Post High School Planning
- Future Readiness Center
- College Planning
- College Application Info
- Financial Aid
- Olympic College Running Start Program
The Future Readiness Center at North Kitsap High School is a critical resource hub dedicated to assisting students in their transition from high school to post-secondary education, work, or career training. Filled with invaluable tools and resources, the center supports students in mapping out their futures beyond graduation. Click here to explore the center.
The center offers a broad spectrum of services ranging from college counseling to career exploration. It serves as a repository of essential information about scholarships, financial aid, college applications, and career paths matching students' interests and skills. Information about vocational and technical training programs is readily available, supporting diverse career trajectories.
Unique to our school are programs such as the High School and Beyond Plan, a graduation requirement that helps students align their high school coursework with their future goals. The CTE Dual Credit program allows students to gain college credits while still in high school, bridging the gap between secondary education and higher learning.
But the center's services extend beyond academia. It provides practical support, such as resume writing workshops and interview preparation. This hands-on guidance ensures students not only plan their futures but also have the skills to secure their dreams.
In addition, the center furnishes students with information about internships, apprenticeship opportunities, military careers, and employment options. Unique opportunities, such as the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard Work Study Program, are highlighted, offering students an array of options to consider and explore.
Conveniently located near the NKHS Library, the Future Readiness Center is a testament to North Kitsap High School's commitment to the future success of its students. It stands ready to provide the support and guidance students need as they navigate their academic and career paths.
If you have questions or need further assistance, our Future Readiness Counselor, Ms. Maass, is available to help. She can provide more in-depth advice tailored to your unique aspirations and circumstances. Schedule an appointment with Ms. Maass to discuss your plans and explore the resources available to you.
Remember, your future starts today, and the Future Readiness Center is here to help you make the most of it. Start exploring your possibilities now, and let's create your successful future together.
The pursuit of higher education is an exciting chapter in a student's life, filled with new experiences and opportunities for personal growth. However, the process of college and university selection often begins earlier than expected, frequently during freshman year. Here at North Kitsap High School, we are committed to guiding our students throughout this process, aiding them as they explore post-secondary education options that best align with their interests, skills, and aspirations.
To simplify the complexity of the college search, we offer various resources designed to assist students on this important journey. These tools provide valuable insights, from understanding college admission standards in Washington, to exploring community colleges, technical schools, and four-year colleges and universities in our state.
Ask the right questions during campus visits to gather information and make an informed college decision.
Every campus visit is an opportunity to gather valuable information and determine if it aligns with your expectations and aspirations.
Washington State's diverse four-year colleges offer unique opportunities to align academic pursuits with career goals.
Washington State's diverse Community and Technical Schools offer tailored courses, affordable education, and paths to various careers.
Understanding Washington State's college admission process and requirements is crucial for successful higher education planning and applications.
At North Kitsap High School, students are guided through the college application process with the dedicated support of their School Counselor and the Future Readiness Center team. This guidance begins even before the students' senior year, allowing ample time for thorough college planning.
During the senior year, the role of the Counselor becomes more prominent as they work closely with students on various aspects of the college application process. To ensure clarity and to address any uncertainties, the school provides resources that cover the most commonly asked questions related to college applications. This streamlined process aims to equip students with the knowledge and support they need for a successful transition to higher education.
Letters of Recommendation
School Report - Counselors submit a school report (primarily for schools on the Common Application) to confirm your good standing and do not need additional information from you.
GPA - listed on your transcript. WA State uses UNWEIGHTED GPAs.
At North Kitsap High School, we understand that financing a post-secondary education can seem like an overwhelming task. With myriad options for financial aid available, we aim to make the process of affording college less daunting. Financial aid plays an instrumental role in your college application journey, and we are here to support you every step of the way. Below, you'll find a compilation of resources and information designed to help kick-start your financial aid exploration.
Deciding Between FAFSA and WASFA
As a prospective college student, one of the primary questions you might have is whether to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or the WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid). Both applications are designed to assess your eligibility for financial aid, but there are some notable distinctions to be aware of.
The FAFSA is a federal form that assesses your eligibility for federal student aid, including loans, grants, and work-study opportunities. The WASFA, on the other hand, is a state-level application specifically for students who are not eligible for federal aid due to their immigration status but who meet certain eligibility criteria as stipulated by the state of Washington.
We recommend this free, confidential online questionnaire to guide you towards the application that's right for you.
