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PFA Public WORKSHOPS

Learn expert strategies to help create your college and career plan

3 Steps To College Planning & Career Success

A 60-minute workshop designed to educate families about the best practices and key deadlines of the college planning process by covering topics including college admissions, paying for college, college transition, professional development and career planning. Free and open to the public.

 


3 Steps To College Planning & Career Success - York High School (3S)

Tue, Feb 27 7:00 PM

York High School

Forum Room A294 | Elmhurst, IL 60126

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3 Steps To College Planning & Career Success - Thomas Ford Memorial (Western Springs) Library (3S)

Wed, Feb 28 7:00 PM

Thomas Ford Memorial Library

800 Chestnut Street | Western Springs, IL 60558

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3 Steps To College Planning & Career Success - Hosted by Eich's Volleyball Club @ Eich's Sports Complex, Plainfield, IL (3S)

Wed, Feb 28 7:00 PM

Eich's Sports Complex

24316 W 143rd St | EVC Training Room Plainfield, IL 60544

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3 Steps To College Planning & Career Success - Hinsdale Central HS Boosters (3S)

Tue, Mar 6 7:00 PM

Hinsdale Community House

415 W. 8th Street | Rotary Rooms North & South Hinsdale, IL 60521

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3 Steps To College Planning & Career Success - Neuqua Valley High School (3S)

Thu, Mar 8 7:00 PM

Neuqua Valley High

2360 95th Street | Forum Room C202 Naperville, IL 60564

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3 Steps To College Planning & Career Success - PFA Headquarters (3S)

Sat, Mar 10 9:00 AM

Partners For Achievement

One Mid America Plaza | Conference Room 100 - 1st Floor Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

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3 Steps To College Planning & Career Success - Wheaton Public Library (3S)

Mon, Mar 12 7:00 PM

Wheaton Public Library

225 N. Cross Street | Meeting Room A Wheaton, IL 60187

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3 Steps To College Planning & Career Success - Downers Grove Public Library (3S)

Tue, Mar 13 7:00 PM

Downers Grove Public Library

1050 Curtiss Street | Meeting Room North Downers Grove, IL 60515

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3 Steps To College Planning & Career Success - Lyons Township High School - South Campus (3S)

Wed, Mar 14 7:00 PM

Lyons Township High School

South Campus | 4900 Willow Springs Road Western Springs, IL 60558

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3 Steps To College Planning & Career Success - Northbrook Public Library (3S)

Mon, Mar 19 7:00 PM

Northbrook Public Library

1201 Cedar Lane | Pollak Room A&B Northbrook, IL 60062

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3 Steps To College Planning & Career Success - Hosted by Serve City Volleyball Club @ Vineyard Church of DuPage, Wheaton, IL (3S)

Tue, Mar 20 7:30 PM

Vineyard Church of DuPage

1900 Manchester Rd. | Gymnasium Wheaton, IL 60187

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3 Steps To College Planning & Career Success - Hosted by Chicago Fire Juniors West @ Plainfield Township Community Center - Plainfield, IL (3S)

Thu, Mar 22 5:00 PM

Plainfield Township Community Center

15014 S Des Plaines St | Plainfield, IL 60544

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3 Steps To College Planning & Career Success - Hinsdale South High School hosted by the HSHS Booster Club (3S)

Tue, Apr 3 7:00 PM

Hinsdale South High School

7401 Clarendon Hills Rd | Little Theater Darien, IL 60561

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3 Steps To College Planning & Career Success - Hinsdale Central HS Boosters (3S)

Tue, Apr 10 7:00 PM

Hinsdale Community House

415 W. 8th Street | Rotary Rooms North & South Hinsdale, IL 60521

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The Top 10 Things Every Middle School Parent Should Know About Planning for College (3S)

Mon, Apr 16 7:00 PM

Our Lady of Peace School - Library

709 Plainfield Road | Darien, IL 60561

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3 Steps To College Planning & Career Success - LaGrange Public Library (3S)

Mon, Apr 23 7:00 PM

LaGrange Public Library

10 W. Cossitt Avenue | LaGrange, IL 60525

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3 Steps To College Planning & Career Success - Park Ridge Public Library (3S)

Tue, Jun 5 7:00 PM

Park Ridge Public Library

20 S. Prospect Avenue | Park Ridge, IL 60068

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3 Steps To College Planning & Career Success - Nichols Library - Naperville (3S)

Wed, Jun 20 7:00 PM

Nichols Library

200 W. Jefferson | Community Room Naperville, IL 60540

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3 Steps To College Planning & Career Success - Oak Park Public Library (3S)

Thu, Aug 9 6:30 PM

Oak Park Public Library

834 Lake Street | Veterans Room Oak Park, IL 60301

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Host a PFA Workshop

Partners For Achievement welcomes the opportunity to share our passion and expertise. Since our inception, we have partnered with more than 60 schools, community organizations (libraries, churches, chambers of commerce, and non-profits), sports programs and corporations to host one of our 3 Steps to College Planning and Career Success workshops.

