College and Future Planning

Recommended High School Coursework for College Prep

  • English: 4 years, including literature and one year of composition
  • Mathematics: 3 years, including algebra, geometry, and algebra II
  • Natural Science: 3 years, including general science, biology, and chemistry or physics
  • Social Studies: 3 years, including American history, government, and economics
  • Foreign Language: 2-4 years of a single language
  • Computers: 1 year

Things to Consider When Looking for a College (pdf)

Finding the College for You (pdf)

DMACC Career logoParents and Students are encouraged to explore the DMACC Career Discovery Network. With Small Group Shadow Days juniors and seniors have the opportunity to meet with professionals and learn about and observe the career and employment opportunities within area businesses. All high school students (and their parents) are invited to one of their Career Discovery Day Events. Explore career pathways through hands-on activity sessions. For more information about spring dates and registration visit https://dmacc.edu/careerdiscovery/Pages/careerdiscovery.aspx.

Helpful Websites for College and Future Planning

FREE APPLICATION TO FEDERAL STUDENT AID (FAFSA)

IOWA COLLEGE ACCESS NETWORK (ICAN)

ICAN’s team of Student Success Advisors work directly with Iowa students and their families. Advisors help students and families with a lengthy list of items in education and career planning including completing the FAFSA, finding scholarships and applying for college. Whether at one of eight ICAN locations, at a career and college access program in an individual community or school, through email or by phone, ICAN’s team of experts are here for every Iowan. All ICAN programs and services are offered without charge.

NAIA ELIGIBILITY CENTER

NCAA ELIGIBILITY CENTER

 COLLEGE COVERED (BY DISCOVER STUDENT LOANS)

BIG FUTURE BY COLLEGE BOARD

Big Future is a comprehensive website designed to help students make a plan for college, find colleges that fit their needs and interests, and explore ways to pay for their education.  College Board is a non-profit organization offering programs and services that help students achieve college readiness and success in higher education. Programs include the SAT and Advanced Placement (AP) program.

COLLEGE BASICS

MY NEXT MOVE BY O*NET

HELPFUL INFORMATION ON PASSING THE ASVAB TEST