To register for
a MEOC Workshop, call 1-800-281-3703.
of College Planning
This workshop introduces people to educational opportunities in
general and MEOC services in particular. This interactive workshop
touches on the four steps in the college process: admissions, financial
aid, career and study skills. The admission section reviews college
options, the college search process and the application structure.
The fundamentals of financial aid, including the filing process
and the applications are covered in detail. Career options and counseling
are introduced. Effective transitions into college, college readiness
and study skills are discussed. The participant receives 101 The
Essentials of College Planning Workbook, The Post Secondary Guide
to Education in Maine, The Student Guide, and the Free Application
for Federal Student Aid.
Participants will learn steps to exploring careers and making decisions
about new careers. Participants will have an opportunity to complete
self-assessment interest inventories. Building upon the assessment
results, a counselor will aid the participants in evaluating careers
which best fit their interest, skills and job values. Additional
topics include: attending college vs. alternative training; discussion
of past employment and ideas for future career trends.
The Financial Aid Workshop will provide an overview of financial
basics and the completion of the Free Application of Federal Student
Aid (FAFSA). Discussion will include a review of the federal, state,
school-based, and private funding sources. Upon completion of this
workshop the student will be able to effectively access the funding
they need to complete their college degree. An emphasis will be
placed on student responsibility and an understanding of the full
financial process and timetable. Participants should bring their
last year's income details to the workshop. Participants should
be current college students or prospective college students who
have attended an earlier session of Essentials of College Planning
Workshop with MEOC.
& Corrections Workshop
Follow-up to MEOC Financial Aid and Essentials of College Planning
Workshops featuring the filing of the FAFSA. The Corrections Workshop
will focus on the SAR: reviewing the SAR for accuracy, correcting
to reflect completed taxes and up-dated benefit information, and
clarifying verifications and other "flags" and notices
that are part of the SAR paperwork. Workshops will also include
an update on relevant scholarships and serve as a reminder of the
importance of meeting deadlines for scholarship applications. Students
should bring their SAR paperwork (pink) and all up-dated income
records which may include their completed tax forms. Workshops will
include an overview demonstrating how a good financial aid package
integrates with other educational elements for a successful college
This workshop will introduce specific study skills, which will contribute
to success in college. Students will develop useful study habits
in the areas of note taking, effective listening, test taking, and
time management. This workshop will be particularly relevant for
those who are entering college or adult education.
Dislocated Workers Pathway to College Workshop
Focused on the unique needs of the dislocated worker, this session will cover why you are being urged by the
Dept. of Labor and President Obama to complete a college degree, the importance of working with your Career Center,
plus the basics of college planning, your readiness and available college readiness supports, admissions steps and
paperwork, financial aid basics including the FAFSA, and available resources to support your degree completion.
Please bring to the workshop your 2008 1040 tax paperwork, your Maine DOL President's Training Initiative letter,
and your Unemployment Insurance eligibility notice. Career Center services, including Internet access for filing your FAFSA,
will be available following this 90-minute workshop so you can start your admissions and financial aid process.