College and Career Planner

 

 

Blackwell High School

College & Career Planner

 

 

 

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A Letter to Students & Parents:

 

The purpose of this Planner is to help students and their parents in the planning process for high school and beyond.   Enclosed you will find information about graduation requirements, course offerings for grades 9-12, and college/career planning guides for the first years after high school.  The completed, signed plan will be maintained in a file in the counselor’s office.  Students may refer to this plan, make changes, and add information/materials as they progress through high school. 

 

While a high school diploma is a valuable asset, it is not the “ticket” it may have been in the past.  In today’s job market, the high school diploma is a BARE MINIMUM in terms of qualifications for employment.  The choices you are making right now are opening and closing doors to your opportunities for the future.  The courses you choose are critical in determining how you will score on admissions tests (ACT/SAT), what schools/colleges/training programs you may enter, how much financial assistance you can receive, and even how many hours it will take for you to complete a program or degree.  College and even military entrance exam scores will be directly affected by the number of math and science courses you take.  Communications skills (reading, writing, and speaking) impact everything you do for the rest of your life.

 

At Blackwell High School, we work hard to offer a curriculum that will assist students in reaching their goals.  We provide a variety of courses to serve all students at all levels.  Because our curriculum is continually updated, both to better serve students and to meet the changing state requirements, there will undoubtedly be changes in course offerings each year.  And during the next few years, students may also make changes in their choices and plans.  Still, taking the time to look ahead, and choosing courses from current lists will provide a framework for high school/college/career planning. 

 

Blackwell High School 580-363-3553

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAREER SURVEY----------FUTURE PLANS

 

_____1.  College    ___Community           Majors:______________________________________

                               ___4-Year                 

                               ___Master’s                Colleges of interest:____________________________            

                               ___ Professional        ____________________________________________

_____2.  Technical/Trade School              Programs of interest/ Field:___________________________

        

_____3.  Military Service    ___Army     ___Navy    ___Air Force   ___Marines   ___Coast Guard      ___Guard/Reserve                    

                                                                                          

_____4,  Work/Career Field__________________________________________

 

_____5.  I want to continue my education, but I’m not sure where or how.

 

_____6.  I am totally undecided about education/work/career fields.

 

7.    I am most interested in careers related to:  (check any that apply)

    ___ A. Employment Related Services:  Human Resources Manager, Recruiter, Interviewer

    ___ B. Marketing & Sales: Agents (Insurance, Real Estate, etc), Retail Sales Worker

    ___ C. Management: Executive, Office Manager, Hotel/Motel Manager

    ___ D. Regulation & Protection: Food Inspector; Police Officer; Detective

    ___ E. Communications & Records: Secretary; Court Reporter; Office Clerk

    ___ F. Financial Transactions: Accountant; Bank Teller; Budget Analyst

    ___ G. Distribution & Dispatching: Warehouse Supervisor; Air Traffic Controller

    ___ H. Transport Operation & Related: Truck/Bus/Cab Drivers; Ship Captain; Pilot

    ___ I.  Agriculture, Forestry & Related: Farmer; Nursery Manager; Forester

    ___ J. Computer & Information Specialties: Programmer; Systems Analyst; Desktop Publisher; Actuary

    ___ K. Construction & Maintenance: Carpenter; Electrician; Bricklayer

    ___ L. Crafts & Related: Cabinetmaker; Tailor; Chef/Cook; Jeweler

    ___ M. Manufacturing & Processing: Tool & Die Maker; Machinist; Welder; Dry Cleaner

    ___ N. Mechanical & Electrical Specialties: Auto Mechanic; Aircraft Mechanic; Office Machine Repairer

    ___ O. Engineering & Technologies: Engineers (Civil, etc.); Technicians (Laser, etc.); Architect

    ___ P. Natural Sciences & Technologies: Physicist; Biologist; Chemist; Statistician

    ___ Q. Medical Technologies: Pharmacist; Optician; Dietitian; Technologists (Surgical, etc.)

    ___ R. Medical Diagnosis & Treatment: Physician; Pathologist; Dentist; Veterinarian; Nurse Anesthetist

    ___ S. Social Science: Sociologist; Political Scientist; Economist; Urban Planner

    ___ T. Applied Arts (Visual): Artist; Illustrator; Photographer; Interior Designer

    ___ U. Creative & Performing Arts: Writer; Musician; Singer; Dancer; TV/Movie Director

    ___ V. Applied Arts (Written & Spoken): Reporter; Columnist; Editor; Librarian

    ___ W. Health Care: Recreational Therapist; Dental Assistant; Licensed Practical Nurse

    ___ X. Education:  Administrator: Athletic Coach; Teacher

    ___ Y. Community Services: Social Worker; Lawyer; Paralegal; Counselor; Clergy

    ___ Z. Personal Services: Waiter/Waitress; Barber; Cosmetologist; Travel Guide

 

Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education

655 Research Parkway, Suite 200, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73104

Phone: 405-225-9100; E-mail: studentinfo@osrhe.edu

Web Site: www.okhighered.org

 

Admission Standards 2014-2015

FIRST-TIME ENTERING STUDENTS

 

Minimum High School Performance Criteria for Admission of First-Time-Entering Students

 

Option 1

Minimum ACT/ SAT

Option 2

Minimum GPA and Class Rank

University of Oklahoma

Resident: 24/1090

AND

3.0 GPA or top 50%1

Resident: 3.0 GPA AND

top 25%[1]

Non-resident students will be considered for admission using holistic review and selection considering several factors that predict academic success (high school grade point average, high school course rigor, academic engagement, writing ability, leadership and ACT/SAT scores).

 

 

 

 

Oklahoma State University

 

 

 

 

 

Option 1

Minimum ACT/ SAT

Option 2

Minimum GPA and Class Rank

Option 3

Minimum GPA[2] in the

15-Unit Core

24/1090

3.0 GPA

AND

top 33%

3.0 GPA

AND

ACT 21 or SAT 980

Option 4

ACT/SAT or  High School GPA plus Cognitive Factors and Non-Cognitive Factors[3]

 

  • Students who score between current OSU admission standards and the minimum State Regents’ standards (22 ACT/1020 SAT or un-weighted high school core curriculum GPA of at least 3.0)
  • Cognitive Factors (60 percent)
  • Non-Cognitive Factors (40 percent)

 

University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma

24/1090

AND

3.0 GPA or top 50%

3.0 GPA

AND

top 25%

3.0 GPA

AND

ACT 22 or SAT 1020

Regional Universities

20/940

2.7 GPA

AND

top 50%

2.7 GPA

Community Colleges

No minimum required

 

 

NOTE: Through Spring 2016, The University of Oklahoma will admit Oklahoma resident students who 1) have at least a 24 ACT/1090 SAT AND at least a 3.0 high school GPA or a top 50% rank; or 2) have at least a 3.0 high school GPA AND a top 25% rank.  Some of these students may be required to participate in programs designed for academic success.  Beginning with Fall 2013, the University of Oklahoma will eliminate Option 3.

For Fall 2016, all Oklahoma resident students will be considered for admission using holistic review and selection.  Although the University of Oklahoma will employ a holistic review and selection process in considering a wide-range of student profiles, the University of Oklahoma will adhere to Oklahoma State Regents minimum standards for admission to research-tier institutions which include a 22 ACT/1020 SAT or un-weighted high school core curriculum GPA of at least 3.0.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

High School Core Curricular Requirements for Admission of First-Time-Entering Students

English

  4 units

Grammar, composition, literature

Mathematics

  3 units

Algebra I, Algebra II, geometry, math analysis, trigonometry, pre-calculus (must have completed geometry and Algebra II), calculus, Advanced Placement Statistics

Laboratory Science

  3 units

Biology, chemistry, physics, or any lab science certified by the school district

History and Citizenship Skills

  3 units

Including 1 unit of American history and 2 units from the subjects of history, government, geography, economics, and/or non-Western culture

Fine Art 1 Unit Fine Art or Speech Competency

Other

  2 units

From any of the subjects above or computer science or foreign language

Total

15 units

 

Personal Fiancial Literacy requirement 70 O.S. 11-103.6H Student shall complete the requirments for personalfinanical literacy passport as set forth in the Passport to Financial Literacy Act and any additional course requirment or recommended electrive courses as may be established by the State Board of Education and district school board. 

