• Use The Internet to search for information about colleges and careers.
• Visit your student’s high school counseling department and college center. College catalog as well as college fairs.
• Visit your community college. Schedule a tour of these campuses to learn about many fine programs for high school students both now and after high school.
• Talk to your student about life after high school graduation, helping your child recognize the importance of continuing formal education. Explore with your child the different pathways to further education and career success that now exist, like through the community college or through registered apprenticeship.
• Volunteer to help your students teacher with work related information and experiences that teachers can apply to their subject’s areas. Volunteer to talk to your student’s classmates about what you learned in high school relates to everyday life or talk about your career.
Help Your CHILD PRACTICE ESSENTIAL WORK PLACE SKILLS (what local employer look for in employees) these skills include:
• Positive work attitudes
• Strong reading skills
• A customer-first focus
• Strong teaming skills
• Continuous learning abilities
• Good listening skills
• Good Speaking Ability
• Willingness to be flexible
• Good interpersonal skills
• Self-directed attitudes
Helping your child set goals for himself or herself, goals that include continued education after high school graduate. Encourage your child to see how planning for each year in high school ( classes as well extra-curricular activities) will ensure success in college as well as in careers.
Continue to be involved in your child’s high school education. Ask questions of your child, of the high school’s staff, the many helpful resources, listed above, and yourself. Be open to the new and exciting ways your child can move smoothly from high school to college and eventually to satisfying careers.
So What Should You DO
• Develop a plan
• The plan should be based on your child’s interest
• Education should be seen as means to your child’s goals
Where And When To Begin
• The most important thing you as parent can do is to help your child focus.
• 70% of teachers say that students success is produced by parents who stress education.