Making the Transition
Over the 35-year period between 1975 and 2010, the rate of immediate college enrollment after high school ranged from a low of 49% in 1979 and 1980, to a high of 70% in 2009. The significant part of this increase occurred most recently from 2001 to 2009. (NCES)Post-secondary preparation is pertinent to the success of the high school graduate. While many students may say that they started off high school a little weak, there are many more that are starting high school strong; with a graduation plan in action as freshmen.
School administrations typically provide information on post-secondary options through educational institutes visits, post-secondary informative materials and planned college visits. A student’s grades and test scores (i.e. SAT or ACT) may narrow the options for a graduating student if it’s not up to par for entry into a college/technical program. Continuous monitoring of grades by educators, administrators, counselors, and parents through ninth to twelfth grade can prevent many students from being discouraged to attend college. In the state of Florida, programs such as FACTS.org and Florida Virtual Campus offer comprehensive programs to guide high school students in career planning. Both programs aid in the areas of career assessment, suggested course selection in high school, and allows the student to communicate with an academic advisor for assistance. In the state of Florida there a few graduation options offered such as the 4-year, 24-credit standard diploma, 3-year, 18-credit college prep diploma, 3-year, 18-credit career prep diploma, AICE diploma, and IB diploma. (Florida Virtual Campus)
Florida has over 14 different scholarship and grant programs to help you pay for college. One of the most recognized programs is the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program. It has been made possible by proceeds from the Florida Lottery. This money can be used at a Florida university, college, or even a career and technical program (Florida Virtual Campus).
Mentally, a high school graduate must transition their mind set from high school to college and/or technical school. Various colleges/technical schools have extracurricular clubs that provide outreach to high school students. In addition to campus tours and orientation, all post-secondary institutes offer an extension of care in mental health counseling, career counseling, and medical care. Traditionally, students embark on a right of passage in life while pursuing their future career goals.
by KESHIA ROSS