Creating a Five Year Plan

The Five-Year Plan: Students will complete the rigorous task of creating a 5 year education plan. This component will focus on backwards planning. Students will choose a career that they would like to see themselves in after their education is complete. They will research what degrees will be required in order to achieve this career. Students will then match those requirements to specific colleges and pick a school in which they would like to pursue the particular degree. From there they will map out what exact course of study, grades, and extra-curriculars they will need to complete to receive the degree. Finally, they will return to the present and assess their chance of admissions, and will plan out their next year(s) of high school and align their course of study to the requirements for admission to their chosen college.

The Cost of Five-Year Plan: This session is almost identical to the “5 Year Plan Session” in that students will be tracking the same data they collected in the first session.  Students will be backwards planning, researching the costs of their chosen career field in terms of certifications, licensing, and living costs.  They will then calculate the costs of the degree needed to pursue their chosen career. In essence they will be calculating the cost of college (or grad school) and will figure a total financial cost for them to achieve their desired career. After the cost has been determined the session will focus on financial aid, grants, and scholarships that can be obtained in order to reduce the cost. Students will then calculate new total costs based on their findings.

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ACT Preparation

ACT Math: This section of the program will be focused on mastering basic mathematical concepts combined with problem solving strategies to ensure at least 4 point growth on the ACT Math section. Students will be briefly introduced to the concepts tested on the ACT. Next, we will dive into the problem solving skills that it takes to answer a question correctly. Finally, we will put that all together by practicing at a high pace to ensure completion of the test. Students will leave the program will a study plan and insight on what it takes to achieve a high score on the ACT Math section.

ACT Science: The ACT Science sessions will be centered on an ACT Science prep curriculum.  Students will be introduced to test taking strategies for the science portion of the ACT and will practice under normal testing conditions.  Moreover, students will learn how to properly interpret data tables and graphs in a manner that will allow them to correctly answer corresponding questions.  Students will improve their skills by working through various practice problems and taking practice tests for the Science component of the ACT.  The goal of this session is for students to improve their score on the science portion by at least 4 points, as that is the score necessary for entering college freshmen to be prepared for science classes.

ACT English: This section of the program will be focused on mastering basic grammatical concepts combined with strategies to ensure at least 4-point growth on the ACT English section. Students will be briefly introduced to the concepts tested on the ACT. Next, we will dive into the skills that it takes to answer a question correctly. Finally, we will put that all together by practicing at a high pace to ensure completion of the test. Students will leave the program will a study plan and insight on what it takes to achieve a high score on the ACT English section.

ACT Reading: This section of the program will be focused on developing reading comprehension skills to ensure at least 4-point growth on the ACT Reading section. First, students will be briefly introduced to the reading comprehension skills. Next, we will dive into the skills that it takes to answer a question correctly. Finally, we will put that all together by practicing at a high pace to ensure completion of the test. Students will leave the program will a study plan and insight on what it takes to achieve a high score on the ACT Reading section.

Registering for the ACT and Making a Study Plan: On the final Thursday, students will register for the ACT in the Fall as well as make a day-to-day study plan. The study plan will include a content portion, a problem solving portion, and end with a speed portion. Practice ACT days will be designated, so that students can build up the stamina needed to succeed on this test.

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College Preparation

What is College? What Does is Take? In this session, we will provide our students with an overview of the American college system. We will place special emphasis on admission statistics, enrollment trends, and current rankings.  Students will use this information to understand the decision process college and to identify a list of schools they are interested in applying to.  From there, students will assess their competitiveness as compared to their desired schools’ admissions statistics. This session is held early in the week and is used to give the students a thorough understanding of the challenges and stakes they face in pursuing higher education.

Application to College: In this session, students will be introduced to the complete breadth of college applications. Students will learn about the requirements of applications and receive an in-depth lesson on the common application. Students will be asked to match their college selections from previous sessions to the common application and from there will be asked to fill out a draft application. Students will also be required to do the same for an institution that does not accept the common application.  Additionally, students will gain valuable experience writing practice essays for both the common and non-common applications.

Paying For College: In this session, the financial component of college will be introduced and discussed in detail.  The tuition, housing, meals, books, and fees involved with college can be very overwhelming to students, but they often are not aware of the financial aid options that are available.  The students will be informed about financial aid, grants, and loans that they can apply for, and will gain an understanding of the application process for each of these.  The FAFSA form will be emphasized in this session as students will be required to fill the form out and be informed of the information that is required to fill out the FAFSA accurately.  Additionally, various scholarship opportunities that are available will be presented along with a list of deadlines for specific scholarships that students will need to apply for in the Fall of 2013. 

Preparing for Success in College

“Are You on the Right Path?” Intro to College Credits: The process involved with receiving college credits will be explained to the students in this session.  Students will discuss the credits received for AP classes and the AP test scores required to receive those credits at various institutions.  The students will be made aware of the remedial classes that will not count towards their college degree, as well as the classes that are required for specific degrees they are interested in pursuing.  Students will also learn the core credits that they will need to receive and the effect that changing your concentration has on credit requirements. 

Campus Tours

College Visits To Be Determined

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Career Readiness in STEM Related Fields

Introduction to STEM Careers: The Introduction to Careers session will be focused on informing students of the vast array of professional careers that are available in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.  Students will conduct research on various different careers and learn the opportunities each career offers, the salary of each career, and the responsibilities that each career entails.  In addition, students will be informed of the necessary educational steps that must be accomplished in order to be successful in a particular career. 

Visit to STEM related Corporations:

Corporation Visits are To Be Determined

Intersession Work

Students will be required to turn in work during their month off to prepare for week 2. Students will write a 1st, 2nd, and final draft of their common application essays. They will receive feedback from at least two instructors after each draft. Students will also have an ACT packet to complete each week. Each packet will require each student to reflect on their progress toward their ACT goal. Instructors will send weekly feedback to correct conceptual misunderstandings and improve problem solving skills.

Follow Up

In the Fall after the program, STEM Summer Institute Staff and students will congregate to work through the college admissions process, which includes but not limited to: researching additional scholarships, applying to scholarships, and improving the strength of college applications