A key factor associated with academic success and dropout prevention is parent involvement. In order to help parents and students succeed in school, UNCE offers the Together for a Better Education program. The program brings together partners from high schools, local colleges, families of 9-12th grade students, college-age mentors, local nonprofits and UNCE staff. The program consists of six sessions held in English and Spanish in various locations across Las Vegas. This fact sheet provides an overview of Session 5: Roads to Higher Education.
The preparation of the college application process begins in the ninth grade or earlier and is reflected in the types of classes that students take and the grades they receive. In addition, there are specific items that need to be in place before applying to college. Listed below are some general guidelines; however, students should check the requirements of the specific colleges and universities.
Entrance exams are usually associated with applying to four-year universities. If students transfer from a two-year community college to a four-year institution, they are not required to take the ACT or SAT; however, students may be required to take placement tests.
Parents can help their children on the road to a higher education by helping them decide what college is suitable for them, understating the demands of taking exams and readily providing financial information they may need during the application process. It can be useful to take an actual or virtual tour of the university to help narrow down the decision.
Source: North Carolina Cooperative Extension (2011). Together for a Better Education Facilitator Manual.
To learn more about this topic and “Together for a Better Education” contact: Nora Luna at (702) 940-5420 or email.
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