The district is presenting 3 College Readiness Workshops, 2 next week and 1 the week after. This is a great idea but I just saw this notice this week (and am now just getting around to posting it). I check the district website every day so I know this is recent. I'm glad they are doing this but a little more advance notice is always good.
Tuesday, May 4th at Chief Sealth High School at the Boren School library
Thursday, May 6th at Rainier Beach High School library
Tuesday, May 11th at Ingraham High School Library
All the meetings are from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Topics covered at all three workshops will include:
Why your child should go to college
• Job opportunities for college graduates
• Annual earnings high school graduates vs. college graduates
• Satisfaction and personal growth
• New and exciting experiences
How high schools prepare students for college:
• College Path courses and Honors Courses
• Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses
• Grades and Attendance
What you can do to support your child:
• The right courses your child should take in high school
• Requirements for college entrance
• Ideas about where to go to find the information you need
Interpretation services will be available, and light dinner will be provided.
There is a bit of irony here as the district cut the Career Counselor positions so that "ideas about where to go to find the information you need " might mean looking at books in the old Career Counselor office but not finding a human being to help you. (There are also organizations like NELA who help but they are not based at each school.) The academic counselors might be able to help a little (and maybe more at the smaller high schools) but that's not realistic.
Another piece of this for me is that I was going to volunteer to man a Career Counselor office at one high school for all of next year (2-3 days a week) so that kids who need a real person can find one. (I'm not qualified per se but I can at least read essays and offer direction which is better than no help at all.)
However, I find out that the union doesn't like that (even if the job only exists on paper because there is no funding and I'd only be there a year) and I probably won't be allowed to do it. I'll appeal to the Board or union leadership but it's probably a no go. Very frustrating.