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  • Job shadowing / internships / employment

    Job shadowing/internships/employment

    Once you have narrowed down your career interests to a couple of different fields, the next step is exploring the different jobs in that field.  The best way to see what type of job you would like best is to set up an internship or job shadow with businesses that work in the career you are interested in. 

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  • Career Academy

    Career Academy

    Many students qualify to take classes that count toward both high school credit and college credit. Students who are interested in vocational or technical careers may complete half of their degrees while they are still in high school. Career Academy classes are free for the students who take them.

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  • Pay Scale

    Pay Scale

    Research shows college graduates make more money and are less likely to be unemployed. Studies also show that a high percentage of jobs will require at least a bachelor's degree in the next 10 years. 

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  • ACT

    ACT

    The ACT is a test taken typically by high school junior and seniors. The ACT has four mandatory sections and one optional section: Math, Science, Reading, English, and Writing (optional). The test can take between three and four hours to complete, depending on whether the student elects to complete the optional Writing section. 

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  • College Applications

    College Applications

    The college application is the first step in the path to attending college. Potential students need to complete an application for each institution. Once the student completes the application, the college or university will accept or decline the student. Most institutions require a fee to be submitted with each application ranging from $25 to $100.

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  • Financial Aid

    Financial Aid

    Outside of a family’s savings, there are three different ways to pay for postsecondary education: grants, scholarships, and loans. A FAFSA will need to be completed for a student to qualify for financial aid. After completing the Federal FAFSA, students should also complete the Iowa Financial Aid Application, which will qualify them for a variety of grants and scholarships through the State of Iowa. The Iowa Financial Aid Application is available through the Iowa College Aid website.

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  • Scholarships

    Scholarships

    Many scholarships are available to students. Students may qualify for a variety of reasons. Be sure to search for scholarships in many different places.

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