Seniors, Class of 2022:
If you took any classes or are planning to take any classes this year for PACC credit through St. Mary’s University of Minnesota and you want to get credit for college, you need to have your PACC transcript sent to the college you are attending. Some colleges may also request it as a part of your admission application. You can go online to St. Mary’s website at: http://www.smumn.edu/pacc. Click on "Information for Students and Parents" on the left hand side of the page. Click on this and you will see a list of frequently asked questions, click on "Transferring Credits" to get information about ordering your St. Mary's Transcript to the colleges of your choice. Once the college you choose receives the final transcript, they will review and determine if they will award college credit for the coursework.
As always, your college counselors are here to discuss additional college options, financial aid, scholarship searches, etc. If you have questions, contact them!
Juniors, Class of 2023:
If you have not yet visited any colleges, we strongly recommend getting on a couple of campuses this year. (Of course, there are some colleges that are still not allowing in person visits, but they all have extensive virtual information options and many colleges will be offering more in person opportunities as time goes on.) It is always beneficial to visit colleges when they are in session, if this is possible. Look at your calendar to see when you might have a couple of days to do some local visits. You can find the colleges' phone numbers in the college profile pages in your Naviance account. Otherwise, most colleges will have visit information right on their websites.
If you are planning to take the ACT this year, the next available test date is December 11, 2021 . The deadline to register is November 5. Many test centers will be closed before the deadline. You can register for the test at www.act.org. Remember you also have access to an online test prep program (Methodize Prep) in your Naviance account. If you have ANY problems getting registered in this program, contact Mrs. Proctor at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will assist you. Our students that have used it have found it really helpful. It is difficult to know how many colleges will continue their test optional policies for your class. This is something we will need to continue to watch throughout the year.
Keep reading the Daily Bulletin for college events that are happening virtually at school and through college campuses. Take advantage of these informational sessions!
Sophomores, Class of 2024:
In February, you will complete a career and personality assessment in homeroom, called Strengths Explorer. This assessment will give you ideas on your strengths, how to improve your strengths and what careers may be of interest to you based on your strengths. The system gives you lots of information on a particular career (pay, education required, etc.), college majors that might relate to that specific career and colleges that offer that major. It is an all-inclusive report that can assist you as you think about potential job, major and college options in the future. This spring, you will be invited to attend our Sophomore Student and Parent College Planning Meeting on March 29 and our annual college fair on April 7.
Students, remember to update your resume in Naviance to keep track of all your activities and community service for the year.
Freshmen, Class of 2025:
Ms. Kjorstad and Mrs. Proctor are excited to meet you in the College and Career Center this year.
Remember this is the first year in building your file for college. This year does count in your grades and information we send to colleges. Continue to do your best academically and get involved in your school or community. All of these things are important.
Next year, as sophomores, we will be working on career possiblities. You will complete a career assessment and we encourage you to watch for career speakers throughout the year in the College and Career Center. You can sign up for any career speaker of interest in the CCC with your college counselor or with the parent volunteer. Career speakers are open to freshmen.