 

Please let us know if you are interested in hosting an evening or weekend seminar, a lunch-and-learn at your office or contact us for information regarding our booster club, PTO and sports fundraisers.

 

Contact our Community Outreach Director: outreach@pfachievement.com

Workshop Presentation Topics
College Planning: Admissions & Applications

School List Development – Major Selection – College Visits

Resume Building – Essay Writing – ACT/SAT Test Prep

College Interviews – Application Recommendations – Deadlines

 

Paying for College: Financial Aid & Scholarships

Financial Aid Overview – FAFSA – CSS Profile

Need-Based Aid – Private Scholarships – Merit Money

Budget Parameters – Award Assessments – Financial Aid Appeals

 

Student Mentoring: College Transition & Career Readiness

Goal Setting – Support Services – Degree Requirements

Identifying Mentors – Networking Tips – Career Readiness

Job Shadowing – Internship Opportunities – Job Search

PFA Student & Parent private WORKSHOPS

College Major and Career Assessment

This workshop provides an explanation of the tools used to analyze the student’s interests and aptitudes helping to identify potential college majors and career options. One-hour workshop. Open to all students. Parents are highly recommended to attend.


PFA College Major and Career Assessment Workshop (Private - PFA Students Only) (CM)

Mon, Mar 12 6:30 PM

Partners For Achievement

1 Mid America Plaza | Floor 1 - Conference Room 100 Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

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College Application

Learn the important aspects of completing the Common Application and school applications. You must have at least three schools identified prior to attending. One-hour workshop. Open to Class of 2018 only.

Paying For College / Scholarship

College can be expensive – and paying for it is complicated. In this workshop, we’ll explain the resources available (scholarships, grants, loans and more) and the strategies for making smart decisions at this crucial time. We will also introduce you to our Scholarship Toolkit that provides a structured approach in this key area to help pay for college. One-hour workshop. Open to all families. Parents and students should attend together.


PFA Paying for College / Scholarship Workshop (Private - PFA Families Only) (PC)

Wed, Mar 21 6:30 PM

Partners For Achievement

One Mid America Plaza | Floor 1 - Conference Room 100 Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

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PFA Paying for College / Scholarship Workshop (Private - PFA Families Only) (PC)

Tue, Apr 24 6:30 PM

Partners For Achievement

One Mid America Plaza | Floor 1 - Conference Room 100 Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

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Resume Building

Your resume is a high-def snapshot of you. It’s a powerful tool for applications, college visits, internships and more. We will help you craft a great one. Students will have a well-developed first draft of a resume at the end of the workshop. Two-hour workshop. Open to high school students only.

Leveraging LinkedIn

LinkedIn helps ambitious people get to the next level. School, internships, careers – LinkedIn can make it happen and we will show you how. One-hour workshop. Open to all students

Professional Prep

Learning proper business etiquette is an important factor to becoming a polished young professional and for providing good impressions. This workshop will teach you business email and phone etiquette; learn how to ask for an informational interview, and how to conduct one; learn what to do at career fairs and on the job at internships. One-and-a-half hour workshop.

Essay Writing Summer Bootcamp

In this three-day Bootcamp, students learn the fundamentals of writing the Common Application college admissions essay and a School of Choice supplemental essay. They choose a Common App prompt and topic, and receive coaching on what makes a compelling story and how to structure the essay. Students leave with their Common App essay completed and receive the Essay Tracker outlining deadlines for supplemental essays. Prerequisite: Students must have their preliminary college list completed with their top three school choices selected. Materials to bring with you: pencil, paper and laptop.

Essay Workshop

In this three-hour Workshop, students learn the fundamentals of writing the Common Application college admissions essay and a School of Choice supplemental essay. They choose a Common App prompt and topic, and receive coaching on what makes a compelling story and how to structure their essay. Students are assigned a one-week due date for Common Application essays and receive the Essay Tracker outlining deadlines for supplemental essays. Prerequisite: Students must have their preliminary college list completed with their top three school choices selected. Materials to bring with you: pencil, paper and laptop.

