Webinar: Student Modules: College and Career Support with Texas College Bridge

Posted by Texas OnCourse on May 19, 2022 3:15:21 PM

Introducing students to pathways they can pursue after high school is no easy task, and we applaud your hard work! We’re here to make college planning even smoother for your high school students. Texas OnCourse has partnered with the Texas Education Agency and College Forward to bring you the College and Career Support guide from Texas College Bridge. This resource comes with five helpful, student-facing modules where students can learn about their interests and passions, different postsecondary paths, how to apply for college, financial aid, and so much more!  

Watch the webinar recording below and download the slides or continue reading for resources and highlights.   

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Topics: Webinar, Jobs and Careers, Applying to College, Educators, Students and Families, High School, College and Career Readiness Resources

Webinar: Enhancing Your Advising Practice Among Unique Groups of Students

Posted by Texas OnCourse on Apr 20, 2022 4:48:03 PM

There are lots of resources out there to support students with disabilities. In this webinar, we help you sort through some of the most helpful ones. These resources are meant to help ease postsecondary planning and career exploration and include a module in the Texas OnCourse Academy that’s filled with awesome information on how to best advise this student population. 

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Topics: Webinar, Educators, Students and Families, High School, Diversity and Inclusion, Special Populations

TASFA is getting an upgrade!

Posted by Texas OnCourse on Apr 13, 2022 1:24:42 PM
We’ve got news, everyone. Starting next October, students will have the option to complete t he Texas Application for State Financial Aid ( TASFA ) online!

You probably already know that the TASFA is a free application that collects information to help determine eligibility for state (or institutional) financial aid for non-citizen Texas students, international students, and other students who cannot complete the FAFSA. It’s currently housed as a downloadable document that your student and their family fill out and either mail or upload to universities or colleges to receive state financial aid.   

Starting in October 2022, the process will be simplified. Students will be able to fill out and submit their application completely electronically, and counselors can easily check completion.   

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Topics: Finances, College Planning, Students and Families, High School, Financial Aid

Your Students May Need to Correct Their Pell

Posted by Texas OnCourse on Apr 13, 2022 12:22:40 PM

Some college-bound seniors may be eligible for more financial aid than they were awarded this spring but will need to take steps to correct their information. Your students deserve to receive the full reward amount they’re eligible for. We know they’re going through the financial aid process for the first time and aren’t likely to know how to navigate this challenge.  Don’t worry though, we’ve got the right information to share with your students and their families before school’s out for the summer.

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Topics: Finances, College Planning, Students and Families, High School, Financial Aid

Webinar: K-12 Updates from 87th Legislative Session, Texas Education Bills 2021

Posted by Texas OnCourse on Jun 15, 2021 12:30:52 PM

View this webinar for an overview of the 2021 Texas education bills passed during the Regular Legislative Session. The webinar also includes a lively discussion full of questions and best practices from your colleagues across the state. To hear what they had to say, be sure to tune into the recording.

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Topics: Grad Requirements, Educators, Administrators, High School, Accountability

Academic Planning Basics for Counselors: What You Need to Know about Endorsements, Graduation Plans, College Credits and More

Posted by Thema Reed, Texas OnCourse on Jun 3, 2021 5:10:53 PM

One of the biggest hurdles middle school students face before entering ninth grade is planning their courses for high school. Once a student enters high school, they have the opportunity to revisit their course plans, explore work-based learning options, and take courses for college credit.

To graduate high school, Texas students are required to complete 22 credits as part of the Foundation High School Program. Students can customize their high school experience by completing additional requirements and graduating with an endorsement, the Distinguished Level of Achievement, and performance acknowledgments. It’s really important that students understand their options based on their future goals. For example, the Distinguished Level of Achievement is mandatory for students to be eligible for Texas’ Top Ten Percent program.

Texas students face a competitive and ever-evolving job market. Understanding their course options and putting together a strong graduation plan helps ensure that students will graduate from high school with the resources and knowledge they need to succeed in college or their chosen career. 

This article outlines the basics of academic planning for educators. For more in-depth information, including resources, handouts, and tips for implementing this information in the classroom, check out the Academic Planning badge in the Texas OnCourse Academy.

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Topics: Finances, Educators, High School, Financial Aid

How to Choose the Best Career Assessment for Your Students

Posted by Texas OnCourse on Apr 12, 2021 5:12:00 PM

The process of selecting a best-fit career assessment can be overwhelming for an educator. There are so many to choose from! Read on to find out how to choose the best assessment for your students. For more info on career assessments, be sure to visit the Texas OnCourse Academy.

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Topics: Jobs and Careers, Educators, High School

What Type of Career Paths Quiz is Right for Your Student?

Posted by Texas OnCourse on Apr 12, 2021 5:06:58 PM

A career paths quiz, or career assessment, is a tool designed to help individuals understand how personal attributes impact their potential success and satisfaction with different career options and work environments. Assessments are used to help individuals make more informed career decisions. They are often used by individuals and organizations such as universities, career counselors, outplacement companies, corporate human resources, executive coaches, and vocational rehabilitation counselors.

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Topics: Jobs and Careers, Educators, High School

Essential Workplace Skills

Posted by Texas OnCourse on Apr 9, 2021 4:43:59 PM

In today's economy, students have to show strong skills to enter the workforce. This is especially true in the United States, where industries are growing faster but creating far fewer jobs. Students need to be ready for the increasingly competitive job market. 

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Topics: Jobs and Careers, Educators, High School

What Students Should Know About Today's Job Market

Posted by Texas OnCourse on Apr 9, 2021 4:32:52 PM

Today's high school graduates face a much different economy than graduates in the past did. For example, students now face increased job competition, different skill requirements, and retirement uncertainty.

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Topics: Jobs and Careers, Educators, High School