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Making Career Preparation Work for Students

College and Career Readiness Colleagues,
 
The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) has just released a major report, “Opportunities and Options: Making Career Preparation Work for Students,” through its Career Readiness Task Force to bring a renewed focus to the issue of career development education for ALL students. 
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FAFSA Day - 2015

 

FAFSADay2015 2015

 

FAFSA Day Massachusetts (www.fafsaday.org), a free volunteer driven statewide program that helps students complete their FAFSA, to apply for financial aid for college.

Also, volunteers are needed for the event - please volunteer at http://www.fafsaday.org/volunteer.php.

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Spring 2015 Conference Information

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION INFORMATION & LINKS

The MASCA Spring 2015 Conference Team is proud to announce a 100% on-line registration process for the conference.  In addition to our efforts to "go-green", we have also attempted to create a user-friendly online process for registration.   Below you will find links to .pdf documents summarizing registration information for different registration categories. These registration information sheets can be downloaded/saved, and referred back to in preparation for completing your registration.

 

Registration Payment Method Information

The conference registration process will accept three (3) primary forms of payment. 

One: personal check or money order, which can be mailed to the MASCA mailbox address provided on the information sheet.

Two: a purchase order request can be made for one or multiple attendees from a school or district. To create the specific invoice needed, please contact the conference committee chair, Dr. Theresa Coogan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to begin this process. 

Three: credit card (mastercard or visa only) are accepted via PayPal. First, the attendee must complete the online registration form, and make note of the total cost to charge to the credit card on PayPal as that amount must be manually entered when they arrive at the external PayPal site. At the completion of the online registration form, a link is provided for those wishing to use this payment method to take you to the external PayPal site to finalize payment. It will be possible to enter a "lump sum" payment via PayPal combining multiple attendees while at this site. Please use the comments section in PayPal to indicate the names of the attendees if the credit card name is not the same as the attendee or if multiple attendees are covered in one payment. Thank you for your assistance to help us keep clean and accurate records.

 

Any inquiries about registration, please contact the conference committee chair, Dr. Theresa Coogan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).  Email is the requested method of contact.

 

On-Line Registration Form Link

To complete the online registration form, click here .  Please keep in mind that EACH attendee must complete the online registration form.  Even if a payment option will combine multiple attendees, each individual must complete the online registration form to provide us with an accurate head count for attendance.  Thank you!

 

All Conference Attendees:

Click here to download/save the .pdf information sheet that explains details about registration as a conference attendee. Please note the Early Bird discounted rate ends March 31, 2015. After this date, there will only be on-site registration accepted at the conference.

 

Presenters (Practitioners for Break-out Sessions & Grad Student Poster Presenters):

Click here to download/save the .pdf information sheet that explains details about registration as a  conference presenter (practitioners and graduate students presenting in the poster presentation session). All presenters who were accepted (graduate student and break-out session presenters) will have received an email from the conference team member overseeing that part of the planning.

Graduate students, please direct any inquiries to Dr. Megan Krell (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).  

Practitioners, please direct any inquiries to Dr. Amy Cook (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

 

 

CONFERENCE PROGRAM INFORMATION

The tentative schedule, in a draft form, is available HERE to provide a glimpse of the incredible professional development this spring 2015 conference will provide to attendees. A sense of the schedule for the pre-conference and conference day is outlined, along with the learning break out session titles and presenters as well as graduate student presenters. We are excited to offer a 3-hour pre-conference workshop on Monday, April 6th from 3:00pm-6:00pm at the same location as the conference COMPLEMENTARY with your conference day registration.  Details about the per-conference and keynote session are coming soon. Check back here on the Events page of the MASCA site for information, and a pre-conference sign-up seat so we can plan accordingly for attendance.  (Note: for those wishing to earn PDP's for attending the pre-conference workshop and/or the full-day conference, there is a small fee associated with the processing of PDP's. Information will be provided at the event regarding this process).

 

Also, we'll be using a Mobile Conference Program this year based on the success from last year. Check back for more information about the Mobile Conference Program that will be available in preparation and during the conference. There will be a Twitter feed for the conference as well that we'll encourage everyone to use leading up to our conference and during the conference. Information about this will be included in the Mobile Conference Program.

 

 

HOTEL INFORMATION

Book your hotel room now at the group discounted rate of $99.00/night!!  The pre-conference, conference and all related events will take place at the Holiday Inn, 242 Adams Place, Boxborough, MA.  Click here to be taken to the Holiday Inn webpage to secure your discounted rate room for our conference. The $99.00/night rate is guaranteed until March 13, 2015. If you'd prefer to call the hotel front desk, they can be reached at 978-263-8701 and ask for MA School Counselors Association group rate.

 

 

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Grad Student Scholarship

MASCA is pleased to announce we are again offering scholarships for MASCA graduate students to attend the 2015 MASCA Spring conference on Tuesday, April 7, 2015. Four $100 scholarships will be awarded. Scholarship recipients must commit to:

• Attend the MASCA conference on April 7, 2015
• Serve as a conference volunteer for a minimum of 10 hours (Sample volunteer activities include: moderating sessions, assisting with registration, conference advertising, and other pre-conference activities)
• Use the funds toward conference attendance expenses (e.g., hotel stay or registration only)

Interested graduate students can apply online: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1dAzHgdacPz7tM3if_Bq4jJIrUdRS6jnV-Fz6UEnIFfE/viewform

The deadline to apply for the scholarship is December 31, 2014. Any questions can be directed to Dr. Megan Krell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Support the Massachusetts Reach Higher Initiative

Do you want to make a difference in the life of a student who wants to attend some sort of post-secondary educational opportunity?  Are you already involved with efforts to ensure more citizens of the Commonwealth go beyond high school to receive adequate education in a post-secondary training program?  Then you are invited to step up and get involved with the Massachusetts Reach Higher initiative.