Cobbler Post High Night Approaches

Students and parents will flock to Central’s Post-high Planning night Tuesday, where they’ll learn how to navigate the myriad choices and tasks they face.

By Sage Preble

For lots of high school students, the idea of a future beyond Central is vague and largely unformed. College is a terrifyingly expensive luxury for many, and a solid, lucrative career is distant. For those of us in this boat, Cobbler Post High Night is here for the rescue.

The annual Post High Night, held on the 25th of this month, is a gathering of colleges, technical schools, military, and South Dakota Department of Labor booths geared towards 9 through 12th graders. Students can sign up to be on college mailing lists, find out about applying, and get information on their chosen schools. The booths will be in the commons from 5:30 to 6:45 pm.

Two Financial Aid sessions will be held in the auditorium, the first from 6:00 to 6:45, the second from 6:50 to 7:35. These sessions are an overview for the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) for parents and students alike. These sessions are vital for those of us planning to attend a college of technical school in the fall of 2017.

Smaller breakout sessions are also available for more specific post high planning goals. All sessions except the ACT 101 and Boost Your Score: Using ACT Method Test Prep sessions (held in the Cobbler Career Center) will be held in the freshman house. These sessions include information on AP classes, college admissions, scholarships both in state and out of state, scholarships and grants for Native American students, Gear-up, and dual enrollment. There are time-slots for two of these sessions, the first held from 6:15 to 6:45 pm, and the second from 6:50 to 7:20 pm.

Susan Aurand, a counselor, says, “Plan early for after high school. Events like these are great resources for our students.”Students, especially those without clear post-high school plans are strongly encouraged to attend the event.

Sage Preble is Editor-in-Chief of the Pine Needle.

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