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Hebron - September 28, 2005

Counselor's Corner
By
Dr. Gaylynn Becker
National Certified Career Counselor
National Certified School Counselor
Hebron & New Salem High Schools


College Career Fair!
When is the best time for seniors to apply for college admission? Now is the best time to apply to the college(s) of a student's choice. Students who apply now get preference over those who apply later for residence hall assignments not only for the freshman year of college but for the following years they attend college as well.

On Tuesday, September 13, 2005, we took the seniors to the College Career Fair at Dickinson State University. This trip provided the seniors with an opportunity to obtain college application forms for admission, residence hall housing, and scholarships. In addition, seniors were able to pick up college catalogs as well as ask college representatives questions. This was a great opportunity for seniors to get a good jump on the college application process.
Thanks to Al Feist for assisting me in getting the seniors there. It was very enjoyable taking the seniors on the trip. What a great group of seniors we have representing Hebron High School.

Career Development Advisory Committee Meeting
The Hebron, New Salem, and Glenn Ullin Career Development Advisory Committee met via ITV last week Wednesday, September 21, 2005. This committee provides input to the career counseling programs at the various high schools. The committee consists of teachers, administrators, parents, counselors, and of course the most important component students.

Thanks to Kim Wanner, Dale Sayler, Al Feist (chairman), and Steven Maershbecker for attending the meeting and representing Hebron. Our next meeting is scheduled for March 29, 2006. If you have any feedback on the Career Counseling program at Hebron High School, please contact any members of the advisory committee or myself.

TestGEAR
During the past 2 weeks I've demonstrated TestGEAR to the juniors and seniors in Mr. Feist's Junior and Senior English Classes. TestGEAR is an internet based ACT Test Preparation program which is being provided free of charge to all high schools in North Dakota for the next few years. The Student Loans Division of The Bank of North Dakota is funding it. TestGEAR is designed to improve student ACT scores by providing pretests, practorials, mini-courses, labs, and curriculums custom made for each student. Improved ACT scores increase student chances at scholarships which in turn can mean fewer college loans to repay for those students who take advantage of this great opportunity.

Mr. Al Feist (English), Mr. Joel Backstrom (science), and I attended a TestGEAR Training session on Friday, September 23, 2005 in Bismarck. The training was conducted by Dr. Dan Marrs of the North Dakota Career Resource Network and Mr. Warren Wolfe of Bridges. TestGEAR can be accessed by students at http://www.bridges.com. Students then need to supply their usernames, passwords, universal code and then follow the directions on a handout I gave each of them.

If students misplaced the handout, they can receive another handout from me. The usernames, passwords, and universal code are unique to each high school and should not be provided to those who do not attend Hebron High School. Parents are encouraged to view this great website with their students. We hope to implement TestGEAR into some portions of the curriculum where possible without missing any of the course content. If you have any questions about TestGEAR, please contact me.

For more career information and links, please see my Career Planning website at http://www.cplanning.org. If you have any questions on career counseling, or assessment topics, please contact me at Hebron High School at 878-4442, at New Salem High School at 843-7610, or at my residence at 222-3222.

Have an excellent academic day!