There are more than a dozen four-year colleges and universities in Colorado and hundreds across the country! This week, we'll narrow down your options and learn more about the application process. 

 

If you know to which schools you plan to apply, jump to the Preparing Your Applications section

 

If you need to narrow down your options, follow the steps below! 

 

Narrowing Down Your Options Using School Finder

 

Step 1: From the CIC homepage, navigate to the College Planning > Explore Postsecondary Schools > School Finder.  

 

Step 2: Use the menu on the left side of your screen to filter by dozens of criteria. Click Programs/Majors Offered to select the postsecondary program(s) you identified earlier in CAM.  When you finish inputting criteria, scroll down and click See Matching Schools. 

Explore Schools Law

 

Step 3: Your criteria will generate a list of matching schools. To learn more about the school, click on the institution name.

School Finder 4 Year

 

Step 4: If you are interested in any Colorado four-year schools, visit the College Admissions Tool Matching College List. Enter your high school GPA and test scores. How competitive are you at each school? Select to Compare your favorites.

Select to Compare

  

 

 

Preparing Your Applications

Once you determine your school(s) of choice, you will need to complete the following tasks to apply. 

  • Submit your high school transcript to your institution(s) of choice.
  • Get a letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor.
  • Write a personal essay.

 

First, let's get organized! Fill out the four-year checklist in your CAM Passport. Here’s an example:

Program Application: Political Science at  Colorado Mesa University

I want to apply by: Nov. 9

 Tasks My Deadlines Notes
 Request Transcript  Oct. 12   Will need to talk to my counselor
 Get recommendation  Oct. 17   Will need to talk to my teachers
 Write first draft of personal essay  Oct. 25   Need to ask friends and family to proofread
 Fill out practice application worksheet  Oct. 27   Need to fill out with my family
 Write final version of personal essay  Oct. 28  
 Apply  Oct. 30  

Now that you have a plan in place, CIC has many tools and templates to help with each step of the application process.

 

Get your recommendation letter: Most colleges and universities will ask for a recommendation from a teacher, counselor, coach or other mentor. 

  

Write your personal essay: This is your opportunity to showcase your unique experiences and interests—what makes you you!

  

Get Ready to Apply

CAMApplied 

Mission Accomplished: Show your CAM Ambassador your completed checklist. 

 

 

 

 

You can earn a certificate, associate of arts degree or an associate of science degree at a two-year institution.

 

Important Information for Two-Year Institutions

Before you apply, think over these considerations:

  • Some colleges will give you credit for prior learning from earlier work experiences.

 

If you know to which schools you plan to apply, jump to the Preparing Your Applications section. 

 

If you need to narrow down your options, use the Colorado Training Providers website or the School Finder tool

 

FINDING YOUR PROGRAM USING COLORADO TRAINING PROVIDERS

 

Step 1: When you arrive at Colorado Training Providers Website, click Explore Careers.

 

Step 2: Click the general career area you would like to pursue. Then select your pathway. 

Week 5 Certificate Step 1a

Week 5 Certificate Step 1b

 

Step 3: Narrow down your occupation and program of study.

Week 5 Step 2

 

Step 4: You should see a list of available programs. Use the menus to the left to narrow down your options by zip code and cost. Under the Credential filter, select Associates – Liberal Arts (A.A.S) and/or Associates – General Studies. Once you find a program that works for you, click on the program link. This will take to a webpage with more information about the program.

 Week 5 AA Step 5 

  Found your program? Jump to Preparing Your Applications. 

 

 

FINDING YOUR PROGRAM USING SCHOOL FINDER 

 

Step 5a (Optional): From the CIC homepage, navigate to the College Planning > Explore Postsecondary Schools > School Finder.  

 

Step 5b: Use the menu on the left side of your screen to filter by dozens of criteria. Click Programs/Majors Offered to select the postsecondary program(s) you identified earlier in CAM.  When you finished inputting criteria, scroll down and click See Matching Schools. 

 

Step 5c: Your criteria will generate a list of matching schools. To learn more, click on the institution name.

 School Finder 2 Year

 

 

 

Preparing Your Applications

Let's get organized! Fill out the application checklist in your CAM Passport. 

