FORT POLK, La. -- Chart Your Course: College, Career and Life Readiness workshops will take place from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Fort Polk Army Community Services, bldg 920, at Fort Polk, Louisiana, as follows:
-Feb. 11 (RSVP by Feb. 7)
-March 11 (RSVP by March 8)
-April 8 (RSVP by April 5)
The workshops -- which will be led by Military Student Transition Consultant Sue Lopez -- are for military-connected students in grades eight through 12 and their parents.
Chart Your Course curriculum is developed by the Military Child Education Coalition, and it consists of a variety of resources - including college prep information, college selection guides, grade-by-grade checklists and more -- to help students as they navigate through high school and move toward higher education opportunities.
"We go over a checklist that parents and students need to consider to stay on target to reach their post-secondary goals," Lopez said. "The game just keeps changing year by year with what is expected of the students. Every state is different and every college is different. I'm trying to give them a head start to begin thinking about this so they can move forward without so much stress."
Lopez's goal is to ensure students and parents know that "there's a variety of pathways to education and success."
"Students have a choice and their paths don't always look the same," Lopez said. "I'm trying to give parents and students resources to realize that it doesn't have to look the same. It can look unique for each person."
She hopes workshop attendees will feel a peace of mind and take away goals they can stay rooted in.
"It's just getting the students and their parents on the same page about goals," Lopez said. "And it's giving the power back to the students and challenging them to take responsibility to be productive so they can be successful after high school."