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College and Career

FREE:   ACT ONLINE PREP PROGRAM FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS -- ACT is offering its newly redesigned ACT Online Prep™ product (value of $39.95) at no cost to students who qualify and register for a national ACT® test date with a fee waiver. ACT Online Prep is one of many tools that can help students prepare for the ACT. The new system will launch on December 18, 2015. No additional steps are necessary for eligible students to receive complimentary access. Please note: 1) Eligible students who registered for the February test, or any subsequent test prior to December 18, ACT Online Prep login information will be provided via email by December 31, 2015. 2) Eligible students registering online for the ACT on and after December 18, ACT Online Prep will appear at no charge in their shopping cart. 3) Eligible students registering by phone/mail for the ACT on and after December 18, if students provided an email address, login information will be sent within two weeks after registration.

Top 10 Nursing Schools right here in East Texas!

For those who would like to start their post-secondary education online, please see this website called You can check to see what colleges have online classes for you to take as well as info about scholarships.

Chegg is a great tool to help you find a college that works for you, get textbooks up to 90% off, find careers that you might want to explore and have a comprehensive list of jobs in the field you want. They also have internships and paid internships right here in Texas! Check it out and click on scholarships available.

Texas A&M University-Texarkana will be having an Eagle Open House on October 10th, 2015 from 10a.m.-3p.m. This will  be a day  for High School juniors and seniors to come check out our campus! Students and parents will be able to meet with faculty and staff, participate in interactive academic sessions, check out student life as well as tour the campus. Lunch and T-shirts will be provided for those participating in EOH, along with the opportunity to be entered into several door-prize drawings!  I have attached a flyer to this email for further information. You will find the registration for the event on our website at the following link

This will  be a day  for High School juniors and seniors to come check out our campus! Students and parents will be able to meet with faculty and staff, participate in interactive academic sessions, check out student life as well as tour the campus. Lunch and T-shirts will be provided for those participating in EOH, along with the opportunity to be entered into several door-prize drawings!  I have attached a flyer to this email for further information. You will find the registration for the event on our website at the following link

If you could please inform your current juniors and seniors about this event it would be greatly appreciated, a comprehensive directory of RN to BSN programs online, includes over 800 RN to BSN programs, at nearly 1,800 schools to find the nursing degree program that best suits your career goals. Then read our exhaustive guide, designed specifically for students considering a bachelor's degree in nursing, to get started on your degree and ramp up your nursing career. Scholarships are available also!

The East Texas Rural Electric Youth Seminar is a program sponsored by Upshur Rural  and will be held on the campus of ETBU during the week of June 22-26 and they need 15 students to participate. This is a chance to put your leadership skills and problem-solving skills on your resume when you apply at colleges. Also, 13 scholarships will be awarded at the end of the week and a chance to go to Washington, D.C. If your parent/guardian has Upshur Rural Electric service, see Ms. Dauster for an application. It is due May 1st.


Neat opportunity at Northeast/Texas AHEC East that will look good on your resume/college application:

Junior Volunteer Program

Who: Individuals age 14 to 18
What: Patient & Visitor Escort/Guest Services, Hospitality Cart, Popcorn Greeter, etc.
When: Starting first of June each summer for 6 weeks. Must serve a minimum of 20 hours


Another fabulous opportunity for students interested in Medicine and Biomedical Technology to participate in a research and clinical externship that begins this summer. Deadline is March 30th. Go to for more information.

Participating Medical Schools host a yearly symposium in the spring to provide an overview of the necessary undergraduate academic preparation and medical school training to become a physician.

Information for students interested in going to medical school
Medical School Symposia



HB 5 Graduation Toolkit Available to Students, Parents & Counselors provides for a more flexible graduation program for all students who enter high school beginning in the 2014-2015 school year. Commissioner Williams states it "offers an excellent overview of the new state graduation requirements and endorsements, as well as vital information for postsecondary plans for college or the workforce." The graduation toolkit provides a summary of the state's new graduation plan and descriptions of the five potential endorsements that can now be offered by high schools, as well as a checklist to begin planning for high school and beyond. The toolkit also includes information on various workforce resources provided through the Texas Workforce Commission. All these resources are geared toward assisting students and parents in planning for any postsecondary goals for college or career.

FAFSA is the only way to get more money for your college expenses. Go to this website and it will give you step by step instructions on how to fill it out. You must have this done ASAP for free moneys. here is where you need to go to apply for your PIN number for both the student and the parent/guardian. Do now!

