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Chapter 1, Section 2:
College Planning Guide
- Apply for a Social
Security Number if you do not already have one.
- Talk to family and
friends about careers and possible school choices.
- Find out what courses
you should take in high school that will qualify you to attend certain colleges or
enter certain career fields.
- Ask your parents about
how much they think they can help you with paying for your future education. Work
together to establish a savings plan in which you can participate and contribute to.
Learn about financial aid or just how to pay for college.
- Develop a list of activities
in which you plan to participate in high school. If you would like more information
about your school’s offerings, talk to a counselor.
- Investigate career
information in areas that interest you.
- Analyze the courses
you should be taking throughout high school to prepare for those careers.
- Discuss career interests
and post-secondary education possibilities with your parents.
- Begin talking to your
counselor or someone who can guide you about college and career choices.
- Find about college
admission requirements, particularly at 4-year schools.
- Understand the difference
between a state-funded college/school and private/secular school.
- If you choose majors in
business, computer science, engineering, health programs, pre-med, pre-law, and other
challenging fields, then start thinking about building up your science and math skills.
Reading and writing are very important, too, and should not be taken lightly.
- Attend college fairs
or career days. Take your family, especially your parents, and pick up college
materials or information about careers. Ask questions; learn to be assertive while
talking to a representative.
- Look into participating
in a summer program or camp at colleges. Get a feel for what it is like in staying in
a college dorm, being in a college classroom, and living in a different surrounding.
- Find out about summer
jobs and try to gain the skills you would need to obtain one. Or you can consider
volunteer work that can expand your experience and skills.
- Begin to look at
college catalogs and other college material, including financial aid brochures and booklets.
- If possible take
the PSAT in October for practice and knowledge of the test.
- If you are particularly
strong in a subject, talk to a counselor or teacher about taking an Advanced
Placement (AP) program examination or the College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
test in that subject area.
- See your counselor
about taking an interest inventory or survey.
- Make certain that
your high school and/or community college course selections are appropriate for
your 4-yr college and/or career choices.
- Encourage your
parents to be more involved with planning. Help them to understand the differences
of not having the necessary skills for a good job or being a college graduate.
- Attend college fairs and career days.
- Check on your savings plan.
Some students at this grade level start working so you may want to consider seeking
employment to contribute to your savings plan.
- Begin searching information
about summer programs and camps in the fall semester. If you have to help pay for living
expenses or transportation, then start saving money.
Eleventh Grade: Fall Semester
- Choose courses that
are appropriate for your college/career interests and that will meet your high school
graduation and college admission requirements.
- Take the PSAT in October
to practice taking college admission tests and to establish eligibility for scholarships.
Consider that some out-of-state colleges and private schools require the SAT.
- Set up an appointment
with a college representative who is visiting your school. You may choose to have your
transcript ready and request to have the representative review it with you.
- Encourage your parents to
get more involved with your planning. Ask older siblings who have gone to college for help.
- Discuss with your parents
your future educational plans, and how they will be financed.
- Develop a list of possible
post-secondary schools; your counseling office and/or school library may have books and
materials to help you. If possible check out colleges on the Internet.
- Attend any college and/or
career fairs in your school or community.
- Begin researching private
sources of financial aid such as scholarships and request for applications.
Eleventh Grade: Spring Semester
- Register for the ACT or
PSAT either in February or April. Remember some colleges require either the ACT or
SAT or both for admission.
- Begin to narrow your
choices for post-secondary schools.
- Schedule visits with
schools that are high on your list.
- Research intensively
on tribal scholarship opportunities. Request for materials and share information with your parents.
- Practice completing
admission applications and writing personal essays/letters for admission. Consider
that some colleges require application fees so this would be a good time to
estimate the fees and determine when the deadlines are.
- Visit schools and tour the campuses.
Twelfth Grade: Fall Semester
- Make sure you are
meeting high school graduation and college admission requirements.
- Confer with your
counselor, recruiters, and other resources about your plans for the future.
- Visit college representatives.
- Request application
materials for admissions and financial aid from schools to which you intend to apply.
- Prepare a proposed
budget for your freshman year in college and share it with your parents.
- APPLY TO THOSE
SCHOOLS! Even if you are not certain about which school to attend you should
submit an application for each of those schools anyway. Be aware of deadline
dates and priority service deadlines.
- Arrange visits to
schools that you are considering and schedule admission interviews if required.
