Preparing Your High School Student for a Career

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During this important time in your high school student’s life, they’re just beginning to explore their interests and the possible career paths. Your support is vital to making that exploration comfortable and exciting. To aid you in your student’s journey, here are several ways you can prepare your high school student for the career of their dreams:

Offer words of encouragement

As your student goes through high school, they will begin exploring career paths, joining clubs and organizations and participating in extracurricular activities. Throughout this time, your encouragement of their curiosity and hard work is essential. Nurture their passions and give them room to make their own mistakes or decisions. As long as you remain supportive and open, they will feel confident in knowing they can rely on you even when they aren’t sure of which career is right for them.

Stay up to date

The careers of today may not represent those of the future as the job market continues to evolve to meet new challenges and opportunities. It’s important you stay up to date with the latest career trends, developments, and demands to help your student choose their career wisely and ensure plenty of opportunities in the future. Check out our blog to learn how education will shape the future of jobs.

Prioritize internships

Your student is very busy on a day-to-day basis between school, homework, hobbies and jobs. However, make sure to emphasize to your student the importance of internships. Internships are a great way for students to get familiar with the daily operations of different careers and find the one that’s right for them. It’s also a great opportunity to stand out when it comes time for college admissions.

Offer to help them review online internship resources such as Chegg Internships, a site that connects high school and college students to available internships across the country. Practice interviewing skills with your student and give them genuine feedback. Or, help them shop for the right interviewing attire. Your support now can have a huge impact on whether your student is able to get an internship ahead of the curve.

 

Your high school student is about to embark on a journey of discovery. Your knowledge, love, and guidance will be vital along the way, and ASU Prep Digital is here to help. To learn more about career pathways, an essential part of a student’s journey to college, please visit our career pathways page. During this crucial stage in your student’s life, let’s work together to help them prepare for the career of their dreams.

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ASU Prep Digital: The Best Online High School in Arizona

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It’s no secret that ASU Prep Digital empowers students to take charge of their education and propels them toward university admission by introducing college courses in high school. But is it the best online high school in Arizona?

Let’s take a closer look and find out.

Concurrent Enrollment

Not only does ASU Prep Digital offer over 40 online high school courses, it also gives students access to over 200 university courses through Arizona State University—and they’re all available for concurrent high school/college credit. Each student works with his or her Learning Success Coach to design a personalized pathway to guide them through high school, into college, and on to a career. This accelerated track makes it possible for students to take college courses and earn credits that will count toward their major while still in high school, which saves them time and money when they enroll in college.

Curious about what concurrent enrollment is like? Check out these two student stories: Alexis and Caleb

Personalized Instruction

The best online high school in Arizona doesn’t just teach its students—it personalizes the instruction so that every student can succeed, recognizing that everyone learns differently. ASU Prep Digital also applies adaptive learning technologies, making it easy for students to move at their own pace and work at any time, from anywhere in the world. 

Interested in how courses work at ASU Prep Digital? Check out one of these course tours from the perspective of a student, teacher, or parent!

Layers of Support

ASU Prep Digital students are motivated, independent learners, but it doesn’t mean they won’t be supported on their journey. From their online teachers and university professors, to their Learning Success Coaches and families, students receive guidance whenever they need it. 

You can meet the staff here.

Student Performance

On top of being successful both in and out of the classroom, the community of learners at ASU Prep Digital outperform students at the other major online high schools in Arizona:

ASU Prep Digital proves that its commitment to providing an immersive, adaptive, and supportive learning experience pays off and helps students accelerate their education. 

But there are so many other components that make ASU Prep Digital the best online high school in Arizona, including: 

  • AdvancedEd accredited and NCAA approved.
  • Implementation of virtual reality and augmented reality lessons.
  • Collaboration with teachers and classmates using live lessons, video, audio, and text.
  • Plenty of opportunities for socialization, including virtual clubs and in-person meet ups.

 

Convinced yet? Begin the enrollment process here or schedule a call with an admissions advisor who will be more than happy to answer any questions.

What Are Career Pathways?

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While it might seem like the start of your career is lightyears away, it’s the decisions you make now that determine how fast you can reach your dream job. Career pathways are organized collections of programs that develop your core academic, technical, and employment skills to prepare you for a related career.

ASU Prep Digital offers a comprehensive selection of career pathways with concurrent courses, giving you steps you can take today to bring you closer to the career of your dreams. Here are four different areas of studies that offer career pathways you can start working toward now: 

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)

Do you find yourself looking up at the sky, wondering what’s out there? Does math feel like an exciting puzzle with each new problem? Interests such as these can lead to a promising career in STEM. As it happens, ASU has developed a wide variety of majors that are in the STEM group of disciplines. Explore majors ranging from Biophysics to Earth and Environmental Studies. With so many to choose from, you are sure to find the pathway that’s right for you. 

When you enroll in concurrent courses like General Chemistry for Engineers or Introduction to Psychology, you’re bringing yourself that much closer to a university degree, without even a single step onto a college campus. In fact, by the time you’re a freshman you’ll have completed almost all of your first year courses! 

