Prosser, WA (PRWEB) January 10, 2018
Red Comet, an accredited, self-paced, online High School, is pleased to announce the launch of a new elective course called “School to College” in the spring semester of the 2017-18 school year. Designed to complement the “School to Work” offering, the new course teaches students how to affordably pursue various post-secondary education options in fields which best match their interests and profiles – in Red Comet’s friendly, easy-to-learn environment.
Why this course?
Nearly 50% of high school students pursue some form of post-secondary education.
But for one of life’s most important questions about what to do after high school, students often confront numerous conflicting facts, marketing messages, opinions and options.
A White House 2015 fact sheet sums it up well: “With college costs and student debt on the rise, the choices that American families make when searching for and selecting a college have never been more important. Yet, students struggle to find clear, reliable data on critical questions of college affordability and value, such as whether they are likely to graduate, find middle-class jobs, and pay off their loans.”
Nor can students expect extensive hand-holding at school because high school guidance counseling teams are stretched. According to US Department of Education data from 2013-14, each public school counselor was responsible, on average, for 476 students and spent just 22 percent of their time on post-secondary counseling. Private college counselors, who help families navigate the often confusing and stressful process of college admissions, are too expensive for most families.
“School to College” Course
“School to College” is designed to address these concerns about student readiness and more. Developed by an experienced counselor who has helped place hundreds of students into the nation's top colleges and universities, it covers every topic from, "Why go to college?" to helping a student objectively evaluate various post high-school options. Students learn about what colleges are looking for so that they can tailor their profiles to select the institution that best matches their needs, explore the entire college admissions process and understand all aspects of financial aid. They learn various ways to lower costs of college attendance, how best to afford the college of their choice and how to weigh different careers. They also learn important life skills through financial modeling, such as understanding the time value of money, the impact of graduating late and the effects of borrowing.
In effect, this course augments the efforts of a high school guidance counseling team and teaches "Do-It-Yourself" skills to a teenager about one of the most important decisions he or she makes.
About Red Comet
Red Comet is a Fully Accredited (AdvancED) organization that has been offering online courses for credit since 1999. Students have over 175 courses to choose from. Many of these courses are also approved by the NCAA organization. In the State of Washington, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has approved the Red Comet program as a “Multi-District Online Provider,” “Online Course Provider,” and “Online School Program.” In a statewide survey, Red Comet received high ratings for student satisfaction. Students use the Red Comet online program for original credit, credit retrieval, and credit recovery.
For Immediate Release
Ms. Sapna Ganeshan