Iowa State University, Behind the Scenes Day (Apparel, Merchandising, and Design

Behind the Scenes Day is designed to provide potential students an in-depth look at the Apparel, Merchandising, and Design (AMD) major in the College of Human Sciences at Iowa State University. This also gives students the chance to explore the career opportunities this major offers. We are inviting educators and students to attend this exciting event on Friday, April 12, 2019. This day offers a chance for students to experience a day in the life of an Iowa State University student in the AMD program.

We invite students that are interested in the Apparel, Merchandising, and Design program to register for Behind the Scenes Day at https://www.hs.iastate.edu/future-students/major-exploration/behind-the-scenes-day/

2019-2020 Course Registration

Due to the snow/weather days this year, we will be handling the 2019-20 registration materials differently this spring. We usually have class meetings after the Iowa Assessments to distribute materials, but those tests are pushed back to the end of the year. This year we will distribute the materials to students in English classes on Monday, February 11, 2019. Students also will receive a PowerPoint by email with information to help them navigate the registration process. These PowerPoints are available below. Please return the completed forms to Student Services by Monday, February 25, 2019.  We need the forms even though registration is done online.

Class of 2020

Class of 2021

Class of 2022

Please contact Student Services with any questions.

FREE Dual Enrollment Agriculture Program

Qualified high school students can now earn college credits tuition-free at Western Illinois University-Quad Cities! As part of an initiative announced in 2017, Quad-Cities area high school students are encouraged to dual enroll in classes focused on agriculture science, business, technology and communication. The course is offered via Western Illinois University’s School of Agriculture.

Each 3.0 credit-hour course in Agriculture will be offered on the WIU-QC campus in Moline, and can help college-bound students get a jump-start on college credits. And thanks to the grant from The Moline Foundation, tuition and books are completely free .

Fall 2019 Course

AGRI 220 – Introduction to Agribusiness
M,W,F 1:30-2:40 p.m. – Fall Semester 2019

Students will learn:

  • Concepts & skills necessary to run a small profit-oriented agribusiness in today’s competitive environment
  • An understanding of agriculture in the U.S. and world economies
  • Critical thinking & responsible decision making to address economic issues
  • Socio-economic aspects of public policy affecting the agriculture and rural sectors.

This course can help to lead to careers in:
Small-business ownership, marketing and market analysis, supply chain management, public policy analysis; appraisal; loan and management, financial services, grain and livestock buying.

For more information or to enroll, contact WIU-QC Admissions at (309) 762-1495.

ICAN LiveStream Events

ICAN is offering its planning programs online. Parents and students can stream these events LIVE from any device and ask questions of ICAN student success advisors during the presentations.

In addition to our traditional school-based evening presentations, we are also offering three unique topics online only – The Scholarship Process, Award Letters, and Making the Most of Summer Break. Each session offers the flexibility to access the information from anywhere,  families just need to register and they will receive a link to join these free events.

Wednesday, February 20 – The Scholarship Process: A Guide for Seniors – 5:30 pm
Perfect for current seniors still working through the scholarship process
Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7605688463252694539

Scholarships are an important part of the financial aid process and can make a big difference for students when it comes to picking the school they attend. Join us for a discussion of the scholarship process – everything from where to look for scholarships, standard application expectations, how to write essays, and how to improve your applications. We’ll share examples and resources, and walk you through the scholarship timeline from start to finish.

Monday, February 25 – Life After High School: A Guide to Career and College Planning – 5:30 pm
Perfect for sophomores, juniors and parents
Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3932035397032466955

There are many post-high school options available to students through education and training programs. This program engages students and parents in a discussion of recent employment trends and industry growth outlook to provide insights into the developing a post-high school plan for both college and career.

Wednesday, March 13 – How to Pay for College: Understanding the Financial Aid Process – Noon
Perfect for juniors and parents
Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8733662049097308173

The financial aid process can be daunting. From completing the application to understanding award letters, developing a plan to pay for college is one of the most important steps in the college process.

Thursday, March 14 – Covering College Costs: Understanding & Comparing College Award Letters – Noon
Perfect for seniors and parents
Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4777714869798787595

Completing the FAFSA is an important step for students in the college-going process, but what happens after you hit submit? What are the next steps? In this webinar we will explain the pieces of an award letter, how packages are put together, and how to compare one award package to another. We will also discuss award letter comparison tools and the importance of creating a college budget.

Monday, April 8 – How to Pay for College: Understanding the Financial Aid Process – 5 pm
Perfect for juniors and parents
Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7975022115676078861

The financial aid process can be daunting. From completing the application to understanding award letters, developing a plan to pay for college is one of the most important steps in the college process.

