Gerhardt Educational Endeavors, LLC

Brenda Gerhardt, PhD

Independent Educational Consultant

2052 Rosebery Drive Columbus, OH 43220

Phone: (614) 620-2653


This is a busy, time of year for high school juniors. Creating a plan and working on it bit by bit can help you be prepared and cut down on the stress level at the same time.

Junior year is a great time to explore and expand your list of potential colleges. You have reached the point of your high school education where your hard work and dedication are beginning to pay off.

You may be selected for honors and awards; you may be asked to participate in special activities or groups or you may be hitting your stride in the arts or sports.

Regardless, this is the time for you to also do your best in the classroom and on college entrance tests such as the ACT or SAT.

In most cases, the grades you earn through the second semester of your junior year are the ones that you use when applying to colleges.

Regardless of your goals, this is the perfect time to start planning your strategy for college visits, college applications and exploring what you want to do after high school.

You should enjoy the year but you need to work hard and do your best at the same time.

Junior Year Planning

Post-secondary education is a necessity in today's economy. A four-year college is one choice, but it certainly not the only one.

Community colleges are a great place to start or re-start and educational career. Several universities admit that almost half of their annual graduates are transfer students. Where you start college is not as important as the fact that you finish.

Community colleges also have the advantage of offering shorter, specialized certificate programs that include high-need career programs such as ultrasound technology, x-ray technician, welding, and automotive tech as well as a wide variety of Associate's Degree-granting programs.

Many community colleges also offer classes to high school students as part of College Credit Plus or Dual Enrollment Programs. In addition, community colleges offer summer classes that may allow students to take courses that count toward degrees in their current colleges. This can be especially attractive for students who attend higher-priced institutions. Just be sure to check with your college advisor to make sure the community college credit will be accepted and be counted toward your degree.

The search engine below will help you search for all types of educational options including community colleges. It's worth checking out!

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