Grade 12
Information Presentation
Fall 2012
Ms. Brown and Mr. Gosney
Part 1 - Fall
•Can I Graduate?
•About Post Secondary
•How Do I Apply?
Part 2 – Winter/Spring
•How Can I Pay?
Part 1: Fall
Can
I Graduate?
About
How
Post Secondary
Do I Apply?
GRADE 12 = Potential Grad
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GRADE 12: students who, when the
year begins, can graduate during or
at the end of this school year.
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But if a student fails a course the
student will ineligible to graduate.
You will be dropped from the
potential grad list.
CREDIT CHECK AND
GRAD LIST
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The Counsellors complete credit checks to
ensure a student is eligible to graduate.
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The Potential Grad List is the list of all who are
eligible to graduate.
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The list is meant to show you what we have on
record as a student’s legal full name in order to
prepare their diploma for graduation.
GRADUATION
REQUIREMENTS
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Maximum 7
Grade 10 credits
Minimum 5 Grade
12
Must include 13
specific credits
listed at the right:
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3 English
Science #1 & #2
2 Math (10 & 11)
1 Cdn History 11
1 Global Studies
12
1 Physical
Education
1 Fine Arts
2 further
Math/Sci/Tech
GRAD REQUIREMENTS
(CONTINUED)
NOTE: 2 courses of the same
subject and same grade level
can only count as 1 credit except
Pre Cal Math 12 and Calculus.
Example:MAF11+MAT11+MAD11
=just one credit.
Be Careful!!!!!!!!!!!
You may be meeting graduation
requirements BUT your courses might
not be suitable for admission into the
post-secondary program you aspire
to.
CAREER SERVICES IN THE
GUIDANCE OFFICE AND
ONLINE
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Millwood High Virtual Guidance Office
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Career Counselling from fully certified Counsellors
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PUBLICATIONS: Career Options, Booklets, Occupational
Monographs
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“Career Cruising” : a fun computerized occupational
search programs – answer about yourself and the
computer matches your answers with occupations
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Career Options Online: http://careeroptions.ednet.ns.ca
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JOB ACQUISITION HELP: Help with your resumes and for
interviews
About Post Secondary
Post-secondary means after high school
Training implies hands-on or technical learning,
often relating to a particular occupation.
Education means learning in a more general
way,
Such as learning to learn, learning to think,
gaining
new knowledge that doesn’t relate to a particular
job.
Institution means a school of some kind
Program means a set of courses usually leading
to a diploma of some kind or
to a particular occupation.
WHAT ARE THE OPTIONS AFTER
HIGH SCHOOL? (“Post-secondary
options”)
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Go directly to full-time work
Military Training and Employment
Apprenticeship (a formal on-the-job
training program) for skilled trades
Private Career College: Business,
Cosmetology, Computer etc.
Community College for trades,
technology, business
University
Virtual Guidance Office
Contains links to all the institutions
commonly attended by Millwood students.
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on-line (directly such as www.dal.ca, or
www.nscc.ca)
or via links at sites such as
www.schoolfinder.com
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at our on-line Guidance Office which has
lists of links
About UNIVERSITY
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Intended to develop thinking, research and general
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Some programs do train for jobs, such as law, medicine,
teaching, nursing, dentistry, etc.
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Universities range in size from tiny (<100 students) to
huge (>30,000) [Dal is 15,000]
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Tuition averages about $5000 to $8000 per year.
knowledge (to produce an “educated person”), not
necessarily to train for a specific occupation, BUT
Maritimes relatively high. Nfld is cheaper.
UNIVERSITY Programming
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Programs are mostly at least three years long
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The most popular programs are in:
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Arts (such as English, History, Languages, Sociology, etc),
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Sciences (such as Physics, Biology, etc),
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Commerce or Business. These do not usually train you
specifically for a particular occupation, but are necessary for
entry into many occupations, where you get specific training.
Important to explore options available as some programming
has become more diverse and job oriented (i.e.: Bachelor of
Computer Science – Informatics)
Plan Ahead!!!!!!!!!!
Are you thinking of becoming a lawyer,
a vet, a physician, a dentist, a teacher,
a research scientist, a psychologist,
physiotherapist,etc?
All of these require you to:
•First complete a bachelor’s degree
•Then go on to further university
•Education for at least one other degree.
General Requirements for University
Admission (Atlantic Canada)
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English 12 and four other acceptable Grade 12 academic
courses (may have to include Math or Pre-Calculus Math
and/or other courses depending on desired program)
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About 70% in each of the required courses (English and
???) and about a 70% average in the five courses with no
mark below 60%
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Note: these are typical but some cut-off averages can be higher
or lower – Tend to be higher in Quebec and Ontario. Small or
specific programs like nursing will have higher cutoffs.
• These can change without notice
General Requirements for University
Admission (Atlantic Canada)
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Math is not necessarily a requirement for
some programs, but at some universities
everyone must have at least some high
school academic math.
