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Posted November 4, 2014

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Time to Think About College Applications

November is National College Application Month

“With hard work and determination, a great education should be within everyone's reach… During National College Application Month, we come together to encourage all students to take control of their own destiny by applying to continue their education beyond high school and to let them know that no matter where they come from or who they are -- it does not matter if they are the first in their family to apply to college or if they have been told that they are simply not college material -- there is an opportunity for them.” 

~President Barack Obama

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APS College and Career Readiness Counselors

Albuquerque HS: Yesenia Beltran
Atrisco Heritage Academy: Angelica Delgadillo
Cibola HS: Joseph Sena
Del Norte HS: Nancy Traylor
Eldorado HS: Valerie Velhagen
Highland HS: Pamela Joseph
La Cueva HS: Debra Chandler
Manzano HS: Monique Baca
Rio Grande HS: Celena Cordova
Sandia HS: Charles Vopalka
Valley HS: Eliseo Montoya
Volcano Vista HS: TBD
West Mesa HS: Suzanne Moreno

Albuquerque Public Schools is celebrating National College Application Month all month long. APS is working with the college and career readiness counselors at each high school to ensure that seniors are prepared and ready to take the next step after graduation.

"There is no investment more valuable than the investment of higher education, and this month should highlight those opportunities," said Todd Resch, APS Associate Superintendent for Secondary Education.

If your high school senior has not yet met with their career and college readiness counselor to discuss opportunities beyond graduation, have them schedule a meeting this month.

Debra Chandler, La Cueva's college and career readiness counselor, advises that all students, regardless of financial means, apply to college this fall. “With the amazing resources and scholarships we have available to us from our state colleges like UNM, CNM and NMSU, along with the lottery scholarship and financial aid available, we can help your student feel comfortable that they can afford college.”

College and career readiness counselors can also help students with application fee waivers if the student receives free or reduced priced lunch. “We want all students to have the opportunity to attend college and want to make sure the cost to apply is not a barrier," said Chandler "Fee waivers are just one way we can help remove barriers so our students can pursue their dreams."

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