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In the News: College application week spurs local students to get a head start on their future

In the News: College application week spurs local students to get a head start on their future

Five high schools in Eastern Oregon hosted College Application Week events this year: Pendleton, Umatilla, Echo, Stanfield, and Hermiston. The Hermiston Herald visited some of these events and discovered why education after high school is so important:

[Hermiston High School counselor, Melody Bustillos] said by 2030, 90 percent of jobs will require at least some sort of training simply because of advancements in technology. She said that’s why introducing students to their options early on in their senior years is particularly helpful for students.

Bustillos said the week not only serves to encourage students to apply for four-year universities. The goal is to also get students thinking about life after high school and to reach those students who will still need training for their future professions even if they do not attend college.

“Our main purpose is to get every senior to talk to an adult about their plans for after high school,” she said. “Even though it is called college application week, the conversations we are having with kids are the most important. We don’t want them wasting time and money on applications and programs they aren’t interested in.

Read the full article here.


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