Remember, our dedicated counseling team at North Kitsap High School is here to help you navigate these complex processes. Whether you're determining the best financial aid application for your situation, trying to understand different types of aid, or decoding the terminology, we're here to support you.
Post-secondary education is an investment in your future, and financial aid can make that investment more manageable. Let us help you unlock the resources you need to reach your educational goals.
Student education grants are financial awards given to students to help pay for an education. Unlike loans, grants do not need to be repaid. This funding can help students cover a variety of expenses associated with their education, including tuition, books, room and board, and transportation.
There are many types of education grants available, including:
Federal Grants: In the United States, the federal government provides several grant programs, including the Pell Grant, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), and grants for military families, such as the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants.
State Grants: Varying in requirements and award amounts, are available to resident students across the U.S., such as Washington State's Need Grant Program, managed by the Washington Student Achievement Council, which provides financial aid to eligible students demonstrating financial need. Prospective students are advised to investigate their state's offerings for available financial resources.
Institutional Grants: These grants are provided by the colleges and universities themselves. They can be based on a variety of factors, including financial need, academic merit, athletic talent, and more.
Private and Nonprofit Grants: There are many organizations and private entities that provide grants for education. These can be based on a variety of factors, including the student's field of study, personal background, or demonstrated need.
To apply for many of these grants, students often need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in the United States. Other grants may have their own application processes.
In the pursuit of higher education, financial constraints often pose significant challenges for many students. To overcome these hurdles, a vast array of financial aid options have been established, among which student loans play a pivotal role. Unlike scholarships and grants, student loans are a form of financial aid that must be repaid, typically with interest. They are specifically designed to help students manage education-related expenses such as tuition, books, room and board, and other school fees.
There are several key players in the student loan market, each offering unique options to cater to the diverse needs of students. Sallie Mae, the leading U.S. provider of student loans (www.salliemae.com), has been instrumental in assisting millions of Americans in achieving their dream of a higher education. Another critical player is the Federal Stafford Loans program, which is widely available to nearly all students, irrespective of credit history. This program offers both subsidized and unsubsidized loans based on a student's financial need (www.staffordloan.com).
Moreover, the Federal Perkins Loan Program provides low-interest loans specifically designed for students in need (www.ed.gov/programs/fpl/index.html). There's also a provision for parents with good credit histories to support their children's education through the Federal Parent PLUS Loans (www.parentplusloan.com/plus-loans). Companies like NextStudent (www.nextstudent.com) have stepped up to simplify the process of college funding, making the pursuit of education a less daunting task.
Scholarships, another significant source of financial aid, have separate information portals online. For example, scholarship details can be found on various platforms, including the KHS Scholarship Tab. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), accessible at www.fafsa.ed.gov, is another crucial resource for students, with institutions like Olympic College offering free assistance with the application.
Specific programs, such as the College Bound Scholarship program, require students to complete the FAFSA during their senior year for eligibility. Also worth noting is the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE), which allows out-of-state students from participating western U.S. states to pay only 1.5 times the in-state tuition, thus making education more affordable (www.wiche.edu/sep/wue).
To ensure students are well-informed and avoid potential scams, resources like studentaid.ed.gov and ftc.gov provide valuable insights into different types of financial aid. Additionally, the CSS/Financial Aid Profile, utilized by over 400 colleges and scholarship programs, assists in determining need-based aid (student.collegeboard.org/css-financial-aid-profile).
As your journey towards higher education approaches, one of the key aspects you may be contemplating is how to finance your college education. Here at the NKHS Counseling Center, we've curated this comprehensive guide to shed light on the scholarship opportunities available for you.
A scholarship is a monetary award granted to students to finance their undergraduate studies. The best part? Scholarships are gifts that do not need to be repaid. They are granted based on various factors, including academic achievement, athletic performance, leadership skills, community involvement, artistic talents, and other special interests.
Local Scholarships: NKHS Opportunities
We're fortunate at North Kitsap High School to be supported by a community that values education. Our local benefactors have established numerous scholarships specifically for NKHS students. Criteria for these scholarships vary, ranging from academic excellence, financial need, intended major, to involvement in particular school activities. Information about these scholarships can be found here.
Statewide Scholarships: College Bound Scholarship and TheWashBoard.org
As students in Washington State, you have several state-wide scholarship options:
The College Bound Scholarship is a commitment from the state to provide financial aid to eligible students. It combines with other state aid to cover the average tuition costs (at comparable public colleges), certain fees, and a small book allowance.
TheWashBoard.org is a free online scholarship platform exclusively for Washington residents, linking students with scholarship providers across the state.
