College & Career Planning for Alternative High School Program Graduates
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Whether you are a senior preparing to graduate in a few months or a freshman just beginning your course work at Catapult Academy, the College and Career Planning page can help you begin thinking about and planning for life after graduation. On this page, you will find general information about college and career planning, as well as website links for information on what you can do now to begin preparing for college and/or a career.
By enrolling in our high school diploma programs, you’re already on track to do better and have a brighter future ahead. The information regarding college career planning on this page and the included links can help you secure that brighter future — for you and your family!
To receive help with any and all college and career planning, contact Ms. Charmaine Blue, Catapult Academy’s Regional
Manager of College, Careers and Community Relations.
College Career Planning
While planning for college takes time and effort, the payoff is worth the extra work! In this section, you will find information and links to resources that will help you with every step of planning: from researching your career interest, to choosing college options that fit your interests and meet your needs, to identifying available scholarship opportunities, and finally, keeping a timeline of what is due and when.
To get started, create your own S.M.A.R.T. Goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely),
then read this and the bullets below. More resources are available in the links to the left:
- Register here to connect with schools.
- Make a list of all the colleges and scholarships you’re interested in, visit their websites, and request brochures.
- Meet with Ms. Blue for financial literacy planning and how to fund your education.
- Research admission and scholarship deadlines and mark your calendar to stay on track.
- Register to take the ACT exam. Fee waivers and study guides are available for qualifying students.
- Sign up for Catapult’s Kaplan ACT Prep Course. Contact Ms. Blue or your Guidance Counselor for registration information.
- Take the career exploratory (ASVAB) exam to help you determine your strengths and align them with a list of suggested careers.
- Contact Ms. Blue to review everything before submitting your information.
If you decide to go right into a career following graduation, there are many options available to you once you earn your free high school diploma from Catapult. To help you decide on career options, take the career exploratory (ASVAB) exam, regardless of whether or not you’re interested in pursuing a career in the military. This exam will help you determine your strengths, pinpoint a career that matches and aligns your creativity, likes, dislikes, strengths, preferences with your aptitude results, and give you a list of careers to choose from. It’s a great resource to use and keep. Catapult Academy will offer this exam in January/February.
If you are interested in earning industry certification, several Catapult Academy locations offer industry certification exam preparation. Ask your local school counselor about preparation courses that may be available in your area.
- Create a resume for yourself, including your volunteer, community and paid work experience.
- Florida students should visit Florida Trend for useful information on career options that may be a good fit.
- Contact your local Career Source (formerly Workforce). Catapult Academy has established connections in each of its counties to help students obtain employment while in school and after graduation. You can be trained and earn a certification in some of the trades they have beginner employment placement with.
BIO OF DALE CHARMAINE BLUE
Ms. D. Charmaine Blue is Regional Manager of College, Careers, and Community Relations for Catapult Academy. Prior to her work with Catapult Academy, Ms. Blue held leadership positions with several prominent educational organizations, including New York City’s Department of Education, where she was a Director of Operations for 28 Bill and Melinda Gates high schools for at-risk students of Empowerment Schools, and at Columbia University where, as Director of Human Resources and Assistant Director for Administration and Finance of Student Activities, she directed and pioneered numerous programs and activities. She received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Morgan State University and a master’s degree in Leadership from Belhaven University. About her work, Ms. Blue explains, “Working with youth is my passion and natural gift, and I enjoy every minute of the opportunity to help someone turn their life around and achieve their dreams.”
Email Ms. Blue at [email protected].