Standardized Test – Strategy

In this workshop, we outline strategies to help you perform your best on the important standardized tests. We’ll clarify the myths, sharpen your study and reading skills, help you set smart goals and discuss accommodations eligibility. One-hour workshop. Open to all students.


PFA Standardized Test - Strategy Workshop (Private - PFA Students Only) (ST)

Thu, Apr 5 6:30 PM

Partners For Achievement

Two Mid America Plaza | Floor 10 - Suite 1010 Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

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PFA Standardized Test - Strategy Workshop (Private - PFA Students Only) (ST)

Thu, May 10 6:30 PM

Partners For Achievement

Two Mid America Plaza | Floor 10 - Suite 1010 Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

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Standardized Test – 10-Week Method Test Prep

We will meet ten Saturdays in a row to cover Career Cruising’s Method Test Prep tool. This will conclude with a full-length practice test the week before the National Test date. Ten, three-hour workshops. Open to all students.


PFA Standardized Test - 10-Week Method Test Prep Workshops - (Private - PFA Students Only) (10)

Sat, Feb 3 9:00 AM

Partners For Achievement

Two Mid America Plaza | Floor 10 - Suite 1010 Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

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PFA Standardized Test - 10-Week Method Test Prep Workshops - (Private - PFA Students Only) (10)

Sat, Mar 24 9:00 AM

Partners For Achievement

Two Mid America Plaza | Floor 10 - Suite 1010 Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

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Full-Length Practice ACT / SAT Tests

A full-length, proctored practice ACT / SAT test readies students for the real thing. Every point you improve could make a big difference in college admissions and the amount of merit scholarship money awarded. Three-hour workshop. Open to all students.


PFA Full-Length Practice ACT Tests (Private - PFA Students Only) (PA)

Sat, Apr 7 12:00 PM

Partners For Achievement

One Mid America Plaza | First Floor - Conference Room 100 Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

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PFA Full-Length Practice ACT Tests (Private - PFA Students Only) (PA)

Sat, Jun 2 12:00 PM

Partners For Achievement

One Mid America Plaza | First Floor - Conference Room 100 Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

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CSS / Financial Aid Profile

If you apply to one or more of over 400 schools that offer non-federal financial aid by completing the CSS Profile Application, this workshop will help you to properly complete the online form via the College Board website. We will review the applications one-on-one with families to ensure they are submitted correctly. Two-hour workshop. Open to Class of  2018 only. Parents and students should attend together.

FAFSA

This workshop covers all the important steps to properly complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). We will review the applications one-on-one with families to ensure they are submitted correctly. One-hour workshop. Open to Class of 2018 only. Parents and students should attend together.

Award Assessment

Award letters can be confusing. They are certainly inconsistent from school to school. This workshop will help families analyze their awards, project costs and ultimately move closer to making their college selection. One-hour workshop. These workshops are held in March – April and are for High School seniors only. Parents and students should attend together.

College Transition

Congratulations PFA high school graduate! This info-packed workshop will help you to prepare for your freshman year in college with tips on organization, important timelines, move-in day, achieving academic success, a typical college schedule, handling your own money, staying safe and happy on campus and more.

Fall Family Planning Workshop

This workshop will help you plan your next steps in the PFA college planning and career readiness program with your college counselor and the PFA team.

 

During this workshop we will explain the following:

  • Developing your college list
  • Reviewing standardized testing recommendations (PSAT, ACT, SAT)
  • Planning college visits
  • Determining college majors and career choices
  • Discussing budget considerations
  • Check your student’s progress in our program
  • Review upcoming timelines
  • Introducing our new PFA Student Portal and PFA Peer Group Meetings

 

Parents and students, please make plans to attend this important 90-minute workshop together. Open to Class of 2018, 2019 and 2020.


PFA Fresh / Soph Workshop - Basic Training / College 101 (FP)

Tue, Mar 6 6:30 PM

Partners For Achievement

2 Mid America Plaza | Downstairs Conference Room - 1 Mid America Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

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PFA Fresh / Soph Workshop - Basic Training / College 101 (FP)

Thu, Mar 15 6:30 PM

Partners For Achievement

2 Mid America Plaza | Downstairs Conference Room - 1 Mid America Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

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PFA Fresh / Soph Workshop - Basic Training / College 101 (FP)

Thu, Apr 5 6:30 PM

Partners For Achievement

2 Mid America Plaza | Downstairs Conference Room - 1 Mid America Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

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