YS Prep for College Prep

A closed door in a college academic building. Next to the door is a window that is the same height as the door. Seen through the window is an instructor standing in front of a class of students. Join a series of conference calls to help get ready to go to college 

Are you planning to go to college? Are you still wondering if you should be planning to go college? Do you have questions about how a college education fits in your career plans?

DSB is hosting a series of conference calls to help prepare students interested in attending college and their families for the challenges to come. Students will complete career interest assessments to provide a better understanding of their strengths, how those strengths translate into career options, and what post-high school options the students should pursue.

This is a chance for students and their families to gain the knowledge and tools necessary to apply for college, alleviate the mystery and the fear surrounding the process, and what the college experience is like for someone who is visually impaired or blind. These calls will provide families the steps to follow through high school to be best prepared to attend college.

WHO

Blind or visually impaired youth ages 14 – 21 who are thinking about attending college to achieve their career goals.

WHERE

Teleconference. Participants will receive instructions to log into our live, online chats. A telephone number is available for those without computer access.

COST

Free. Campus tour meals and lodging for student and one guardian provided.

RSVP

Please RSVP by January 11, 2019.  Registered participants will receive session log in information. Call or email Jennifer Scheel at Jennifer.scheel@dsb.wa.gov or call 360-999-3138.

WHAT

Interactive Conference Calls

Each conference call will feature a guest speaker sharing their expertise, and includes a presentation, interactive discussions, and Q & A period.

  • Through these presentations and discussions, students can gain in-depth understanding of: 
  • The post-secondary options available to them in the state of Washington
  • What their post-secondary needs are depending on their career goals
  • How to best prepare while in high school so that they are ready for college
  • The demands of college compared to the demands of high school
  • How to advocate for accommodations while in college and a better understanding of all of the supportive services on campus
  • How the financial aid process works

Students completing the series will receive Course Completion Certificates for their Transitions Portfolio to add to the career and college explorations section of their Individualized Education Plan (IEP).

Campus Tour

The course will end with a weekend field trip to a college campus. This visit will give students and their parent/guardian the opportunity to experience some of the topics discussed in during the calls in real life. Students will stay near a college or university campus and will have an opportunity to explore the campus, sample dining hall cuisine, and enjoy some of the "student life" entertainment and recreational activities available on campus. More details regarding this weekend to come.

WHEN

January – June 2019, 4th Wednesday of each month
6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

January 23 – Ask a Student
We’ll kick off the series with the opportunity to discuss college life with current students who are blind or visually impaired.

February 20 – Ask an Admissions Counselor
Get an introduction to the administrative side of going to college. What do admissions counselors look for? What are disability coordinators and what do they do? What skills do students need to be successful? How do credits work?

March 27 – Ask Financial Aid
Learn about financial resources available to pay for higher education from a college Financial Aid Officer and a DSB Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. 

April 24 – Choosing Your School  
Discuss the pros and cons of various types of educational institutions and learn how to choose the college or university that will meet your career goals.

May 22 – Life on Campus 
Learn about the residential and leisure options available on or near campuses. Discuss the pros and cons of on-campus versus off-campus housing, and look into intramural sports, college clubs, and other extracurricular activities.

June 21-23 – Campus Weekend at Central Washington University! 
Students will experience a college campus where they will live in campus housing, visit administrative and academic buildings, and participate in fun activities on Central’s campus. They will also hear from a panel of visually impaired former and current students at Central Washington University. Note: adult chaperones are required to attend with their student. There will be activities specifically for parents/guardians.  

Please RSVP by Friday, January 11, 2019. For more information, call or email Jennifer Scheel at Jennifer.scheel@dsb.wa.gov or call 360-999-3138.

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