College and Career Center

Mission - To prepare students for the next phase after graduation. 



Military
- Have the opportunity to meet with recruiters from all branches of the military (Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and the Navy) to learn about various career pathways in the different branches of the military. Additionally, learn about the many benefits the military offers (both while serving as well as post-serving), advantages and disadvantages of enlisted vs. having a degree. Military recruiters will be present at college and career events. The center will serve as a proctor the ASVAB test which is required for admittance into any branch of the military.

College Forms

The Sealy College and Career Center helps students fill out various college forms such as:

1. ApplyTexas - A form all students must fill out to apply to any college in Texas

2. FAFSA (Free Application for Student Financial Aid) - A form that all students can fill out to apply for financial aid to college, technical school or graduate college).

Financial aid can be either state or federal and consist of the following:

Loans - loans are money that a student borrows to attend college. These must be paid back and will include interest. The two main types of loans are  Subsidized Loans  and Unsubsidized Loans. Between these two types of loans, subsidized loans are preferred because the government pays the interest as long as a student remains in school at least half time, during the first six months after graduation and during deferment periods. On unsubsidized loans, students are responsible for paying the interest during all periods.

Grants - A type of financial aid that does not need to be paid back.

Work - study programs - A work study program is a work program where a student can earn money that helps the student pay for school. These jobs are usually federally funded jobs on campus and can vary greatly in availability as well as pay.

Scholarships - Scholarships, like grants do not require repayment. These are offered by individual institutions, private organizations as well as colleges. The center will assist in providing lists of established scholarships as well as new scholarships for       students to apply.


TSI (Texas Success Initiative) Assessment

The TSI Assessment is part of the Texas Success Initiative program designed to help colleges and universities determine if students are ready for college-level coursework in the areas of reading, writing and mathematics. Students will be able to sign up and take the TSI Assessment in the College and Career Center. Students will also be able to visit the College and Career Center to take practice TSI exams. Sealy ISD will pay for the initial test for students. This will include one test in each of the three areas. If students need to retake any of the sections of tests, they will be able to do that in the College and Career Center but the cost will be the responsibility of the student.

 

Post Secondary Training/Careers

The center will help align students on specific pathways to obtain necessary industry-based certifications (both high school and post high school) and training to obtain employment in a field where their skills can be maximized. The center will assist students that prefer to go directly into the workforce, but may need some additional training such as a trade or technical school. The College and Career center will partner with employers in the surrounding area so that students have great opportunities to go directly into the workforce.

 

College and Career Days/College Recruiters

The College and Career Center will be responsible for setting up college and career days for students to attend and visit with college representatives, military recruiters as well as employers. The center will also have  college recruiters visiting on a weekly basis for students to discuss college options in order to make a better choice concerning which college they would like to attend.

 

Job and Internship Board

The College and Career Center will maintain a job board and internship program where local employers can post positions and participate in a student internship program. The student internship program will assist in placing students in jobs  they have interest in pursuing. Students looking for jobs and internships will be able to obtain information from the posted jobs in the center.

 

Monthly Evening Meetings

The College and Career Center will host meetings one night a month on various topics that will be open for both students and parents. These topics will include, "is college right for me", 2-year vs. 4-year colleges and universities, understanding what must be completed before enrolling into college, the military as a career and great jobs that don't require a college degree. Attendees and participants will also be able to help select other topics based on the interests of the audience.

 


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