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New Salem - October 26, 2005

Counselor’s Corner


By
Dr. Gaylynn Becker
National Certified Career Counselor
New Salem & Hebron High Schools

Important Dates For Juniors

It has been great to watch the juniors grow and mature from 7th grade students to juniors. I hope that you all continue to work hard in whatever you do during both your junior and senior years in high school. In addition, I hope that you continue this throughout your life.
In order to assist you in your planning for your junior year, I have compiled both a list of important dates as well as a timeline to assist you and your parents in your planning. Please add additional items to your list.

Important Dates Events
September 14, 2005 ASVAB Test
October 12, 2005 PSAT/NMSQT – National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test
October 22, 2005 ACT Test Date
October 24 – Nov 3 North Dakota State Assessment
Required of all juniors under “No Child Left Behind”
December 10, 2005 ACT Test Date
February 11, 2006 ACT Test Date
April 8, 2006 ACT Test Date
June 10, 2006 ACT Test Date


Timeline Planning For Juniors
Here are some recommendations and a timeline I have compiled to assist juniors and their parents in planning. I highly recommend that each junior take the ACT during your junior year. This is so that when you begin your senior year in high school you each have an ACT score for use in both applying to college as well as for use in applying for scholarships. Some colleges require minimum ACT scores for admission into their programs. In addition to the items on the list, be sure to continue to do well in all of your courses. Please add additional items to the list.

September – October
Take the ACT
Update your Career Portfolio
Create or update your resume
Job Shadow during NDEA Instructional Conference
Check for scholarships @ http://www.Fastweb.com
Check Dr. Becker’s College Scholarship Lists

November – December
Take the ACT
Campus visit
Job shadow
Check for scholarships @ http://www.Fastweb.com
Check Dr. Becker’s College Scholarship Lists


January – February
Take the ACT
Consider taking CLEP Tests for college credit
Campus visit
Job shadow
Check for scholarships @ http://www.Fastweb.com
Check Dr. Becker’s College Scholarship Lists

March – April
Update your Career Planning Portfolio
Create or update your resume
Take the ACT
Register to take CLEP Tests for college credit
Check for scholarships @ http://www.Fastweb.com
Check Dr. Becker’s College Scholarship Lists

May – June
Last chance to take the ACT to compete for the North Dakota Scholars
Scholarship
Check for scholarships @ http://www.Fastweb.com
Check Dr. Becker’s College Scholarship Lists.

I hope that you continue to plan your futures wisely. By utilizing your available resources such as parents, teachers, counselors, college instructors, and of course friends, your goals can be achieved. Have a great year!

This article is a version of what I distributed to each junior at the start of this school year. I thought parents of freshmen, sophomores, juniors and others may be interested as well.

For more information on 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 either New Salem High School at 843-7610, at Hebron High School at 878-4442, or at my residence at 222-3222.

Have an excellent academic day!