Friday, July 21, 2017

Special Program for University-Bound Students

Mecklenburg County Public Schools (MCPS) will be holding a special meeting for students that are considering careers that require a Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctorate Degree to be considered for employment. The meeting will be held at Park View High School on Tuesday, July 25th at 7:00 PM in the gym. This meeting is open to all Mecklenburg County students and parents considering career goals of this type, inclusive of private school and homeschool students.

Does the first sentence of that last paragraph sound strange? Why does it not simply state “college-bound students” rather than “students considering careers that require a Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctorate Degree?” The reason is simple. Completing a degree, or advanced degrees, does not guarantee opportunities for employment. In fact, an estimated 70% of the jobs currently in high demand in our economy do not require a Bachelor’s Degree or higher. When one considers the very high cost associated with higher education it becomes critical that students and their parents consider the return on investment (ROI) for their time and money.

When careful career planning indicates that a student will need to complete university degree(s) to fulfill their goals, then there are many components of college preparation to consider. This includes:
·      What are the most rigorous academic classes that I should take to prepare for the demands of college classes?
·      What is the importance of Grade Point Average (GPA)?
·      How important are PSAT and SAT tests? When and where are they given? How do I prepare for these?
·      What does college cost and how do I plan for the long term expense?
·      How do I consider public vs. private college opportunities?
·      What else do I need consider to be well prepared?

Mecklenburg County Public Schools will have experts available to talk to students and parents about these issues at this meeting. These experts represent College Board, Community College, Private and Public Universities, and financial advisors. We will also discuss the college preparatory opportunities and expectations for students that attend our schools.

If you are a high school student with visions of a career requiring a university degree, or parent of that student, then please feel free to join us for this presentation.  

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