The Eastman Technical College Scholarship is funded through the Educational Aid Budget of Eastman Chemical Company for the purpose of attracting, recruiting and retaining a qualified diverse workforce. Scholarships will pay tuition and customary fees for at least two (2) semesters as long as a 3.0 GPA is maintained. Please click on the following documents: Eastman Scholarship/Guidelines Application; Job Facts document that lists the type of jobs available for the scholarship program and the benefits; Texas colleges that have a partnership with Eastman where one would attend for certain jobs. 

Texas College and Career website made by the Texas Education Agency is a new free online college and career planning website for Texas students, parents and educators. The Texas College & Career resource site,, provides information about college options, academic and financial preparation for college, higher education admissions and career research:

                                     Create, save and build a personal profile with academic data, extracurricular activities and job experience information
                                     Take skill and interest assessments to generate career options matched to interests
                                     Match and narrow down their list of colleges based on location, majors and programs, academic performance, personal interests, cost, and more
                                     Better prepare with free test prep tutorials and sample tests for the SAT, ACT and others
                                     Easily manage and track college applications online, including essays, letters of recommendation, and test score
                                     Research costs and apply for financial aid, including scholarships, loans and college financing programs

ASVAB    The ASVAB is a multiple-aptitude battery that measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military. It is administered annually to more than one million military applicants, high school, and post-secondary students.

ApplyTexas is the standard application for admittance for Texas colleges and universities.

Occupational Outlook Handbook covers hundreds of occupations and describes What They Do, Work Environment, How to Become One, Pay, and more. Each profile also includes employment projections for the 2010–20 decade.

Jarvis Christian College is having an Open House and Renaissance Day on Saturday, October 25th, at 10:00 AM in the Meyer Auditorium. Find out what they can offer you academically, athletically, financial aid and registration.

Stephen F. Austin State University has open house called Showcase Saturday which is on Nov. 15, Feb. 28th, and March 28th. Get a letter from Mrs. Dauster before you go.

UT at Tyler Preview Days for the Fall is Saturday, Nov. 14th at 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Registration begins on September 14th at

The new TSI assessment for college admission is the Accuplacer, a new and improved assessment. Please click on the link TSI Assessment Information for Students link so you can find help in preparing for the test. Not only is the test for seniors but also our future dual credit students will take this to demonstrate college readiness.The following are the TSI requirements as of now: 1) SAT -- 1070 with a 500 score in math or reading; 2) ACT -- 23 composite with a 19 in math or reading; 3) TSI assessment (Accuplacer) -- Reading, 351; Math, 350; Five paragraph essay, 5 or a 4 with a multiple choice score of 360; 4) PSAT -- combined score of 107 with Math a minimum of 50 as well as the critical reading score; 5) Starting the 2015-2016 school year, those who take the STAAR English III and STAAR Algebra II test and make a minimum score of 4000 will be accepted into a college.

BigFuture is another avenue to help your child to prepare for college. It gives easy understandable steps to success in college planning as well as career information.

Texas Genuine is another resource to help your child to figure out his/her career. This career and technical online site will help you find a college with programs in which your child is interested. Also please check out a brochure in Ms. Dauster's office for more info.

SAT and ACT webinars on how to maximize your scores! Go to and sign up.

Those who want to take the SAT test or the ACT need to see Ms. Dauster or Ms. Wright for fee waivers if needed. Fee waivers are for those who are on free or reduced lunch or for other matters that make it difficult to pay for the tests.

The rest of the year's ACT/SAT test dates are as follows:

              ACT:  October 4 and the deadline to regiser is September 18th

                        December 12 and the deadline to register is November 6th

                        February 6 and the deadline to register is January 8th

                        April 9 and the deadline to register is March 4th

                       June 11 and the deadline to register is May 6th

              SAT:  November 7th and the deadline to register is October 9th

                        December 5th and the deadline to register is November 5th

                        January 23rd and the deadline to register is December 28th

                        March 5th and deadline to register is February 5th

                        May 7th and the deadline to register is April 8th

                        June 4th and the deadline to register is May 5th

The college degrees that get the most job offers! Forbes gives this list for you to discover - click here.

CollegeForAllTexans is a great website to help you through the process of preparing for college, scholarships, financial aid, and this website will help you find a college that will be a nice fit for you, as well as affordable.

The US Department of Education has put online The Financial Aid Process, which is a great tool to use to help you prepare for college. A step-by-step process that can help you start preparing for the financial difficulties you may find yourself in once you become a senior.