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Pre Cal Math and a varying number of Gr
12 sciences are usually needed for
science and engineering degree programs
This can vary outside NS, such as at
Memorial in Newfoundland.
OTHER OPTIONS:
Royal Military College, Kingston, Ontario:
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a military university
requires high academics for acceptance
must be accepted into military
free tuition; paid while there
military life while there; military training summers
must serve for 5+ years after completion
Check with Military recruiters about this and
other military options.
Canadian Coast Guard College, Sydney
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Free, requires high marks, Math, Physics, maybe French
U.S. UNIVERSITIES
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Should apply as soon as possible.
Usually require SAT I (or ACT) scores:
-write at Dalhousie
-apply by late October to write in early
December or apply in mid December to
write in late January
-SAT’s may also be needed for
international scholarships
About Community College
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Offer programs that train you for specific occupations.
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Skilled trades, computer, business, service, helping
occupations
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Programs take 1 or 2 years (less than university) and are
less expensive
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Some programs require academic high school credits.
Many don’t. See your counsellor or contact the college.
Some of these occupations or trades may pay more than
university-oriented jobs and have more likelihood of
employment.
Community Colleges in
Atlantic Canada
NS Community College
 NB Community College
 NB College of Forest Technology
 Holland College (PEI)
 College of the North Atlantic (Nfld)
 College de l’Acadie (NS – part of U
Ste Anne)
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NS COMMUNITY COLLEGE
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Business oriented, trades and technical
programs – a huge variety
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One college but 13 campuses (examples
are Akerley, Waterfront, Institute of
Technology, Centre for Geographic
Sciences, Kingstec)
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Most require minimum Grade 12,
sometimes with academic courses.
NS COMMUNITY COLLEGE
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You can apply as soon as you enter your Gr 12 year.
“First come – first qualified.”
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$25 to apply
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Most programs about $2800/yr plus books
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A few programs are much more expensive
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See the calendar, available in Guidance or online, for list of
programs and descriptions.
NS Community College
Programming
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Cooking
Electrical – construction
and industrial
Furniture & Woodworking
Gas Installation and
Service
Graphic Design
Steamfitting/Pipefitting
Tourism and Hospitality
Radio & TV arts
Sound Recording
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Heavy Duty Equipment
Repair
Landscaping
Appliance Service
Automotive Service
Automotive Collision
Repair
Business Administration
Carpentry
Survey Technician
Outdoor Power Equipment
- Motorcycle
About PRIVATE COLLEGES
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Also called private trade schools, career colleges,
business colleges, etc. These are private
businesses operated for profit.
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Programs are usually 1 or 2 years
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Train you specifically for a certain occupation
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There are many right here in the Halifax area.
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Concentrate on business and human service
training programs
Private Colleges that came to
last year’s EXPO
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Academy of
Cosmetology
Hair Design Ctr
Concepts School of
Cosmetology
Nova Scotia College
of Early Childhood
Educ
Ctr for Arts &
Technology
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ICT Northumberland
College (massage)
Success College,
Sackville
Cdn College of
Massage &
Hydrotherapy
Moncton Flight
College
Maritime Business
College
About Apprenticeship
Training
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This is the best bargain
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Many skilled trades require you to be an apprentice (on job learner)
before you are fully qualified (journeyperson). An apprenticeship is a
program in which you learn on the job under the supervision of a
qualified person.
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Involves some in-school time (Some courses at NSCC)
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Get paid while working as an apprentice
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Eventually write exams and put in time and become qualified yourself
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Can take pure apprenticeship without going to community college. This
route is basically free, as you are paid while under training.
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More info at: http://apprenticeship.ednet.ns.ca/
APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING
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Some trades require apprenticeship:
examples: automotive service tech, bricklayer, construction electrician,
motor vehicle repair oil burner mechanic, plumber, refrigeration and air
conditioning mechanic, stationary engineer, truck and transport mechanic
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Some trades are optional: examples are carpenter,
boilermaker, cook, millwright, machinist, motor vehicle repair (body),
welder, etc.
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Apprenticeship is a contract between you, your
employer/ trainer and the government.
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MANY OF THESE TRADES ARE, OR WILL BE, IN
HUGE DEMAND AND COULD YIELD HIGH
INCOMES.
About the Military
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For more info call the CF Recruiting Centre at 1 (800) 856-8488
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Recruiters for the forces in general will be here at Education Expo
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Local reserve units come to the school at various times to recruit
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Enter ROTP (paid university plus training)
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Enter CEOTP (military training then subsidized part-time
university spread over several years, while working)
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Join the reserves (part-time work). Get up to $2000
award each year when you finish a year of college or
university.
or walk in during business hours (Scotia Square)
FOR MORE INFORMATION
ON ANY COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY:
1. BORROW THE BOOKLETS OR CALENDARS
AVAILABLE IN THE GUIDANCE OFFICE, OR
2. GO ON-LINE. Many post-secondary institutions are
moving to completely online information and
registration formats.
