• Resources for the College Process

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  • Upcoming Events & Resources from the College Center:


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  • The College Athlete Experience at HBCUs

    by Ciera Graham, Ph.D.

    Published by Best Colleges on October 13, 2021 · Updated on November 18, 2021

    Athletics plays an enormous role in the college experience for many students. Attending sporting events is an activity enjoyed by students, staff, and alumni. Some students may even choose a college based on the notoriety of its athletics program.

    According to National Student Clearinghouse Research Center data, historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are gaining popularity among college athletes, and more athletes are committing to HBCUs than ever before.

    Read more about Athletics at HBCUs! 

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  • 17 Scholarships for African American Students

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  • College Readiness Presentations


    The College Process

    College Process Overview Presentation

    Find your Fit & MaiaLearning Presentation


    The College Essay

    How to Start Your College Essay Presentation


    Multiple Pathways

    Consider your Career Interests Presentation

    More Post-Grad Options Presentation 


    Paying for College

    College & Scholarship Essays w/Jenn Satalino, The College Place

    Financial Aid Strategies Presentation

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  • MaiaLearning Parent Night Recording

    ASPIRE and the College & Career Center were excited to host an evening to talk with parents about MaiaLearning. If you were unable to attend or wanted to go over the slideshow again, please check out the slideshow and recording of the event below!

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    What is MaiaLearning? MaiaLearning replaced Naviance at the beginning of the 2020-21 school year. It is the College & Career Planning tool for PPS High Schools and has various useful resources for students as they manage their high-school academic plan and create post-grad plans. You can learn more about MaiaLearning on the PPS College & Career Readiness webpage. 

    Questions? Please feel free to reach out to Audrey Yue, ASPIRE Coordinator (ayue@pps.net) or Aliera Zeledon Morasch, College Coordinator (almorasch@pps.net)

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  • Spring College & Career Info Night Recordings Now Available

    We had a fantastic turn-out for the Spring College & Career Info Night on 4/15, with many students and families attending some of the 40+ sessions. If you were unable to attend the event, or there was a session you missed, the recordings are now available! Go to the event page and scroll down to the session you’d like to view to find the recording. You’ll find many important resources and topics to choose from!

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  • You Are Not Your Test Score! The Racist History of Standardized Testing

    Join antiracist educators and organizers for a conversation about the history of eugenics and standardized testing, the racist impacts of high stakes testing on learning and instruction and how we can build a movement against the testing regime. Watch their conversation here.

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  • PPS Virtual Calming Room

    The college process can be so overwhelming and stressful, especially on top of everything else going on at school, in our lives, our communities, and in the world. If you’re feeling like you need to take a break and find a space to feel more grounded and calm, check out PPS’s Virtual Calming Room. You’ll find different resources to help de-stress, from sounds and music, to virtual relaxations, to guided meditations, to coloring and creativity activities. Don’t forget to make time to take care of you!

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  • Applying to College Was Never Easy for Most Students. The Pandemic Made It Nearly Impossible.

    If you’re feeling overwhelmed, stressed, unmotivated, and even indifferent about school and college, YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Check out this Time article about the challenges of the isolating environment we’re surviving. It has been such a challenging year in so many ways, and students all around the country (the world!) are feeling it. Know there are adults in the building who are here to listen and support you. Please feel free to reach out to any of us for support and resources. In the College & Career Center, our doors (both virtual and physical) are always open. Ms. Aliera - almorasch@pps.net / 971-284-6904

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