CCC: College Career Center


    ACT: The ACT is a national college admissions exam that consists of four sections: English, Math, Reading, and Science. ACT scores can affect college admission decisions, scholarship awards and college course placement. Juniors should take the ACT at least once during junior year. Six tests are available throughout the year at   various locations.  Students must register about five weeks prior to a test date.


    Activity Chart: A list of extracurricular activities, awards, honors and leadership roles you have had in high school. Many scholarship applications will require that you provide an activity chart.


    Apprenticeship: A hands-on employment opportunity that offers on-the-job training in a highly skilled career after high school. Apprentices are trained by master craftsmen who are experts in their field.


    Associate’s Degree: A two-year degree generally offered at a community college. Curriculum includes general education requirements (English, math, science, speech, social sciences, etc.) and classes within a focus area.


    ASVAB: The ASVAB is a multiple-aptitude test that measures abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military. It is offered at North High in November. 


    Bachelor’s Degree: A four-year degree offered at a public or private college or university. Requirements include general education requirements (English, math, science, speech, social sciences, etc.) and classes within a chosen major.


    Certificate: A program offered at a variety of types of colleges that provides specialized training in a specific field. Many certificate programs are hands on (welding, C.N.A., auto mechanic, aviation technology, etc.)


    Extracurricular Activities: Non-classroom or after-school activities including sports, clubs, student government, community service, social organizations and events.


    FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This free application is filled out every year by March 1st to receive various forms of need-based financial aid for college, which may include grants, work study and loans.


    Grants: Free money offered towards college that does not have to be paid back. The most common grant that students may be eligible for after completing the FAFSA is the PELL Grant.


    SAT: The SAT is a globally recognized college admission test that lets you show colleges what you know and how well you can apply that knowledge.  The SAT is more common on the East and West Coasts. Check with colleges you are interested in to determine if they require the SAT.


    Scholarship: Free money for college. Scholarships are awarded based on academic, athletic, artistic, community service achievement, and/or financial need.


    Student Loan: Money that is borrowed for college and paid back with interest.


    Tuition: The cost of classes not including books, fees, room & board and transportation. Usually colleges list tuition amounts based on the cost of classes for a full-time student for the academic year.