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College prep is so different today!

  • ACT/SAT testing
  • High School Choices
  • College Applications
  • Graduation Requirements
  • Paying for College
  • College Search & Visits
  • Foreign Language
  • AP/IB/Electives/Honors
  • Scholarships
  • Career Tech Education
  • Extracurriculars
  • Timelines/Deadlines

Our workshops and webinars will help.

Make a game plan to tackle it all!

At The Core has crafted a variety of webinars and workshops to help your student prepare for the journey to college and beyond. We will discuss practical, invaluable tips that will help your family plan effectively.

Families need support

Let’s face it…our high school counselors are wonderful, but they can be overextended. We have tips they won’t share with you–with timing fit to your needs. Our webinars were created to bring needed information to families and be the TRUSTED RESOURCE you need.

Gain the knowledge you need to tackle the journey to college with CONFIDENCE AND CLARITY.

Find the program that supports your needs

All LIVE webinars are 6:30 to 8:00 pm EDT unless otherwise noted.

Class of 2022 – Applying to colleges

Senior Private Consultations

The college application season is now open (August 1st). Seniors have a lot on their plates. Your family needs the help, support, and information we deliver our Senior Private Consultations.

These 1-to-1 90-minuted personalized family meetings get families up to speed on the tasks ahead including:

  • Timelines/Deadlines/Staying organized
  • Editing the college list
  • Finding admissions details
  • Application process/The Common App
  • Personal/College Essays
  • ACT/SAT
  • Extracurriculars
  • Other senior year concerns

College Planning for Juniors

Junior Year

Junior Year: What to Do and How to Do It™

You have a junior! You know this year is critical to “college prep,” and you have so many questions. Join us to get that boost you need to understand and tackle the tasks ahead! In this 90-minute webinar, we’ll lay it all out for your family, and we’ll direct you to the resources you will value.

WATCH THE PROGRAM ON YOUR SCHEDULE:

This recording is for the exclusive use of your family and may not be shared. Those watching on demand can share their quick questions with us via email. Because the world of college admissions changes rapidly, the recording will only be available until 11/30/21.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Parents and Students – Grade 11; low-cost family ticket $29

Next summer, your student will start their college applications. What should you be doing now? Beth Probst, founder and CEO of At The Core, will outline the year ahead.

Let’s get you started with an overview of:

  • Tasks and timeline for the year ahead
  • College research (including visits, search criteria, etc.)
  • ACT/SAT/PSAT and test-optional
  • 504/IEP considerations
  • College applications (components, selection criteria, extracurriculars and more)
  • COVID-19’s impact to the process ahead
  • Careers and majors, paying for college, scholarships, and more!

Legal considerations at college – Grades 11 & up

College student legal rights

College student or college-bound? Know your rights (and wrongs!)™

As your student heads off (or returns to) college, what does your family need to know about their legal rights? What do you do when something goes wrong? This FREE insightful webinar was presented by student lawyers, Albeit Weiker, LLP.

WATCH THE PROGRAM ON YOUR SCHEDULE:

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Parents and Students – Grades 11 and up; Free

Topics covered include:

  • Academic integrity and misconduct, especially as the classroom and testing environments have changed drastically
  • Code of Conduct violations, including mandatory vaccination or testing violations
  • Criminal records, including what happens if you are stopped by a police officer
  • Sexual misconduct among rapidly changing regulations

This enlightening discussion of what parents AND students need to know is important for families not to miss.

ACT and SAT Testing – Grades 7-11

College entrance exams

ACT/SAT/PSAT: The Ultimate Family Planning Guide™

Testing! ACT, SAT, PSAT, cancelled exams, test optional movement, merit scholarships…testing is BY FAR the one topic we field the most questions about. Testing causes unnecessary stress not only for the student, but also for the parent. With a plan in hand and knowledge on your side, you can reduce that stress and be ready for what’s ahead! Join Beth Probst, founder and CEO of At The Core, as she takes a deep dive into college entrance exams.

WATCH THE PROGRAM ON YOUR SCHEDULE:

This recording is for the exclusive use of your family and may not be shared. Those watching on demand can share their quick questions with us via email. Because the world of college admissions changes rapidly, the recording will only be available until 11/30/21. Stay connected to us to get the latest updates.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Parents and Students (families with limited or no testing experience) – Grades 7-11; low-cost family ticket $29

Webinar topics include:

  • The who, what, when, why, where, & how of ACT/SAT testing
  • How are they different
  • Which is right for your student
  • What exactly is “test-optional” and how do we navigate that option
  • Developing a testing plan – tips on when & how often to take them
  • How to register and report scores
  • The latest news & future plans from the testing agencies
  • PSAT overview
  • Our favorite test prep tips

Making a college list – Grades 8-12

college research

College Research: Conducting an Effective Search with Online Tools™

Making a list of “just right” colleges to apply to can be overwhelming. Have you ever gotten lost on the internet trying to research schools? Don’t waste time wandering the internet looking for college info. Let Beth Probst, founder and CEO of At The Core, share tips with you and your student in this valuable training demonstration.

