The Senior Exit Interview is a requirement for all seniors to fulfill prior to graduation. It is recommended that students schedule their Senior Interview with the Career Advisor as early as possible in their senior year. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend the interview. During the interview, we will review the student’s transcript, general information (listed below), and create a plan of action for the student to follow during the course of his/her senior year. Follow-up meetings will be scheduled as needed.
Attention Seniors: Please stop by the Career Center to sign up for your Senior Exit Interview with Staci Kuhnke at 763-689-6025 (Last Name: A-K) or Thia Kampa 763-689-6026 (Last Name: L-Z). This meeting will include valuable information and is for college and non-college bound students.
Important General Information
The first step to selecting a college is to hear the information that College Reps share with students in the Career Center. The representatives schedule times to meet with small groups of students for less than half of an hour during the school day. Details for these visits are announced in the daily announcements, listed on a calendar in the Career Center, on the monitors in the lobby and lunch room, and can be found on the Career Center website. Students must sign up in the Career Center and get their planner signed to be excused out of class.
Military reps schedule times to meet with students in the lobby during the lunch hours. Details for these visits are announced in the daily announcements, listed on a calendar in the Career Center, on the monitors in the lobby and lunch room, and can be found on the Career Center website.
College Fair :
Another great opportunity to learn more about colleges is the College Fair held in the fall at CIHS. Colleges from Minnesota and surrounding states will be in attendance including career, community, technical, four-year colleges and military representatives. Parents are encouraged to attend as well. For additional information and a list of attending colleges visit the Career Center.
College Entrance Exams
Accuplacer is typically used as a placement exam for most Minnesota Career, technical, and community colleges. The exam is taken at the college and is free. Students may need to schedule the exam day and time in advance. The results are available immediately upon completion of the exam.
ACT - the CIHS school code is: 240-380. Four-year colleges in the central United States require the ACT scores as part of the criteria for acceptance. Registration packets are available in the Career Center or online registration is at www.actstudent.org. There is a fee, and a deadline for registering. We recommend that students take the writing option if they are unsure of what college they are attending, or check with the college to see if they require the writing option. CIHS is a site location
for one test date in April. All other test dates are held at various other locations, as specified in the packet or online. Most 4 year colleges use the ACT college test score as a criteria for acceptance. Most 4 year colleges will require a minimum of 18 out of a 36. Make sure to indicate on your ACT online registration where you would like your test scores sent (you can send your scores to four different schools for no additional cost when registering). The ACT test scores will no longer be on your high school transcript. After you take the test, there is a $12.00 fee each time you send your test scores to a college. Stop by the Career Center for more information. Click here to learn more about how to send your ACT score to colleges.
SAT registration is only available online at www.collegeboard.org. The SAT is required for acceptance in some colleges on the east and west coast.
Seniors - Visit Colleges before applying:
Seniors are allowed two College Visit days, if the proper procedure is followed. Permission slips need to be filled out and turned in by 8:20 am, 24 hours prior to the planned visit, to the Career Center. Then the student must take the form on their visit, get it signed by a college representative and return it back to the Career Center, for it to be school excused. Permission slips are available in the Career Center or on our website.
Official High School Transcript Requests:
All official high school transcripts need to be ordered through Parchment.com and not through the high school counseling office. All transcripts cost $5.00 each. Make sure to indicate on your ACT online registration where you would like your test scores sent (you can send your scores to four different schools for no additional cost). The ACT test scores will no longer be on your high school transcript. After you take the test, there is a $13.00 fee each time you send your test scores to a college. Stop by the Career Center for more information. http://www.parchment.com/
FAFSA web worksheets will be available in January in the Career Center. The Financial Aid Department recommends that the FAFSA form be filled out online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. To sign the FAFSA form online students and one parent must apply for a PIN number at www.pin.ed.gov. For maximum financial assistance, FAFSA forms must be filled out as close to January as possible. Parents and students must have income tax information on the tax forms prior to completing the FAFSA. CIHS hosts a free Financial Aid Night for students and parents on Monday, January 12, 2015 at 6:30 pm. Details will be in the daily announcements and online.
Dollars for Scholars:
To apply for a majority of our local scholarships, the Dollars for Scholars profile must be filled out. To fill out a profile, students will visit the Dollars for Scholars link on the CIHS website and follow the instructions for creating a profile. Seniors will be notified when applications open and will then be able to apply to the scholarships they have matched to based on the information they provided in their profiles. Students that receive a scholarship will receive an invitation to the Senior Scholarship Night Ceremony at the end of May.
A red box is located in the Career Center and is updated continually as local, state or national scholarship information is received. The Career Center website is also up to date with those scholarships opportunities and direct links to fill out the application. Scholarship information is also available by using the internet, asking the college you are planning to attend, and by applying for Financial Aid.
There are many ways you can receive college credit during high school which include: College in the School, Tech Prep, Advanced Placement or Post Secondary Enrollment Options. These courses will be listed on the CIHS transcript. Tech Prep college credits will be verified in a certificate that is given out by the teacher or sent to the student’s home. The certificate may be accepted at colleges other than those listed. Students receiving College in the School or PSEO college credit must send transcripts from the college they have received credit, to the college they plan to attend. Some colleges will charge to send your transcripts, unless you are sending a MnSCU transcript to another MnSCU institution, then it is free of charge. Check with your college to find out proper procedure or view this chart to see
where your credit it through and how to send your college transcript.