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College and Career Center

Austin High School CEEB School Code is 240-125.

2.19.2020 PCR Presentation

Our Mission

The Austin High School College and Career Center (CCC) provides a variety of resources for college and career planning. The CCC is a place where students can go to obtain information on two and four-year colleges, universities, and technical schools; placement testing and test preparation, financial aid and scholarships; and career options.

In collaboration with the academic counselors, the CCC strives to build a comprehensive college-going culture for all students. In addition to scheduling appointments, students are welcome to come to the CCC during school hours, during lunch, or before or after school to utilize the resources or request assistance.

The Reach Higher Initiative

College Visits

Colleges/universities will be setting up virtual visits with admission representatives to meet with AHS students to answer any questions you may have. Dates and times will be posted as soon as they are available.

Financial Aid Nights at AHS

AHS will host several financial aid help sessions throughout the year to assist AHS students and families prepare and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Dates and Times will be posted as they are available.

Scholarships

Be Your Best

The Be Your Best College Prep Academy is a free program for teens and young adults between the ages of 16 and 22. At Be Your Best, students have the opportunity to prepare for college by taking pre-college Math, Reading, and Writing. Students receive guidance and support through dedicated instructors, advisors, counselors and tutors. Students will also benefit from the educational seminars designed for college success and participate in leadership, volunteer and educational activities and field trips throughout the summer.

Please visit http://www.riverland.edu/beyourbest/ for more information and the application.

College Knowledge Month

Austin High School participates in College Knowledge Month. This is an event hosted by the Office of Higher Education in an effort to raise awareness of students exploring, planning and applying to college during the month of October! Students are encouraged to review their interest inventory assessments and career assessments from MCIS, Minnesota Career Information System, an online college and career readiness program that helps to link academic achievement to post-secondary goals.

College Knowledge Month encourages students taking virtual tours of colleges to narrow their choices or completing one of the College Match Searches on MCIS. Students can take virtual campus tours via http://www.campustours.com.

College Knowledge Month also encourages students to attend College Fairs. There is the National College Fair on in Minneapolis every fall which students are encouraged to attend. This is a great opportunity for students to speak one-on-one with college admissions counselors. Austin High School has a wide variety of military and college admissions representatives that visit our high school on a regular basis. All of these are great ways for students to ask questions and help to determine if a specific college or university is the best fit for them and their future.

College Knowledge Month also has students reviewing their official school record with their Connect teacher to make sure that they are on track to graduate. Through PCR, Post-Secondary Career Readiness, students have opportunities to process college and career readiness with their Connect teacher through this comprehensive guidance and counseling program.

Over the Education MN break in October, it is a perfect time for students to visit some colleges and see campus in full action! Contacting the college ahead of time regarding a visit and tour will help the student get the most out of their visit.

Students are encouraged to apply to college if they have not done so already, by the last week in October. Many colleges in Minnesota waive the college application fee the last week in October as well. Austin High School will be having open computer lab opportunities for students to complete their applications and request a fee waiver for their college applications, if they qualify.

Additionally, here is a list of schools that are waiving application fees (or have no application fees) for College Knowledge Month.

The final week of College Knowledge Month has students sending thank you notes to teachers and others who have helped them along their journey. For more information regarding College Knowledge Month, please refer to the College Knowledge Month website.

MCIS

The Minnesota Career Information System (MCIS) is a web-based program that offers a wide variety of career, educational and job information in one comprehensive, easy-to-use tool. MCIS includes: Learning styles, employability, interest and skill assessments and information on colleges plus program requirements for various occupations. Students build a portfolio so they can plan and track progress toward their educational goals and create a personal learning plan, which is required by the State of Minnesota. Austin High School's MCIS subscription includes ACT, college placement and practice tests.

To access MCIS, go to the Austin High School webpage. Go to the "Student Resources" tab and select "MCIS - Austin HS" icon. Students will use their six digit student number for their User Name (add a zero to the beginning if the student number is less than six digits). Password is the following: First letter of your first name capitalized, first letter of your last name lower case followed by your eight digit birthday (i.e. Example Student born January 5, 2003 would be Es01052003)

Minnesota Career Information Center

Parchment

Parchment is an electronic sending agency for transcripts, letters of recommendation, and secondary school reports. Students will request transcripts and other documents to be sent through Parchment from Austin High School to post-secondary institutions.

To access Parchment, visit the Austin Public School webpage, go to the "Student Resources" tab and select "Parchment - Austin HS". Students will use their six digit student number and school issued e-mail address as their User Name. (i.e. 123456@austin.k12.mn.us for a student number of 123456). Students created their own passwords. If a student has forgotten their password they click on "Forgot your password?" and students can reset their password. The e-mail will be sent to their Office 365 account.

Parchment Login

Riverland Career Exploration Days

Juniors will attend Riverland Community College's Career Exploration Day in Spring 2021 (date TBD).

Riverland/MACAC College Fair

Riverland Community College's annual College Fair will be held on Tuesday, September 22, 2020. The event runs from 12:30 to 2:00 pm. The College Fair features over 100 colleges. This is a great time for students and families to gather college information. Interested students wishing to attend need to secure their own transportation.

National College Fair

The National College Fair is sponsored by NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling) is free and open to the public. It allows student's to interact with admissions representatives from a wide range of postsecondary institutions from around the country and even the world. The National College Fair is usually held in early October at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Austin High School will not be attending this event as a school function, but encourage individuals and families to go if they are looking at schools outside of our region. Visit www.nacacnet.org for more information and registration options.

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Counseling Staff

Kris Murley
Counseling Admin Assistant
kris.murley@austin.k12.mn.us
507-460-1812
Fax: 507-355-2416

Sarah Schmit
9th - 12th Grade Counselor
Last Names A-E
sarah.schmit@austin.k12.mn.us
507-460-1817

Lynn Keenan
9th - 12th Grade Counselor
Last Names F-Laz
lynn.keenan@austin.k12.mn.us
507-460-1813

Julie Hale
9th - 12th Grade Counselor
Last Names Le-Reh
julie.hale@austin.k12.mn.us
507-460-1816

Bryce Hoffa
9th - 12th Grade Counselor
Last Names Rei-Z
bryce.hoffa@austin.k12.mn.us
507-460-1814

Robin Garcia
Success Coach
Spanish Interpreter
robin.garcia@austin.k12.mn.us
507-460-1815

Othogi Obang
Success Coach
Anuak Interpreter
othogi.obang@austin.k12.mn.us
507-460-1215

Mee Reh
Success Coach
Karenni and Burmese Interpreter
mee.reh@austin.k12.mn.us
507-460-1514

Amy Mayers
College and Career Center
amy.mayers@austin.k12.mn.us
507-460-1812