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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.

Thousands have benefited from these programs. Here’s what a few had to say…

“This was AMAZING – so much valuable information.”

“These presentations are AWESOME! I would have spent hours trying to research all that they covered.”

“My daughter’s experience with At The Core has been nothing short of EXCEPTIONAL.”

“The ‘NO STRESS’ tone was very helpful.”

Class of 2023

Application workshop

Senior Private Consultations

Class of 2023: Another successful season of our College Application Workshops has passed. However, your family can still go from stressed, confused, and overwhelmed to prepared, relieved, and confident with a 1-on-1 personalized Senior Private Consultation.

This 90-minute meeting can cover a variety of topics that your family needs to discuss. Topics can include testing, organization, research, applications, letters of recommendation, essays, majors, money, etc.

Click to read more about Private Consultations.

Schedule your appointment on our online calendar.

Don’t miss our ON DEMAND PROGRAMMING! Watch on your schedule. See separate section below.

UPCOMING LIVE EVENTS:

Career Research & Self Assessment – Grades 7, 8, 9

Heads Up

Heads Up! Equipping Students for What’s Next

Two session, in-person workshop at Otterbein University:

  • Session I – STUDENT ONLY: Monday, November 7 – 6:00 to 8:00 pm (Roush Hall Room 116)
    Session II – STUDENT AND PARENT: Thursday, November 10 – 6:00 to 8:00 pm (Roush Hall Room 114)

What is Heads Up?

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 – 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. Cost of the two-session workshop is $185.

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.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Parents and Students – Grade 8-11

DATE: Tuesday, September 27 – 6:30 to 8:00 pm ET. Family ticket price is $29.

All registrants receive the recording. 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 be available until 11/30/22.

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.

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.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Parents and Students – Grade 8-12

DATE: Monday, October 3 – 6:30 to 8:00 pm ET; Free

All registrants receive the recording. 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.

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?
  • A demonstration of websites to learn about careers and advice on when to use them
  • Evaluation of the interests, traits, and values of a teen which can lead to a mindful career search
  • Tips we can share from our work with teens and families
  • Lots of resources and tools your family will value

Finding Internships in College

Internships

How to Find and Prepare for Internships in College

As parents of college-bound students, we know several things:

  • Competition for jobs after college is fierce.
  • Our students need to find a way to stand out from all the other grads in their major.
  • Internship (and co-op) work experience is so important for students.
  • Those experiences enhance their resume and teach them invaluable skills.

But how can we guide our students to successfully find those internships in college?

Join Beth Probst, Founder and CEO of At The Core, for an eye-opening program about internships. Families often think that someone at the college will do the heavy lifting to help their students find these experiences. We know from experience that isn’t always the case, and we want you to have the information we can share.

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. 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: anyone interested in knowing more about how students seek and secure internships during college. NOTE: we will only cover the process for internships that require some college experience.

Topics will include:

  • The who, what, when, where, and why of internships and co-ops in college
  • Tips and examples of how to search and find them
  • What is the process once solid postings are found? We’ll discuss applications, resumes and cover letters, interviews, correspondence, offers and much more.
  • A slew of other topics – paid vs unpaid, earning college credit, etc.

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.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Parents and Students – Grade 8-11

DATE: Wednesday, October 12 – 6:30 to 8:00 pm ET. Family ticket price is $29.

All registrants receive the recording. 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. Because the world of college admissions changes rapidly, the recording will only be available until 11/30/22.

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.

Options for Graduating Seniors – Grade 12

A Fast Track to Success for Graduating Seniors

This fall we have a special free informational event for you!

Have you heard the news? In-demand, well-paid jobs in Ohio are going unfilled. Teens and families need information about these 21st century career options and how to gain the skills for jobs in emerging technologies. Join us online for this important discussion on Tuesday, October 13 at 6:30 pm ET.

Today’s students can fast-track their success using postsecondary education options right in your area – at an Ohio Technical Center. All career technical programs are built on direct ties to business and industry. The skills a student learns can be immediately put to use!