- Take the ACT or
SAT or both. Take these tests regardless of what your post-secondary plans are.
- Complete tribal
scholarship applications. Organize tribal documentation for submission.
- Keep records of
everything that you submit.
Twelfth Grade: Spring Semester
- Complete financial
aid applications. Remember that you will need completed tax returns to complete
the financial aid forms.
- Continue meeting
your college representative.
- Contact the schools
and inquire about the status of each of your applications. Learn to ask about your
do not rely solely on your parents or counselor to check on your forms.
- After graduation you
need to make sure your final transcript is sent to the college of your choice and tribal higher
Provided by Northern Arizona
University Admissions Office of Recruitment and Retention. Taken from Talent Search
program outline. Revised on 7/10/00.
In some homes, traditional
values remain strong and the children grow up comfortable in both worlds. We must help
these and all children succeed in both worlds by teaching them competence in our heritage
values and traditional language, as well as in Science, Math, and English.
Not every student will
achieve this proficiency, however. Some will never show much interest in understanding
earth systems or science. Others will ‘turn on’ to knowledge later in their lives. As
an educator, you have only a given period of time to influence your students. While
they are with you they can be transformed by your love of knowledge. If they can learn
how to access information and become comfortable with books and computers you will have
done your job well. Students who have the interest and the talent to succeed in academics
should be nurtured and given every opportunity to learn.
A Navajo from Flagstaff, Walter has been working on his Bachelor degree in
Environmental Science at Northern Arizona University. In the spring of 2000, he applied
for a summer internship at the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals and
was awarded a position in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 7, near
the Mississippi River. In Region 7, communications had broken down between nine Midwestern
tribes (including the Winnebago, Omahas, Sac, Fox, Kikapoo, Potowatamie and Iowa tribes)
and the federal EPA authorities over control of air quality. Walter was sent as a
mediator to Kansas City, Kansas, where he conducted a needs assessment for tribal air
quality programs. Walter returned to NAU for the 2000 fall semester.
Degree Courses from Dine' College Environmental Science Course Descriptions:
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (ENV)
ENV 201 ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEM SCIENCE (4)
A quantitative study of regional and global-scale interactions involving the atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, and
biosphere of Earth. Case studies involving environmental problems of the Navajo Nation and environs in the arid Southwest
will be given special emphasis. Three hours lecture and one 3-hour laboratory per week.
PREREQUISITES: BIO 180 or above, CHM 130 or above, GLG 101, and MTH 110 or above.
ENV 202 INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING (4)
Introductory course in controlling pollution of air, water and land. Basics of water supply and wastewater treatment,
solid and hazardous waste management, and air pollution control. Environmental laws and regulations.
PREREQUISITE: CHM 130 or above MTH 100 or above.
ENV 204 ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT (3)
Provides a basis for developing and implementing solutions to environmental problems and for reducing impact of resource
development decisions. Students will develop skills of information analysis and synthesis and a framework for problem
solving as related to natural resources and environmental cycles. Navajo Nation will be emphasized.
PREREQUISITES: ENG 102, MTH 011.
ENV 210 SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT (4)
Introduction to the planning, design and operation of solid waste collection and disposal facilities, resource recovery,
and waste minimization with a special emphasis on municipal solid waste on American Indian reservation.
PREREQUISITES: CHM 130 or above and MTH 110 or above.
ENV 214 WATER AND WASTEWATER TECHNOLOGY (4)
Introduction to the planning, design, and operation of a public drinking water treatment and supply facility, as well as
a wastewater treatment and disposal facility.
PREREQUISITES: CHM 130 or MTH 100 or above.
ENV 218 WATER RESOURCES TECHNOLOGY (4)
Introduction to hydrology, water law, water resources management and planning, with special focus on the Navajo Nation.
PREREQUISITES: GLG 101 and MTH 110 or above.
ENV 230 ENVIRONMMENTAL SAMPLING AND MONITORING (4)
The course introduces techniques and methodologies of environmental sampling and monitoring for water, air, solids, sludges
etc. to the student.
PREREQUISITES: ENV 201 or ENV 202 and MTH 213.
ENV 297 PRACTICUM IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (3)
Provides a practical learning experience with an employer in the earth and environmental sciences. Credit is awarded upon
the demonstrated achievement of educational goals agreed upon by the student, the employer, and an appropriate instructor.
PREREQUISITE: Instructor's permission.
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Last updated: May 26, 2005