Come and learn the answers to these burning questions:
- What do I need to do to prepare my new high school student for college?
- What are colleges looking for?
- How do I pay for college?
- Can my student take college classes during high school and have them count for high school (dual enrollment)?
Saturday, March 24, 2018
Masters Center for Science Mathematics and Engineering
One Alpha Drive
Elizabethtown, PA 17022
During your visit, be sure to check out the Masters Mineral Gallery!
This is a free event, which includes continental breakfast and lunch, but registration is required!
Optionally, you may purchase the iStartStrong inventory for $10 for each student in grades 9-12. This inventory is purchased as part of registration for the event, and must be completed online at home by March 11, 2018. The student’s results will be reviewed during the College / Career exploration session.
Note: Any minor visiting the campus must be supervised by a parent or guardian at all times.
Preparing for College
Get an overview of the college admissions process, both in general and specific to Elizabethtown College. An admissions officer from Elizabethtown College will address homeschool families’ frequently asked questions:
- What types of courses should students take at the high school level to prepare for college?
- What extra-curricular activities should students participate in to prepare for the college admission process?
- What qualities are college admissions counselors looking for in applicants?
- What is the importance of the following college application materials?
- The college application
- The high school transcript
- Standardized test scores
- Letters of recommendation
- The college essay
- What about dual enrollment, dual admission, the transfer of credits in general, and taking AP and CLEP exams?
- What merit-based scholarships are offered at Elizabethtown College?
- How do scholarship offers vary from institution to institution?
College / Career Exploration
(Students Only) Have you wondered how to start exploring your career options? Does the prospect of deciding on a career seem overwhelming? This session uses the iStartStrong inventory to provide a way for you to explore your interests, learn how to research possible careers and to identify the education needed to pursue your goals. The inventory should be completed at home by each student that wishes to participate. The students’ results will be reviewed during this session.
Navigating Financial Aid
The presentation will provide an overview of the financial aid process. We will discuss topics such as types of financial aid available, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and important terminology for parents and students to know.
Student / Alumni / Parent Panel
Come and ask questions from fellow homeschoolers, including currently enrolled students, alumni, and parents. Moderated by homeschool father and college professor, Dr. Matt Skillen.
Includes Free Continental Breakfast & Lunch
Be sure to register all attendees so that the college will know the right number of guests for the continental breakfast and have meal tickets ready for lunch.
Optional Campus Tour
The college admissions office will conduct a tour of campus for interested attendees.
Associate Director of Admissions & Coordinator of Transfer Recruitment
Gretchen serves as coordinator for transfer students and is the main counselor for Lebanon County, PA, and four counties in NJ. She recently moved to Pennsylvania from Connecticut with her husband and three children. Gretchen previously worked in law school admissions at Quinnipiac University. She earned her M.S. in Higher Education Administration from Bay Path University.
Financial Aid Counselor
Elizabeth joined Elizabethtown College in August 2017. Previously, she was employed at The Learning House where she worked in the Tuition Planning department. She holds a B.A. in Secondary Education from Kean University and a M.A. in Public History from LaSalle University. In her free time she loves to hike, read, and play with her dog. She currently resides in New Cumberland, PA with her husband.
Director of Career Services
Jane has worked at Elizabethtown College since 2005. For 25 years, Jane has worked in various capacities in the field of Career Development. Initially, she worked in the field of Vocational Rehabilitation with clients in a work adjustment program and in a pilot project with individuals who had experienced traumatic brain injuries. Subsequent employment includes working in a not-for-profit center, in two post-secondary institutions, and on two outplacement projects with employees who were downsized from manufacturing or federal positions. Jane holds a M.A. from Towson University in Counseling Psychology, with an emphasis on Career Development. As an undergraduate, Jane completed majors in Psychology and Sociology at Towson.
Dr. Matt Skillen
Associate Professor of English; Department Chair
Matt Skillen is the director of the Secondary English Education Program. Previously, Matt has taught seventh and eighth grade language arts students in traditional, inclusion, gifted and remedial settings. Matt is a recipient of the Kansas Horizon Award for exemplary service in the first year of teaching and he is a co-founder of the Life Writes Project, an education nonprofit in Harrisburg, PA. Matt’s research interests include narrative inquiry, teacher education and Young Adult literature. Dr. Skillen received his Ph.D from Kansas State University.
Shaelyn Divins ’17
Shaelyn was raised and homeschooled by her parents along with her older sister and younger brother, where she was able to get a thorough and balanced education. Ever since she was young, she has always been interested in video games and computer games, and realized she could follow this passion in college by studying Computer Science, to learn how the games and programs truly worked.
In the middle of her college search, she was lucky enough to visit Elizabethtown College, where she felt right at home with the small campus, great student to faculty ratio, and was able to graduate Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. Thanks to the education she received throughout her life, she was able to get a job as a Software Engineer at Raytheon, a leading company focusing in defense, civil government, and cybersecurity, within just two months of graduation.