WATCH THE PROGRAM ON YOUR SCHEDULE:

This recording is for the exclusive use of your family and may not be shared. Those watching on demand can share their quick questions with us via email. This recording will be available until 11/30/21.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Parents and Students – Grade 8-12; low-cost family ticket $29

In our program, you will learn:

  • How do you make a college list?
  • What are the selection criteria you need to be thinking about?
  • How does your choice of major impact your search?
  • How can you keep your family’s budget in mind when doing the search?
  • Tips for successful college visits whether in person or virtually.

In this one-of-a-kind webinar, Beth will walk you through her four favorite online tools, how and when to use them, and why she chose each one. We’ll also give you a heads up on which sites are a waste of your time.

Getting started with college planning – Grades 8-10

The College Planning Guide for Grades 8-10

How do families start to think about college planning? Beth Probst, founder and CEO of At The Core, has crafted a webinar of tips and tools to share with you to help your student prepare for the journey to college and beyond. We will discuss practical, invaluable tips that will help any family plan effectively!

WATCH THE PROGRAM ON YOUR SCHEDULE:

Those watching on demand can share their quick questions with us via email.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Parents and Students – Grade 8-10; Free

Topics will include:

  • What colleges are looking for in their applicants
  • The application process
  • What students should consider when choosing high school courses (AP, IB, Dual Enrollment)
  • Preparing for the ACT/SAT exams
  • Getting started with career thinking
  • What families can be doing now to prepare
  • And so much more!

Spend 90 minutes gaining the knowledge you need to tackle the journey to college with CONFIDENCE AND CLARITY.

Extracurriculars – Grades 8-11

Extracurriculars

Extracurriculars: Supporting Your Teen’s Growth Outside of School™

When parents are looking for that “secret sauce” for college applications, they often have questions about extracurriculars. How many do we need? Are some better than others? What are colleges looking for? (By the way, there is no “secret sauce”-just a well-laid plan that fits your child.) This webinar answers those questions and also goes deeper into how time spent in extracurricular activities can fuel your child’s personal, academic, mental, and social development.

TWO OPTIONS TO WATCH:

We will be providing a recording of this webinar to all who register so your family can watch when it fits your schedule. This recording is for the exclusive use of your family and may not be shared. Families watching live have the benefit of asking questions during the program. Those watching on demand can share their quick questions with us via email. This recording will only be available until 11/30/21.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Parents and Students – Grade 8-11; low-cost family ticket $29

Join Beth Probst, founder and CEO of At The Core, for valuable insight into:

  • Types of extracurriculars
  • Why engage in them
  • How time spent in these activities will support growth
  • What colleges are looking for
  • Finding a good fit for extracurriculars
  • Developing “leadership”

This information is important for every college-bound student to understand as they make choices related to how they use their non-school time. Students seeking admission to highly selective colleges will want to research how their target colleges view extracurriculars and what elements they are most interested in seeing on an application. There is no focused teaching about applying to highly selective colleges in this program.

Careers and majors – Grades 8 & up

Heading to college

Why Go to College? Career/Major Thinking for Teens™

Why does anyone go to college? We often hear “to get a better job.” However, so many teens embark on the college search process without taking time to consider careers and majors–the two things that should be driving the process. What do you need to know right now, while your teen is still in high school? There are steps parents can take to help their teens with career and major decisions which are right around the corner.

TWO OPTIONS TO WATCH:

We will be providing a recording of this webinar to all who register so your family can watch when it fits your schedule. This recording is for the exclusive use of your family and may not be shared. Families watching live have the benefit of asking questions during the program. Those watching on demand can share their quick questions with us via email.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Parents and Students – Grade 8-12; Free

Join At The Core Founder and CEO Beth Probst and Director of Career Management and Corporate Relations for The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business and At The Core facilitator Allison Jones for this FREE, thought-provoking discussion.

Webinar topics include:

  • How can a student really learn about CAREERS and tie them to college MAJORS?
  • Tips we can share from our work with teens and families
  • What employers and colleges have to say about making a successful transition to the working world
  • Resources and tools your family may value

Paying for college – Grades 6 & up

Smart Money Moves

Smart Money Moves for the College-Bound™

Joe Messinger, CFP®, of Capstone Wealth Partners is passionate about empowering families to become informed consumers of higher education so that they don’t pay a penny more for college than they absolutely have to. He works with families to help demystify the college funding process and is widely recognized as an expert in college planning.

