May is Career Connected Learning Month!
Are you looking to get your middle and/or high school students connected to something hopeful, inspiring and future-focused while they learn from home? Some incredible career exploration opportunities with Washington companies are coming this May!
Every day at 3:30 pm, starting May 4th, students can engage in 30-45 minute live sessions hosted via Zoom and live streamed on YouTube. Students will hear about Washington-based jobs that might align with their interests and goals, and engage in employer-created challenges. Information and recordings of previous discussions will be posted at CareerConnect@Home.
(This website will be live by Monday, April 27th.)
Each week there is a different theme and different companies that will be sharing information about their jobs and answering students’ questions. Here’s the breakdown of each week’s theme: See PDF on the left under Upcoming Events.
Virtual Engineering Design EXPO - U of Idaho
Complete activities by Thursday, May 21 to win!
Open to all students grades 5th through 12th
Enter to win a $4,000 U of I scholarship and other prizes!
Enter to win an iPad, take your pick of STEM prizes and more!
Participation is FREE. Winners will be notified Wednesday, May 27.
RECENT NEWS FROM THE COLLEGE BOARD (4/23/2020):
Today we're sharing with you that we've added a new SAT administration for Saturday, September 26, 2020. This date will be for the SAT only, in the United States and internationally, with no SAT Subject Tests™ available. Sunday testing for religious reasons will be on September 27.
Registration for the 2020-21 SAT administrations will open the week of May 26. At that point, June registrants will be able to transfer their seat to a 2020-21 administration. All other students in the high school class of 2021 who don't have SAT scores will also have early access to register for the August, September, and October administrations. This includes students who had registered for March or May and had their registrations canceled and refunded. For each administration this year, we're also preparing to significantly expand our capacity.
Our top priorities are the health and safety of students and educators. Please note we'll only move forward with the administrations if it's safe to do so from a public health standpoint.
If you have questions, call Customer Service at 866-756-7346 (domestic) or +1-212-713-7789 (international). We'll also regularly update our webpage with information.
Thank you for your partnership. We appreciate your understanding during this unprecedented time.
UPDATE FROM THE WASHINGTON STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT COUNCIL:
Student & Family Messaging
College & Career Compass can help you plan for life after high school.
You've probably been thinking about what the current public health and economic crisis means for your future. While the present is uncertain, one thing is clear: education beyond high school is more important than ever.
Continuing your education after high school gives you more options. Research shows college graduates earn more and are less likely to be unemployed. Luckily, there’s a great new tool available to help you prepare and plan for the future—and it’s free!Check out Washington’s new College & Career Compass:
Explore educational programs that match your career interests.
Learn more about the value of college and how financial aid can help you pay for a certificate, apprenticeship, or degree.
Connect with a campus to get additional support.
Don’t be discouraged. Stay motivated, get ready, and focus on the future. College & Career Compass makes it easy. Learn more at compass.wa.gov.
Colleges Adjust Requirements and Deadlines in Response to COVID-19
In the face of COVID-19, Washington’s colleges and universities are being flexible about course requirements, test scores, deadlines, and more. Contact admissions offices directly if you have special circumstances or questions about how to meet requirements and deadlines during COVID-19.
- Some colleges are modifying admissions requirements:
- Many colleges have extended the deadline to officially decide where you plan to enroll. Many have also extended the deadline to make deposits.
- Some campuses have gone test-optional, meaning you do not have to submit scores from standardized tests like SAT and ACT.
- If someone in your family has lost a job or is working less, colleges may be able to provide more financial aid:
- If you’ve already filed a 2020-21 FAFSA or WASFA, talk to the financial aid office about your situation.
- If you haven’t applied for financial aid, it’s not too late. Submit your application, then follow up with the college.
- Many colleges are offering virtual campus tours you can do online from home.
- Remember, it’s not too late to apply! Many of Washington’s four-year public and private, not-for-profit colleges and universities are still accepting applications for fall 2020.
Sign up for "Otter" Chatbot for the latest updates. Instructions and description below.
“Otter” Chatbot Provides Student Support and Financial Aid Info
Otterbot is a free texting service designed to help Washington high school seniors navigate financial aid for college and career education.
- Students can access Otterbot via text message
24 hours a day, 7 days a week by texting "Hi Otter"
- Otter sends periodic messages with financial aid information, resources, and deadlines.
- Students can text Otter with questions about financial aid, college planning, and more.
APPLY FOR THE FAFSA (FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID) STARTING TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1ST
Don't wait until the last minute!!
NEW THIS YEAR: What is the Washington College Grant?
The new Washington College Grant
is one of the most generous state financial aid programs in the nation, giving more money to more students for more kinds of education after high school. From welding to nursing, from English to computer science—whether one-year certificate or four-year college degree—the Washington College Grant
can help students of all ages achieve their educational goals.
Learn about the Washington College Grant, financial aid applications, and more at wsac.wa.gov/pathways.
Make sure to also check out the college funding page and browse our list of offered scholarships.