College and Career Counseling

Beth Anderson, College & Career Advisor and Tutoring Coordinator

Be sure to watch for announcements with reminders about the various opportunities and deadlines mentioned below — and please stop by my office to say hello and get answers to all your post-high school planning questions.

I’d like to highlight one fast-approaching event — on November 22nd students have the opportunity to learn more about careers in healthcare and health sciences during a field trip to the Allied Health Center of Excellence at Yakima Valley College – sign up today.

Office Hours:

  • Monday 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Friday as needed – contact me at (509) 996-2215, x4175 to schedule a Friday appointment

Upcoming Career/College Events

Wednesday, November 13, 11:15 am – 12:00 pm • University of Puget Sound @ LBHS
An admissions representative from UPS will be in the Commons during Advisory.

Wednesday, November 13, 11:15 am – 12:00 pm • Washington State University @ LBHS
An admissions representative from WSU will also be in the Commons during Advisory!

Friday, November 15 • Recommended FAFSA Completion Date & UW Application Deadline
Seniors, remember to fill out the FAFSA as soon as possible in order to receive all the financial aid for which you’re eligible.

November 18-19 • Career Exploration in 7th – 8th Grade Classes
Erika Spellman and Beth Anderson will be leading career exploration activities with all Liberty Bell 7th and 8th graders during regularly scheduled class time. Using the Naviance career interest profiler and other online resources, students will start to connect their interests and skills to real-life career possibilities.

Friday, November 22, 7 am – 7 pm • Field Trip to Allied Health CoE @ Yakima Valley College
All students in grades 8-12 are welcome – last chance to sign up!

Thursday, December 12, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm • Eastern Washington University @ LBHS
An admissions representative from Eastern will be on campus during Advisory and lunch to answer questions and help seniors complete their EWU applications.

Wednesday, December 18, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm • LBHS Alumni Panel
Returning graduates will talk about experiences in the military, in trade schools/colleges/universities, work after high school/college, gap year adventures, and more. Panelists will be invited to share stories, advice, lessons learned, what they wish they’d done differently, what they hope to do in the future, etc.

November-December • Okanogan County High School Business Plan Competition
Write a business proposal for a business you’d like to see in the Methow Valley. Present your proposal in a screening round, a presentation round and competition awards dinner. Scholarship opportunities include awards of $100-$500 with regional grant of $10,000. Email Julie at TwispWorks: jtate-libby@twispworks.org for more information.

Planning Ahead: Spring Test Dates at Liberty Bell

Saturday, April 4, 2020 • ACT Regular Registration open until February 28, 2020

Saturday, May 2, 2020 • SAT Regular Registration open until April 3, 2020

Khan Academy offers free online SAT prep and practice tests: https://www.khanacademy.org/sat.

And you can find online ACT prep resources at:
https://academy.act.org.

Fall 2019 Newsletter

We’re back from another successful tour of some of our state’s post-secondary options: Spokane Community College, Whitworth University, and Eastern Washington University.

It was fascinating to visit three diverse educational institutions in one day, and we finished our first day of the tour with a productive (and timely) discussion about finding the right post-secondary fit, led by Kolton Anderson from EWU’s admissions office. The second day led us to the Spokane Convention Center for the NACAC National College Fair – our students took advantage of the opportunity to talk with admissions representatives from around the country, and many came home with a better sense of where they’d like to go after high school. As one Liberty Bell senior put it, “College is looking better and better!”

Since my last newsletter, Trent Whatley and 20 students and I attended Spokane Construction Career Day (sponsored by the Construction Center of Excellence), and about a week later Kelleigh McMillan, Kathy Pasley, Andrea Bebout and I took a busload of students to the Okanogan County Career Expo. Both trips gave students the chance to explore a range of careers and educational opportunities (though only Construction Day attendees got to drive heavy machinery!).

Back at home we’ve hosted an essay writing work party, Finish the FAFSA Night, and a couple visits from admissions representatives. On the horizon is the annual LBHS Alumni Panel, which will take place during Advisory and lunch on Wednesday, December 18 (11:15am-12:30pm).

Parents of alumni – please let me know if your student will be returning for the holidays and would be willing to share their post-high school experiences!


 

The goal of our College and Career Counseling program is to provide students and their families with the information and resources necessary for them to make well-informed choices about their post-secondary education. Liberty Bell recognizes the diversity in our families and understands that what might be right for one student may not be a good fit for another.

Therefore, we work individually with students and their families to help them successfully develop and achieve their post-graduation goals – whether that is applying to a 4-year, 2-year or technical college, designing a productive Gap Year plan or entering the military or workforce. Some of the specific services that we offer include:

  • Educating students and parents about the post-secondary educational choices available to them.
  • Meeting individually with juniors, seniors and parents to help them with their college lists, the application process, college essays and financial aid needs, including the FAFSA, the Profile and College Bound Scholarship, as well as with SAT/ACT prep and registration.
  • Holding college information evenings for students and parents to make sure that they have all the resources and support they need to reach their goals.
  • Working with the guidance counselor to ensure that 9th and 10th graders take the necessary classes to be eligible for college admissions.

Applying to college should be a fun and exciting process; but at times it can be a bit overwhelming. If you find yourself feeling stuck, or if you have questions about any part of the application process, contact our office at (509) 996-2215.

We would like to thank the Public School Funding Alliance for their generous support of this program.
 


Helpful Resources

General Information

College Board
The College Board website provides you with all the information you need for applying to college. It allows you to compare colleges. It provides you with GPA and SAT information to how you compare with other students. It provides financial information about the cost of schools and how they distribute their financial aid. This website also has a Expected Family Contribution and a Net Price Calculator available. www.CollegeBoard.org

FairTest
FairTest lists all of the colleges that do not use SAT/ACT scores for admitting students.
www.FairTest.org

Western Undergraduate Exchange
List of all schools in the Western Undergraduate Exchange. Students who are residents of WUE states are eligible to apply for a reduced tuition rate of 150% of resident tuition at participating schools.
WICHE.edu/wue

Common Application

Start your Common Application.

FAFSA Info

Free Application for Federal Financial Aid
This is the official site for the FAFSA.

Scholarship Info

WashBoard
“Looking for scholarships? We connect Washington students of all types with Washington scholarship providers….for FREE.”
www.WashBoard.org

Fastweb
“Leading online resource for finding scholarships to help you pay for school.”
www.Fastweb.org

Unigo/Scholarship Experts
“Sign up to get matched to scholarships that are perfect for you.”
www.ScholarshipExperts.com

Books

Fiske Guide to Colleges
Best guide to colleges and universities.

The College Solution – Guide for Finding the Right School at the Right Price
Lynn O’Shaughnessy
Great book on the financial aspects of college. Her website is also extremely helpful. www.thecollegesolution.com

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Thanksgiving Break • All Schools on Early Release Schedule Wed, Nov 27th • All Schools/District Office Closed Thurs. Nov 28th and Fri. Nov 29th