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5 Steps to Become College & Career Ready

Being College and Career Ready after high school also means being prepared for the "real world". No recent studies have been done since the pandemic but if you look back a couple years you will find that about 74% of high school students felt that they were not fully prepared for the professional world. Due to the setbacks that schools, students, and families faced during the pandemic we can safely assume it has only gotten worse as schools work hard to play "catch-up". More than ever it is important for us as parents to be our kids advocate and make sure they are truly prepared for life after high school.

After High School: Steps to College Readiness

The transition from High School to College can be an overwhelming one if you are not prepared for it. In fact, about one/third of undergraduate students either end up transferring or dropping out during one point in their college career. Staying in college is becoming increasingly difficult for many. In this book you will find the best strategies to help you set yourself up and prepare for college while in high school. Don’t wait until your senior year to start preparing. You should be working on all of these items by the time you are in 9th grade. And if you are already a senior, don’t worry it’s not too late but you need to get started right away

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction

  • Choices

  • Assess Yourself

  • Exploration

  • Financial Preparation

  • Self-Development

  • Conclusion


5 Steps to Become College & Career Ready

When we look at a College and Career Readiness Program we would expect it to be more than just College and Career Preparedness. In fact a good College and Career Readiness Program should consist of these components.

  • Academic and Content Knowledge

  • Cognitive and Higher-Order Thinking Strategies

  • Social and Emotional Intelligence

  • College and Career Preparedness

  • Employability and Life Skills

Some of these activities should look like this:

  • Academic Planning for College and Career Readiness

  • Enrichment and Extracurricular Opportunities

  • College and Career Exploration and Selection Process

  • College and Career Assessments

  • College Affordability Planning

  • College and Career Admission Process

  • Transition from High School Graduation to College Enrollment

And these are just a few of the options that a good College and Career Readiness Program will have.

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction

  • Post-Secondary Planning

  • Building Your Portfolio

  • College Preparation

  • Developing College Aspirations

  • Exploration & Selection Process

  • Application Process

  • The Transition


Steps To College Readiness

When we look at some statistics, we will see that back in 2016, only 39% of ACT tested graduates met 3 or more of the 4 ACT college readiness benchmarks (in English, math, reading and science). One out of three, 34% did not meet any benchmark indicating they are ill prepared in all four core subject areas.

Every year in the US numerous college students discover that, despite being fully eligible to attend college, they are not ready for post-secondary studies. Because of this, millions of dollars are spent on remediation course work (classes not credit bearing but cost the same).

Many high schools will have a counselor on hand to help you/your student prep for college. Many of these same counselors are overworked and overloaded with students, and therefore can’t always give all of the information necessary to really prep for life after high school. This is really at no fault to them as many schools face so many budget cuts and can’t afford to have the proper programs in place. It’s our job as their parents to fill those gaps where we can.


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About the Author

Founder of Itscoolmom

Sara holds a Masters of Arts in Education - School Counseling.

She is also a licensed school counselor, a homeschool educator, curriculum developer,

and currently operating as a College and Career Readiness Counselor.

She has worked in the public education sector for the last 6 years and started itscoolmom back in 2012. Her experience in public education across different regions gives her a unique perspective on the current state of our public education system. She is working hard to be a support, filling in the holes where funding in schools can't. 

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