|New York's Promise to Students: Ever Upward
|The Excelsior Scholarship, Making College Possible
Governor Cuomo and the State Legislature recently enacted the Excelsior Scholarship
program, which is administered by the Higher Education Services Corporation. Below is information provided by the Governor's office about the program:
This year, Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature enacted the nation's first tuition-free degree program, the Excelsior Scholarship
.The Scholarship is making college possible for hundreds of thousands of students across the state and helping to alleviate the crushing burden of student debt. A college education is increasingly necessary to secure the jobs of tomorrow, and the Excelsior Scholarship ensures New York's students have access to a quality education and the skills they need to succeed. The Scholarship is available to students enrolled at SUNY or CUNY school for the fall of 2017.
you can find information about the Scholarship and share with your colleagues, friend and family to raise awareness about the program. More than 940,000 middle-class families across New York State will be eligible for the Scholarship, and the requirements are simple.
In order to apply, students must:
- Be residents of New York State
- Plan to attend a SUNY or CUNY two- or four-year degree program
- Take 30 credits per year and make progress towards graduation
- Maintain good academic standing
- Be on track to graduate on time with an Associate's Degree in two years or a Bachelor's Degree in four years
The program goes into effect immediately, and is available for students whose families earn up to $100,000 annually beginning in the fall 2017. It will extend to families making up to $125,000 annually by 2019. Find more information in this fact sheet
The application will be available June 7. Please help spread the word, and visitwww.hesc.ny.gov
to learn more, and text COLLEGE to 81336 for updates.
Siena College will be holding an Instant Admit Day for high school seniors on Tuesday, February 20.
Students who attend are guaranteed to get an admissions decision, including a merit scholarship worth up to $21,000/year.
Please share this with your seniors!
The students and their families will also have the option to meet one-on-one with a financial aid advisor about their eligibility for our new Saint Francis Scholarship program. This could mean an additional $12,000 toward their Siena degree!
We recommend saving a timeslot as soon as possible, as we expect them to fill up fast.
WHAT HAPPENS IF OCM BOCES CLOSES DUE TO WEATHER?
If Cortland and Homer districts are closed, OCM BOCES facilities located in Cortland County will be closed. If only one of the aforementioned districts is closed, and the Career and Technical Education program enrollment by all districts totals one-half or more, OCM facitilites located in Cortland County will remain open. Under certain extenuating circumstances a decision to remain open may be made. Under all circumstances, the safety or our staff and students will be considered.
The OCM BOCES facilities located in Cortland County include:
Cortlandville (McEvoy) Campus
Cortland Alternative School
New Vision Program Sites
Seven Valleys New Tech Academy
The following radio stations and television channels to announce the closing of OCM facilities located in Cortland County. They are as follows:
Radio: AM680, AM870, AM1290, AM1430, AM1470, FM92.5, FM97.3, FM98.1, FM99.1, FM101.5, FM103.3, FM103.7, FM104.1, FM105.7, FM107.5
TV: Channels 3,5,9, and 12
Questions? Call Colleen Viggiano at (315)433-2604 (please do not call CHS)
SAT EXAM REPORTING PROCEDURES HAVE CHANGED!!
The guidance office no longer receives copies of students' individual SAT score reports from College Board.
To ensure that your SAT scores are placed on your transcript please bring a copy of your score report to Mrs. Young in Guidance.
~~ ATTENTION JUNIORS & SENIORS ~~
Stop by the Sr High Guidance Office, Rm 150, and pick up a free copy of the College Conference Manual- a helpful guide focusing on college application tips, tools for college visits, searching for scholarships and an extensive feature about financial aid, including tops for completing the FAFSA.
THE NEWEST EDITION HAS JUST ARRIVED!!! (February 2017)
SELECTIVE SERVICE SYSTEM
ATTENTION ANY MALE STUDENTS ABOUT TO TURN 18!
Hey guys, if you're already thinking about how to celebrate your 18th birthday - here's one suggestion: Register for the Selective Service System. No, it's not the draft, but yes, it is the right thing to do - for your country - for yourself.
Without it you can't get a driver's license in most states. Or civil service jobs. Or federal job training. Or college loans & grants. Selective Service is required for ALL males living in the United States.
