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Region 2 - Chicago and South Suburban District

  • March 04, 2011
  • 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Lewis University, Romeoville


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Undocumented Students:
Approximately 65,000 undocumented students graduate high school each year but only 5-10% matriculate to college. Please join us for a session that addresses many of the challenges faced by these students in their pursuit of higher education and learn what you can do to help them find their path to college. Presenter: Aliza Gilbert, College Counselor, Highland Park High School

Decoding the Value of Computer Science:
Some of the biggest success stories of the past decade – Google, Facebook, Amazon – have been started by computer scientists. Yet, we currently face a situation in which fewer and fewer students are choosing to study computer science. This is a potentially crippling problem for our nation, because the industries of today, and, increasingly, of tomorrow, require the skills that only a computer science curriculum can provide. This talk will describe the kinds of opportunities young computer scientists can expect, why studying at least some computer science is important to most college students, and what you can do to inspire high school students to consider computer science as a major. It will also describe the advantages of a very exciting branch of computer science, the development of video games, as a pursuit that is entertaining, academically rigorous, and tremendously useful not only to the gaming industry, but to scientific and business environ- ments, as well.
Presenter: Dr. Ray Klump, Associate Professor of Math and Computer Science, Lewis University

Crafting the Personal Statement and Application Essay:
Students often find that the essay or personal statement is the major roadblock to getting an application submitted. They don’t understand the difference between an essay, a personal statement and a written sub- mission or how they are reviewed by colleges. College admissions representatives will tell you what they look for in these different types of writing requirements so you can guide your students more effectively in
the process.
Presenter: Julie Nelson, Xavier University, Nate Bargar, Illinois State University

The Academy - A Counselor’s BFF?!
The Academy for College Admission Counseling was founded 12 years ago to offer state-of-the-profession college counseling education; to date, over 1,100 counselors have taken an Academy class. Join two Acad- emy faculty members as they dish on the top ten trends this year in the world of college counseling, and learn how The Academy could make you a more effective college counselor.
Presenters: Sue Biemeret, Adlai E. Stevenson High School. Executive Director, The Academy for College Admission Counseling. Deb Donley, New Trier High School. Secretary/Treasurer, The Academy for College Admission Counseling

ISACorps: How can they help?
ISACorps members assist students with career exploration, college selection, test preparation, scholarship searches, application completion, and the financial aid process. In addition, they partner with local schools to deliver free career and college planning and preparation services to students from families with no prior col- lege-going experience. Hear from a panel of ISACorps members how they can assist you and your students. Presenter: Caitlin Maloney, ISAC Corp Representative
District Coordinators:
Lianne Musser, Lyons Township High School Julie Marlatt, University of St. Francis

Financial Fit:
In this session, Frank Palmasani, a 35 year counseling veteran, will go beyond basic financial aid and explain how counselors can help parents and students going forward in these challenging economic times. This seminar will be enlightening for the novice or the veteran counselor who will learn a straightforward and practical way to make what some view as a complicated system into an understandable one.
Presenter: Frank Palmasani, Guidance Counselor, Hinsdale Central and Certified Financial Planner

Military Options: Afford College and Serve Your Country:
Military Academies and Reserve Officers’ Training Corps [ROTC] assist in making college affordable for stu- dents when they provide service to our country in return. However, the path to this education and vocational opportunity does not follow the typical college application process. This session will try to address common student and parent questions and concerns: What are the protocols and procedures that I must know about before, during and after applying to a service academy? How long is my commitment to military service? What if I change my mind after accepting and using the scholarship? Will I be deployed during college? These and other questions will be discussed!
Presenters: Patty Rust Kovacs, College Counselor, The University of Chicago Lab School, Capt. Roman Ortega, Army ROTC Rolling Thunder Battalion

AVID and College Readiness:
Impacting access to higher education for first generational college students through effective relationships between colleges and school districts: An overview of the AVID College Readiness System in Chicago Public Schools In times of economic uncertainty, utilizing untapped resources and maximizing relationships with school districts and special programs is an efficient and mutually beneficial method to increase your institution’s exposure to students from diverse backgrounds. The benefits of relationship-center programming will be discussed, and implementation strategies for all budgets will be offered. For Counselors, an overview of the international AVID program will be discussed, and suggestions for optimizing counselor involvement overall will be presented.
Presenters: Adrian DeLeon, AVID Manager, Office of College and Career Preparation, AVID-Chicago Public Schools

What’s the Buzz? Electronic Transcripts:
We know that electronic transcripts will be the norm in the near future. How does it work? What does it cost? How do we begin? You will hear from a high school counselor how their district moved to electronic transcripts with Docufide three years ago and hasn’t looked back. She will explain how they implemented the program and how it is used in their district. Another counselor will address “Edocs”, the free transcript program with Naviance.
Presenter: Michelle Schlack, Counselor, Niles North High School, Gerard O’Brien, College Counselor, Marian Catholic High School

Registration Deadline: Friday, February 25, 2011

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