Chris Cox, an education and career counselor with the New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation (NHHEAF) Network, gave a presentation on Wednesday about “Early College and Career Planning.”
Cox presented the wide variety of pathways that are open to students after high school, including 2-year and 4-year college options as well as professional and certificate programs. The presentation included a segment on the NH Scholars Program which qualifies successful completers for scholarships and college application fee waivers. Cox also emphasized that specific courses may qualify high school students for eStart and Running Start credits that bring down the overall cost of a post-secondary education.
Cox encouraged students to take the lead in being advocates for their career goals and exploring opportunities outside the classroom through co-curricular activities, community service, summer programs, extended learning opportunities (ELOs), and career exploration programs.
The final portion of the NHHEAF college and career planning presentation was devoted to the calculation of the true cost of college education, the availability of financial aid, and different ways to secure funding from a variety of sources.