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1 Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Student?: How a gap year and community college can support your graduate's path Presented by the Gunn Challenge Success Team

2 Gunn Challenge Success!Team!! GCST is comprised of 3 teachers, 3 students, 4 parents, and one administrator!! GCST exists to bring more balance and value to our children's educational journey!! GCST wants Gunn to be a school that broadly defines and promotes multiple paths to success, embraces self-discovery, and values the love of learning over traditional metrics of achievement!

3 Suggestion Box - Challenge Success * Required Full Name * address * Please provide suggestions, ideas or topics for discussion to be reviewed by our Challenge Success team to move forward with being a CS school. *

4 Goals for This Event! Options 4-year university/college Community college Gap year(s) Trade/vocations/arts Distance learning Going to work/apprentice/intern Military service Entrepreneurship Service corps Available Information Naviance, Guidance, CC&C Books & online CS resources Connection with Others Your son/daughter Gunn Parent Networks Organizations

5 What does a degree do for my student? Median annual earnings of full-time, full-year wage and salary workers ages 25-34, by educational attainment: 2011 SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics (2013) The Condition of Education 2013 (NCES ), Annual Earnings of Young Adults

6 2013 Student Profile for UC Berkeley Admissions Freshman Admits % HS GPA (unweighted) HS GPA (weighted) 14, % Transfers Admits % College GPA 3, % 3.77 Data from Berkeley admissions student profile

7 Foothill Transfers

8 Our Panelists Tonight!! Simon Pennington Foothill College professor of Art History and Paly graduate!!! Brian Evans Foothill College professor of Economics and!gunn graduate!! Julia Tachibana 6th grade Language Arts teacher at Ronald McNair Academy; attended Foothill College before transferring to UC Davis!! Taylor Parker-Chiu Program Coordinator for Cardinal Scholars; took a gap year before attending Harvard!!! Ben Mattingly Program Coordinator for Cardinal Scholars; attended the LA Film School, AFI, and LA City College before transferring to Berkeley!!! Cole Nielsen-Cole Middle school drop-out, mentored/self taught; attended Foothill College before transferring to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

9 Q & A

10 Consider The Pros & Cons of Community College Pros Cons Strategies, Solutions & Comments Professors are focused Take advantage of the deeper connections! on teaching available Great courses if Plan well & consult counselors (both CC and Fewer sections offered selected wisely target college) Less expensive! If at all possible, do not change majors Gentler transition Feels like you're still a kid if living at home Get a job, assume more responsibilities at home Open admissions; No SATs required Less prestigious Choose a quality CC, consider CC near your target university!! Maintain a serious attitude and a solid GPA TAG Must be sure to comply w/ requirements TAGs are not available at all universities; Successful transfer rates with lower GPA! Maximizes classes which transfer and minimize those just for fun Socially less demanding Socially isolating Volunteer/contribute to the field of your interest (locally or online)!! Form study clubs in classes; Seek out individuals on the same path!! Take advantage of in-class online tools to strengthen peer connections!! Invite peers to join in social activities both on campus and off (extracurricular activities, beneficial programs, etc.)

11 Some AGA Data on Gap Year Benefits What are the top two reasons students take gap year?! To have a break from the competitive pressure of high school! A!desire to clarify their values and direction [before assuming large debts] What percentage of students who took a gap year returned to college within a year? 90% When do students taking a gap year apply to college? Typically, students complete applications at the same time as other seniors and then defer What percentage of teens in other countries take a gap year? Norway, Denmark and Turkey - more than 50% Australia 11% [2004] UK 7.9% [2002] What are typical activities during a gap year?! Live at home and work, Take an internship, Travel, explore academic subjects via CC courses, Study/Work/Volunteer/Learn with a gap year program What specific benefits do gap-taking students report which non-gappers don't report? Higher motivation in college, including planning, task management, and persistence Do CSUs and UCs grant gap years? Not typically Data is from the American Gap Associaton; Data & Gap year benefits

12 Challenge Success Resources Miscellaneous Resources! Drive, Daniel Pink! Online Resources: Rethinking College (to go or not to go) Coursera,!Udacity,!15 other recommended courses:!massively open online courses (MOOCs) Planning your College Path Fair Test Schools Community College Foothill-DeAnza to play big role in statewide online education system Gap Year The American GAP Association (many resources and very thorough) Resources for Students with Learning Issues CSU accepts Davis Training Courses for dyslexia Other Options - Internships - Military (both civilian and enlisted) If you have a great resource please send it our way and we'll include it on our site

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