Health & Wellness

Are you an advocate for regular exercise and a balanced diet? Are you eager to assist those around you? A career in the health field may be the right one for you! ASU provides an assortment of career pathways related to Health and Wellness, such as Healthcare Coordination, Exercise and Wellness, and Public Health. 

Enroll in concurrent courses such as Human Development and Introduction to Global Health to get a taste of the advanced courses you’ll be taking as part of your university career in a Health & Wellness major. Not to mention, you’ll be earning university credit while completing several courses as a high school student.

Arts 

Is dancing your passion? Do your doodles take up more space on a page than class notes? If you have an artistic streak, ASU outlines several career pathways that’ll turn your art into a career. Explore a variety of pathways in the Art cluster including Art History, Digital Culture, and Dance. Through our Art History pathway, you’ll be able to complete enough concurrent courses to begin college with 10-12 courses already completed.

Business 

Do you spend your weekends watching Shark Tank? Do you dream of one day owning your own business? ASU has 30+ business and entrepreneurship majors that’ll have you on your way to being your own boss, including Sports Business, Finance, and Retail Management. 

Concurrent courses such as Introduction to Human Communication and Macroeconomic Principles will give you a strong foundation of business knowledge and an edge before entering a competitive university environment. When you’re a CEO one day, you’ll be patting yourself on the back for getting a head start on your career pathway while you were still in high school!

Your passions at this age can easily turn into your career in the future. Explore ASU Prep Digital’s vast assortment of concurrent courses and outlined career pathways to get started on turning your hobbies into a career. 

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Is It Time to Try Concurrent Enrollment?

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It’s finally 2020! Can you believe it? The best part of a new year is getting to set new goals for yourself, whether it’s physical, mental, or educational. If you’ve been looking for a way to challenge yourself at school, and you’re ready to make a change, it may be time to try concurrent enrollment.

There are so many benefits to earning college credit in high school. Between learning time management skills and knocking some required college classes out of the way early, earning college credit is a great way to set yourself up for success.

But how can I earn college credit in high school?

There are a number of ways, but the most popular are dual enrollment and concurrent enrollment. While they’re similar, you’ll enroll in a major university with concurrent enrollment as opposed to a community college. That might not seem like a major difference, but you’d be surprised!

Concurrent enrollment at ASU Prep Digital enables students to take college courses with ASU. ASU is ranked #1 in the U.S. for innovation for the fifth year in a row and is recognized as a Research I university. You’ll be taught by real ASU professors, receive support from professors, teachers, and a Learning Success Coach, and have the opportunity to explore career pathways. Don’t believe us? Check out this student testimonial and see for yourself!

Alright, I’m ready to try concurrent enrollment! What now?

ASU Prep Digital is still accepting full-time applications for the spring semester. If you’d like to try concurrent enrollment through ASU, here are the enrollment deadlines and start dates:

  • Enroll by January 3 for a January 13 start date (half semester)
  • Enroll by January 3 for a January 13 start date (full semester)
  • Enroll by March 3 for a March 16 start date (full semester)

Complete the enrollment process here to begin your college career with ASU Prep Digital. We can’t wait to welcome you into our community of learners!

Benefits of Concurrent Enrollment at ASU Prep Digital

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From developing time management skills to saving money on college tuition, concurrent enrollment helps students kickstart their college careers. 

But how is concurrent enrollment at ASU Prep Digital different than dual enrollment?

ASU Prep Digital embeds the university experience into high school, giving students an accelerated path toward university admission and future careers. You can see the differences between dual enrollment and the concurrent enrollment experience at ASU Prep Digital here, but let’s take an even closer look at some of the benefits of concurrent enrollment at ASU Prep Digital:

Earn college credit from ASU

When you enroll in a concurrent course at ASU Prep Digital, you’ll be earning credit from ASU, ranked #1 in the U.S. for innovation for the fifth year in a row and recognized as a Research I university.  You’ll be taught by real ASU professors, get access to ASU’s library of digital resources, and earn both high school and college credit, which will save you time and money once you get to college.

Receive layers of support

The transition to online learning can be challenging, especially if you plan on taking college level courses. It’s important to have a strong support system as you navigate through your courses. That’s why at ASU Prep Digital, you’ll receive support and guidance not only from your ASU professor, but also from your online teachers and Learning Success Coach.

Explore career pathways

It’s never too early to start thinking about a future major and how it could translate into a career someday. With the help of your Learning Success Coach, you’ll design a personalized pathway through high school, into college, and onto a career. You’ll be able to enroll in high school and college courses that align with your interests and work toward fulfilling requirements for your college major.

 

Ready to join our community of learners? Here are the full-time deadlines for the spring semester:

  • Enroll by January 6 for a January 27 start date
  • Enroll by January 20 for a February 5 start date*
  • Enroll by February 3 for a February 24 start date*
  • Enroll by March 2 for a March 23 start date*

*These start dates are compressed semesters, meaning you will be completing 5 or fewer classes in a shorter amount of time. 