CPR/AED Requirment 70 O.S. 1210.508 Beginning with the 2015-2016 school year, all student enrolled in public school shall receive instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and awareness of the purpose of an automated defibrillator at least once between the 9th grade and graduation.

Four additional units are also recommended for college preparation: 1 unit of mathematics, 1 unit of laboratory science, and 2 units of speech or fine arts (music, art, or drama).  First-time entering students must meet assessment requirements before enrolling in college-level courses.  See the State Regents’ Assessment Policy for more information.

 

Admission Standards 2014-2015

RIGHT-TO-TRY OPPORTUNITIES

 

Special Opportunity Admission (all tiers)

Any student who has not graduated from high school but has earned a composite ACT score of 32 or combined verbal and mathematics SAT score of 1410 may apply for admission at any public institution in the State System.  The college or university will determine admissibility based on test scores, evaluation of the student’s level of maturity and ability to function in the adult college environment, and whether the experience will be in the best interest of students intellectually and socially.

Summer Provisional Admission Program (research and regional universities)

Students who have met the State Regents’ curricular requirements for admission but have not satisfied the ACT or high school performance requirements may be admitted if they successfully complete summer course work (no grade lower than a “C”).  To qualify, students must have a minimum composite ACT score of 18 for comprehensive universities (University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University) and 17 for regional universities OR a minimum high school GPA of 2.5.  At the University of Oklahoma, this admission opportunity is not available to nonresidents and is available to resident applicants only if all resident applicants on the waiting list have been admitted.

Summer Curricular Deficiency Program (regional universities)

Students who have met the State Regents’ performance requirements for admission but have two or less high school course deficiencies may attain entry by successfully completing the relative summer course work with no grade lower than a “C.”

Alternative Admission (research and regional universities)

Institutions may admit up to 8 percent of freshmen or 50 freshmen (whichever is higher) who do not meet regular admission criteria.

Adult Admission

Students 21 years of age and older or on active military duty are eligible for admission to any college or university based on criteria established at the campus. Non-high school graduates whose high school class has graduated and have participated in the ACT or SAT are eligible for open admission to any two-year college.

 

 

Admission Standards 2014-2015

CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

 

Minimum High School Performance Standards

 

Option 1

Minimum ACT/SAT

Option 2

Minimum GPA and Class Rank

HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS

 

 

University of Oklahoma

24/1090 AND

3.0 GPA or top 50%

3.0 AND top 30%

Oklahoma State University

24/1090

3.0 AND top 33%

University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma

24/1090

3.0 AND top 25%

Regional Universities

20/940

3.0 AND top 50%

Community Colleges

19/900

3.0

HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS

 

 

University of Oklahoma

25/1130

3.5

Oklahoma State University

25/1130

3.5

University of Science and

Arts of Oklahoma

24/1090

3.5

Regional Universities

23/1050

3.5

Community Colleges

21/980

3.5

 

 

All concurrent students must have a signed statement from the high school principal stating that they are eligible to satisfy requirements for graduation from high school (including curricular requirements for college admission) no later than the spring of the senior year, and must also provide a letter of recommendation from the school counselor and written permission from a parent or legal guardian.  A high school student may enroll in a combined number of high school and college courses per semester not to exceed a full-time college workload of 19 semester credit hours.  For purposes of calculating workload, one-half high school unit shall be equivalent to three semester credit hours of college work.

 

Concurrent students who are receiving instruction at home or from an unaccredited high school must be 17 years of age and meet the requirements for high school seniors above or be 16 years of age and meet the requirements for high school juniors above.

 

Minimum ACT Subject Scores for Concurrent Enrollment in Courses in Subject Area

Concurrent students may only enroll in curricular areas where they have met the ACT assessment requirements for college placement as indicated below: 

 

English

Reading

Mathematics

Science Reasoning

19

19

19

19

 

An ACT subject score of 19 in Reading is required for enrollment in any subject area other than English, Mathematics and Science Reasoning; institutional secondary testing may not be used for placement.  Additionally, concurrent students may not enroll in remedial (zero-level) coursework offered by colleges and universities designed to remove high school deficiencies.

 

 

 

Admission Standards 2014-2015

CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

TECHNOLOGY PROGRAMS

As part of the State Regents’ Cooperative Alliance Project, some higher education institutions, in partnership with Oklahoma’s career technology centers, have been approved to allow high school students to enroll in technical programs and courses under separate admission standards noted below. High school students taking courses at technology centers that are part of approved college degree Associate in Applied Science degree programs, may take these courses for college credit if the students meet the admission requirements.  Note:  These Concurrent Enrollment admission standards apply to students enrolled in a Cooperative Alliance Project-identified Associate of Applied Science degree program/s and not students enrolled in unrelated technology programs. 

 

Eleventh or twelfth grade students enrolled in an accredited high school or a student who are at least 16 years of age and receiving high-school-level instruction at home or from an unaccredited high school to be admitted to a college or university in The Oklahoma State System of Higher Education that offers technical AAS and certificate programs and enroll in technical courses only. Students must meet the following standards:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Option 1

ACT

Option 2

ACT PLAN

Option 3

High School GPA

Regional Universities

19

15

2.5

Community colleges

19

15

2.5

 

The required ACT score is the composite score without the writing component.

 

In addition to meeting the requirements above, students must provide a letter of support from the high school counselor and written permission from a parent or legal guardian. All other concurrent admission policy requirements remain in effect for technical students, including retention standards.

 

 

Admission Standards 2014-2015

TRANSFER ADMISSION STANDARDS

 

An undergraduate transfer student has more than six attempted credit hours, excluding remedial (zero-level) or pre-college work and excluding credit hours accumulated by concurrently enrolled high school students.  Students transferring from State System institutions must meet the following requirements:

 

 

7-23 hours

24-30 hours

31-59 hours

60 or more hours

University of Oklahoma*

2.5 GPA

plus satisfy all freshman admission requirements

2.5 GPA

2.5 GPA

2.0 GPA

Oklahoma State University

2.25 GPA

plus satisfy all freshman admission requirements

2.25 GPA

2.25 GPA

2.0 GPA

Regional Universities

1.7 GPA

plus satisfy all freshman admission requirements

1.7 GPA

2.0 GPA

2.0 GPA

Community Colleges

1.7 GPA

1.7 GPA

2.0 GPA

2.0 GPA

*Some colleges at the University of Oklahoma have higher transfer admission standards.  Contact the institution for more specific information.

 

Students who have not met the required high school curricular requirements for college admission must complete the curricular requirements before transferring.  Additionally, students who do not meet the criteria above and have not been suspended from an institution may be admitted as “transfer probation” students based on institutionally-developed policies.

 

Students transferring from an out-of-state college or university must be in good standing at the sending institution and meet the receiving institution’s admission standards or have an average grade of “C” or better (whichever is higher).  If transferring from an unaccredited institution, the student must validate the transferred credit by making satisfactory progress (an average of “C” or better) for at least one semester at the receiving institution.

 


 

ACE Graduation Requirements

(Achieving Classroom Excellence Act)

 

COLLEGE PREPARATORY/WORK READY CURRICULUM

FOR HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION

English

4 units

To include Grammar, Composition, Literature, or any English course approved for college admissions requirements

Mathematics

3 units

Limited to Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Trigonometry, Math Analysis, Calculus, Advanced Placement Statistics, or any Mathematics course with content and/or rigor above Algebra 1 and approved for college admissions requirements

(Three units of Mathematics must be taken in Grades 9-12, in addition to any of the courses listed above that were taken prior to Grade 9.)

Lab Science

3 units

Limited to Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or any laboratory science course with content and/or rigor equal to or above Biology and approved for college admissions requirements

History & Citizenship Skills

3 units

To include 1 American History, ½ United States Government, ½ Oklahoma History, and one from the subjects of  History, Government, Geography, Economics, Civics, or non-Western culture and approved for college admissions requirements

Foreign Language or Computer Technology

2 units

To include 2 units of the same foreign or non-English language OR 2 units of computer technology approved for college admissions requirements, whether taught at a high school or a technology center, including computer programming, hardware, and business computer applications, such as word processing, databases, spreadsheets, and graphics, excluding keyboarding or typing courses.

