College and Career Readiness 2015

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Invitation to the 2015 College and Career Readiness Parent Short Course at Jones Middle School.

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NewsletterYOU ARE INVITED: College and Career Readiness:A Parent Short CourseYOUR CHILDS FUTURE STARTS TODAYsave the dates boone county schools - Middle School ParentsIssue 1 YOU ARE INVITED: College and Career Readiness: A Parent Short Course 2Family Conversations on College and Career Readiness. It is never too early to help your child develop their skills and talents. College and career may seem a long way off but the path to success begins now. In todays challenging environment no one can depend upon luck or happenstance to build a bright future. Join us for this short course 4 evening sessions where middle school/high school students and their parents will work together to understand the preparation process. Families will learn about the pathways to college and career readiness from community resources, educational staff, financial experts and college guidance to help navigate the road to successBoone County SchoolsAchieving Excellence TogetherFor More Information Contact:Dr. Anna Marie Tracy 859-334-3792Annamarie.tracy@boone.kyschools.usSAVE THE DATESThursday Evenings 6:30 pm to 8:30 pmJones Middle SchoolOctober 15October 22October 29November 5WHO: Parents and students TogetherCOST: NoneNo REGISTRATION REQUIREDSessions 1: ExpectationsWhat are the academic benchmarks to aim for? What courses should my child take? Who can I speak with? What skills should my child develop in and out of school?Session 2: Communication Learn how to follow your students grades in an encouraging way; how to research further opportunities and build career aspirations with your child. Session 3: The Money Talk DONT MISS THIS ONE!College costs, best fits, financial aid and other resources. Learn how to aim for scholarships and good fit colleges. Session 4: ResourcesLearn about college and career opportunities. Find out what 21st Century Careers expect of our students. Create your own personal Road Map to College and Career Readiness. PARENT INVOLVEMENTRegardless of the economic, ethnic, or cultural background, family/parent involvement in a childs education is a major factor in determining the childs success in school.Source: PTA Policy Issue Reference Cards, Revised February 2009ACADEMIC PREPARATIONStudents who fall off the college-preparatory track early in high school tend to move ever further from a complete college-preparatory program as they progress through high school. Finkelstein & Fong, 2008Parents are crucial in guiding their children through a college preparatory curriculum, and middle school students generally cite their parents as their top resource for academic planning and support. SAVE THE DATESThursday Evenings 6:30 pm to 8:30 pmJones Middle SchoolOctober 15October 22October 29November 5diD YOU KNOW? In 1970, only 26 percent of middle-class workers had any kind of education beyond high school. Today, nearly 60 percent of all jobs in the U.S. economy require higher education. The U.S. economy will need an estimated 22 million new college graduates by 2018 but will face a shortfall of at least 3 million. A college education is the gateway to the American middle class, with college graduates earning substantially more than those without a degree. Poor college completion rates in the U.S. hurt the national economy. Only about half of those who enroll in a four-year institution earn a degree within six years, and barely 20% of those pursuing an associate degree earn one within three years GOOD PREPARATION IS THE KEY!A college degree will make your chances of gainful employment better. Check out the earnings and unemployment rates for people 25 years and older with different levels of education:Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey, unpublished tables 2015A college degree will make your chances of gainful employment better. Check out the earnings and unemployment rates for people 25 years and older with different levels of education:Level of education completedMean (average) earnings in 2014Unemployment rate in 2014Less than a high school diploma$30,1089.0%High school graduate, no college$43,0566.0%Some college, no degree$48,9846.0%Occupational program (career school)$48,1524.3%Associate degree(academic program)$52,3644.6%Bachelors degree$74,3083.5%Masters degree$88,0362.8%Doctoral degree (e.g., Ph.D.)$105,4562.1%Professional degree (e.g., M.D., J.D.)$124,9041.9%Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey, unpublished tables 2015

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