6th Annual LC College Fair

October 19th marked Lowell Catholic’s 6th and largest college fair!  53 colleges and universities were on hand to answer questions from our eager students.

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Seniors, juniors, and even some sophomores spoke to admissions reps from schools such as Providence College, University of New England, Catholic University of America, and Sacred Heart University.

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The college fair is a unique opportunity for our students because they are able to get some one on one time with the representatives.  Wentworth Institute of Technology, Lasell  College, Emmanuel College, and Bryant University spoke to the students about different programs, what to expect on campus, and how to apply.

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The goal of this college fair is to give our students time to think ahead regarding college plans, learn about a school or program they may have not been familiar with, or to connect one more time with a school they are interested in.  We have found that the growth of the college fair over the past six years demonstrates the success of this day.  We look forward to seeing how it will grow for our 7th year!

FAFSA 2016-2017

Seniors and parents, do you have any plans for this Saturday, October 1st?  If you are looking for something to do, you can file the FAFSA!

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The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) has always been known to become available on January 1st.  This has changed, and it is going to make applying for financial aid a lot easier for families.  The October 1st opening date allows families to use prior-prior tax returns.  This means that if the student is enrolling in college for the 2017-2018 school year, the 2015 tax returns can be used.  The early date should make it a lot easier to complete the FAFSA and enter accurate tax information.  For additional information about the FAFSA, click here!

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With anything that goes along with the college application process, students should be double checking all college financial aid deadlines.  This also includes the CSS Profile if that is required as well.

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Lowell Catholic will be hosting it’s annual Financial Aid Information Night on Thursday, October 27th at 6:30 in the auditorium.  A representative for MEFA will be here to explain the financial aid process and answer any questions you may have.  You don’t want to miss this very important night!!!

Careers in Healthcare

When it comes to choosing a college, major, or career, it is always encouraged that students get some form of hands on experience or observation time.  For the past couple of years, Lowell Catholic has taken advantage of an opportunity that allows students interested in a career in healthcare to do this.

Lowell General Hospital runs a program called Careers in Healthcare.  Once a month, students are given a tour of various areas/departments of the hospital.  Just last month, 7 young ladies from the junior class got to explore the operating room, emergency room, maternity and labor & delivery, radiology, and the cardio vascular center.

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Hands-on learning in the emergency room!

The tour guide, who is a nurse in the emergency room, gave the students the inside scoop on what one can expect working in a hospital.  This included everything, such as schedules, what a typical day could be like, safety, and security.

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Participants listening to the guide provide information about what it’s like to work in a hospital.

One participant stated, “My favorite part of the LGH trip was visiting the Labor and Delivery Unit. It helped me to understand a little more about how genetics would possibly come in to play in certain situations. That part of the trip was my favorite because we also got to see cute babies.”  Also, “The people were very informative and it was a very hands-on experience. We got to experience a real life OR before a surgery which was very interesting.”

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Ready for the operating room!

The day spent at Lowell General Hospital gave the students  some insight on a future career in healthcare.  At the end of the day, the hope was that they got hands-on experience, learned about fields they didn’t know much about, and got a better idea of what they would like for a future career…and I think they did!