Additional

1 unit

1 Additional Unit selected from the courses listed above OR career and technology education courses approved for college admissions requirements

Fine Arts or

Speech

1 unit

(or set of competencies)of  fine arts, such as music, art, or drama, or 1 unit or set of competencies of speech

Total

23 units

(or sets of competencies) are required in order to meet state graduation requirements, including this curriculum, other requirements in state law, electives, and additional units or  sets of competencies as determined by the local board of  education.  The local school board’s graduation requirements may exceed the state graduation requirement of 23 units.

 

To meet the graduation requirements, local school district options may include courses taken by concurrent enrollment, Advanced Placement or correspondence, or courses bearing different titles.

School districts shall strongly encourage students to complete two units or sets of competencies of foreign languages as part of the core curriculum for high school graduation.

Local school district requirements may exceed state graduation requirements.

*******Blackwell High School requires 25 credits to graduate.


 

 

 

 


 

CORE CURRICULUM

For those opting out of the College Preparatory/Work Ready Curriculum

Language

Arts

4 units

(Or sets of competencies) 1Grammar and Composition, and 3 which may include, but are not limited to the following courses:  American Literature, English Literature, World Literature, Advanced English courses, or other English courses with content and/or rigor equal to or above grammar and composition.

Mathematics

3 units

(Or sets of competencies) 1Algebra 1 or Algebra 1 taught in a contextual methodology, and 2 which may include, but are not limited to the following courses: Algebra II, Geometry or Geometry taught in a contextual methodology, Trigonometry, Math Analysis or Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Statistics and/or Probability, Computer Science 1, Computer Science II, Mathematics of Finance*, Intermediate Algebra*; contextual mathematics courses which enhance technology preparation whether taught at a (1) comprehensive high school, or (2) technology center school when taken in the eleventh or twelfth grade, taught by a certified teacher, and approved by the State  Board of Education and the independent district board of education; mathematics courses taught at a technology center school by a teacher certified in the secondary subject area when taken in the eleventh or twelfth grade upon approval of the State Board of Education and the independent district board of education; or other mathematics courses with content and/or rigor equal to or above Algebra 1.

(Three units of Mathematics must be taken in Grades 9-12, in addition to any of the courses listed above that were taken prior to Grade 9.)

 Science

3 units

(or sets of competencies) 1 Biology 1 or Biology 1 taught in a contextual methodology, and 2 in the areas of  life, physical, or earth science or technology which may include, but are not limited to the following courses:  Chemistry 1, Physics, Biology II, Chemistry II, Physical Science, Earth Science, Botany, Zoology, Physiology, Astronomy,  Applied Biology/Chemistry, Applied Physics, Principles of Technology, qualified agricultural education courses (including but not limited to Horticulture, Plant and Soil Science, Natural Resources and Environmental Science, and Animal Science); contextual science courses which enhance technology preparation whether taught at a (1) comprehensive high school, or )2) technology center school when taken in the eleventh or twelfth grade, taught by a certified teacher, and approved by the State Board of Education and the independent district board of education; science courses taught at a technology center school by a teacher certified in the secondary subject area when taken in the eleventh or twelfth grade upon approval of the State Board of Education and the independent district board of education; or other science courses with content and/or rigor equal to or above Biology 1.

Social Studies

3 units

(or sets of competencies)  1 United States History, ½ to 1 United States Government, ½ Oklahoma History, and ½ to 1 which may include, but are not limited to the following courses: World History, Geography, Economics, Anthropology, or other social studies courses with content and/or rigor equal to or above United States History, United States Government, and Oklahoma History.

The Arts

2 units

(or sets of competencies) which may include, but are not limited to courses in Visual Arts and General Music

Electives

8 units

 

Total

23 units

(or sets of competencies)

 

*Contact the Office of Instruction, SDE (405) 521-3361, to obtain further information regarding Oklahoma C3 Standards.

Career and Technology Education also offers academic credit options, such as: Computer Science allowed for high school math credit qualified Agriculture Education courses for high school science, math and science, and Anatomy and Physiology (science) credit allowed for certain health science courses. For more information, contact your school counselor or your local Career Technology Center.



 

 

The ACT Test

In Oklahoma, the most-used college admissions test is the ACT.    Students may also take the SAT (Scholastic Achievement Test, published by The College Board).    Both scores are accepted at most colleges.   The ACT includes tests in four core areas:  English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science.   There are also sub scores in each of the core areas.    The fifth score is a composite of all four subject areas combined.

On the ACT, scores range from 1-36.   Though the test is written for 11th & 12th grades, anyone can register and take the test.   Many students will take the test more than once.  You can take the ACT no more than 12 times total (see Retest Restrictions). Your highest scores can be used in most applications.  There is a registration fee for the tests; (fee waivers are available for those who qualify, please see your counselor.)  There is information in this Planner about what scores are needed for admission to Oklahoma colleges, cut-off scores for developmental classes, and more. There is also a section for keeping track of your ACT and other test scores. 

The tests take approximately four hours.  There are six national test dates for ACT, spaced throughout the year.   Scores from national test dates can be used for all purposes.    Most Oklahoma colleges also offer residual ACT tests. Students may only take the ACT Residual test for admission once during the year in which the respective ACT Residual examination is valid (November 1 through October 31) and the test date shall not coincide with a national ACT test date.

These tests are offered at various times on those campuses, to be used only for admission to that specific school; the residual test cannot be used for concurrent enrollment.  You and/or your high school will not receive official ACT Score Reports and residual scores will not be added to your transcript.

Registration for the national ACT is available online at ACTstudent.org, and packets are also available in the counselor’s office.   In Oklahoma, you can also find a practice ACT test, registration links, and information on the portal at www.okcollegestart.org.

         The BEST preparation for the ACT or SAT is in the courses you choose!   There are many practice tests available, both online and in paperback form.   Also, EXPLORE and PLAN are 8th and 10th grade versions of the ACT that are given at most Oklahoma schools.  Spending extra time studying before the tests is helpful, but the tests are designed to measure your overall preparation for college.   And THAT is something that cannot be accomplished in an overnight cram session, or other short-term assistance.   Take as many core courses as you can, especially in Math & Science!   Studies prove that students who complete more rigorous core courses score higher in every subject, and are also much more successful in college.

 

SAT and PSAT

        SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) and PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test) are college entrance/readiness exams provided by The College Board.   Though most Oklahoma students are more familiar with the ACT, Oklahoma colleges also accept SAT scores for admissions and placement.  In some other regions the SAT is the more common assessment.   Also, both PSAT and SAT are required for participation in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

       The SAT offers the Reasoning Test which measures critical reading and math skills, a Writing Test, and also Subject Tests (which may be required by some institutions).  The tests assess critical thinking and problem-solving skills using multiple choice questions, student-produced responses, and essay writing.

       Registration for SAT is very similar to ACT Registration.  There are both paper and online registration options and both are offered on National Dates at designated times each year.  There is a fee for the SAT (Fee waivers are available for students who qualify, please see your counselor).

       THE PSAT is offered in October each year.   Testing sites choose either a weekday or weekend administration.   The test is designed for juniors in high school, both as a benchmark or predictive assessment for the SAT and as the first step in the National Merit Scholarship Program.   Students who are not yet juniors may be able to take the test, but cannot qualify for the National Merit Program.   Scores required for entrance into the National Merit Program vary from year to year, based upon the performance of the total group, but in most years qualifiers fall within the top 2% nationally.

       To learn more about SAT and PSAT, see your counselor or visit www.collegeboard.org.  You can also find information at www.okcollegestart.org including a practice SAT test.

      FREE summer academies in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math are sponsored by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education!  To find out more, students entering grades 8-12 should visit the Regents website:    

http://www.okcollegestart.org/Plan_for_College/Summer_Academies/_default.aspx

The academies are provided on college campuses around the state.   Some are commuter and others are residential, where participants have the opportunity to live on campus during the Academy.   Remember, the academies are FREE! Any 8th-12th grader may apply. Apply early and to more than one academy!  You can learn in a fun and challenging atmosphere, meet new people with interests similar to your own, and get to know college professors and students in science, technology, engineering, and math-related majors!

      Recent academies have been offered in subjects such as Aerospace, Biotechnology, Equine Forensics, Biology/Transgenic, Encryption, Zoology, Forensics, Botany, Engineering, Landscaping/Architecture, Ecology/Wildlife Conservation, and Wind & Oil Energy.  Applications open on or around March 15, and most academies fill up.  So early application is important!    Academies are for all types of students!  You don’t have to be the “straight A” student to be accepted!   Just be willing to participate and to challenge yourself in a fun and exciting learning environment!

