Field trips: For each grade level, ACE presents day long, educational workshops at our participating campuses. These ACE field trips are called: "Campus Visits." They incorporate timely information and an experience with campus staff and students on various college related themes. Often, but not always, a tour of the campus is included. Students need to sign up early for these.
Individual visits: Students can also get ACE credit when they visit any college with their parents. This includes the four ACE coalition colleges. If you visit a college, bring the College Visit Form (PDF) and have a college representative sign it. Return it to ACE to receive credit.
Each college has a different format for individual visits and tours.
Open House: All also regularly present an Open House. Check each site you are interested in. Follow their links for more information.
Again, as with any individual "College Visit", just be sure to fill out and return the ACE College Visit Form (PDF).
A great site for high school students/parents.
It has a vast assortment of fantastic information on all things college related, and multiple links on every subject.
General college planning resource
Here are some of their specific link examples:
PSAT/SAT; 'Know Yourself'; College 101; Parent Action Plans; Selecting a College; Choosing a Major;
Careers; Paying for college-the basics; Financial Aid Packages; Scholarships; Scholarship Search; etc.
You can go! Everyone was talking about going to college and I was like, “Oh, I can’t do that.”
If you think you can't go to college for whatever reason, check out these testimonials from students who thought that they COULDN'T go to college. They give a variety of reasons they believed they would not be able to attend college...(Cost, Grades, Responsibilities, etc.)
Links to lots of vital information from study tips to free on line tests:
Links to the ACT website to make it easy for you to take practice tests, sign up for tests and learn about the differences between the ACT and the SAT.
Take a free on line practice test through Kaplan. It has multiple opportunities to test your skills for whatever college placement test you'll take. Choose a date that works for you and sign up to take the practice test and receive a free score review. Free, Live, On line Events.
"Find your dream college and a way to pay for it"
Another great source for info. on Scholarships, Financial Aid, Career Planning and College Search/Selection.
Search for scholarships with their free scholarship matching service, get student financial aid and find money to pay for college.
Colleges require you to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) available at your school guidance office.
~You don't have to pay to apply for federal student aid, and you can even apply online.
~The FAFSA is required for all federal financial aid as well as some state financial aid programs
(including New York State TAP grants).
~ Your FAFSA should be filed after, but as close to Jan. 1 as possible.
~ Deadlines vary. The sooner you submit the better, in order to get available monies.
~ Student Aid on the Web: U.S. Dept. of Education tips and links on preparing for and funding education beyond high school.
(No web links. Please call the Extension Centers directly)
Did you know...Tompkins Cortland Community College offers community Financial Aid support. You do not need to be enrolled in Tompkins Cortland to access this program.
WHEN: The Second Thursday of every month from 4-6 p.m.
WHERE: Cortland and Ithaca extension centers
CONTACT- Walk-ins are welcome but individuals are encouraged to call for an appointment:
~ Tompkins Cortland @ the Cortland Extension Center 607-756-5275
~ Tompkins Cortland @ the Ithaca Extension Center 607-272-3025
These 2 informative sites are by The Federal Trade Commission and also contains links to other ‘on-line safety’ sites for everyone:
On Guard Online
Kids and Socializing Online: Social networking sites, chat rooms, virtual worlds, and blogs are how teens and tweens socialize online; it's important to help your child learn how to navigate these spaces safely.
Social Networking Sites: A Parent’s Guide
“It’s 10 p.m. Do you know where your children are?"
Remember that phrase from your own childhood? It’s still a valid question, but now, it comes with a twist: “Do you know where your kids are — and who they’re chatting with online?”
Learn specifics on a variety of different, jobs and careers such as:
Computer Programming, Graphic Design, Nursing, Construction Trades, Teaching, Law, Veterinarians, Chiropractors, Athletic Trainers, Engineers, etc.
Find out: job descriptions; working conditions; future job prospects; expected earnings; training & education requirements; etc.
Tompkins Cortland's own "Career Coach" is designed to help you find a good career by providing the most current local data on wages, employment, job postings, and associated education and training.
Search careers, degree preferences, hot jobs... Or, take an online quiz to find the Career Path your likes and dislikes point to: Career Assessment link.