 

Program Application: Paralegal AAS at Arapahoe Community College

I want to apply by: Nov. 9

 Information/Document Needed  Do I have it available?  Notes                                                                   
 My Social Security Number  Yes or No (DO NOT WRITE YOUR SSN HERE)
                                    
 My address and contact information    
 The academic program I want to study    
 The academic program I want to study    
 Citizenship/Visa information    
 Tasks  Deadline  
 Gather documents    
 Apply    

Most community colleges, two-year and occupational/technical schools have open admissions. If you are a high school graduate, typically you will automatically be admitted into these institutions.

CAMApplied 

Mission Accomplished: Show your CAM Ambassador your completed checklist to earn your stamp.

 

 

You can earn a certificate at a two-year institution or a private occupational school, such as an esthetician or culinary school. 

 

If you know to which schools you plan to apply, jump to the Preparing Your Applications section. 

 

If you need to narrow down your options, follow the steps below!

 

Step 1: When you arrive at Colorado Training Providers Website, click Explore Careers.

 

Step 2: Click the general career area you would like to pursue. Then select your pathway. 

Week 5 Certificate Step 1a

Week 5 Certificate Step 1b

 

Step 3: Narrow down your occupation and program of study.

Week 5 Step 2

 

Step 4: You should see a list of available programs. Use the menus to the left to narrow down your options by zip code and cost. Under the Credential filter, be sure to select Certificate. Once you find a program that works for you, click the link. This will take to a webpage with more information about the program.

Week 5 AA Step 5

 

Step 5: If your program belongs to a private occupational school, use the Program Overview information to find the program website and program contact. From here, you can learn how to apply through the program website.

Galvanize 

 

If you don’t find a school that matches your program choice in CoTrainingProviders.org, search programs in College In Colorado.

 

Explore Majors Schools

 

 

Preparing Your Applications

 

Most community colleges, two-year and occupational/technical schools have open admissions. If you are a high school graduate, typically you will automatically be admitted into these institutions.

Let's get organized! Fill out the application checklist in your CAM Passport. 

 

Program: Legal Technician Certificate

College or School: 

I want to apply by:

 Information/Document Needed Do I have it available?                                        Notes  
  My Social Security Number  Yes or No only--do not write your SSN here!                                                    
  My address and contact information    
  The academic program I want to study    
  Citzenship/Visa information    
  Tasks Deadline  Notes
 Gather application information    
  Apply    

 

CAMApplied 

Mission Accomplished: Show your CAM Ambassador your completed checklist to earn your stamp.

 

 

 

To join the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps or Coast Guard, review the requirements on this webpage.

To join the enlisted ranks, in general you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or Green Card holder
    • Non-citizens must speak, read, and write English fluently.
    • Non-citizens must currently live in the U.S.
  • Be in good health
  • Be at least 17 years old
  • Have a high school diploma (some branches will accept a GED)
  • Pass the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test

 

To become an officer:

You can become an officer in the U.S. military by graduating from one of the U.S. service academies. The academies are colleges that train future commissioned officers.

Learn how to apply to academy.

 

You can also earn an officer commission through:

 

edit f2To prepare to apply, fill out the checklist in your CAM Passport. Here’s an example:

 

Military Application: U.S. Air Force

Branch: 

 Information/Document Needed                  Do I have it                           available?   Notes                     
  My citizenship information  Yes  
  Task  Deadline  Notes
 Meet with recruiter; commit to serve    
 Review sample ASVAB questions    
 Set visit date to Military Entrace   Processing Station (MEPS)    
 Pass the ASVAB test    
 Pass the phyiscal exam    
     
     

CAMApplied 

Mission Accomplished: Show your CAM Ambassador your completed checklist to earn your stamp.

 

I Applied—What’s Next?

 

Apprenticeships

Step 1: Prepare for your Interview

The selection process will typically include a review of your documents (resume, cover letter, application, etc) and either a video or face-to-face interview.

 To get ready, research the organization:

  • What product or service do they offer?
  • What other kinds of jobs are at the company?
  • What is the history of the company?
  • What has been written about them? Read their “news” or “press” section on their website. 