 

OSSM:    The Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics

       OSSM is the state’s only two-year, residential state high school for juniors and seniors who show exceptional ability and interest in math and science.  Students apply in their sophomore year for a two-year course of study beginning in their junior year. 

     The application consists of several interest inventories, written essays, parent statement, recommendations from an English teacher, mathematics teacher, science teacher, principal and counselor, student transcripts, and ACT score.

      All applications are ranked and a select number of students are invited for an interview.  For the interview a composite score is compiled for each applicant.  Finalists are selected from this roster.

     Students are notified by June 1 of each year whether they have or have not been selected as a finalist.  All finalists are requested to sign a Letter of Intent advising of their decision to attend OSSM.  Orientation meetings are held in June to assist the upcoming junior class in the educational and emotional transition to OSSM.

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Oklahoma’s Promise

Oklahoma’s Promise was established by the Oklahoma Legislature to assist students from families whose annual income is $50,000 or less – to earn free college tuition at Oklahoma colleges.  OKPromise scholarship funds may be used to cover in-state undergraduate tuition at public colleges and universities, and also for some specific programs offered through area technology centers.  It may also be applied toward tuition at accredited private colleges or universities in Oklahoma.

 

Eligibility:    

                   1.   Must be an Oklahoma resident

                                        Undocumented students may enroll, but must attain lawful status before receiving the award.

  1. Must be enrolled in 8th, 9th, or 10th grade
  2. Family income for most recent tax year must not exceed $50,000 at the time of application
  3. Second Family Income Check for 2012 High School Graduates and Beyond

Beginning with the high school graduating class of 2012, all Oklahoma’s Promise high school graduates will be subject to a second family income check when the student begins college.  The income of the student’s parents cannot exceed $100,000 at the time the student begins college.  The family’s income will be verified through filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  The 2011 Legislature changed and simplified the definition of the income that will be counted toward the $100,000 limit to “federal adjusted gross income.”  Previously, the law had defined income as all “taxable and nontaxable” income.  However, this definition change applies only to the second income check at the time the student begins college. The definition of income for the $50,000 family income limit when student initially applies for Oklahoma’s Promise in the 8th, 9th, or 10th grade has not changed and remains defined as all “taxable and nontaxable” income.

Participation:

  1. Must maintain a 2.50 cumulative GPA (overall and 17-unit core)
  2. Must complete required 17-unit core curriculum
  3. Must attend school regularly and graduate from high school
  4. Must not be involved in criminal activity, including drugs & alcohol
  5. Must provide information (upon request) to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
  6. Must complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) during senior year
  7. Homeschool students are eligible to participate with a 22 ACT composite on a national test date.

Which Courses Qualify for Oklahoma’s Promise?

Be very careful about the courses intended to count for Oklahoma’s Promise, college admission and the ACE college preparatory/work-ready curriculum.  The allowable courses are very specific as described in the curriculum.  For more details, see the Course Guidelines at http://www.okcollegestart.org/Plan_for_College/Courses_to_Take/Course_Guidelines.aspx .

  • Financial Literacy, Intermediate Algebra, and Math of Finance courses do not count toward the Oklahoma’s Promise curriculum.
  • “Current Events” courses do not count as a “History or Citizenship Skills” course and may not be used for the Oklahoma’s Promise curriculum.

 

College Requirements to Keep the Oklahoma’s Promise Award

  • A cumulative college GPA of 2.00 required for courses taken by the end of the student’s sophomore year and a 2.50 GPA only for courses taken as a junior year and above
  • An Oklahoma’s Promise college student that is suspended for more than one semester for conduct reasons will lose the scholarship permanently.
  • Federal “Satisfactory Academic Progress” Standards Begin in 2012-13

Beginning in 2012-13, all Oklahoma’s Promise students receiving the award in college (not just entering freshmen) will be required to meet federal “satisfactory academic progress” (SAP) standards as defined by the college in which they are enrolled.  Federal SAP policy contains both GPA requirements and minimum standards for completing courses in which the student enrolls.  This requirement is in addition to the statutory GPA requirement discussed above and will apply to all Oklahoma’s Promise award recipients whether or not they are also receiving federal student financial aid.  Any Oklahoma’s Promise college student who is ineligible to receive federal financial aid will also be ineligible to receive the Oklahoma’s Promise award.

 Other Reminders

  • Adopted Students/Students in Legal Guardianships – Special family income provisions apply to children adopted from certain court-ordered custody and children in the custody of court-ordered legal guardians.
  • Students on active military duty may be eligible for certain waivers from the time limits on the use of the Oklahoma’s Promise award in college.

Find out more about Oklahoma’s Promise from your school counselor, or go to www.okpromise.org

 

 


 

MY HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Subject

# units

Specifics

English

 

 

 

4

English 1

English 2

English 3

English 4

Mathematics

3

Must take 3 Units of Math at the High School.

Science

3

Must have 3 Units of Science

Social Studies

 

 

 

4

Oklahoma History/Early American History (Freshman)

World History/V. Arts (Soph.)

American History 2 (Junior)

Government/Financial Literacy (Senior)

Arts

1

One unit from Music, Speech, Art, or Drama

Foreign Language

and/or

Computer Technology

2

Two units of the same Language or two units of Computers

Other

8

Electives

Total

25

 

 

My progress toward high school graduation

  (check/record completed courses each semester/year)

  • English I
  • English II
  • English III
  • English IV
  • OK/History
  • U.S. History
  • U.S. Government
  • Other History_________________
  • Algebra I_______________
  • Algebra II______________
  • Geometry________________
  • Other Math______________
  • Arts______________________
  • Arts______________________

 

 

  • Biology
  • Science_________________
  • Science_________________
  • Science_________________

 

  • Foreign Language I______________
  • Foreign Language II_____________

          OR

Computer Technology I______________

Computer Technology II_____________

 9th Grade

My Goals & Dreams!

  1. Is college a part of my plan?______________________________________
  2. YES?  Why am I going to college?_________________________________________   ____________________________________________________________________________            B.  NO?   What is my plan for life? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  1. My goals:

 

    I’d like to live ________________________________________________

 

    I’d like to drive________________________________________________

 

    I’d like to make ($)______________________________________________

 

   I’m willing to go to school for (how long?________________________

 

  1. The things that are most important to me are:

_____________________________________________________________________________________

   ______________________________________________________________________________________

NOTES about my future:

 

 

 

FRESHMAN COURSE LIST      

 

Language Arts

___English I                           

Math

___Algebra I

___Algebra II

___Other Math                             *

   *All Freshmen must take a math!

Science

___Physical Science

____Biology I

___ Other Science

Social Studies

___Oklahoma History/Early American History

___Other History

Fine Arts

___Art                          

___Band                        

___Vocal 

___Speech                     

Business

___Computer 1-2

Foreign Language

___Spanish I         ___Spanish ll          

Vocational/Technology

___Wood Tech l

___Family/Consumer Science

___Agriculture

 

Electives

___Athletics

___Other

 

 

NOTES:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  SOPHOMORE COURSE LIST     

 

Language Arts

___English II                           

Math

___Algebra I                     

___Algebra II                           

___Geometry                            

___Other Math                

 *All Sophomores must take a math!

