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Consider community colleges in “blueprint for success”
Written by Rose Rennekamp   
Wednesday, 25 November 2009 16:03

This year, 12 million students are enrolled in community colleges. In addition, that number is bound to grow.

President Obama has called for every American to complete at least one year of postsecondary education. So, whether you’re helping your teen select a college or considering getting additional education yourself, consider your local community college.

ACT surveys for Faces of the Future show that:
• Community colleges play a substantial role in preparing students for today's workplace.
• Students who have already attained advanced degrees often choose community colleges to upgrade skills.
• Community colleges are the best hope to ensure career and earning competitiveness for the least skilled and most economically disadvantaged.

Tips for writing your college essay
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 25 November 2009 16:01

Like your ACT score, the essay is just one component of your college application.

An essay can say a lot – or a little – about who you are. The point of the essay is to paint a picture of you to a total stranger. Admissions officers want get to know you and why you belong at their school.

Tips for writing sound essays can be found online from many sources. Just type “writing a college essay” into a search engine. Here are some quick pointers to help craft a stand-out essay.

Plan. Review application deadlines and plan ahead. Outline, then draft, then proof, rewrite, have someone else proof it and then revise accordingly. Give it one last look before submitting. Remember, spell check doesn’t catch everything!

Written by Press Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 25 November 2009 15:59

Community & Family Coalition plans forum at Fassett
Oregon Community and Family Coalition (OCFC) will host a community workshop “Hidden in Plain Sight,” Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. at Fassett Middle School, 3025 Starr Ave. Oregon. The event was rescheduled from October.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for the workshop, presented by The Community Partnership. The interactive program will walk parents through a life-size replica of a teenager’s bedroom - discussing indicators of high-risk behaviors such as substance abuse, underage drinking, eating disorders, the choking game, prescription and over-the-counter drug misuse, sexual activity and more.

Social networking and other technological concerns, like MySpace, Facebook, Twitter and sexting will also be discussed.

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