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New Salem - September 11, 2009

Career Corner


By
Mrs. Linda Becker
National Certified Counselor
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
New Salem-Almont High School
&
Dr. Gaylynn Becker
National Certified Career Counselor
National Certified School Counselor


Change

Change is all around us. We can feel the season changing by the sounds, and the ripening fields and gardens. Our schedules are changing to include excited children returning to school. New Salem-Almont is the new name for the high school. When students in grades 7-12 seek help with their career development, they will be visiting with Mrs. Linda Becker. She is the current Career Counselor, following Dr. Becker who served at New Salem High School for 8 years. Dr. Becker has retired from counseling. He is continuing his administrative work in the Mandan District as the Curriculum and Data Coordinator. Dr. and Mrs. Becker will be writing articles jointly to keep students, parents and the community informed about career topics. We are working together since we both have a strong interest in helping students make informed decisions about the future. This article and additional career information can be seen at our website at http://www.cplanning.org.

ACT
The new ACT registration packets are in the counselor’s office; students can pick them up any time. North Dakota colleges and universities require the ACT. The cost for taking the ACT is $ 32. If a student wants to take the ACT Plus Writing, the cost is $ 47. If a student misses the regular registration deadline, then add an additional $ 21. Another method of ACT registration is online at http://www.ACT.org.

ACT Testing Schedule
Below is the 2009-2010 ACT testing schedule in North Dakota.
.....................................Regular Registration ..................Late Registration
Test Date.................... Postmark Deadline .................... Postmark Deadline
October 24, 2009........ September 18, 2009..................... September 19 – October 2, 2009
December 12, 2009.... November 6, 2009 ....................... November 7 - 20, 2009
February 6, 2010........ January 5, 2010 ........................... January 6 - 15, 2010
April 10, 2010.............. March 5, 2010 .............................. March 6-19, 2010
June 12, 2010 ............ May 7, 2010 .................................. May 8 - 21, 2010

ACT Fee Waivers
To qualify for a fee waiver only one of the following indicators of economic need must be met:
1. Family receives public assistance
2. Student is a ward of the state
3. Student resides in a foster home
4. Student participates in free or reduced-price lunch program at school
5. Student participates in federally funded TRIO Program such as Upward Bound
6. Family is at or below the 2008 Bureau of Labor Statistics Low Standard Budget listed below:
# in Family ...2008 Total Income Before Taxes
3 ................... $ 27,200.
4 ................... $ 33,600.
5 ................... $ 39,600.
6 ................... $ 46,300.
Please stop by the counselor’s office to get the fee waiver if you qualify. The number of fee waivers is limited, so stop by to get one before ACT meets their quota.

ACT Assessment Uses
The ACT assists students in college planning. In addition to tests in reading, English, mathematics, and science, the ACT also includes an interest inventory that provides feedback on various career clusters based on student interests.
Some students may wonder if the ACT test and scores are important. Many colleges use ACT scores for English and mathematics course placement. This can mean that some students who score low may need to take remediation courses that do not count for college credit. Students who take remediation courses will need to pay tuition to get caught up to where they should be in order to be successful in the regular college course. Many colleges also use the ACT in the scholarship selection process. Some scholarships offered from various sources consider not only ACT scores, but also grade point average, awards, school and community activities, etc. Participation in these activities is important. Leadership in these activities is important as well.


If you have any questions on career and other counseling issues, please contact Mrs. Linda Becker at New Salem Almont High School at 843-7610. She is most often at the High School on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
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