Science

___Biology

___Biology ll                                     

___Chemistry    

___Other Science                    

Social Studies

___Oklahoma History/Early American History

___World History/Visual Arts

Fine Arts

___Art                          

___Band                        

___Vocal      

___Speech                 

Business

___Computers 1-2

___Computers 3-4

Foreign Language

___Spanish I       ___Spanish ll            

___Spanish IIl                

Vocational/Technology

 ___Family/Consumer Science  

___Wood Tech

___Agricultural Science  

___Other    

 

Electives

___Athletics

__Other

 

NOTES:

 

 

 

 

 

JUNIOR COURSE LIST        

 

Language Arts

___English III                           

 

Math

___Algebra I                      

___Algebra II                      

___Geometry                       

___Trigonometry                   

 

Science

___Biology l or ll                          

___Physical Science                

___Chemistry   

___Other Science       

                     

Social Studies

___Oklahoma History/Early American History

___World History/Visual Arts

___American History 2

Fine Arts

___Art                         

___Band                        

__Vocal 

___Speech                      

Business

___Computers 1-2       

___Computers 3-4

Foreign Language

___Spanish I                   ___Spanish lll

___Spanish II                  ___Spanish lV  

Vocational/Technology

___Wood Tech

___Family/Consumer Science

___Agricultural Science        

Electives

___Athletics

___Other

Concurrent Courses

___* Qualified Juniors may begin taking college courses on-campus at NOC. 

 

NOTES:

 

 

 

SENIOR COURSE LIST        

 

Language Arts

___English IV                              

Math

___Algebra I                        

___Algebra II                 

___Geometry                                     

___Trigonometry                                          

Science

___Biology                          

___Physical Science          

___Chemistry                     

___Other Science

Social Studies

___Oklahoma History/Early American History

___World History/Visual Arts

___American History 2

___Government/Financial Literacy

Fine Arts

___Art                          ___Band                      

___Vocal                        ___Speech

Business

___Computers 1-2

___Computers 3-4

Foreign Language

___Spanish I                    ___Spanish llI

___Spanish II                   ___Spanish IIll

Vocational/Technology

___Wood Tech 

___Family/Consumer Science

___Agricultural Science          

Electives

­­___Athletics

___Other

Concurrent Courses

___* Qualified Seniors may take college courses on-campus at NOC.  

 

NOTES:

 

 

 

 

 

 POST HIGH-SCHOOL PLAN

     Where will you be in August of the year you plan to graduate?  For some, that’s when it really hits - high school is over! Summer is over, fall is here and it’s time to do something, but you’re not sure what.  If you haven’t made plans and taken the steps needed to get where you are going, you’re already way behind.

 

     For college, financial aid and scholarship deadlines may be past.  Classes are full because enrollment started last March.  If you took the college prep courses and the ACT you can still go to college.  But you may have to pay tuition out of your pocket; at least until your financial aid papers are processed.  And your class schedule will be chosen from what is left.  If you did not take college prep courses and the ACT, you can probably still go to college.  But you will have to take the tests, and probably some remedial courses before you earn any actual college credit.

   Military recruiters will talk with you any time of year.  But you will have to take the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery), and meet cut-off scores for acceptance.  (Higher scores are required for certain branches, and for high-tech training.)  There is usually a waiting period for a basic training departure date and entrance into your chosen tech school.  You may have another 3-4 month delay before your training and PAYCHECKS begin.

     Technical Schools and career-specific training programs often have set starting dates, and for many areas admissions is competitive and available once a year.  If you choose to go into nursing or radiology, for example, you may have to wait until spring to apply; if accepted, your classes may not start until the following August.

     The job market is seasonal and unpredictable.  If you have taken preparatory classes and worked on a resume and some job search skills, you can still begin that process.  The time it takes to find the job you want depends on you and current hiring trends.  If you have participated in Job-Shadowing programs, mock interviews, and career exploration activities you may be well-prepared for your search.  And if you have made contacts through these programs or other means you may already have your “foot in the door” for a job.

     The following pages include checklists for each of the options listed below.  You may have one specific choice in mind and only need to fill out one page, or you may need several.  If you are undecided, you may want to fill out all the pages.  If you want to go directly to work but have more than one job or work area in mind, you may need to make copies of the WORK page checklist and do several.

     As you progress through high school, you may change your mind and narrow your options.  This Planner should be thought of as your workbook for life-planning.  Refer to it, make revisions, and add information as you grow and change.  As you do, you can be more and more certain that you will not end up on the negative side of any of the situations presented above.  August of your graduation year will be a time to look forward to your future and enjoy the benefits of planning.

 

CHECKLIST for COLLEGE PLANNING

 

Colleges of Interest:_________________________________________________________________

 

Possible Majors:____________________________________________________

 

_____1. Choose/follow a College Preparatory Curriculum

_____2. Apply for Oklahoma’s Promise as early as possible (8th grade)

_____3. Prepare for Admissions Exams by:

  • Taking the right courses
  • Participating in OK EPAS (EXPLORE & PLAN TESTS)
  • Taking part in prep programs for ACT/SAT (online, workshops, practice tests on www.okcollegestart.org, etc.)
  • Taking the PSAT (National Merit Qualifying Exam)
  • Using your EXPLORE, PLAN, and PSAT results to prepare for ACT/SAT    

  ***ACT/SAT Preparation is NOT a short-term cram session.  The best results are obtained by taking the courses and getting prepared beginning in 8th or earlier! 

_____4. Take the tests!       

  • Register on paper(packets in counselor’s office) or online (Regents Portal:  www.okcollegestart.org or www.actstudent.org or www.collegeboard.org
  • National Test dates are posted on the packets and on the websites.
  • USE YOUR SCORES!  (Look at your scores, compare them to students at your chosen college! Work on your weak areas. Take the tests again! Review previous tests, strengthen your weaknesses.  Higher scores mean easier admissions and more scholarship dollars!)

_____5. Ask about Concurrent Enrollment and Advanced Placement Courses

Taking college-level classes while still in high school provides great early experience, gets a jump start on college hours, and increases your knowledge base, even helping to increase your ACT/SAT scores.  See information in this Planner!

_____6. Apply early for admission to your chosen college(s)(keep copies in your career file).

              Include the following: 

  • High School transcript with ACT/SAT Scores
  • Resume of Honors/Awards/Offices/Activities/Community Service Hours
  • Recommendation Letters (keep copies in your career file).
  • Some applications require an essay.

_____7. Apply for Financial Aid

Paper applications are also available from your counselor.  Either way, apply as soon as possible after January 1 of your graduation year.

  • Visit www.ucango2.org
  • Search for other Scholarships (college financial aid office, school counselor, online, www.okcollegestart.org under “For Educator” tab, your parents' employers, local charities and scholarship organizations.  If you have a special talent such as debate, athletics, music, art, agriculture, etc., see your coach, director, advisor for help in obtaining scholarships in your talent area.
  • Scholarships are also available through your churches, tribal organizations, and clubs, and through Vocational Rehabilitation for students with illness, injuries, vision/hearing disabilities, and other special circumstances. 

 

OK EPAS

Oklahoma’s Educational Planning & Assessment System

Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education & ACT

 

Blackwell High School is an OK EPAS school.  This program includes three tests given at key transition points from grade eight through college entrance.  The tests include EXPLORE for 7th and 8th Grades, PLAN for 9th and 10th Grades, and the ACT for Juniors & Seniors. 

     EXPLORE and PLAN are provided free by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education to Oklahoma schools who agree to test ALL 8th & 10th grade students.  The questions on EXPLORE & PLAN are taken directly from the ACT pool of questions, and are designed to match the age and grade level of students taking the tests.  The scores let you know where you are as you prepare to take the ACT as juniors and seniors.  Directions and format for the tests are the same as ACT.  Each includes tests in English, mathematics, reading, and science; identifying your academic strengths and weaknesses and measuring your progress in the skills you need for success in college and work. 

     Score reports for EXPLORE and PLAN include English, Math, Reading, Science and Composite scores and your Estimated Score Ranges for PLAN and ACT.   A College Readiness report compares your planned high school courses and your scores to ACT benchmarks.  (How you compare to students who have been successful in college.)   The back of the score report tells you what you need to work on to move to the next level of readiness. 

     A questionnaire in the tests asks about your interests and academic needs.  The World-of-Work map in the score report shows how your interests match up with careers and college majors.  You, your parents, your teachers, and your counselor can use this information to guide your choices of a college and a career.  They can also find out what changes could be made to improve your school and your experiences there. 

 

 

PLAN - 10th Grade

Test Date:________________________   Scores Received on:_______________________

 

     Scores:   English ______ Math_______ Reading_______ Science_____ Composite_______

 

     Estimated Score Range for ACT:_______________________

 

     My Goals for improvement:______________________________________________________________

     _________________________________________________________________________

 

ACT Scores

Test Date:________________________  Test Site:_________________________________

 

 Scores Received on:_______________________

 

     Scores:   English ______ Math_______ Reading_______ Science_____ Composite_______

 

     My Goals for improvement:_____________________________________________________________

 

 __________________________________________________________________________

 

__________________________________________________________________________

 

 

ACT Score

Test Date:________________________  Test Site:_________________________________

 

 Scores Received on:_______________________

 

 

     Scores:   English ______Math_______ Reading_______ Science_____ Composite_______

 

     My Goals for improvement:______________________________________________________________

 

__________________________________________________________________________

 

__________________________________________________________________________

My Other TEST SCORES

Oklahoma Testing Program

 

OCCT (Oklahoma Core Curriculum Tests)

Grade

Math

Reading

Science

History

Writing

Passing Score

 

 

 

 

 

8th Grade

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(***To obtain an Oklahoma Driver’s License (or permit), you must have a satisfactory score on the 8th Grade Reading test!  (Or an approved alternative)

 

 

Alternate/Other Tests Taken (alternate Reading Assessments, etc.)