TWO OPTIONS TO WATCH:

Everyone who registers will receive a recording of the program.

He will answer parents biggest questions about college:

  • Where can we get into college?
  • Where can we get the most financial aid and scholarship money?
  • What strategies are available to me if I make too much money to qualify for financial aid?
  • What colleges can we afford based on our personal resources?

Career thinking for middle grades – Grades 7, 8, 9

Heads Up

Heads Up! Equipping Students for What’s Next™

Two session workshop:

  • Session I: Monday, November 1 – 6:00 to 8:00 pm
  • Session II: Sunday, November 7 – 2:30 to 4:30 pm (Parents join their students at 3:30 pm on Sunday.)

An enlightening and fun career-minded workshop for students in the middle grades (GRADES 7, 8, & 9)! All activities help students properly prepare for high school and beyond.

Each workshop is two hours per day, two days in each session. Workshop dates are separated by a number of days to accommodate homework. The workshop includes small group, individual, and whole group activities.

Topics covered will include:

  • Self assessment – the importance of tracking your strengths, values and preferences
  • Career investigation – how to evaluate and learn about potential careers and tie personal traits to real jobs
  • Planning for high school and beyond (this hour is facilitated with parents and students present) – Based on your child’s strengths, interests, and preferences, we will share key considerations for the family to create a high school plan to meet their goals

What age student is right for this workshop? The workshop will work best for students age 11 to 15 in seventh, eighth, and ninth grades.

College and Career Coffee Chats – Grades 6-10

Coffee chats

Today’s students have many paths to careers they will love. Learn how these “super elective” career-tech programs enhance your child’s portfolio of experiences for college and career in these free coffee chats.

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Delaware Area Career Center
Serves Olentangy, Big Walnut, Buckeye Valley, Delaware, Westerville, and Worthington districts

Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools
Serves 16 school districts in Franklin, Fairfield, and Pickaway counties including Amanda-Clearcreek, Berne Union, Bloom-Carroll, Fairfield Union, Liberty Union-Thurston, Walnut Township, New Albany, Gahanna, Groveport, Pickerington, and Reynoldsburg.

Great Oaks Career Campuses
Serves 36 different school districts including Mason, Sycamore, Forest Hills, Loveland, Clinton Massie, Indian Hill, Wyoming, Fairfield, Miami Trace, Milford, Norwood, Princeton, and West Clermont.

Tolles Career and Technical Center
Serves Dublin, Fairbanks, Hilliard, Jefferson, Jonathan Alder, London, and Madison-Plains districts.

Additional programming:

College Credit Plus

What Do Parents Need to Know About College Credit Plus?
Ohio Parents – Grades 7 – 11

We field MANY questions about College Credit Plus, Ohio’s dual enrollment program. Let us help you get up to speed on how it works with our FREE webinar.

  • What is College Credit Plus exactly?!
  • How can I determine if it is right for my child?
  • How does it compare to Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB)?
  • What is the process if we decide to enroll in CCP?

As parents ourselves, we know firsthand that the choices our kids have during high school are complex. Take the time NOW to really get clear on College Credit Plus.

Our live event has passed, but you can watch a recording on demand by clicking here.

Professional Future

From School to Work: Your Child’s Professional Future

In January 2020 (pre-COVID), the “underemployment” rate for recent college graduates was just over 40%. Four out of every ten grads were working in a job that didn’t require a degree! That’s not what we want for our children.

Today’s college students can’t merely keep their heads down, do well in their coursework, and expect to magically find a job in their desired field–especially if they only have a vague idea of what that field might be. Let’s spend 30 minutes during your lunch hour discussing the challenges, strategies, and solutions.

Our live event has passed, but you can watch a recording on demand by clicking here.

Scholarship

Virtual Scholarship Party for High School Seniors

Class of 2022…stay tuned for upcoming programming announcements. At some point, our high school seniors are “so over it!” They don’t want to write one more essay or fill out one more application. And yet, we need them to apply for private scholarships in order to save money. What’s a parent to do?

We get it. We’re parents, too. Sign your student up for our Virtual Scholarship Party. They bring the snacks, and we’ll bring the party.

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High School Scheduling

What do you need to know about high school scheduling?
Grades 8 – 11

Students often aren’t aware or don’t fully understand the myriad of options available to them. As a parent, you want to provide them with good advice about their choices. How will colleges view your choices? How can you achieve balance between school life and everything else? Join us as we crack open those course catalogs and open up the world of options available to your student. This low cost scheduling webinar ($29 family ticket) is intended for parents and students to watch together.

Topics will include: graduation requirements, defining the options (AP, IB, Dual Enrollment, foreign languages, honors, electives, academies, and more), details about each–pros and cons, how to choose for your child, planning out all four years, college credit for HS classes, and more.

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