• Naviance is being phased out. This email was sent by Ms. Schlicker on June 25, 2020:
    "Many of you are aware that the district is changing college and career online systems, so we will no longer have access to Naviance after July 31st.  This is how I send out my mass emails, so I'll send information until then.  This is a great resourse available in August.  ARROW (Association for Regional Representatives of Oregon and Washington) is a non-profit organization that connects regionally-based college representatives in Oregon and Washington with students and counselors in the area through events and other opportunities. In an effort to help students, families, and counselors during this time, we are planning a late summer Virtual Introduction to College Application Workshop week August 17 - 20. I have attached the Save the Date for this event, which includes the schedule. We will host 8 unique webinars about the college admissions process, featuring presenters and panelists from numerous different institutions to offer tips and advice to students and families. Webinars will include tips on writing the college essay, financial aid basics, WUE, and much more. In addition, individual colleges will be offering 20-30 minute informational sessions on their institution each day. Students, families, and counselors like yourselves are encouraged to attend for free, whether you attend just one session or all!

    We intend for this to be informative and helpful, so please share this with your students (especially rising seniors).  Registration information and additional details will be available at www.admissionsarrow.com during the first week of August. All are welcome! Mark your calendars now since I will not be able to send reminders... "
    Megan Schlicker
     
     

    Colleges that Change Lives Virtual College Exploration Week August 15-18 
    College planning, personal statement essay workshops, athletic recruiting, how to communicate with an admissions office, and more! Free. Registration required for each individual workshop.

    Register for upcoming Live Session from Delehoy Consulting:
    Financial Aid and Scholarship Fundamentals: Tuesday, August 11, 6:00 pm
    https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcrce2grDsiHN3ESgPHjcUuEN81Ej5lgKME
    Past session recordings:
    College Planning 101:  https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/2-JwE7PVpmNJb8_34Wv7a6AGHbblaaa8hCBL_aVcnhzhZZzpz4BWiTlwEY2T1Y1h
    Writing a Dynamic College Essay:(this link seems to be down, we're trying to find it) https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYlcOGtrjoiGNRKQJQPBeEsVkd01rRNhoBc

     

    References to Naviance below will be updated when we have more information:
     
    Colleges Visiting Grant 
    ..postponed until at least November...please reference the Covid resources articles linked on this right side of this page (scroll down for mobile browsers), starting with College Selection Resource Guide. Virtual visits, college fairs and other opportunities of note are posted on the @ghscollegeandcareercentral Instagram account.

    Q/A
    What should I be doing about college?
    Check out the planning links on the right side of this page, read EVERY email from your counselor, Ms. Schlicker, and the Friday News Notes. The Career Center has a lending library with books on topics ranging from test prep to college admissions; HBCU resources; directories; career finders and lots more. While school is closed we recommend downloading from the Multnomah County Library's vast online college guide holdings. 

    Where do I find out about scholarships?
    Check out the links on the right column of this page (scroll to the bottom for mobile browser).
    Visit the Career Center to get hard copies of information (currently on our Instagram feed @ghscollegeandcareercentral).
    The counseling office includes local and Grant specific scholarships and other important information in the Friday emails. Read them!

    How do I find out more about a college?
    The best place to start is by signing up for college reps that visit the Career Center, where we also maintain their files with hard copies of brochures, catalogs, and more. Pay attention to the emails from Ms. Schlicker, which announce College and Gap Year Fairs as well as special opportunities. These are also posted on our Instagram: @ghscollegeandcareercentral. While colleges welcome visitors year-round it is not necessary to visit in person to make a successful college choice. There are several helpful search sites, blogs, and articles about the college search process and visiting colleges on the right side of this page (scroll to the bottom for mobile browser). 
    UPDATE: Read our Spring 2020 update for info on college searches in the wake of the Covid19 pandemic. 

    Oregon Private Colleges Week Typically held each summer, is a great way to tour a selection of different campuses with minimal cost, especially for rising juniors and seniors. Even if you plan to study elsewhere it's a great way to find what type of campus feels good to you, get a sense of what questions to ask, tour dorms, and find out what type of resources colleges can offer. There is usually a future admissions fee waiver for these schools if you visit four or more campuses during the week. See the website to register and for details on their virtual offerings for 2020.
    Portland Community College hosts many open houses and high school visitation days, as do most area institutions. 

    How do I get college credit while in High School?
    It is not uncommon for college students to need more than 4 years to complete the necessary coursework to obtain their college degree, so any extra credits you earn now can make a big difference in terms of both time and money! Look through the Grant course guide to find out which classes offer college credit. Options include AP courses as well as dual-credit courses through PCC and Portland State University that you take at GHS. When in doubt contact your counselor.
    Be aware that colleges have varying requirements when granting transfer credit. For instance, some colleges won't accept AP credit if your test score isn't a 4 or even 5, while many accept a score of 3 and above. Information on transfer credits can be found on individual college websites or ask the college rep when they visit Grant.