Test Name

Purpose

Date

Score(s)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

EOI  (End of Instruction)

 

Test(Required Score)

Date

Score

Date

Score (retest)

Date

Score(retest)

Algebra I*

 

 

 

 

 

 

Algebra II

 

 

 

 

 

 

Geometry

 

 

 

 

 

 

Biology

 

 

 

 

 

 

English II*

 

 

 

 

 

 

English III

 

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. History

 

 

 

 

 

 

    *Must pass Algebra I & English II + 2 of the remaining 5 tests!

 

 

APPLYING FOR SCHOLARSHIPS

     Even though most applications will not be filled out until senior year, it is important to begin thinking about scholarships long before then.  There are some scholarships for which you must apply during your JUNIOR YEAR, including National Merit Scholarships and U.S. Service Academies (West Point, etc.)  There are also scholarship awards you can win through academic contests, FFA, and other organizations, science fairs, essay and poster contests, summer academies, and other programs which are open to students in grades 9-12.

     The choices you make and the activities you choose will have great impact on your scholarship opportunities.  Colleges are interested in more than just grades and test scores.  They look for students who are involved in school clubs and activities, and who make a contribution to their school and community in some way.  If you plan to go to college, seek out organizations to join and consider running for office.  While building a better resume or application, you may find others with interests similar to yours, and probably have more fun while you are finishing high school.

     In addition to scholarships, there are some very important sources of funding that every student should check into:

  • PELL GRANTS.  Every student should fill out a FAFSA. (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) packet after January 1 of his/her senior year.  This is the form that qualifies you for grants, work-study, and student loan programs.  If your family qualifies for free or reduced lunches, the chances are very good that you will also qualify for grants (college funding that does not have to be repaid).  The maximum amounts vary from year to year.  See your counselor or go to www.fafsa.ed.gov to find out more.  Even if you don’t believe your family will qualify, you should complete the application.  Many colleges and some other funding programs (including Oklahoma’s Promise and some Tribal Programs) require a copy of your SAR (Student Aid Report) once your application is processed.   Those who do not qualify for grants may still qualify for student loans which can be repaid after graduation. In order to get federal student or parent loans for college, a FAFSA must be completed.

 NOTE:  Do NOT PAY to apply for Federal Financial Aid.  It is free! Some searches may take you to a website that charges you to submit the form!

  •  OTAG (Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant) is included in the FAFSA application.  For this   state-sponsored program it is important to send forms in (apply online) early.  There is a limited amount of money available and it is awarded on a first-come basis.
  • VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION SERVICES.  Students with disabilities of any kind should check into Voc-Rehab for possible college funding and assistance.  If you have vision, hearing, or speech disabilities; orthopedic problems including serious injuries, surgeries or birth defects; asthma; diabetes; or other medical problems or learning disabilities, you may qualify for assistance.  You can pick up a health survey form and find out more about Voc-Rehab in the counselor’s office.
  • Oklahoma’s Promise is a scholarship program administered by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.  You must sign up by the end of 10th grade and meet certain GPA, course, and family income requirements to qualify.  You must also avoid alcohol and drugs, attendance problems, and behavior problems during high school. This scholarship will pay tuition at Oklahoma state-sponsored colleges/universities and a portion of tuition at Oklahoma private colleges for up to 5 years.  See your counselor or go to www.okpromise.org

NCAA Clearinghouse   Regulations for Athletic Scholarships Please go to www.eligibilitycenter.org

If you hope to play college athletics, it takes more than just talent in your chosen sport.   Athletes must meet course, GPA, and ACT/SAT requirements in order to be eligible to play. These requirements are regulated by the NCAA. You must register in order to be recruited by Division 1 or II programs.   The process includes filing, an application fee, and a high school transcript sent by school officials.

College-bound student-athletes who want to practice, compete and receive athletically related financial aid during their first year at a Division I or II school need to meet the following requirements:

•Complete a minimum of 16 core courses for Division I or 16 core courses for Division II. •Earn a minimum required grade-point average in core courses.

•Earn a qualifying test score on either the ACT or SAT.

•Request final amateurism certification from the NCAA Eligibility Center.

 


 

COMMUNITY SERVICE & LEADERSHIP

Starting early is very important!  Get involved as soon as possible.

When colleges and scholarship organizations look at student applications, many of them use a RUBRIC for scoring your information.   A rubric is a chart that breaks something down into small parts, and often awards points for meeting qualifications at different levels.  

Below is an example of a rubric for scoring participation in student organizations.

 

Organization

Member

   +5

Officer

  +10

State Officer

   +15

Activity Participant

(Describe)  +5/per

Activity Leader

(Describe) +10/per

STUCO

 

 

 

 

 

FCCLA

 

 

 

 

 

FFA

 

 

 

 

 

Other

 

 

 

 

 


 

Being active in organizations at school and the community is a good way to grow.  Colleges and employers recognize that students who are active and involved in their school and community will probably also be active and involved in their college and their career.  They know how to work in teams and are willing to contribute time and effort to making things better in the places where they work and live.

Community service is not just something you do when you get a speeding ticket!  It is a great way to help others, to learn new skills, and to be involved with others who have interests similar to yours!

When you begin to apply for scholarships and/or jobs, the people who are looking at your application want to know what kind of person you are.   Of course they’ll want to know what kind of grades you made, and what your ACT/SAT scores were, but they also want to know who you are and how you spend your time.  

Starting in 9th grade keep track of your community service and student organization activities in high school.  When you are ready to graduate, the information will be helpful in filling out applications and resumes.  Sometimes it is hard to remember in your senior year the things you did in the earlier grades!

 

HONORS & AWARDS

Scholarship and job applications will also ask for a list of honors and awards you have received in high school.    Honor societies, placing in competitions, service awards, pageants, and other activities where you are recognized for your performance will add value to your resume or application.    You should keep a list of any honors/awards you receive as you go through high school along with your community service activities.  

The following pages can be a place to keep track of your activities.  If you run out of space, ask your counselor for extra blank pages to insert in your PLANNER folder.   Running out of space is a GOOD THING!   It means you are active and involved.   Don’t “pad” your list.   Make it real and honest and really get into the activities you are listing.   If you put your heart into it, the rest will come, and in addition to earning points that will help you get a scholarship or a job, you will be a better person, and make the world better for someone else!

 

COMMUNITY SERVICE & LEADERSHIP RECORD

This is a very important component in your college application!  Start early and get involved in your community!

Organization 

Member

Officer

State Officer

Activity Participant

Activity Leader

                  

# years

Title/#years

Title/# years

Describe the activity/hours spent

Describe your role   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HONORS & AWARDS

 

Award Title

 

Date

Sponsor

Purpose  (details)

 

                  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                   

BUILDING YOUR RESUME

      A resume is a professional document that lists information used by employers to evaluate potential employees.   Creating your own resume is a great way to be ready for future and current job applications and also college and scholarship applications.   A resume should be brief, one page is usually best, but it should include current information about how to contact you, and the important highlights of your education and experience.  This is the time to brag!  Show confidence and list your special skills and abilities, but don’t be obnoxious!  Don’t include items that are false, ancient history or not relevant.  If you have work experience, include it, but you can also include volunteer activities and services you have provided without being paid.

     It is not necessary to include references on the resume.  A statement to provide them if requested can be added.  But when and if you do provide references ALWAYS make sure you have asked the permission of those you want to include, and get their current address and telephone numbers.

     In many cases, you can include a copy of your resume with your scholarship applications.   If it is allowed, your professionalism might add points to your overall impression.   But before doing so, check to see if it is okay to send extra pages.  Some scholarship agencies specifically request that NO extra attachments be included.

