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Blue Ridge Helps Students Plan For Future

At Rosman High Boot Camp

 

Last updated 11/23/2020 at 4:33pm

Juniors at Rosman High School got a jump start on planning for their senior year and beyond on Nov. 4 and 5 during Boot Camp days. These Boot Camp days consisted of small 30-minute sessions where juniors at Rosman rotated between groups to learn more about their senior year and important next steps. Blue Ridge Commun-ity College was able to take part in this event by hosting three separate sessions led by Lisanne Masterson, director of financial aid, Carson Griffin and Daniel Harris from NCWorks, and Bailey Varley, NC career coach. Varley serves as the NC career coach for Transylvania County Schools where she advises students on opportunities available to eligible high school students through Blue Ridge's Career and College Promise (CCP) Program. CCP allows students to take college level courses tuition free while still in high school. During the CCP session, Varley presented the opportunities and advantages of taking part in this program, including earning transferable college credit or certifications. The presentation also focused on what students need to be doing now to set themselves up for success in the future, including the importance of paying attention to not just their own personality but the potential school or employer's personality and environment. Juniors learned about paying attention to the classes/subjects that they excel in and enjoy, as well as remembering the ones that they didn't enjoy or thrive in. Students were given guidance on how to find the best fit when deciding on a college or a career path. NCWorks staff highlighted resources available to students and this community, including getting help finding a job, obtaining additional training for careers and resumé building. The students not only learned about the importance of a resumé but also learned about the mechanics of creating one, including how to format one and what to include. Students were reminded to keep a simple record of their activities and accomplishments, what they did and when, so they're easy to remember when students need them for college, job or even scholarship applications. They were also encouraged to look for part-time jobs, volunteer positions and internships in areas that interest them. Masterson discussed crucial information and timelines in regards to financial aid, specifically the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA). She presented it in a way that whether students had never heard of the FAFSA or had familiarity with it, they were able to grasp the importance of the resources available to them. This presentation helped to break down unfamiliar terms and processes into digestible chunks for the students to ensure that they left with a clearer understanding of financial aid. Masterson made sure to highlight helpful tips, including deadlines, local scholarships and explained the difference between types of aid, including scholarships, grants and loans. Rosman High School's Boot Camp days for juniors allowed students to think and plan their next steps as they get closer to their senior year. For more information on financial aid, NCWorks or CCP, visit www.blueridge.edu. Spring registration is open for CCP courses. Contact Varley for advice or more information at [email protected]

Juniors at Rosman High School got a jump start on planning for their senior year and beyond on Nov. 4 and 5 during Boot Camp days. These Boot Camp days consisted of small 30-minute sessions where juniors at Rosman rotated between groups to learn more about their senior year and important next steps.

Blue Ridge Community College was able to take part in this event by hosting three separate sessions led by Lisanne Masterson, director of financial aid, Carson Griffin and Daniel Harris from NCWorks, and Bailey Varley, NC career coach.

Varley serves as the NC career coach for Transylvania Cou...



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