Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Career Center Aids College Plans Students Can Use Computers, Videos

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Career Center Aids College Plans Students Can Use Computers, Videos

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Bree Sanders, a senior at Webster Groves High School, vividly recalls how she panicked in November because she was running late in applying to the colleges she most wanted to attend.

"I waited so late I almost missed the deadlines," Bree said.

After spending three months and 150 hours in researching college and scholarship opportunities, Bree is likely to attend the University of Texas at Austin, where she will major in civil engineering and international business. A four-year, $28,000 scholarship carries two stipulations: that she maintain a 3.5 grade-point average and major in engineering.

Bree says her college search was aided by resources at her high school's new Career and College Center. Barrett Schroder was instrumental in developing the center as a member of the PTO special needs committee.

"We were seeking a project that would benefit all students," Schroder said.

Gifts of $1,800 from the Class of '94 and $1,000 from the PTO allowed parents to work beyond the guidance department's simple request to update college resources. Meanwhile, it had become apparent that the material was "woefully out of date," Schroder said.

Schroder and about 12 parents began throwing out college publications, including some dating to 1969, and writing for new editions. Brochures and catalogs began to stream in. Some had covers of handsome students strolling along red-brick walkways with ivy-covered buildings in the background. Others showed off scenic displays such as the Rocky Mountains amid fields of wildflowers.

Parents also asked for college videotapes and doubled the school's collection. They collected building materials and transformed a nondescript college-information area in the counseling office into a separate center by erecting a wall. Technology was enhanced by purchasing two new computers and a college software package by The College View Network of Cincinnati.

College View allows students on-line access to 26 of the top schools in the country. Colorful videos and entertaining audio draws students into a collegiate atmosphere while they learn about admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs and student activities. …

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