Mrs. Rudd

Guidance Director
Seniors

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Ms. Newton

Guidance Counselor
Freshman

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Mr. Masters

Guidance Counselor
Sophomores & Juniors

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We are excited about the 2018-2019 school year and look forward to a great time at Jordan Vocational High School. We are here to assist you with planning your high school path, investigating careers, college & scholarship applications, individual & group counseling, educational resources, and more. Have a wonderful School Year!

Students are assigned to counselors based on their last name and/or grade level. Our counseling office is open daily from 7:30 am -3:30 pm. Students can request an appointment with their counselor by filling out an appointment request form in the front of the counseling office. Parents can also schedule a meeting with a counselor via email or phone at 706-748-2831. The direct fax number for our department is 706-748-2824.

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Freshmen planning conferences will begin this month. During the Individual Graduation Plan (IGP) conferences, career goals will be updated and post-secondary options will be discussed. Ms. Newton, the School Counselor will discuss the student’s current academic performance, graduation requirements and post-high school plans. Classes for next year will be discussed with a focus on course sequencing and completing a career pathway.

Individual Graduation Plan (IGP) conferences for Sophomores will begin will begin in October.  Counselors will be contacting students and parents to set a date and time. It is VERY important that at least one parent attend. We will be discussing current academic progress, graduation requirements, next year courses and options for completing a career pathway, as well as post-high school plans.

Things to consider in preparing for your conference….

~ Students planning to attend a 2-Year and 4-Year college should review college admission requirements for the colleges that you are considering. This includes recommended high school courses, GPA and SAT/ACT score requirements.

~ Students planning to attend a 2-Year college are not required to take the SAT or ACT. Technical Colleges prefer the COMPASS test. Check with the specific requirements for your intended program.

~ Students planning to enlist in the military should bring contact information if you are working with a recruiter. If you have not talked with a recruiter yet, your counselor will help you get in touch with one.

~ Students planning to enter the workforce should begin creating a resume or profile sheet of accomplishments.

PSAT

PSAT – WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10TH

For many students the PSAT is the first stop on the road to college. By taking the test, students can:

• Practice for the SAT and get a projected SAT Score Range

• Tell colleges to send information about programs, activities, and financial aid

Additional information will be given to each student during the October Homeroom.

THIS TEST IS GIVEN ONLY ONCE EACH YEAR.  THERE ARE NO MAKE-UP DATES. It is important that you do your very best!!!

For PSAT test prep visit: http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/psat/prep.html

Individual Graduation Plan (IGP) conferences for Juniors will begin mid-September. Counselors will be contacting students and parents to set a date and time. It is VERY important that at least one parent attend. We will be discussing current academic progress, graduation requirements, next year courses and options for completing a career pathway, as well as post-high school plans.

Things to consider in preparing for your conference….

~ Students planning to attend a 2-Year and 4-Year college should review college admission requirements for the colleges that you are considering. This includes recommended high school courses, GPA and SAT/ACT score requirements.

~ Students planning to attend a 2-Year college are not required to take the SAT or ACT. Technical Colleges prefer the COMPASS test. Check with the specific requirements for your intended program.

~ Students planning to enlist in the military should bring contact information if you are working with a recruiter. If you have not talked with a recruiter yet, your counselor will help you get in touch with one.

~ Students planning to enter the workforce should begin creating a resume or profile sheet of accomplishments.

The Muscogee County School District requires that parents attend a conference to review their child’s credits and discuss graduation requirements for the Class of 2019. Conferences are now being scheduled. Please call Ms. Rudd at 706-748-2819 to arrange a time.

Valedictorian and Salutatorian

Muscogee County School District has established criteria that will be used to determine Valedictorians and Salutatorians at all district high schools. All high schools are required to follow the selection criteria, post in the student/parent handbook and on their school website.  Click Here to access more information regarding Valedictorian and Salutatorian selection.

HOPE Scholarships and Grants

HOPE – Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally – is Georgia’s unique scholarship and grant program that rewards students with financial assistance in degree, diploma, and certificate programs at eligible Georgia public and private colleges and universities, and public technical colleges.

HOPE is funded entirely by the Georgia Lottery for Education, which also funds Georgia’s statewide prekindergarten program. Since the HOPE Program began in 1993, over $6.4 billion in HOPE funds have been awarded to more than 1.5 million students attending Georgia’s colleges, universities, and technical colleges. You can benefit from HOPE in several ways.

The HOPE Scholarship, Zell Miller Scholarship and HOPE Grant pay a certain amount for tuition. The amount of the award depends on the type of school the student is attending, the number of credit hours the student is enrolled in, and the specific rates of the college. For a complete listing of eligibility requirements, please review the individual HOPE Scholarship, HOPE Grant, or HOPE GED Grant program regulations. Click Here  for more information.

Hope Scholarship

The HOPE Scholarship program is for students that have demonstrated academic achievement and that are seeking a college degree. There are several ways to become eligible for the HOPE Scholarship, either by graduating from high school as a HOPE Scholar or by earning it while in college. For more information, please review the HOPE Scholarship regulations.

Hope Grant

The HOPE Grant program is for students seeking a technical certification or diploma, regardless of the student’s high school grade point average or graduation date. For more information, please review the HOPE Grant regulations.

Zell Miller Scholarship

The Zell Miller Scholarship program is for students who have demonstrated academic achievement and that are seeking a college degree. Generally, to become eligible, a student must graduate from an eligible high school with a 3.70 GPA and a minimum score on the SAT/ACT. Students must also send their SAT/ACT scores to the Georgia Student Finance Commission. For more information, please review the Zell Miller Scholarship Regulations.

Hope GED Grant

Georgia’s HOPE GED Grant is available to students who earned a General Education Development (GED/high school equivalency) diploma awarded by the Technical College System of Georgia after June 30, 1993.

The Grant provides a one-time $500 HOPE award that can be used towards tuition, books, and other educational costs at an eligible public technical college or public or private college or university. Full-time enrollment is not required. Students must use their HOPE GED Grant award within 24 months of the date of their GED diploma.

For more information, please review the HOPE GED Grant regulations.

All four HOPE programs require students to meet basic requirements. An eligible student must:

  1. Meet HOPE’s U.S. citizenship or eligible non-citizen requirements;
  2. Be a legal resident of Georgia;
  3. Meet enrollment requirements;
  4. Be registered with Selective Service, if required;
  5. Meet academic achievement standards required by the program or the college;
  6. Be in good standing on all student loans or other financial aid programs;
  7. Be in compliance with the Georgia Drug-Free Postsecondary Education Act of 1990;
  8. Not have exceeded the maximum award limits for any HOPE program.

Financial Aid Resources

College can be expensive. It is important that you understand all of the resources that are available to you and your family. Below we have listed great resources to help you map out your financial aid plan. Always remember to check with each individual college regarding their available financial aid plans and scholarships. Remember, there is a difference between being able to get into a college and being able to afford it. Start having financial aid conversations with your family early in your college search process.

Keep in mind that this is not a comprehensive list of all scholarship opportunities available to you. You are encouraged to research other scholarship options through a variety of resources, including: scholarship search engines, colleges and universities, places of employment, and community organizations.