gov/views/careerzone/index.jsf

  • Go College – This link will match your interests with a college. It will allow you to narrow down colleges according to majors, grades, scores, and tuition. Also provided are online applications to over 850 colleges throughout the United States. Practice ACT and SAT questions are available as well as financial aid information.  GoCollege.com

  • Adventist Colleges in America – This is a link to all Adventist colleges and universities in the US. https://adventistcolleges.org/

  • Adventist Colleges around the World – This is a link to all Adventist colleges and universities around the world. https://ipfs.io/ipfs/QmXoypizjW3WknFiJnKLwHCnL72vedxjQkDDP1mXWo6uco/wiki/Ron_Graybill.html

  • College Profiles – This website features college profiles with information about campus life, expenses, financial aid, athletic opportunities and a custom search that enables you to select schools by academic programs, cost and location. CollegeProfiles.com

  • Common App – This site lets you search, and apply to over 800 colleges and universities, as well as financial aid opportunities at each of the colleges and universities. There are virtual counselors and a step-by-step guide to help students and parents find the best place for the student to begin their college career. CommonApp

There are many college choices available to high school graduates. Community colleges are typically smaller, cheaper, and usually offer only two-year Associate degrees and certificates. However, some are also connected to a four-year university making it easier to transfer credits from community college to a four-year university. Universities are typically larger in size and offer more extensive degree programs, ranging from associates to bachelors and beyond. There are many resources that are particularly useful when choosing a college, such as this college comparison worksheet found on the ACT’s website and CollegeBoard QuickStart’s program, as well as the 16PF test. US News Report also has an extensive research tool for choosing a college.
 

Financial Aid

  • Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) — You must fill this form out if you want ANY financial consideration from state, federal, or an individual college. Click here to visit the website

  • FastWeb.com — Fast Web is the top resource for connecting students with scholarships. Click here to visit the website

  • School Soup — School Soup is a free website that claims to have the world’s largest scholarship database. The site offers students a database of private and school sponsored awards along with government grant and loan programs. In addition to scholarship information, the site also offers career and college information. Click here to visit the website

  • QuestBridge — QuestBridge is a non-profit program that links bright, motivated low-income students with educational and scholarship opportunities at some of the nation’s best colleges. QuestBridge is the provider of the College Prep Scholarship and National College Match Program. http://www.questbridge.org/

  • Gates Millennium Scholarship Program — The goal of GMS is to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for outstanding minority students with significant financial need to reach their highest potential by reducing financial barriers for African-American, Hispanic American, American Indian/Alaska Native and Asian Pacific Islander American students with high academic and leadership promise who have a significant financial need from undergraduate through doctoral programs. The program aims to increase the representation of these target groups in the disciplines of education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health, and the sciences, where these groups are severely underrepresented. http://gmsp.org/ 

 

BY STATE

FLORIDA

  • Florida Bright Futures — The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program was created to reward students for their academic achievements during high school by providing funding to attend postsecondary education in Florida. http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/ssfad/bf/

  • FACTS.org — Florida’s Academic Counseling and Tracking for Students. This website has a host of information concerning paying for college. https://www.floridashines.org/


GEORGIA

  • GAFutures – Get a listing of all State scholarships as well as Federal financial aid, specifically tailored to Georgia residents. https://www.gafutures.org/

 

Other Resources


Top 17 Questions to Ask When Speaking to the Academic Counselor
1. How should I plan my schedule so I’ll complete my classes in the best way and order?
2. Which elective courses do you recommend?
3. Which AP courses are available?
4. When is the PSAT/NMSQT® going to be given at AAA?
5. Is this school a testing center for the SAT/ACT, or will I need to go somewhere nearby?
6. Is this school a testing center for the SAT 2 subject tests?
7. Do you have any afterschool or evening sessions available for college planning, or the SAT/ACT?
8. Do you have college handbooks or other guides that I can browse or borrow? Do you have a copy of the free SAT Practice Booklet, which has a practice test in it?
9. What activities can I do at home and over the summer to get ready for college?
10. What kinds of grades do different colleges require?
11. What are the requirements or standards for the Honor Society?
12. Do you have any information to help me start exploring my interests and related careers?
13. If my colleges need a recommendation from teachers and staff, how can I help you know me better so it can be more personal?
14. Are there any special scholarships or awards that I should know about now so I can work toward them?
15. When can we go over my transcripts together so I can better understand what my options are and what I still need to do?
16. Does AAA know of any financial add that I can apply for to prepare for college?
17. Is AAA connected to any businesses so I can get internships?

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