<![CDATA[ COLLEGE CREW: BROOKS SECONDARY - Blog]]>Mon, 29 Feb 2016 02:33:54 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Ministry of Education and Local Scholarships]]>Fri, 26 Feb 2016 18:27:27 GMThttp://collegecrew.weebly.com/blog/ministry-of-education-and-local-scholarshipsNow's the time for students to start thinking about some of the Ministry of Education and Powell River scholarships, bursaries and awards. There are lots of opportunities for students to find financial resources to attend post-secondary. Especially, the local scholarships and awards...each year businesses, groups, clubs, and individuals donate over $100,000 for graduates for SD 47. Please take some time to examine the information below and explore the links provided. If students or parents/guardians have any questions, please don't hesitate to connect with one of the Brooks school counsellors.
BC Excellence Scholarships:
There are 55 BC Excellence Scholarships available to recognize well-rounded BC graduates. Winners will have demonstrated community service, both inside and outside their schools, and shown aptitude and commitment to their chosen career paths. They will receive a $5000 scholarship voucher to use for post secondary tuition. Brooks can nominate ONE student for this opportunity. DEADLINE for nominee applications is Tuesday, March 1, 2016.
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Local Scholarships:
The Local Scholarship Blitz will start March 1st. Students are asked to submit a general application and then request separate applications for those scholarships, bursaries and awards that want other documentation. Local Scholarship packages are available from the front office and will be due Friday, April 1, 2016. Counsellors will hold a information/support session for interested students on Wednesday, March 9th in the Great Hall.
Other Ministry of Education Scholarships and Awards:
Get help with post-secondary tuition and fees. Learn about the provincial scholarships available to Grade 12 students graduating high school.

Current Provincial Scholarships (link)

Final thoughts...

Never assume you're not good enough for an award! If you don't apply, you won't receive anything.
<![CDATA[Admission Decisions: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly]]>Wed, 13 Jan 2016 15:30:30 GMThttp://collegecrew.weebly.com/blog/admission-decisions-the-good-the-bad-and-the-uglyAdmission decisions are starting to roll in, and we often get to see all of the excitement that comes with "getting in" to the school that a student wants. We also get to see the disappointment after a student receives a rejection letter. A great deal of energy, emotion, and time goes into PSI applications and not getting an admissions letter from "the school" that you want can be very upsetting.

I still vividly remember getting my rejection letter from UBC as a Grade 12 student, and even though I had a few back up plans and I knew that my academic average wasn't as high as my high school counsellor said it should be to attend a school like UBC, I was still pretty devastated. A good cry and a philosophical discussion with my dad helped me put my energy into my other applications and I truly believe I ended up at the school that was a perfect fit for me...thank you Carleton!! Don't think that you are not PSI worthy just because you didn't get into your top choice school...you can get a great education at so many schools in BC and Canada, so put your energy into discovering some of the other great schools and programs available to you.

I've listed below the most common terms used in admissions...remember, most PSIs still need you to complete certain courses or send final transcripts before final decisions can be made, so keep on working hard and checking for the next steps on your PSI student accounts.

Early Admission
Early admission is a conditional offer of admission made to current high school students. Students offered early admission are required to maintain an acceptable final average on the school's entrance requirements and complete graduation requirements.

Final Acceptance
Congratulations, you are accepted to the institution. The school will send you information on how to register for your courses.

Conditional Acceptance
 You qualify for admission; however, one or more prerequisites (final grades, etc.) has not yet been met. Your offer of admission will specify what is required. It is your responsibility to meet and confirm the rest of the school's prerequisites to keep your admission offer.

Wait List
Although you qualify for admission, the institution is unable to offer admission at this time. If the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of spaces available, your name may be put on a wait list. If a vacancy occurs before classes start, you will be contacted.

Not Accepted
 You did not qualify for admission. Do not let this discourage you from trying another program or school to apply to...there is a school out there for you, and many times a disappointment can lead us to another great destination and one that is better suited to us.

<![CDATA[Jobs in Demand]]>Wed, 16 Dec 2015 22:03:14 GMThttp://collegecrew.weebly.com/blog/jobs-in-demandStill unsure of where to start your career or post-secondary program search? WorkBC has a section called "Jobs in Demand" that examines the jobs that are expected to have above-average opportunities in terms of employment. "The top occupations are largely based on the projected job openings over the period to 2022. These job openings include new jobs created through economic growth and replacement jobs due to retired workers" (WorkBC). Students can search these jobs by education level and/or salary. Have fun exploring and seeing what jobs will be in demand in the future.
<![CDATA[Graduation Questions Answered]]>Tue, 08 Dec 2015 19:07:10 GMThttp://collegecrew.weebly.com/blog/graduation-questions-answeredWith Term 1 well behind us, students are definitely starting to think about their graduation requirements and their post-secondary applications. We've had lots of questions from students and their parents/guardians about how to check graduation credits, how get copies of interim and final transcripts, and how to apply to post-secondary programs.