National scholarships are available to all students across the country. Although these scholarships are highly competitive due to a larger applicant pool, they often provide substantial financial assistance. Notable examples include the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and the Gates Millennium Scholars Program. A comprehensive search engine like Scholarships.com can be an invaluable resource to discover these opportunities.
Embarking on Scholarship Applications
Scholarship applications generally require a personal essay, recommendation letters, and evidence of your qualifications (like academic transcripts or a resume). When recommendation letters are needed, the NKHS Counseling Center provides a Letter of Recommendation Request Form for your convenience.
A key to success in scholarship applications is to start early. This allows you to apply for as many scholarships as possible. Keep a close eye on deadlines, create a checklist for each application, and double-check your applications for accuracy and completeness before submitting.
Although the scholarship application process may seem overwhelming, remember that every scholarship, no matter its size, contributes to reducing your overall education costs. The NKHS Counseling Center is committed to assisting you through this process, and we welcome any questions you might have.
NKHS Scholarships: Scholarships specifically for NKHS students. Information can be obtained from the Counseling Center.
TheWashBoard.org: A free online scholarship platform for Washington residents, linking students with scholarship providers across the state.
College Bound Scholarship: A state-level scholarship program for eligible students in Washington, offering financial aid for college.
Scholarships.com: This is a comprehensive search engine for nationwide scholarships.
Fastweb: Another reputable online database for national scholarships.
Cappex: An online resource offering information on colleges and scholarships.
Local Organizations: Check with local businesses, community organizations, and foundations for scholarship opportunities. This could include rotary clubs, religious institutions, or local chapters of national franchises.
Letter of Recommendation Request Form: Available through the NKHS Counseling Center, this form helps you to request letters of recommendation, often required for scholarship applications.
Are you ready to take a significant stride towards your academic future? The Running Start program at Olympic College offers a unique opportunity for you to excel academically, push boundaries, and leap into the future.
About the Running Start Program
Running Start is a distinctive program designed for academically advanced students. This program enables eligible juniors and seniors to enroll in college-level courses at Olympic College while completing their high school requirements.
In the 2020-2021 academic year, more than 1,100 students participated in Running Start at Olympic College. An overwhelming majority, approximately 95%, opted for academic prep or transfer classes. Remarkably, at least 15% earned an associate degree and high school diploma concurrently. Many students thrive in the college environment, often exceeding their own academic expectations.
To be eligible for the Running Start program, you must:
- Be under the age of 21 at the beginning of the school year.
- Be classified as a junior or senior in Washington.
- Not have received a high school diploma or earned the credits for a diploma (excluding a GED) at the start of the school year.
- Have a cumulative high school GPA of 2.5 or above.
GPA Appeal Process
Students who do not meet the cumulative 2.5 GPA requirement may submit a letter of appeal requesting an exception due to extenuating circumstances. The appeal should be emailed to RSAdmissions@olympic.edu.
What Does the Program Cover?
The Running Start program covers up to 15 credits tuition-free, based on a student's combined high school and Olympic College schedule. Courses numbered 100 level or above are included.
Students are expected to pay for:
- Tuition and fees for credits exceeding the approved classes between high school and Olympic College.
- Mandatory college fees.
- Additional class fees, such as online classes.
- Books and transportation.
- Courses numbered below 100.
- Summer quarter classes, if enrolling.
Why Choose Running Start?
Running Start offers a fantastic opportunity for motivated students to get a head start on their college education while saving on tuition costs. Not only does it provide the experience of a college environment, but it also enables students to challenge themselves academically.
Interested in learning more? You can visit the official Olympic College Running Start program webpage here for more detailed information. Also, don't hesitate to reach out to your school counselor to guide you through the process and help answer any questions you may have.
Running Start at Olympic College is not just a program - it's a leap towards your bright future. Don't miss out on this extraordinary opportunity, NKHS students. Be bold, take the leap, and start running!
Military service post-high school offers educational benefits, skill development, job security, personal growth, and travel opportunities.
As the high school journey nears its end, the question of "What's next?" looms large for many students. Traditional pathways such as university education, vocational training, or directly joining the workforce are often considered. However, another potentially rewarding option that merits serious consideration is joining the military. Military service presents a host of benefits including educational opportunities, skill development, job security, personal growth, and unique travel experiences.
Unmatched Educational Opportunities
Joining the military doesn't mean putting your education on hold. In fact, it could open doors to further educational opportunities you might not have considered. The U.S. Military offers educational assistance programs like the G.I. Bill, which can substantially cover college tuition costs, housing, and books. The Military Tuition Assistance Program also caters to active-duty service members looking to continue their education. By availing these programs, you can pursue higher education without amassing a significant student debt.