3. GO TO MILLWOOD VIRTUAL GUIDANCE OFFICE
How Do I Apply?
Applying to University or
College (typical procedure)
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Access the online applications
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Review with Counsellor if you wish; then send to
the university
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There are application fees ($45+)
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Request transcripts from Guidance (binder on
counter), and pick up when ready.
Applying to University or College
(typical procedure) Cont’d
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Mail or take to the institution prior to deadline.
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Usually all of this is after 1st semester marks are
in. You can apply before your marks are
available. Some schools (NSCC and some
universities) will allow you to apply as early as
NOW! For NSCC you should apply ASAP.
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Procedure may be a little different if you are applying for a
scholarship.
Check with your Counsellor:
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Before you apply, check to see if you
have the right courses and high enough
marks.
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If borderline, but have extenuating
circumstances, your Counsellor can be of
great assistance.
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Do you mention adaptations or learning
difficulties?
Replies from Institutions
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May take several weeks, especially if you applied
early
Typical replies:
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Conditional acceptance (“as long as you keep your
marks up, you’re in”)
Deferral (“we’re interested but let’s see your marks
later – April or June)
Placed on waiting list (“acceptable but we’re full”
common at Community College)
Rejection (“you aren’t taking the courses needed” or
“your marks are way too low”)
Final acceptance (only when all requirements have
been met – rare before graduation)
End Part 1
Summary
• Check credit status (do you have what you
need?)
• Explore post-secondary options (Education
Expo Oct 17th)
• Review the early scholarship handout
provided today
• Complete Graduate Application Form
Planning for Post-Secondary
School
Part 2:
How Can I Pay?
Counsellors: Mrs. Brown and Mr. Gosney
Review Part 1
• Check your credits to ensure you are meeting
grad requirements
• Explore secondary options
• There are many deadlines for applications
and awards. Consult the institutions you are
applying to and the Guidance Website under
“Post-Secondary”
• Most applications for post secondary school
are online
Visit Guidance Website
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From Millwood homepage select:
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Guidance
• Post-Secondary
• Financial Info (info on financing, scholarships
and awards)
• Institution link (will take you to a comprehensive
list of links to post-secondary institutions)
Costs of Post-Secondary
Education
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Tuition Fees
Other Fees (activities, athletic, health,
etc.)
Books and supplies
Room and board (home and away)
Transportation
Miscellaneous and Social (may be
different than if not at school)
*multiply these costs by number of years
in the program
Questions?
Please pause the presentation for
the classroom teacher to record
any questions from students for
the Guidance department.
Paying for Post-Secondary
Student Savings
 Awards (Scholarships and Bursaries)
 Student’s employment income:
summers and during the school year
 Student Loans
 RESP’s and other investments
 Family (pay-as-you-go)
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Awards
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Everyone going on to post-secondary should
apply for an award. Not all awards are based
solely on marks.
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Local awards
provided by local service clubs, foundations
and businesses (may be based on affinity and/or need as well as
marks)
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Applications usually January to May. (Links online, or consult
with your Counsellor)
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Millwood Awards – several local awards with one
application for all
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Private Scholarships
provided by employers and unions to
dependents of employees, or to employees themselves.
More on Awards
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Grants for special populations:
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Military Reserves Scholarships.
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Education and Training Plans such as ROTP,
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Entrance Scholarships.(automatically applied
when applying to the institution).
examples are
Education Incentive Fund for African Canadian Students,
First Nations Funds, Funds for students with physical
and/or learning challenges.
Members of
reserve units, working part-time are eligible for scholarships to
university and community college.
CEOTP (visit: http://www.forces.ca/en/page/paideducation-96), and
Coast Guard College
Questions?
Please pause the presentation for
the classroom teacher to record
any questions from students for
the Guidance department.
Student Loans
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types:
•Government
•Private
Government Student Loans
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Administered by the NS Dept. of
Education.
They determine eligibility.
There is NO family income cap that
disqualifies any student from receiving
student loans. Student Assistance
Applications are as individual as the
students themselves, and many factors
are used to determine whether a
student qualifies for this program.
Government Student Loans,
cont’d.
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There is no repayment of the loan and
there is no interest until after studies
have been completed.
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Currently, a portion of the loan may be
remitted (does not have to be repaid) if
good marks are obtained.
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Apply beginning in late April
(approximately)- apply on-line at:
www.studentloans.ednet.ns.ca
Private Student Loans
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Provided by financial institutions (like banks)
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Based on a student budget and on having a co-signer
with an acceptable credit rating (usually a parent)
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Student draws funds as necessary.
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Interest, at a preferred rate (which can be
negotiated), is paid monthly on the amount borrowed.
The principal is not required to be paid on until after
studies end.
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Apply anytime once plans are firm.
Questions?
Please pause the presentation for
the classroom teacher to record
any questions from students for
the Guidance department.
Conclusion
Confirm you are a grad
 Start looking at post-secondary
options now
 Visit your Guidance Counsellor for
career help and help with applying
 Lots of options for financing (check
our website)
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