Opportunity Night 2022: Session Descriptions

Please see the following session information for Opportunity Night 2022. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, January 25, at Lapeer High School starting at 6 p.m.

Project Lead the Way: 6-12: Patrick Lothrop

Since the 2014-15 school year, students grades 6-12 in Lapeer Community Schools (LCS) have had the opportunity to participate in a cutting-edge STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) curriculum that promotes critical thinking and creativity. 
Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is the leading provider of rigorous and innovative STEM education in the United States. PLTW’s comprehensive curriculum has been collaboratively designed by teachers, university educators, engineering and biomedical professionals, and school administrators to hone the real-world problem solving skills in students. 

Lapeer Early College: Doug Lindsay

Through a partnership with Mott Community College we are able to give our students access to college rigor in high school while saving their parents a lot of money on college tuition. LEC students commit to three years in the program, starting in their junior year, and progress toward an associate degree. For students, the opportunity is golden; for parents, the savings are substantial, as the District covers most, and in some cases all, of the costs. Even though students commit to a 13th year, they will be able to participate in all senior-year activities including commencement. 

Advanced Placement: Kevin Wenzel, Bill Spruytte 

Advanced Placement (AP) is an academic program created by the College Board which offers college-level curricula and examinations to high school students. American colleges and universities may grant placement and course credit to students who obtain high scores on the examinations. LCS currently offers 17 AP courses to students at the secondary level. 
LCS is also one of only a handful of schools to offer AP Capstone. AP Capstone is a College Board program that equips students with the independent research, collaborative teamwork, and communication skills that are increasingly valued by colleges. It cultivates curious, independent, and collaborative scholars and prepares them to make logical, evidence-based decisions. AP Capstone consists of AP Research and AP Seminar. 

6-7 Transition Planning and Resources: Wyatt Stevens

This presentation will explain the many opportunities students have once they enter Rolland-Warner middle school.  Topics that will be covered include the different pathways students will follow through the core content areas, different elective opportunities for students, as well as other offerings including athletics and extra-curricular activities. Additionally, strategies on how to ensure a successful academic, social, and emotional transition to middle school will be included. A short question and answer session will follow the presentation.

8-9 Transition Planning and Resources: Jeff Stanton

 In this presentation, you will receive a snapshot of the academic opportunities which are available to LCS students. Students and parents will also gain a better understanding of the Michigan Merit Curriculum graduation requirements, learn about academic options, and see how course selection connects with scheduling and long term planning.  Zemmer administrators and counselors will be available to answer individualized questions, following the presentation and during open Q & A session time slots. 

Know How to Go!!/Paying for College and FAFSA

Understanding the process of getting to the “next step” can be confusing. Learn what it means to be “college ready” and what your student should be doing right now to put him/herself in the best position for college success later. In addition, the high school counselors will explain the process of getting into college, including testing, finding a good fit, scholarship searches, and Parchment. The challenge of funding college can be daunting and it is never too early to start! The LHS counselors will provide an overview of the various ways to pay for college, along with specific tips for getting the most post- secondary dollars. An explanation of the types of funding and how to go about getting it are among the important pieces of information being shared. This includes loans, grants, scholarships, FAFSA, and more.

LHS Counselor Corner

This informal opportunity with the high school counselors is for any parent who has questions about all aspects of student life in grades 9-12. Stop in to ask about scheduling, financial aid, college knowledge, social/emotional  needs—just about anything that may be on your mind as parents. 

Machine Tool Tech and Robotics and Automation (NEW CTE Programs at LHS)

 Learn more about how you can sign up for two new career pathways offered on campus at LHS. (11th and 12th grade commitment). Choose from Machine Tool Technology or Robotics and Automation. Both programs offer state-of-the-art equipment and certification/credential opportunities that can help you be ready for a career or an advanced degree in Advanced Manufacturing. Completing both years of the CTE program can count for Algebra II, 4th year math, VPA and 2nd year foreign language. Come chat about the program details and see a sampling of the industry standard equipment that you will use in the pathways. Add value to your high school diploma and make yourself marketable in high demand careers! 

Mott Community College: Dolores Sharpe

Understanding the plethora of options that are available to our students at Mott can open many doors. From Early College to dual enrollment and the variety of programs and transferability, this is the place to learn more about how to make the most of the college right outside our door.

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