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Future Planning Resources / Junior SPEC Conferences

Parents of juniors (class of 2025), please click here to access the junior SPEC (Student & Parent Education & Career) conference schedule and sign up for a time.

SPEC Conference - Beginning in late fall, all juniors and their parents will have the opportunity to meet with Mrs. Bunyea for about 45-60 minutes to discuss current and future plans.  Typically these conferences are held during the student's study hall time, but arrangements can be made to meet before or after school.  The conferences are designed to discuss student strengths, graduation requirements, future plans, and options, and to present the family with information in preparing for life after graduation.  Mrs. Bunyea asks that all juniors or a parent sign up for a time that works for both the student and a parent to attend.  The schedule should be posted for families to sign up around the middle of October.  A letter is sent home requesting all juniors and a parent to sign up for a conference time. 

Below are a variety of resources to help any student looking to explore their future plan options.

Use Transferology, an online credit transfer tool, to see how courses transfer in the University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Technical College, and Tribal College systems. Discover how these institutions may award transfer credit for courses, exams, and military experiences.

UW Help Summer Workbook

After High School Options

Inspire Wisconsin - Job Shadow & Co-op Info (plus more!)

Lakeshore Health Career Alliance - Healthcare Career Opportunities   Great healthcare programs - check them out!

Youth Apprenticeship information

Explore the option of joining the Americorps (national program), or Americorps - Serve Wisconsin: particular Americorps programs in Wisconsin

Explore your career options through the ASVAB  (The student testing program, also known as the ASVAB Career Exploration Program (CEP), is used for career exploration and is given in high schools, community colleges, and job corps centers to help individuals explore military and non-military careers.)


Get Set for College 

College Planning - Everything from exploring colleges and majors, college scholarships, comparing award letters, to estimating how much you may need to borrow
 

Best Colleges in Wisconsin for particular degrees/programs - University Headquarters

Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP)

UW System Find a Program tool

UW System Campus Tours

Campus Visit Info

UW HELP - Information about the University of Wisconsin Colleges

University of Wisconsin - Practice application

Best Private Student Loans guide to help families explore additional financing options for college

Breaking Down Your Award Letter
Estimating Cost of Attendance (COA)

Comparing College Costs
Comparing Financial Aid Offers

FAFSA  - Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Financial Aid Presentation by Sue Bialk from Lakeland University 

Financial Aid Basics Presentation by UW Help

The Ripon College Office of Financial Aid has updated their annual FAFSA YouTube video series, "Ripon College: Understanding the Financial Aid Process" for the upcoming cycle. The full playlist is:

Online Scholarship Resources 

UW Journey App

A page that lists and matches students of all ages with fully accredited online colleges and degree programs <https://www.college-scholarships.com/colleges/online-colleges/>.

An instant online GPA calculator <https://www.college-scholarships.com/gpa-calculator/>.

A page listing colleges with programs for students with learning disabilities/differences <https://www.college-scholarships.com/colleges-by-state/colleges-with-programs-for-students-with-learning-disabilities/>.


Be sure to utilize the 3 guide books published about the colleges in Wisconsin, or view the information online at uwhelp.wisconsin.eduwisconsinprivatecolleges.org, or wtcsystem.edu.