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March to the Future Virtual Post-High School Planning Series, 2021-2022

October 20th, 2021

The HCPSS Department of Program Innovation and Student Well-Being’s School Counseling office is offering a series of virtual information sessions and workshops geared toward high school students, as they begin to plan for life after graduation. Program topics include financial aid, athletics in college, college search, disabilities in college, college panels, Howard Community College, apprenticeships, military and more!

Sessions will be offered most Wednesdays when schools are in session at 7 p.m. Details on upcoming sessions, including event links, can be found below. Each session will offer presentations from HCPSS staff/leaders, students, alumni, college/university representatives, college prep organizations, and/or additional speakers.

Any updates to the March to the Future program series will be noted on this page. Students/families should contact their school counselor with any questions.

What 9th and 10th graders Can Start Doing to Prepare for Post High School: Get a head start on preparing for post high school in this session and learn about where to begin your career and college exploration.

Emotional Health and Maturity: Active mind leaders will discuss well-being and suggestions for support.

Course Registration and Post High School: Learn more about HCPSS opportunities for students. From dual enrollment, to CTE training, apprenticeships and more students have a lot of options.

NCAA Eligibility and Recruiting: Learn the criteria for eligibility and also the process for recruiting.

Hispanic College Night: En Espanol, this presentation will provide an overview of the college application process and admissions.

Financial Aid: Presenters will go over all factors related to financial aid, including how aid is determined, what a FAFSA is, the differences between loans and scholarships and how best to access money for college.

Standardized Testing – ACT, SAT, PSAT, AP, Accuplacer, ASVAB: This session will cover all of the tests students will encounter to prepare for post high school and help parents and students understand how to prepare.

The Benefits of attending an HBCU: Families will hear from different Historically Black Colleges and Universities admission counselors and learn about the benefits of attending an HBCU.

College Search: Families will be guided through what factors to consider when researching colleges and what platforms to utilize.

Apprenticeship, Trade Schools and More: Families will learn about apprenticeships, trade schools, and different programs to gain certification for employment.

Military Branches: Families will learn about the different opportunities within the military branches, including job training, GI Bill, and career benefits.

Breaking down the College Search: Attendees will learn how to identify what college characteristics are most important for you and develop an application that best demonstrates your strengths and match with an institution. Admissions officers will cover how to research different schools and tips and insights into how to finalize your list of schools to apply to.

College Admissions Panel: Hear from University of Maryland, Baltimore County; University of Maryland; Towson University; St. Mary’s College of Maryland; and Penn State about current admission practices.

Four-Year Application Process: Counselors will guide students through the application process including providing an overview of different application platforms and how to request transcripts and letters of recommendations.

HCC, JumpStart, Dual Credit: Counselors will guide students through the JumpStart application process and explain the benefits of getting a jumpstart on college. Additionally Howard Community College reps will explain the registration process.

Emotional Health and Maturity: Active mind leaders will discuss well-being and suggestions for support.