Education

Planning Your Education

Additional Programs for Students

Courses for College Success

Most colleges and universities offer courses designed to share with students the skills that will help them be successful in college. Some courses familiarize new students to the college experience. They focus on campus resources, expectations of college faculty, building effective study skills, and more. Other courses such as computer application, library research skills, and career planning provide opportunities to develop or enhance specific skills. Check the course schedule on your campus to find out which classes are available to you.

Resources for Distance Learners

Minnesota Online This site helps students determine if taking online classes is a good option for them. It includes a quiz, videos from actual students who have taken online classes, requirements, and available clasess.

Tips for Taking Online Courses This site contains tips and advice on how to succeed in online classes.

Successful Online Learners This site describes some of the characteristics and qualities that contribute to online learning success.

Online Learning Skills Additional resources are listed in this section of the study skills and strategies area of the EducationPlan.

Resources for First Generation College Students

Life as a First Generation College Student This link discusses what the experience of being a first generation college student might be like.

First Hand Stories from First Generation Students This site contains videos of individuals talking about their experiences as first year students.

First In the Family This entire site is dedicated to offering practical advice, inspiration, and planning tools for first generation college students. Much of the information comes from students themselves and the site also contains videos.

First Generation Student This site is full of information for students who will be the first in their family to go to college.

First Generation College Student Newsletter This newsletter published by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education contains many articles about first generation students. It discusses recent issues and trends in the state including the increase of older students who are first generation.

Resources for Migrant Families

Migrant Education This U.S. Department of Education site lists programs available to migrant and seasonal farm workers and their families.

GED and College Assistance This organization provides help to migrants looking to obtain a GED and offers support for migrant students planning to attend college.

Resources for Veterans

MyMilitary GPS LifePlan This is the military version of the GPS LifePlan and includes additional resources for veterans, Servicemembers and their families.

Higher Education Veterans Programs Hosted by the Minnesota Department of Veteran Affairs, this site provides information and support related to higher education.

Veteran Resources for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities This site includes MnSCU specific information about services available to military veterans and their families.

Servicemembers Opportunities Colleges (SOC) Consortium These colleges and universities are committed to providing assistance to servicemembers and their families.

Education and Training Programs for Veterans This ISEEK site includes a list of programs available to veterans.

Financial Aid and Scholarship Information for Veterans This site lists programs available to those who are or have been in the armed services.

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Upcoming Workshops

    Workshops and seminars are a valuable tool to help you explore the different areas of the GPS LifePlan.

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Checklists
Career Checklist

Navigate your CareerPlan by referencing the checklist below.

Have you:

  1. Assessed your values, interests, and skills?
  2. Researched possible career choices?
  3. Created a resume and cover letter?
  4. Activated your eFolio account?
  5. Started the job search process?

Click here to view the GPS LifePlan checklist.

Click here to view the GPS LifePlan list of activities and resources.

Education Checklist

Navigate your EducationPlan by referencing the checklist below.

Have you:

  1. Developed SMART goals?
  2. Decided on a major or program of study?
  3. Assessed your learning style?
  4. Researched study skills and strategies?
  5. Arranged a meeting with an advising professional to select appropriate courses?

Click here to view the GPS LifePlan checklist.

Click here to view the GPS LifePlan list of activities and resources.

Finance Checklist

Navigate your FinancePlan by referencing the checklist below.

Have you:

  1. Established your short and long-term financial goals?
  2. Created a budget?
  3. Explored resources to help you pay for college?
  4. Assessed your debt situation?
  5. Developed a savings plan for the future?

Click here to view the GPS LifePlan checklist.

Click here to view the GPS LifePlan list of activities and resources.

Leadership Checklist

Navigate your LeadershipPlan by referencing the checklist below.

Have you:

  1. Assessed your leadership style?
  2. Completed a personality inventory?
  3. Formed your personal mission and vision statement?
  4. Explored the leadership resources?
  5. Participated in a campus or community activity to help build your leadership skills?
  6. Determined your Carbon Footprint?

Click here to view the GPS LifePlan checklist.

Click here to view the GPS LifePlan list of activities and resources.

Personal Checklist

Navigate your PersonalPlan by referencing the checklist below.

Have you:

  1. Explored the transition to college resources?
  2. Assessed your resiliency and ability to adapt to change?
  3. Established personal fitness goals?
  4. Examined the physical and mental wellness resources?
  5. Researched how to manage healthy relationships?

Click here to view the GPS LifePlan checklist.

Click here to view the GPS LifePlan list of activities and resources.