Senior Information Guide- 2024
Preparing for your senior year
Class of '24, Are you ready?
Class of 2024 -Welcome to your senior year!
This year will be busy and filled with challenges and excitement for your future. Your SBHS Counseling Department, and the College & Career Center, are here to assist you in your journey.
Some of you are planning to attend a 4-year college directly after your senior year, while some of you are making different plans. Community colleges offer an affordable route that can transfer to a 4-year college. Community colleges also offer many opportunities to earn an Associate’s degree or a certificate program. Certificates can help you earn a living wage job, some in a very short amount of time.
You may be interested in trades, from culinary to construction, and more. With some training and apprenticeships, these can lead to great careers. Take the time to learn about the steps you can take while in high school to help expedite your pathway.
The military may be a good fit for some. There are options to serve either full-time or part-time. Branches offer career skills and a way to pay for college while serving your country.
This Senior Information Guide has been designed to provide you with critical information. Please contact your counselor or the College & Career Center for help.
Let’s make your senior year a fun and productive one.
Career Exploration - Be Ready for the Next Step
The only way to be sure about what you want to do next is to explore careers that interest you. Hopefully, by the time you are a senior, you have done some of that at a career fair, gone on a career tour (virtually or in-person), or you have talked with people in the career field of your choice. The College & Career Center offers Career Exploration Events all year long. Join our REMIND text messaging app to learn about upcoming events. On your phone, text to 81010 with the following code for your class: @aedcbk
Where to go to Explore Colleges and Careers
Schoolinks Research schools and careers that interest you. (Use your SBHS gmail and ID# to log in.)
More Schoolinks tools to explore:
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Trying to Decide if a 2-year or 4-year path is best for you?
There are a variety of factors that play a role when prospective students are deciding what type of education is the best for them and their career goals. These factors include location, campus size, cost, social experiences, diversity, and opportunities.
We suggest that you visit college campuses to help you decide. Try to visit a large public university, like Oregon State University, and visit a smaller private university, like Linfield or George Fox. Then visit a community college. We are lucky to have three that are close to Barlow students; Mt Hood Community College, Portland Community College, and Clackamas Community College. All three offer Associate Degree Programs and transfer degrees, but they each offer a unique variety of certificate programs. Take a look online to see the variety of programs available at MHCC, PCC, CCC. Research whether attending a community college associated with a 4-year school is a good way to save money with degree partnership programs. (Linn Benton and OSU, Lane and UofO.)
Don't forget to watch the College & Career Center calendar to see which colleges will be coming to Barlow to present admissions information. Students are excused to attend these events. Presentations start the first week of school, so get in the habit of watching our website's calendar.
Planning to go to college for any length of time? (4-year, 2-year, certificate program)
Everyone should do the FAFSA or ORSAA!. There may be free funds for you. Don't walk away from that opportunity.
FAFSA-What is it? How and when do I apply?
The FAFSA is your primary way to get help paying for college. It is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This summer is a great time for you and your family to get started on your FAFSA process. The FAFSA doesn’t actually open for you until December 2023, but you can do a few steps before then.
Create a FSA ID for the student AND a parent.
In December, start your FAFSA.
You will need your 2022 tax information to do the application. You will be submitting the 2024-25 FAFSA (your college freshman year). Remember, you can also receive the Oregon Promise (OR community college tuition funds) if you complete the FAFSA and the Oregon Promise application. This application opens in November and closes June 1, 2024. You must have a 2.0GPA to be eligible for $4000-$8000 to use at a community college in Oregon.
If you are a non-citizen, you will submit the ORSAA for state funded financial aid.
Don't forget that the FAFSA or ORSAA must be complete EACH year you are in college.
Be aware, the FAFSA is taking on a whole new look and process with the Class of 2024. There may be some changes of links that occur between now and December. Under normal circumstances, the FAFSA open on October 1.
Please check the individual scholarship websites to confirm dates and details.
Other Scholarship Resources:
Going Merry-Scholarship Search Engine
Oregon Goes to College-College Planning Website & Scholarship List
OSAC Scholarship List-This list is visible now but the application opens Nov. 1
Preparing your Activities Chart
Read more about activities charts at OregonStudentaid.gov
Remember to keep yours updated and ready to go throughout the year.
FAST Track Your Career in the Trades
Eligibility requirements are:
- Complete 1 year in woods shop or metal shop with a grade of C or better.
- Complete Integrated Math levels 1 & 2 with a grade of C or better.
- A senior must also complete 2 additional wood shop or 2 additional metal shop classes. (4 credits in the same shop).
If you are interested in learning more in the fall, please sign up here and we'll be sure to share more about the program and application process.
Prepare for Skilled Trades
Trades is a term for skilled labor that applies to a variety of careers. For example, a barber or hairstylist works in a trade for which they trained. You can study for a trade at a college, a private school-specific to trade, or become an apprentice to gain the skills, knowledge, and certifications in a certain trade.
Please check out JobTalks.org/interviews to listen to advice from those who have experience in a variety of careers. Another great resource is the video on our website, Career Exploration- The Trades to get tips that will help you apply for an apprenticeship in construction trades.
The College & Career Center can help you learn where you can receive training for the career you are interested in. Please stop by to learn more.
Serving in the military is much more complex than you may think! The military is a great path toward career skills, and even college, for those who feel this is a good option for their next steps. Please watch Career Exploration- Career Skills and College Through the Military on our website to see what options you have.
The College & Career Center can answer questions and help with connection to a recruiter. We will have Military Visits and Events, with all branches of the military, throughout the year to meet and discuss your plans.
Utilize the ASVAB- Career Testing and Search Tool
SBHS is offering 2 opportunities to take the ASVAB Career Planning Test. The test is an “option 8,“ which means your scores are kept private. This is a fantastic opportunity to determine which career is a good fit for you. It tests your knowledge, and combines with your interests, to point you in a direction for a career choice. The ASVAB also provides a search tool for college, training, and jobs available for 2 years after the test. This is the most comprehensive career tool we have, and it can be used for all students, not just those interested in the military. To take the ASVAB, sign up here for November 7th, 8:30 am, or here for February 21st, 12:30 pm.
Direct to Work Options
If you need to go directly to work, there are a few things that will help you to prepare. First, watch the series, Job Genius. This series is packed full of good advice. It is produced by Express Employment Professionals. There is a Gresham location that can help you find employment. Also, you can take the College & Career Center's Job Skill Training to gain employability skills and a letter of recommendation to use when applying for positions. (Email C&CC when you get a score of 25+ to ask for your letter to be emailed) You can check in with us to see listings for local employment. Finally, a good resume is always a plus. Check out this video to begin your resume. Google Docs does have resume templates to help format your resume. Check it out!
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