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What is Family Connection?

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Family Connection is a web-based tool that provides self-discovery activities and lessons to help students explore and plan their college and career goals, and allows parents to also be involved in that planning.

Students can discover their individual strengths and talents, explore career and college options, and research the high school courses they need to reach their goals.

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HOW TO USE Family Connection

What can your student do in Family Connection?

  • Get involved in the planning and advising process—Build a resume, complete online surveys, and manage timelines and deadlines for making decisions about colleges and careers.
  • Research colleges—Compare grade point average, standardized test scores and other statistics to actual historical data from our schools for students who have applied and been admitted in the past.
  • Research careers—Research hundreds of careers and career clusters, and take career assessments.
  • Create plans for the future—Create goals and to-dos, and complete tasks assigned by the school to better prepare your student for future college and career goals.

Family Connection also lets us share information with you and your student about upcoming meetings and events, local scholarship opportunities, and other resources for college and career information.

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How can I help my student succeed?

Academic Readiness

Review the courses your student plans to take. Course Planner ensures he or she is on track in school, is meeting graduation requirements and is taking courses that meet postsecondary plans. You and your student can discuss options and choices and view the recommendations from teachers and counselors.

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College Readiness

Your student can research a variety of colleges and can use information from career assessments and course plans to help identify the colleges he or she is interested in. Students can match their college preferences in terms of size, location, major, etc., and Naviance will generate a list specific to the criteria. The generated list will also show the percentage of how closely the colleges fit your student’s wants and needs and provides specific information on college admissions, tuition, school size and financial aid. Students can compare the facts of many schools in an easy-to-see format. There are also links pertaining to admissions data, to request additional information directly from the school and even take a virtual tour of the college.

Career Readiness

Your student can complete multiple career assessments to help him or her learn more about his or her personality. You can review the results and help find the different types of careers and college majors that fit your student’s interests and strengths. You and your student can access in-depth information from hundreds of career options, including job descriptions, task and activities performed in that career and expected wages.

Setting Goals

Review the academic and personal goals your student has developed. This can help identify scholarships and other programs that may support your student’s goals. Encourage your student to set realistic goals and identify the steps he or she needs to take in order to accomplish them. With the resume tool, you can help your student build his or her resume.




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