Campus News

June 24, 2011

Guide to back-to-school issues

Three workshops in July and a myriad of useful tips from the Emory WorkLife Resource Center help parents get the jump on getting their children back to school or into college.

"The College Admissions Process: A Planning Workshop for High School Students & Their Parents" is Thursday, July 7, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Harland Cinema of Dobbs University Center. High school students and their parents learn about admission factors that many institutions in the state, and across the country, consider during the college application process. This workshop, facilitated by Jessica Jaret and Tyler Sant from Emory's Office of Undergraduate Admissions, offers a review of curriculum rigor, tips for essays, standardized testing, how to stand out in the application process, and more.

"A Parent's Roadmap to Elementary Education Options in Metro Atlanta" is Thursday, July 14, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Harland Cinema. For parents of children soon to be entering or already attending elementary school, Atlanta educational consultant Sara Duke helps employees identify important factors families should consider when deciding where to send their children to school. She will discuss what charter and magnet schools are, key ingredients to look for in any educational setting, as well as what types of children do well in various types of learning environments. Duke will also address the different types of admissions processes and provide resources to help parents.

"A Guide to Paying for College: Savings, Loans, Grants, Scholarships & Financial Aid," is Thursday, July 28, from noon to 1:30 p.m. This session helps families navigate the financial aid process for their high school-aged child. Erik Lips, senior assistant director in Emory's Office of Financial Aid, will discuss the mystifying financial aid process and current trends in admission and financial aid. He will also provide resources to enable families to find a college that fits academically and financially.

"We offered the workshops last year and employees and their high school-aged children found the material to be unbelievably helpful," says Audrey Adelson, dependent care program specialist at the WorkLife Resource Center. "I would highly recommend any of the workshops to employees exploring these confusing issues."

In addition to the sessions, a consultant is available through the WorkLife Resource Center free to employees. BrownRichards & Associates consults on before and after-school care, tutors, test preparation classes, back-up care, special needs and more.

The center's back to school campaign also offers tips for parents that cover the whole ladder of education from pre-school to college, and information on before- and after-school programs.

For more information, contact Adelson at 404.727.1261.

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