Check out the posters around the building, or see Mrs. Young, our Selective Service Registrar, for information on how to register. It's easy and will only take two minutes out of your busy life.
YOUTH EXCHANGE PROGRAM/STUDY ABROAD OPPORTUNITIES
Available to students in Grades 11 and 12
Students who are 15-19 years old and who are leaders in their school and community have the opportunity to learn a new language, discover another culture and become global citizens. Long-term exchanges last a full academic year (August through June).
COSTS: All programs do vary but students and families are typically responsible for round trip airfare, travel insurance, travel documents (passports/visas), spending money and any addtional travel or tours.
APPLICATION PROCESS: Begins in late August/eary September each year. Coursework in advanced level foreign language is strongly recommended. See your high school counselor in 10th grade to begin discussing the opportunity!
A few popular programs are listed below:
The Academic Learning Center (across from the cafeteria) will be available to our students as a resource to enhance their educational experience as well as research, understand and plan for their futures. The center contains resource materials offering information on exam prep, colleges, financial aid, careers and part-time employment.
Military service information is also available in the Academic Center. Representatives from the different branches often set up in the Academic Center corridor to meet with interested students.
College and University representatives visit, primarily in the fall, to speak with interested students.
Announcements of these visits are made in advance for students to secure a pass from Mrs. Young in the High School Guidance Office, Rm 150.
Students are welcome to secure a pass ahead of time.
College Representatives can now go to www.RepVisits.com to schedule an appointment with our high school.
Check out all scheduled visits on our calendar!
GUIDANCE DIRECT is an online college and career planning tool useful in finding colleges and scholarships that meet a student's needs and preferences. Students should contact their guidance counselor for log in information.
ACTs and SATs are administered at Cortland High School. On the day of the examination, students should arrive by 7:45 a.m. and bring their ticket of admission, required photo identification, two #2 pencils and calculator. Click the ACT or SAT link to see more information.
SUNY College Fairs: Each reception and program is designed for high school juniors to explore all that SUNY has to offer including academic and student life programs, honors programs, opportunities for research, independent study, merit scholarships and financial assistance. Click on the SUNY College Fairs link at the right for more information.
Christian College Fairs:
Free Admission - Attending a Christian University & College Fair can be the first step for many students when searching for the right college or university.
For complete information go to www.myblueprintstory.com
AIR FORCE ROTC Detachment 520: Students attending Cornell University, Cayuga CC, Broome CC, Binghamton University, SUNY Cortland, Elmira College, Ithaca College, Wells College or TC3 are eligible for this program. Advantages? Leadership training, scholarships, post-grad job and more. Click on the Air Force ROTC link for more information.
$$$$Wondering how you'll pay for college? Sally Roy is a researcher for a site that provides college planning resources to students. Aware of the burden of rising tuition she's put together a comprehensive Student Financial Aid Guide explaining various financing options available to students and adults! Check out this very informative website at: http://www.onlineschools.org/financial-aid/.
Need a comprehensive guide to 4-year and 2-year colleges, Nursing Schools & Military Programs in the United States?
Go to www.schoolguides.com
or pick up a copy in the Guidance Office or Academic Center.
COLLEGE OPEN HOUSES & INFORMATIONAL SESSIONS
Every attempt will be made to keep this section up-to-date
TO BE UPDATED WHEN INFORMATION ARRIVES
CAYUGA COMMUNITY COLLEGE - OPEN HOUSE & FINANCIAL AID DAY
March 3, 9 am - noon
March 17, 9am - noon
To register visit www.cayuga-cc.edu/openhouse
or cal 1-866-598-8883
CORNING COMMUNITY COLLEGE - 2018 DISCOVER DAY
9:00 - 11:30 am: Visit 3 of CCC's campus locations
12 - 2:00 pm: Participate in a Hands-On Financial Aid Workshop (Elmira site only)
Registration requested online at www.corning-cc.edu/discover
CORNING COMMUNITY COLLEGE - OPEN HOUSE
Call 607-962-9151 or visit www.corning-cc.edu
SUNY DELHI - OPEN HOUSE
Register at www.delhi.edu/openhouse
or call 607-746-4550
HERKIMER COLLEGE - OPEN HOUSE
Saturday, April 7
For Registration/Information: www.herkimer.edu/openhouse
HOBART & WILLAM SMITH COLLEGES - JUNIOR VISIT DAYS
Apr 4, Apr 18, Apr 25
Either 9 a.m. to 12:30 or 12:30 to 4 p.m.