     Here are some sample resumes, with a worksheet for you to fill out in creating your own.   There are many different types and formats for resumes.  These are just examples.   Check out resume-writing sources and ask your English teacher for assistance.   Use it with your next job application, even if it is at McDonald’s or Wal-Mart!  Imagine the impression you will make! 

     Over your lifetime, you will update and change your resume many times as you grow and gain experience.  This is just a beginning.   But it is an important step in figuring out who you are and what you want, and matching it with what you need to accomplish your goals!  Remember to make copies for your files.

 

 

 


 

 

                                              Kasie Tucker Example Resume

 

Rt. 1 Box 242                              Pond Creek, OK  73766                            (580) 555-1234

ktucker@mymail.com

 

 

Education

       Grant High School                                                  College Preparatory Diploma 2006

 

Activities/Service

        National Honor Society                                                                                2004-2006

        Oklahoma Honor Society                                                                             2004-2006

        Quiz Bowl                                                                                                     2003-2006

        Band                                                                                                              2003-2006

        FFA                                                                                                               2003-2006

        Class Treasurer                                                                                              2005-2006

        Student Council                                                                                             2004-2006

            Stuco Vice President                                                                                  2005-2006

        Regents’ Summer Academies

             UCO Engineering                                                                               Summer 2005

             OSU/OKC Construction Technology                                                 Summer 2004

 

Honors & Awards

       Salutatorian                                         3 .98 GPA                                           May 2006

       All-District Band                                                                                        2005 & 2006

       Masonic Student of Today                                                                                      2006

       Principal’s Honor Roll                                                                                   2003-2006

 

Experience

       Christmas Food Drive Volunteer                                                                   2004-2006

                Organizing/collecting donations and delivery

       Summer Little League Volunteer                                                                   2005-2006

                 Umpire, Clean-up, Concession Stand

       Stuco Volunteer Tutoring Program                                                                2004-2006

               Tutoring 5th & 6th graders in math after school

 

       Jiffy Trip                                      Part-time Cashier                 June 2005-August 2006

                Cashier, stocking, clean-up

 

Honors Coursework:    AP Calculus, AP Literature & Composition,

 

Concurrent Coursework:                      U.S History to 1865                       NOC-Tonkawa

                                                                Psychology                                    NOC-Tonkawa

 

 


 

RESUME WORKSHEET

 

Name:__________________________________________________

 

Address:______________________  City, State ZIP_________________________________

Phone:________________________

E-mail:__________________________________________      

 

Objective:_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Education     

Program/school________________________Location:________________Date_______                           

Degree/Certificate/courses?_______________________________________________

Program/school________________________Location:________________Date_______

 

Degree/Certificate/courses?_______________________________________________

Experience

Job Title/Type:____________________________Employer:__________________________

                      Responsibilities:_____________________________________Dates:______________

Job Title/Type:____________________________Employer:__________________________

 

Responsibilities:_____________________________________Dates:______________

 

Activities/Service/Honors/Awards

Organization:_____________________________________________ Date:_______________

                    Activity:_________________________________________________________________

                      Responsibilities:_________________________________________________________

               Organization:______________________________________________Date:__________

                     Activity:_________________________________________________________________

                      Responsibilities:_________________________________________________________

               

Organization:____________________________________________Date:___________

                 Activity:_________________________________________________________________

                      Responsibilities:_________________________________________________________

Related Coursework______________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________

COLLEGE COURSE SELECTIONS

General Education Requirements:

     This list of general education courses is a place to start for choosing courses for Concurrent Enrollment and also for scheduling your first semesters of college. They are included in most college majors. If you have a specific major already in mind, you should ask your counselor or your college advisor for a guide that tells exactly which courses to take.  This is especially true if you attend a community college with the intention of later transferring.

 

Course

Hours

Course

Hours

Orientation

1

Humanities, Philosophy, Theatre Arts

5-6

English Composition I

English Composition II

Speech

9

College Algebra

3

Political Science

History (Pre and/or Post Civil War)

6-9

Health/Wellness

4

General Physical Science, Chemistry, Physics, Geology, Astronomy, Earth Science, Biology

3-5

Electives

4-6

***Hours represent approximately the time spent per week in a class (not counting homework, reading assignments, etc.)  A typical semester enrollment is 15-16 hours or about 5 classes.

 

CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT

High school students who have taken college preparatory courses and the ACT may be eligible to take college courses while still in high school.   Many seniors have already completed most of their required credits.  Concurrent enrollment is an opportunity to make good use of extra time and get a jump on college credit.  Some high schools offer distance-learning, which provides the opportunity for students to take college courses without leaving the high school campus.   The Oklahoma State Regents offers a tuition waiver program which provides free tuition to qualifying high school seniors who enroll concurrently.  See your counselor for details.

 

COOPERATIVE ALLIANCES

College credit is also available for high school students and adults who want a technical education.  Through a partnership between Oklahoma CareerTech and the Oklahoma State Regents, students in certain programs can earn an AAS Degree (Associate in Applied Science).   No college tuition is charged for high school students who enroll in courses taught by the technology center.  An academic service fee of $8 per credit hour will be charged to cover the costs of services delivered by the college or university.  The service fee can be waived for qualifying students.  Check with your counselor and your area CareerTech for details.

 

 

 

ADVANCED PLACEMENT

Many schools offer AP Courses, which teach at a college level and offer testing at the end of the course.  Students who score well on these exams may receive college credit for their work.  Colleges have individual policies for accepting AP credit.  Check with your counselor and/or AP teacher, and with the colleges in which you are interested.

 

CLEP AND ADVANCED STANDING

Students who test well in certain subject areas should also check with colleges about these programs.  CLEP is a national program and your scores may be used at institutions around the country.  Advanced Standing tests are usually available at individual colleges for those with advanced skills and/or experience in certain areas.  These scores are usually only used for the school at which the tests are taken.  See your counselor.

 

CHECKLIST FOR WORK/CAREER FIELD PLANNING

Careers/Work Fields that interest me:

____________________________________       _________________________________

____________________________________       _________________________________

____________________________________       _________________________________

 

Job Description Worksheet

Checkout OOH (Occupational Outlook Handbook Online-www.bls.gov/oco), OKCIS, or OKCollegestart for information on jobs of interest. See the website list at the end of your Planner.

Job Title:____________________________________________________________________

Salary Range: __________________________________________________________________

Education/Training Required:_____________________________________________________

Specific Skills Needed:___________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________

Things I might like about this job:_________________________________________­­­­­_________

Things I might not like:___________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________

Where can I go to get my education/training? _______________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

How much will it cost?___________________________________________________________

What do I have to have to get in?   Grades? Recommendations? Tests? Applications? Interviews? Resume?

                                                       

NOTES:____________________________________________________________________

 

__________________________________________________________________________
 TECHNICAL SCHOOL/TRAINING PROGRAMS/APPRENTICESHIPS

     Information about specific technical programs is available from many sources.  Libraries, career centers, counselors, relatives, career days, the internet, and even the yellow pages can supply information on these programs.  Some careers have specific training that you acquire through a union and an apprenticeship program.  They usually require some kind of written test which includes math, science, reading, and communications skills.  Federal Financial Aid may be used for many of these programs.  Some programs even pay you while you are being trained.   Today many colleges are including technical programs and degrees along with their traditional majors.  With cooperative alliances, some will grant college credit for technical training and for actual work experience.   As with other educational programs, though, class size is limited and selection is competitive.   So your course selection in high school is important, as are the grades you make and the activities you choose.    Below is a list of just a few of the career fields that may be entered through technical programs.  