Wednesday, April 24 – Life After High School: A Guide to Career and College Planning – 6 pm
Perfect for sophomores, juniors and parents
Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/377360483860218381

There are many post-high school options available to students through education and training programs. This program engages students and parents in a discussion of recent employment trends and industry growth outlook to provide insights into the developing a post-high school plan for both college and career.

Wednesday, May 8 – Freshman Transitions: Prepare for High School – 6 & 7 pm
Perfect for current 8th grade students and parents
English 6 pm – Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1143676107883183115
Perfect for ESL families. ICAN advisor Lupe Hernandez will provide information and answer questions in Spanish. 7 pm Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7846579366270971147

Transitioning from middle school to high school is a big step for families, and the first step for students in creating future opportunities. Freshman year begins the journey of post-high school success. The courses, activities, and decisions made in this first year matter regardless of your plans for after high school.

Tuesday, May 21 – Make the Most of Summer Break – 5:30 pm
Perfect for 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students and parents
Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8397466577623674123

In this webinar we are going to be discussing a wide-variety of helpful tips and ideas students can use to keep them on track for their future! Summer is the perfect time to start working towards future goals for both career and college. We will discuss how to build an activities resume and preparing for the scholarship process, taking part in volunteer opportunities, internships, along with several other helpful tips to ensure the summer months are far from boring!

The ICAN Team

Army Science & Engineering Apprenticeship Program, RI Arsenal – SEAP

The Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) is a Federal Government’s engineering and scientific organization located on the Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois.  We are accepting applications from high school students for a Department of the Army Educational Outreach Program known as the Science and Engineering Apprentice Program (SEAP).  This 2019 summer program encourages students to participate in real-world Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) work activities under the guidance of Government mentors.  We offer students the opportunity to work alongside engineers and technicians in our local Arsenal office to gain experience while becoming familiar with Department of Defense STEM careers and the potential job opportunities that await them in the future.

During this eight-week summer program, the students will work with ECBC mentors to gain “hands-on” experience in a professional setting.  At the end of the SEAP apprenticeship, students will prepare and present final reports based on their experience.  All students who successfully complete their apprenticeship are eligible for an educational stipend.

We have offered this program to local high schools in the past with great success.  This year our program will run from June 17, 2019 through August 9, 2019.

The application deadline is February 28, 2019.

The link for the SEAP application is:  www.usaeop.com

Instructions:

-select Apprenticeships

-select SEAP

-select the yellow apply now tab at bottom of page -read all the info and select the yellow apply button at bottom right hand corner of page -put in first name, last name, and email address and select the next button.

NOTE:  The positions at ECBC – Rock Island will be mainly in an office setting.

If you have any questions on the program please contact me at the below number. If you are unable to reach me, you can contact Jeanne Nilsson at 309-782-7597, or Holly Humphrey at 309 -782-1789.

Upcoming College Visits

The following college representatives will be visiting AHS in the cafeteria during both A and B lunch. If you are interested in attending any of these colleges, please stop by and speak with these representatives.

  • Western Illinois University, Thursday, February 21, 2019
  • St. Ambrose University, Wednesday, February 27, 2019
  • Creighton University, Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Senior Parents – FASFA Information

Hello senior parents,

If your student is going to college next year, an important step in the process begins October 1. The first step of the financial aid process is to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA determines a student’s eligibility for Federal Pell Grants, and guarantees every student an opportunity for federal student loans. It is recommended that every student file the FAFSA form.

The FAFSA form becomes available on October 1st — which means you can file the FAFSA next week! Every college or university has its own deadline for the FAFSA — some as early as December 1st — so check out www.ICANsucceed.org/priority to find the priority dates for the schools your student is applying to.

This year senior families should use 2017 taxes to file the FAFSA for the 2018-19 school year. The FAFSA is solely based off of 2017 taxes, so you won’t have to update the FAFSA with 2018 taxes. Visit  www.fafsa.gov to file the form.

The extended timeline is beneficial to families because it will allow students to receive their financial aid award letters earlier in the spring semester. This will give students more time to make a final decision about where they want to go to school. Students may receive financial aid award letters as early as January or February, and they still have until May 1st to make their final decisions.

If you have questions about paying for college, or would like free help filing your FAFSA, the Iowa College Access Network offers free resources for college planning and financial aid. You can visit their website, www.ICANsucceed.org/ to schedule an appointment, or call their toll free number, 877-272-4692 to talk to an advisor.

You can also visit a FAFSA Ready Iowa event which offers free assistance without an appointment. Visit www.icansucceed.org/fafsareadyiaevents to find a location near you.

Stay on top of the process, and file your FAFSA as soon as possible!