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Region 2 - West and North Suburban District

  • March 18, 2011
  • 8:30 AM - 12:59 PM
  • Oakton Community College, Des Plaines


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Options for Undocumented Students... What are They?
What post-secondary options are available to students without documentation? How can high schools and colleges help undocumented students? How do I, as a professional, advocate for the undocumented student? Aliza Gilbert, College Counselor at Highland Park H.S. will provide answers to these and other questions you may have.

Hot, Hotter, and Hottest Topics in College Admissions

The hottest ticket in town is back by popular demand. This year’s session will feature a panel of both private and public university admissions specialists who will review the newest trends in the college admissions process.

The Emergence of Charter Schools and Selective Admission High Schools - Alternatives to the CPS Neighborhood High School
Every year there seems to be more and more alternatives to the CPS neighborhood high school. How do selective admission and charter schools differ from the traditional CPS high schools? What are their educational philosophies? What are their admission policies and student profiles? What are their outcomes? This session will provide specifics, presented by representatives from both charter schools and selective admission high schools in Chicago.

The Community College Link
Learn the connection between community colleges and 4-year institutions that leads to a seamless and successful transition for transfer students. Topics being discussed will include advising, credit evaluating, and special programs as presented by professionals from both sides of the table.

All Roads Lead to (and from) Admission
The focus of this session will be to explore some of the most popular long-term career opportunities for professionals with a background in admission. Panelists will share their own professional journeys from the role of admission representative into high school guidance counseling, non-profit work, and enrollment management. During the presentation, participants will have the opportunity to learn about the similarities and differences between these fields and admission work, as well as gain insight into what skills and next steps are necessary to begin building a long-term career strategy. This session is highly recommended for professionals starting out in admission or those contemplating their next career move.

The Value of a Liberal Arts Degree
This panel examines the liberal arts degree in light of our current vocational and financial climate. What practical, academic value does this course of study have for the student who chooses this path? What are the possible projected career opportunities for future graduates? The panel will also discuss various majors within the liberal arts curriculum as potential matches for our students’ abilities and interests, as well as opportunities for study at several area universities.

The College Selection Process and the Special Needs Student
This session will focus on the special needs student and matching the right college to the student’s needs, gathering the necessary documents, and understanding the laws to know what fits. Retired college counsel- or, past president of IACAC and NACAC, and author Marybeth Kravets will be joined by a disabilities director and school psychologist to help us learn how to guide these students and match fit with needs. The presen- tation will address a variety of special needs, including LD, and is designed for every level of experience.

Public vs. Private undefined Fit, Fun and Finances
Nate Bargar of Illinois State University and Julie Nelson of Xavier University will present a lively discussion on the advantages and disadvantages of small to medium size private colleges, and a large public university. Included will be comparisons of schools that offer a broad based curriculum versus curriculum directed more towards a specific vocation, along with big intercollegiate sports programs, student activities and opportuni- ties for involvement. Additional discussion will focus on the actual costs for each type of school.

Registration Deadline: Friday, March 11, 2011

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