Think about your experiences and qualities

While you may not have work experience yet, you have other experiences that may relate to the job. Tell stories from your life, school activities or community involvement. Highlight your successes working on a team, completing a difficult assignment, working toward a project deadline, or even dealing with a difficult sibling. Be sure to highlight any volunteer, internship or work you have completed along with any coursework you have taken related to the job.

 

Step 2: Practice.  Ask a parent or friend to do a mock interview for the apprenticeship you want.

 

Step 3: Review and update your resume and cover letter.  Be sure to target the requirements desired by the organization specifically. Use these CIC tools to get started. Make sure to bring your resume, application and best presence to the interview

 

Step 4: Watch your email, mail and phone calls for notification on whether you landed the apprenticeship.

Once you have applied and interviewed for an apprenticeship, you should always send a handwritten note thanking the interviewer for their time. Use the Thank-You Letter builder activity on your ICAP page to start.

  • As with any job, watch your mail, email and phone for a congratulatory or rejection notification.
  • Keep applying. Although you may not land an apprenticeship on the first try, keep adjusting your resume to suit the job description and company, and keep improving your interviewing skills.
  • Get prepared to start work: Make arrangements for transportation, clothing, day care and other lifestyle changes that you will need to accomplish.

 

Military

Step 1: MEET WITH A COUNSELOR AND DETERMINE A CAREER

During your MEPS (Military Entrance Processing Station) visit, a service enlistment counselor will meet with you to find the right job specialty. A few different factors contribute to career selection:

  • Needs of the Service
  • Job availability
  • ASVAB score
  • Physical requirements (for example, a recruit needs normal color vision for some careers)
  • Recruit’s preference

The service enlistment counselor will also go over the enlistment agreement with you. It is important to understand this fully before signing. When you sign this agreement, you are making a serious commitment to the military!

At this time, you will be fingerprinted, which is required for background checks and security clearances.

 

STEP 2: TAKE THE OATH OF ENLISTMENT

Once your career has been determined, you are ready to take the Oath of Enlistment. In this statement, you vow to defend the U.S. Constitution and obey the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). Family members are invited to watch and take photos.

 

STEP 3: AFTER THE MEPS

You will now do one of two things, depending on the terms of your enlistment:

  • Direct Ship – You report to Basic Training shortly after completing MEPS testing requirements. (It varies based on job assignment and branch.) A recruiter will provide instructions on transportation to Basic Training at this time.
  • Delayed Entry Program (DEP) – You commit to Basic Training at a time in the future, generally within one year. Most recruits enter DEP before shipping, including recruits who enlist before completing high school.  Recruits enrolled in DEP may return to their homes until the time comes to report for duty.

 

 

 

 

Two-Year Colleges/ Technical Schools

  • Do you intend to continue your education at a four-year college? Make sure the credits you receive from your two-year school program will transfer to (the credits will be accepted at) the four-year school of your choice.

 

 

 

 

 

Four-Year Schools

Over the next several months, colleges will notify you of your admission status. Some will give you a decision soon after receiving your application; others may take longer. You may have to wait several months before you receive the decision in the mail, so don't panic!

After you've applied...

  • Continue to apply to colleges you wish to attend.
  • Check in with the admissions office to make sure your application is complete.

As you receive positive admissions decisions from each college

  • Review and compare the college's cost to the financial aid award letter they sent you.
  • Use the SLOPE Calculator to compare monthly loan payments to expected career salary.
  • Decide which school you will attend.
  • Be sure to read the information your college sends and mark your calendar with important dates. You don't want to miss the decision deadline!

 

 

 

 

Continue to apply for scholarships

Scholarships help bridge the gap, and you can find one for just about anything (duct tape creations, zombie costumes—you name it!). The key is identifying opportunities that match your interests and qualifications and sticking to the submission deadlines.

With more than three million opportunities, our Scholarship Finder database can help you score some extra cash for school. Follow these simple steps:

  • Build your personal profile.
  • Find scholarships that match your skills, interests and qualifications.
  • Save and apply to the scholarships you selected.

Sign up for newly listed scholarship e-mail alerts.

 

 

 

 

Celebrate your hard work!

Remember to take some time and celebrate your accomplishments. Applying to postsecondary program a lot of work, but it's one of the best investments you can make in your future. Stay on top of your scholarship applications, decision deadlines and FAFSA filings to ensure you make the most of your opportunities!

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