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College/Senior Info 2017-08-02T15:26:40+00:00

College/Senior Info

National Merit Finalists Announced

We are extremely proud to announce that seniors Aheer Alvi, William Chung, and Lily Kitagawa have recently qualified as Finalists in the 2016-2017 National Merit Scholarship Program! These students were selected based on their score for the PSAT/NMSQT that was taken in the fall of their junior year, and they are some of the highest scoring entrants in Michigan. About 1.6 million juniors take the PSAT annually, and the top 1% are selected as Semi-Finalists.  Of these 16,000 Semi-Finalist, approximately 15,000 become Finalist nationally by submitting a detailed scholarship application, and from there some 7,500 National Merit Scholarship winners will be announced later this spring.

Congratulations Aheer, William, and Lily!!  


Seniors be sure to look closely at the scholarships that are offered at the schools you are applying to there are many, many scholarships offered at colleges, too numerous to mention visit their websites, and go to their scholarships link for more information.  Many of the Michigan schools have scholarships that we get literature on all the time….Oakland, Eastern Mich, Saginaw Valley State, Michigan Tech, Central Michigan, and more.


For the current schedule of college visits click here.


Sending Colleges your transcripts

Portage Central High School has joined forces with Parchment to bring you Secure Transcript TM – the safe, paperless way to send transcripts directly to the colleges you choose.  It’s easy, it’s secure, and it’s available 24/7.

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Kalamazoo Area College Access Network:  We provide college awareness and access services to the families and schools in Kalamazoo County.  Click here for brochure


The Common Application

The Common Application is a great source for students to use when applying for college. Once completed online or in print, copies of the Application for Undergraduate Admission can be sent to any number of participating colleges. The same is true of the School Report, Midyear Report, Final Report and Teacher Evaluation forms. This allows you to spend less time on the busywork of applying for admission, and more time on what’s really important: college research, visits, essay writing, and senior year coursework. Visit the link below to set up and account and save time applying for college.  https://www.commonapp.org


Do you need some extra help in finding things like Financial Aid, Career Assessments, Resources for Minority and Disabled Students, Test Prep Resources, or want to find out what your chances are of going to a specific college? If you can say yes to any of the following or are just curious, click here to find some very helpful links.


30 Quality Questions to Ask At A College Fair


The Kalamazoo Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee is announcing their Electrical Apprenticeship Program.

Basic requirements:

  • High school diploma
  • An official high school transcript
  • Must be at least 18 to apply
  • Drug testing, background check required
  • Desire to work construction in all weather

More information, along with apprenticeship application in the Counseling Office or atwww.kalamazoojatc.com.


ACT resources that many of our schools are using for ACT preparation.  The first one that a lot of districts use is the Michigan Education Library http://mel.org/ The second source is http://www.act.org/  A third source is http://www.mometrix.com/academy/act-test/


Midwest Student Exchange Program…an easy way to save money on out-of-state tuition costs. A program of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact. This is a tuition reduction program that makes attending out-of-state colleges and universities more affordable for non-resident students.

Simply visit http://msep.mhec.orgSearch for participating institutions and program, Learn about campus enrollment requirement, Find campus-specific contact information, and Learn more about this money-saving program.