To register call 315-781-3622 or visit www.hws.edu/admissions
ITHACA COLLEGE - OPEN HOUSE
Register at www.my.ithaca.edu
MOHAWK VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE - OPEN HOUSE
Friday, April 13
1 - 4 p.m.
Registration and Information at www.mvcc.edu/openhouse
SUNY OSWEGO - ADMITTED STUDENT DAYS
Mar 24, Apr 16, Apr 21 (All Majors)
Mar 23 (School of Business Majors)
Apr 13 (School of Communication, Media & the Arts Majors)
For more details visit: www.oswego.edu/visit
SETON HALL UNIVERSITY - OPEN HOUSE
For more information or to register visit www.shu.edu/visiting
SUNY COLLEGE FAIRS
Be a part of Something Bigger!
For dates and registration go to www.suny.edu/studentevents
DID YOU KNOW?????
While planning for college financing, students & parents may have come acress the terms "subsidized" student loan and "unsubsidized" student loan. Since the difference between the two does affect when the loan interest wil have to be repaid, it is important to know the difference. A subsidized loan
is given based on financial need. You are not charged any interest before the repayment period begins or during other times of deferment; the federal government "subsidizes" the interest during these times. An unsubsidized loan
is not need-based. Therefore, interest is charged from the time the loan is disbursed until it is paid. If you don't pay the interest in a timely fashion, it will be capitalized, which means that it will be added to the principal amount and the interest will be based on the higher amount. If you get an unsubsidized loan, repaying your interest as it accumulates is the way to go. (Article cited from School Guide's College Confrence Manual, March 2, 2016)
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EMPLOYMENT NEWS & OPPORTUNITIES
UPDATED WHEN INFORMATION ARRIVES
McLean Road, Cortland
Are you a Senior who is going straight into the workforce after June?
Consider applying now for career opportunities as Material Handlers, Forklift Operators, Lumber Inspectors, and Sawyers
Salary begins at $12.00 per hour
Candidates will need to have a strong desire to work, proven dependability and a desire to succeed by working with others and learning new skills.
Employment package includes vacation pay, life insurance, 401k and Employee Stock Ownership Plan.
Contact Jennifer Brown, Human Resources Manager at 607-753-1081
SUMMER YOUTH EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING PROGRAM 2017
Applications for income-eligible youth, ages 14 thru 20,
interested in participating in the Summer Youth Employment and Training Program (SYETP)
are now available in the guidance office - Room 152.
CORTLAND REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
TEENAGE VOLUNTEER PROGRAM (14-18 years of age)
Requirements: Passing all classes - Complete mandatory orientation - Minimum commitment of 1 (one) Saturday per month (3 hour shifts) -
Possession of NY state working papers - Meet hospital clearance guidelines
Application Packets are now available in the guidance office - Room 152.
Looking for a few smiling faces to join our team today!!
Our hours are flexible to your schedule!
2 easy ways to apply...
Online at www.wbwrestaurants.wendystoday.com
Appy in Person
157 Clinton Ave., Cortland
Questions? Call Patsy Thatcher at 607-753-6401, ext. 4632
WORKING PAPERS applications are available in the Senior High Guidance Office - Rm. 150 and from Mrs. Perry in the Junior High Office - Rm. 177.
YOUTH INTERNSHIP AT THE YOUTH CENTER - The Youth Center offers a paid internship program to students 14 and older. The position involves field-trip planning, fundraising, in-house programming, event coordiantion, clerical tasks, and general assistance with daily operational chores. Everyone who applies will be interviewed. Applicants 17 and under must have working papers. Applications are available at the Center. Talk to a Youth Center staff person for more information (607 753-3021).
This section contains information about Academic Summer Programs offered by various institutes of higher learning.