 

Steps for Technical Programs/Training

_____Check out/visit schools and programs of interest

_____Choose technical courses related to your chosen field

_____Develop a resume including work experience, references, and training

_____If selecting a 2-year college program, follow the College Checklist

_____Check out Cooperative Alliances (college credit through Career Tech)

 

Skills/Programs offered through Technical Training Programs

Automotive Technologies                                                       Business/Office

Auto Body/Paint                                                    Legal/Medical Secretary

Parts/Dealership                                                    Court Reporting

Automotive Service                                                  Computer Technologies

Auto Trim/Upholstery                                               Human Resources

Electronics/Hydraulics                                              Business Administration

 

Aircraft Maintenance                                                              Heavy Equipment

Electronics/Avionics                                                Diesel Technology

Aircraft Maintenance                                                Truck Driving

                                                                        Equipment Operators

Building/Construction

 Construction                                                                            Others

 Masonry                                                              Cooking/Baking

 Plumbing                                                            Interior Design

 Drafting (CAD)                                                      Travel Industry

 Surveying                                                            Graphic Design/Arts

 Industrial Electrical                                                 Printing/Publishing

 Welding Technologies                                             Animal Care

 Machine Tool Technology                                         Shoe/Boot/Saddle Repair

 Air Conditioning/Refrigeration                                    Modeling/Fashion

 Carpentry                                                            Massage Therapy

Police & Fire Academies                                      Personal Trainers

 

Allied Health Occupations                                                      Energy-Related Careers             

Nursing                                                               Oil & Gas Industry Training Programs                 

Emergency Medical Services                              Wind Energy Technology

Lab Technologies                                  

Assistant Programs                                

 

Pre-Engineering Technology                                       Pre-Biosciences and Medicine     

                                   

MILITARY SERVICE

There are many options for military service.  Opportunities include college scholarships and G.I. Bill funding, as well as high-quality training for civilian as well as military jobs and careers.  Recruiters are the best source of information on military options.  If you are interested, you should talk to several recruiters.  As with other post-high school choices, there are steps you need to take now to be qualified when you graduate.  Course selection for grades 9-12 is important.  The more Math and Science you take, the better off you will be.  If you are interested in one of the U.S. Service Academies, you need to start the application process at the beginning of your junior year.  For ROTC, the deadline is in November of your senior year.  The following checklist will help.

*****FOR ALL BRANCHES AND TYPES OF SERVICE you must pass a DRUG TEST and a law enforcement BACKGROUND CHECK.  Trouble you get into in high school can eliminate any military possibilities for you later.

 

U.S. Service Academies  (West Point, Air Force, Naval, Coast Guard)

***PROCESS BEGINS in 11th GRADE!

_____Take a college preparatory curriculum

_____Maintain high grades

_____Do well on ACT/SAT (27 ACT is the average acceptance score)

_____Participate in student and community service activities

_____Accumulate contacts for recommendation letters

_____Contact a U.S. Congressman for potential nomination

_____Pass a physical fitness/agility exam & background check

_____***If you excel at a varsity sport, you may be able to play at the academy

                 and it may help you to gain admission!

_____Begin application early in your JUNIOR YEAR

 

ROTC (College Scholarship Program)

_____Take a college preparatory curriculum

_____Maintain high grades

_____Do well on ACT/SAT (24-27 average acceptances)

_____Participate in student and community service activities

_____Accumulate contacts for recommendation letters

_____Pass a physical fitness/agility exam & background check

_____Begin application during JUNIOR or EARLY SENIOR YEAR

 

Full-Time Service  (Active Duty)

_____Take as much Math & Science as possible

_____Take ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery)

_____Meet with more than one recruiter

_____Pass a physical fitness/agility exam & background check

 

National Guard/Reserve

_____Take as much Math & Science as possible

_____Take ASVAB

_____Meet with more than one recruiter

_____Pass a physical fitness/agility exam & background check

 

WEBSITES for College/Career Planning

OKLAHOMA RESOURCES

okcollegestart.org   Student Portal for ACT, scholarships, career information, admissions, Oklahoma’s Promise (OHLAP), FAFSA, Oklahoma colleges and other information.   Create a profile and a folder for information to be used in the College/Career Planning process! 

okhighered.org/epas   Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education website for information on ACT, PLAN & EXPLORE

okpromise.org    Enroll or get more information about Oklahoma’s Higher Learning  Access Program Scholarships  

okcareertech.org   Oklahoma Career Tech’s website for information on state Technology Centers, online career guidance information for students, parents, and school staff, certificate and degree programs

TEST PREP

okcollegestart.org   Practice tests for ACT/SAT

actstudent.org    ACT Prep & practice tests, online registration, college & scholarship search, tips and hints for testing and for finding financial aid, choosing majors, careers

planstudent.org  information on ACT’s PLAN for 10th grade students/parents

explorestudent.org  information on ACT’s EXPLORE for 8th grade students/parents

collegeboard.org   SAT, SAT II, PSAT (National Merit Qualifying Exam), AP Program/Exams, college search, scholarship search, test prep, online registration

FINANCIAL AID

fafsa.ed.gov  (U.S. Federal Government)  Free Application for Federal Student Aid Financial Aid, Grants, Loans, other sources of college funding, online application

pin.ed.gov   FAFSA website for signing up for a pin number, for online FAFSA application

ucango2.org   Free tools and resources to help students and parents prepare, plan and pay for education after high school

act.org/fane   Financial aid need estimator enabling families to calculate their expected family contribution (EFC) on the FAFSA

http://studentaid.ed.gov  free information from the U.S. Department of Education on preparing for and funding education beyond high school

fastweb.com   Free online scholarship search, match scholarships with qualifications & interests, download applications, get e-mail notices of scholarships

students.gov   (U.S. Government) financial aid, career development, education planning

oklahomamoneymatters.org  Tools for managing your money

salliemae.com(Sallie Mae, Inc.)  Scholarship search, college database, cost calculators, award analyzer, how to interview, how to complete applications, how to apply for financial aid, self-assessment tools to match interests with majors and careers

college.gov    United States Dept. of Education website for college planning

gmsp.org   Gates-Millenium Scholarship program for minority students

eligibilitycenter.org (NCAA) athletic eligibility, recruiting

www.bls.gov/OOH   Occupational Outlook Handbook – Online resource for researching careers: job descriptions, current salaries, future outlook, training, resources

WEBSITE LOGIN KEEPER

Keep track of usernames/passwords and e-mail addresses used for important searches and applications done online!   

EXAMPLE:   If you do your FAFSA or OKPromise application online, any correspondence or information sent back to you will also be online!    If you create an e-mail address just for those applications, then don’t check that e-mail, you could miss something that might keep you from getting your money!

 

Oklahoma’s Promise does everything through e-mail if you apply online.  If they need another transcript or something from you, they’ll send an e-mail.   If you don’t get the e-mail, and they don’t get the transcript on time, you won’t get into the program!   They also send you instructions on what to do when you graduate through e-mail.

 

FAFSA online is the fastest and easiest way to apply for Federal Student Aid, but you must have an e-mail address and a PIN number.  You will use that same PIN number year after year, as you progress through college and even when you graduate and start making payment for any loan monies you use.   ***Your parents will also need a PIN number if they want to sign the FAFSA electronically (saves time) rather than printing out a form and mailing it in for processing.

 

OKCollegestart.org allows you to create a login, so you can come back later and continue working on something you started, add to your information or your college list, keep a record of information electronically, etc.   But you need to remember your login info!

 

OKCIS is the Oklahoma CareerTech website for career planning.   That website also allows you to create a login and come back to work on your plan. 

 

***It IS important to keep your login information private.   So if you record it here, make sure your College & Career Planner is being kept in a secure place! 

Website:________________________________________  Username:____________________

Purpose:_______________________________________    Password:____________________

 

Website:________________________________________  Username:____________________

Purpose:_______________________________________    Password:____________________

 

Website:________________________________________  Username:____________________

Purpose:_______________________________________    Password:____________________

 

Website:________________________________________  Username:____________________

Purpose:_______________________________________    Password:____________________

 

Website:________________________________________  Username:____________________

Purpose:_______________________________________    Password:____________________

 

Website:________________________________________  Username:____________________

Purpose:_______________________________________    Password:____________________

 

Website:________________________________________  Username:____________________

Purpose:_______________________________________    Password:____________________

                                                 

 

[1] Students meeting the following requirements under each admission option will be placed on a waiting list and evaluated according to stated policy: Option 1--students with the required ACT score but less than a 3.0 GPA and lower than the top 50 percent of the high school class; Option 2--students in the top 26-30 percent of their high school class with at least a 3.0 GPA; and Option 3--all students.

[2] Additional weighting (1.0) will be added to GPAs of students who take Advanced Placement and higher-level International Baccalaureate courses.

[3] Cognitive: Noted academic admission standards; quality, quantity and level of coursework throughout the entire high school program; completion of a progressively challenging math sequence, demonstrated by performance; and class rank taken in context with academic rigor and class size of high school attended.

Non-Cognitive: Students must demonstrate strengths in non-cognitive factors such as positive self-concept, realistic self-appraisal, long –term goals, leadership experience, community, and knowledge in an acquired field.