The Ministry of Education produces two resources that can answer some of the most frequently asked questions about graduation, documents, scholarships, and applications. Check them out below:
<![CDATA[Career Readiness]]>Wed, 25 Nov 2015 23:39:24 GMThttp://collegecrew.weebly.com/blog/career-readiness
Did you know that the average person will have between 10-14 different jobs before their 38th birthday?
Last week we had a very successful Beyond Brooks conference and we are very excited for our students as they make preparations for their next steps beyond high school. Listening to the evening presenters and the conversations after the workshops a definite theme this year was that plans after Grade 12 are more about a journey rather than a specific destination. Research tells us that we will have many different jobs in our lifetime, and the key to success and to our satisfaction is to continually assess our paths and options as we encounter and embrace the changes within ourselves and around us.
It's okay not to know for sure what you're going to do with your life--this is normal. Use the following career cycle to address your post-secondary and career plans several times during your life.
<![CDATA[ChooseBC: Learning About PSIs in BC]]>Sat, 07 Nov 2015 19:49:52 GMThttp://collegecrew.weebly.com/blog/choosebc-learning-about-psis-in-bcFor the past 30 years, the ChooseBC program has travelled all over BC giving students and school counsellors information about planning for studies beyond high school. This week, all of our Grade 12 students attended two PSI workshops of their choice and then the PSI mini-fair where they were able to meet PSI representatives, ask questions, and get viewbooks and brochures.

Students were encouraged to review admission requirements for each school and program and spend time looking at what each school has to offer. Use the following resource to help you better understand the programs and institutions you are considering:

Prospective Students: Questions to Ask

Overall, the event was excellent: great information, great questions by the students, and a great activity to get them thinking about the next steps beyond Brooks.

Don't hesitate to connect with a school counsellor or the PSI representatives for more information about programs, applications and important dates. Also, don't forget to check out the other fabulous schools in BC that weren't able to attend today. Here are some links to help you connect with all of the BC schools:

PSIBC Information
Education Planner

<![CDATA[Applying to a Post Secondary Institution]]>Sun, 25 Oct 2015 17:08:10 GMThttp://collegecrew.weebly.com/blog/applying-to-a-post-secondary-institutionCongratulations...you've picked a program and a school that you would like to attend for your post-secondary education. Now it's time to apply. Here are a few resources to make the application process an easy one for you.

Reminders: Have your PEN number handy, check institution AND program application deadlines, check for additional materials needed for your application and arrange for your transcripts to be sent. 

Education Planner: "How to Apply"

Apply BC
ApplyBC is a centralized online application service for anyone wanting to apply to a post-secondary institution in BC. Students can access the applications of any of the PSIs below with the ApplyBC system. 

Transcripts: Online PSI Selections Form
Students must arrange for their interim marks and final transcripts to be sent to the PSIs that they have chosen. This can be done through the Ministry of Education's Online PSI Selections Form between October 9th and July 15th.
<![CDATA[Where to Find Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards: Let the Searching Begin]]>Mon, 19 Oct 2015 14:34:38 GMThttp://collegecrew.weebly.com/blog/where-to-find-scholarships-bursaries-and-awards-let-the-searching-beginWhen you first start to think about finding scholarships and awards, it can be a bit overwhelming. The good news is that there are lots of scholarships, awards and bursaries that you may qualify for and with a little persistence and effort, it's not too difficult to find them. Although there is no comprehensive book or website to tell you everything you need to know or where or to go, there are a few places that you should look to help you in your search.

The following is a list of what I have found useful to students as they search for scholarships, bursaries and awards.

<![CDATA[Scholarships 101]]>Thu, 15 Oct 2015 01:54:49 GMThttp://collegecrew.weebly.com/blog/scholarships-101
Show me the money!! Grade 12 students had the opportunity to attend a scholarships, bursaries and awards workshop today during FLEX. We had a great turnout (about 80 students!) and I hope they all walked away with a better understanding of the scholarship process and some excitement about applying for free money! Here's what we talked about:
  • terminology associated with scholarships, bursaries and awards
  • places to look for scholarships
  • how to complete a scholarship application
  • counsellors' tips for scholarships
  • checklist before submitting scholarship applications
Students are welcome to drop in to the counselling office to pick up a copy of the 2015/2016 Scholarships Newsletter, browse any new scholarships available, or to check out the scholarships drawer. Students and parents/guardians will have another opportunity to hear about Scholarships 101 at the Beyond Brooks evening on November 18th.
<![CDATA[Right Program. Right Institution. Right Fit.]]>Tue, 13 Oct 2015 17:26:57 GMThttp://collegecrew.weebly.com/blog/right-program-right-institution-right-fit
Want to get a sneak peek at some of the amazing post-secondary institutions in BC? ChooseBC will be in Powell River on Tuesday, November 3rd and all of our Grade 12 students will get the opportunity to attend two PSI workshops and the PSI BC mini-fair. The PSI BC school visits are intended to give students valuable information on planning for their studies beyond high school. Students will have access to each school's liaison representative and their resources, including viewbooks and the application process. A limited number of Grade 11s will also be able to participate, so see Mrs. Burt if you are interested.

Click the PSI BC link above for more information about choosing post secondary after high school and see the tips for families below.