Developing Skills for Life
Beyond the battlefield, the military provides extensive training in a broad range of fields, equipping service members with both technical and soft skills. The military imparts discipline, leadership, teamwork, resilience, and problem-solving skills - traits that are not only valuable in the military but are highly sought after in civilian life as well.
Job Security and Extensive Benefits
In today's uncertain economic climate, the military provides job security that is hard to come by. Along with a steady paycheck, military service comes with comprehensive healthcare, housing allowances, food allowances, and retirement plans. These benefits offer financial stability and long-term security.
Serving a Larger Purpose
For many, the desire to serve their country and contribute to a cause larger than themselves drives them to join the military. This service instills a unique sense of purpose and discipline, fostering personal growth and maturity. The sense of camaraderie in the military can contribute significantly to personal and professional development.
Broadening Horizons through Travel
Military service often provides opportunities to travel, both domestically and internationally. This exposure to different cultures and environments can broaden your worldview, providing unique experiences and memories.
Weighing the Commitment and Risks
While the benefits of joining the military after high school are considerable, it's crucial to acknowledge the commitment and potential risks involved. Military service demands resilience, discipline, and a readiness to face challenging circumstances. Therefore, it's essential to seek advice from military personnel, recruiters, and counselors before making this significant decision.
Ultimately, military service offers a compelling alternative path for post-high school planning. Providing unique opportunities for growth and development, it can be a rewarding and fulfilling choice for those ready to take on the challenge.
he Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) presents a compelling alternative for post-high school planning, merging the worlds of education and military service. The ROTC is a college-based program that trains future officers for the U.S. Military, across all branches—Army, Navy, and Air Force. Offering significant scholarship opportunities, the ROTC provides a pathway to affordable higher education while preparing students for a future military career. Cadets are equipped with valuable leadership skills, discipline, physical fitness, and ethics—traits beneficial in both military and civilian careers.
The ROTC balances military training with a traditional college experience, allowing cadets to engage in typical college activities while preparing for their future roles. Upon graduation, cadets receive a commission as officers in their respective military branches, unlocking a wide array of career opportunities. If you're considering the ROTC as a post-high school path, it's advisable to reach out to your school counselor who can provide further guidance and help navigate this unique and rewarding pathway.
Apprenticeships offer practical training, steady income, mentorship, low debt, and lead to internationally recognized certifications.
Navigating the maze of options available after high school can be daunting. While many consider traditional routes such as university education, there's a powerful, yet often overlooked pathway: apprenticeships. Apprenticeships are formalized, structured training programs that blend on-the-job training (OJT) and related technical instruction to provide both practical and technical training.
Structure of Apprenticeships
Apprenticeships generally require between 2,000 to 8,000 work hours to complete, depending on the complexity and nature of the trade. For each year of apprenticeship (approximately 2,000 hours), about 144 hours are dedicated to apprenticeship-related training. This structure ensures a balanced, comprehensive understanding of the chosen field.
Earning and Learning Simultaneously
One of the most appealing aspects of apprenticeships is the "earn while you learn" model. Apprentices receive a living wage throughout the training process, with periodic raises reflecting their increased experience and commitment. This model allows apprentices to build a secure financial foundation while developing industry-specific skills.
Mentorship and Guidance
Apprentices have the unique opportunity to learn directly from experienced professionals in their field of interest. These mentors provide guidance, share practical insights, and help apprentices build a robust professional network - a priceless asset for career growth.
Pathway to Internationally Recognized Careers
Upon completion of an apprenticeship, individuals earn a trade certification that is recognized internationally. This certification attests to their proficiency and can open doors to rewarding careers both domestically and globally.
Lower Educational Debt
Unlike traditional education pathways, apprenticeships can significantly reduce, or even eliminate, the burden of educational debt. The combination of paid work and often included tuition assistance for related coursework allows apprentices to gain qualifications without substantial financial strain.
If you have further questions about apprenticeships, don't hesitate to reach out to your local resources. At North Kitsap High School, you can Heather Maas, in Future Readiness Center near the library..
In conclusion, apprenticeships offer a robust and valuable pathway for post-high school career planning. They provide theoretical learning, practical experience, a steady income, mentorship, and lead to internationally recognized trade certifications. For many, apprenticeships can indeed be the stepping stone to a fulfilling and successful career.