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March 6, 2013
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  • Tips for high-school seniors preparing for college
    As high-school seniors round the corner toward graduation and their future, this blog post includes several tips from Christine L. Pluta, director of college counseling at Lycee Francais de New York, for students to keep in mind during March. Among the suggestions are to carefully study financial-aid letters to make sure you understand them, block off time in April to visit colleges to make your decision, and stay focused in your classes to finish the school year strong. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/The Choice blog (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Millions of dollars in financial aid go unused in Calif.
    Nearly half of California's high-school seniors failed to complete their applications for federal and state aid, leaving millions of dollars of available financial aid essentially unused, according to a report by the nonprofit Education Trust-West. The report recommended increased communication between lawmakers and schools about the importance of applying for aid. "Too many California students never get the opportunity to attend college because their families believe they can't afford the tuition," the report's author, Orville Jackson, said. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)/L.A. Now blog (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Have internships become essential for landing a good job?
    Many employers say they are more interested in what college students do outside of their classroom activities than their majors or grade-point averages, according to a survey released Monday by Marketplace and The Chronicle of Higher Education. In response to the growing preference, many colleges are developing programs to encourage students to take internships or co-ops, where they can study and work at the same time. American Public Media/Marketplace (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New survey shows engineering grads receiving good salaries
    Engineering graduates have good job prospects, according to a new salary survey released by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. New hires in professional, scientific and technical fields can expect a starting salary of $62,000, with government agencies paying an average of $67,000 per year. "The demand for engineering graduates remains strong, and that is reflected in the high starting salaries paid to these graduates," said NACE executive director Marilyn Mackes. The Sacramento Bee (Calif.) (free registration) (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Covering the basics of a job search
    Review your resume for errors and ensure it highlights your accomplishments, career coach Lisa Quast writes in this blog post. Make sure your skills match the jobs you apply for and be ready to explain gaps in your experience, she suggests. In addition, take time to conduct mock interviews to tackle tough questions and have questions ready to ask the hiring manager. "Before attempting any new or trendy job-seeking tactics, first ensure you have the basics covered," Quast advises. Forbes/Forbeswoman blog (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • USF NSCS chapter volunteers at Feeding America Tampa Bay
    The University of South Florida NSCS chapter volunteered at the Tampa Bay location of Feeding America, the largest domestic hunger relief organization in the country. Chapter members helped sort donations and stocked pantry shelves with food to be distributed to thousands of families in need. Learn more about the USF chapter here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Texas Southern to participate in the Avon walk for breast cancer
    The Texas Southern University NSCS chapter will be participating in the Avon walk for breast cancer on April 21, 2013. Eighty percent of funds raised from the walk will be used to benefit programs in the area, while the remaining funds will be used by the Avon Foundation for Women to support programs in all 50 states as well as national research programs in the fight against breast cancer. Learn more about the TSU chapter here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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