Join representatives from Ohio Technical Centers and At The Core for an informative 90-minute webinar to learn about powerful and exciting opportunities for graduating seniors including the adult programs at Ohio’s Technical Centers.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Parents of 11th & 12th graders in Ohio (although all are welcome!) All registrants will receive the recording.

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.

CLICK TO READ MORE ABOUT OUR COFFEE CHATS

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.

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.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Parents grades 6 & up

DATE: Wednesday, October 26 – 7:00 to 8:30 pm ET; Free

All registrants receive the recording.

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?

AVAILABLE ON DEMAND:

College Planning for Juniors (Class of 2024)

Junior Year

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

You have a junior (Class of 2024)! You know this upcoming 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.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Parents and Students – Grade 11 (Class of 2024)

HOW TO WATCH? Complete this form to request access (family ticket price $29)

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 11/30/22.

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 & 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, & more)
  • COVID-19’s impact to the process ahead
  • Careers & majors, paying for college, & more!

Getting started with college planning – Grades 8-10

The College Planning Guide for 8-10th Graders

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!

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Parents and Students – Grades 8-10

HOW TO WATCH? Complete this form to request access (free)

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

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.

ACT and SAT Testing – Grades 7-11

College entrance exams

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

Testing! ACT, SAT, PSAT, digital 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.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Parents and Students (families with limited or no testing experience) – Grades 7-11

HOW TO WATCH? Complete this form to request access (family ticket price $29)

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 11/30/22.

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

Ohio parents – Grades 7-11

College Credit Plus

What Do Parents Need to Know About College Credit Plus?

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.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Ohio parents and students – grades 7-11

HOW TO WATCH? Complete this form to request access (free)

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

  • 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.

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? At The Core is thrilled to be hosting this FREE 90-minute webinar with student lawyers, Albeit Weiker, LLP.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Parents and Students – Grades 11 and up

HOW TO WATCH? Complete this form to request access (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.

COMING SOON:

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Planning for high school – 8th Grade (Class of 2027) – COMING WINTER 2022/23

planning for success in high school

Looking Ahead™: Planning for Success in High School and Beyond

Parents of 8th graders (CLASS OF 2027),

You have been invited to watch a unique, valuable, and free webinar to support your student as they transition to high school. Each year this presentation is wildly popular. You won’t want to miss it! Beth Probst, founder and CEO of At The Core, has crafted a presentation of tips and tools to help you prepare your student for high school and the road ahead.

Topics will include:

  • a timeline of what you can expect each year in high school
  • choosing courses and an overview of all the options available (honors classes, AP & IB classes, College Credit Plus/dual enrollment, etc.)
  • the value of pre-planning – keeping college prep and graduation requirements in mind
  • extracurriculars that support your student
  • achieving the balance needed for success in the long run
  • ACT/SAT testing – a 10,000 foot level look to get that thinking started
  • how parents can support their maturing students
  • and more!

Click to read more about our Looking Ahead program

High School Scheduling – Grades 8-11

High School Scheduling

What do you need to know about high school scheduling?

High school scheduling is around the corner. 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. You have questions:

How can you support your child? (With knowledge! We can help.) What are all the options available? (There are more than you might think.) How do colleges view the classes your child takes? How can you help your child achieve balance between their school life and everything else?

INTENDED AUDIENCE: This program was created for parents and students currently in grades 8 to 11 who want to learn more about all the types of choices in high school. Younger parents/students may be ready for this info, and they are welcome, too.

Join Beth Probst, founder and CEO of At The Core LLC, for a deep, 90-minute dive into these topics:

  • Graduation requirements
  • Defining the options (AP, IB, Dual Enrollment, foreign languages, honors, electives, academies, and more)
  • Pros and cons of each
  • Which is best for your student? How to help them choose?
  • Planning out all four years–the stuff you HAVE to do and the stuff you GET to do
  • The importance of balance and how to achieve it
  • How do colleges view these choices? How is college credit awarded for HS classes?
  • And more (including honors diplomas, OH diploma seals, & GPA calculation)

This premium webinar ($29 family ticket) builds upon what you’ll learn from your high school’s scheduling information session. We have the luxury of time and can go deeper.

So join us as we crack open those course catalogs and open up the world of options available to your student.