 

And if you’re interested in enjoying the benefits of concurrent enrollment, please see the enrollment deadlines below:

  • Enroll by January 3 for a January 13 start date (half semester)
  • Enroll by January 3 for a January 13 start date (full semester)
  • Enroll by March 3 for a March 16 start date (full semester)

We also accept part-time applications on a rolling basis. You can get started here. And if you’d like to learn more about our program or inquire about enrollment, please schedule a call with an admissions advisor.

 

 

What’s It Like to Take a Concurrent Course?

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Alexis Stratman, a senior at ASU Prep Digital, has always been a hard-working, independent learner.

“I like guidance and direction for some things,” Stratman said. “But I strive when I’m in charge of my own things and can work at my own pace.”

When she discovered she could apply her work ethic to an online learning environment where she could also kick start her college career, the choice was a no-brainer.

“I chose to enroll at ASU Prep Digital my junior year mainly because of the college credit component,” Stratman said. “They offer college courses and credit that don’t require taking AP tests.”

Since she enrolled, Stratman has successfully completed four college classes through ASU: college algebra, sociology, first-year composition, and economics. 

“I think my favorite course was college algebra because math is my best subject,” Stratman said. “Actually, I finished the course several weeks early, which gave me more time to focus on my first-year composition class.”

That’s the great thing about online learning: you get to work on your own time. The flexibility component makes it easy to work ahead, spend more time on classes you need a little help in, or free up time to do things you love.

“I am very active in competitive cheerleading and my team travels a lot throughout the year,” Stratman said. “I can work ahead and plan ‘off days’ so my travel schedule doesn’t interfere with my studies and I get a little break.”

Concurrent enrollment has not only given Stratman the opportunity to get comfortable taking college level courses, but it has also helped her get ahead of the competition.

“At the rate I’m completing my college classes, I’ll be in a position to enroll at ASU as a sophomore next fall,” Stratman said. 

 

“I think switching to online school was one of the best decisions I have ever made.”

 

Stratman has paved a successful path for herself and for those who want to follow in her footsteps, she offers this advice:

“I would definitely recommend taking a concurrent course,” Stratman said. “Some classes are harder than others, but they have prepared me for my future college courses. I know what it’s like to be responsible and I have been able to get an idea of how different professors teach and what their expectations are.”

And with graduation less than a year away, Stratman has her sights set on continuing her journey as a Sun Devil. 

“I’d like to major in business entrepreneurship at the W. P. Carey School of Business at ASU,” Stratman said. “I can’t wait to see where I end up next fall with the help of ASU Prep Digital!”

 

Interested in learning more about taking a concurrent course at ASU Prep Digital? We’ll be outlining the benefits of concurrent enrollment here at ASU Prep Digital in our next blog post. In the meantime, sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date on everything from events to enrollment deadlines.

Four Areas of Interest You Can Turn Into Career Pathways

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You know what they say—if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life. While it might seem like the start of your career is lightyears away, you’re actually building the foundation for your future right now. All of the things you love to do help you develop skills and knowledge in a variety of fields, which means it’s even more possible to do what you love and get paid for it. Check out these four areas of interest and what career pathways they can lead to:

Film

Who doesn’t love movies? If you’re the friend who spends hours dissecting and watching movies, reading screenplays, and learning about the history and culture of filmmaking, a career in the film industry might be on the horizon for you. ASU offers a degree in Film and Media Studies—and you can get started right now. By taking concurrent courses, such as Film History, Introduction to New Media, and Screenwriting Fundamentals, you’ll earn university credits and potentially complete 12 of the 39 required courses before you even begin your freshman year of college.

Digital Art

Are you fascinated by art and how it has become intertwined with technology? Do you play video games or watch movies and wonder how they’re made? There are jobs out there for you! ASU offers a degree in Digital Culture (Art), which can lend itself to careers in graphic design, video game design, or photography. By taking concurrent courses, such as Introduction to Digital Culture, and Digital Photography, you’ll earn university credits and potentially complete 10 of the 41 required courses before you graduate high school.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)

Do you enjoy stargazing or model building? An interest in these hobbies can actually lead to awesome careers in STEM. ASU offers an assortment of majors that fall under STEM and Earth and Space Exploration. From Aeronautics to Astrophysics to Civil Engineering, you are bound to find a pathway that will excite you. By enrolling in concurrent courses like Introduction to Engineering or Introduction to Global Health, you’ll be one step closer to a college degree before you even step on a college campus. In fact, you’ll begin your freshman year with ¼ of your required courses completed!

Health

Are you an advocate for exercise and nutrition? Are you always looking to help those around you? A career in the health field may be in your future! ASU offers a variety of majors in Health and Wellness, including Exercise and Wellness, Nursing, and Nutrition. Concurrent courses such as Introduction to Psychology or Found Health & Well-Being will give you a taste of what you’ll be learning when you take courses for your major in your junior year. Not to mention, you’ll be earning university credit and completing several courses while still in high school.

Taking concurrent courses that earn you both high school and university credit is a unique opportunity, which means being a Sun Devil gives you a head start on turning your passion into a career. 

Check out the different career pathways students can take to find the one that best fits your interests!