Classroom Presentation Series
The Ultimate College “To-Do” List
High School juniors and seniors face one of life’s biggest decisions; where to go to college? Every applicant is looking for the inside scoop on the college admissions process. In this presentation, students will learn what to look for in a college, what questions to ask, basic Admissions requirements and key points about the Essay and Letters of Recommendation. They will also learn the benefits of interviewing and how to make a lasting impression! Students will leave with a “College Check List” handout to help them get organized, reduce stress, and take ownership of the college process.
Powerful Public Speaking & Presentation Skills
Public speaking is a daunting prospect for most of us. This workshop is designed to help students overcome their fear of speaking in public and take them to the next level of their presentation skills. Students will learn specific tools for improving their public speaking and presentation skills through “stand and deliver” training. The goal of this interactive program is to help each participant to become the most engaging, captivating and confident speaker possible. In addition, we provide students with techniques to create effective PowerPoint slides (the “less is more” rule). Our program is specifically designed to help take the fear out of speaking in a supportive, fun environment.
Paying the Road to College - A Student’s Quick Guide to Financial Aid
Students shouldn’t lose sight of their college dreams simply because of the cost. While it isn’t free, college is an investment beyond all others; an investment in oneself. This presentation will first reinforce the benefits of college and how to make it financially possible. Our Who Wants to be a College Graduate? game gets students involved in a series of true or false and multiple choice questions, covering some “who, what, when, where, why and how” facts that help simplify the complicated financial aid process. This includes FAFSA requirements, deadlines, EFC and types of aid available, such as need-based grants, merit-based scholarships, work-study programs and low interest loans. Students will learn how to take ownership of their college plans, why they should, how they can maintain their financial award and where they can get help along the way. This motivating, interactive, energy-filled presentation will conclude with a detailed Make College Possible tip sheet offering FAFSA reminders, a “to-do” checklist and resources for additional information.
Some of the fastest growing occupations over the next fifteen years will be in the medical field. This presentation uses a personality quiz to help students identify the right track for them by exploring roles, responsibilities and aspects of Medical Assisting, Medical Administration and Business. Next, this program introduces pre-requisites, qualifications and time commitments in this field, and will identify where they may find jobs in these in-demand careers. Students will gain a better understanding of how they can achieve their dreams of helping people through a rewarding medical career.
Today, everything is available at our fingertips on the internet. Opportunities for business, education and building friendships have gone wireless. Yet, danger lurks behind the worldwide web. This presentation introduces students to the realities and possible repercussions of social networking (i.e. Twitter, My Space and Facebook). A segment on the ramifications of “cyber-bullying” outlines steps students can take if they or someone they know is affected by this difficult issue. As an additional benefit, students are encouraged to build on, use and expand their technology skills to advance themselves in the workforce.
The Wow Factor – Interviewing Communication Skills
First impressions make lasting impressions. This presentation explores the impact of verbal and non-verbal communication on job and college interviews. Topics covered include body language, eye contact, facial expressions and hand shake, as well as punctuality, attitude and appropriate attire. We engage students with real world stories and examples and students will leave knowing how to make a positive first and lasting impression.
Opportunity Knocks – Exploring Career Options
Where can students assess and enhance their interests and skills? Opportunities are everywhere. This stimulating presentation provides an overview of the hottest career opportunities over the next ten years, including facts, requirements and positions in the fields of accounting, technology, business management, entertainment, marketing and fashion. Students will leave with an eye-opening view of the possibilities ahead and a positive feeling about their future.
Smart Money Moves in College – Personal Finance & Credit
This is the presentation we wish we ALL heard in high school! Educators continue to request this popular presentation for college and work-bound students as they prepare to enter the world of financial decision making. This presentation covers the critical aspects of personal finance, including making an investment in themselves as they become college students, and the importance of handling credit/debit cards, understanding the components of their credit score, and the importance of saving and investing for their future.
Effective time management is critical when attempting to achieve educational, professional and personal goals. This presentation explores the benefits of being organized, setting priorities and managing time. Students participate in a “time analysis” activity and learn six time management tips, 10 practices to avoid and six tips for reducing interruptions, all of which will be provided in a take-home handout that can be easily affixed to notebooks, planners and folders for ready access!
Getting the Interview – Building a Professional Resume
When applying for college and job opportunities, a clear, results-focused resume can increase students’ chances of success. This dynamic presentation provides basic, progressive and turnkey tips on creating a groundbreaking resume to build self confidence and impress admissions counselors and job recruiters. Students will also leave with a take-home guidebook that includes Top 10 Do’s and Don’ts, before/after resume samples and text conversion guidelines for online searching.