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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 - Neuqua Valley High School (3S)

Mon, May 21 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 - Hosted by Oakbrook Terrace Park District @ Heritage Center (3S)

Tue, May 22 7:00 PM

Oakbrook Terrace Park District Heritage Center

1S325 Ardmore Ave | Villa Park, IL 60181

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

Wed, May 23 7:00 PM

York High School

Forum Room A294 | Elmhurst, IL 60126

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3 Steps To College Planning & Career Success - Hosted by Christ Presbyterian Church - Hanover Park, IL (3S)

Thu, May 24 7:00 PM

Fellowship Hall

6900 Barrington Road | Hanover Park, IL 60133

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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 - PFA Headquarters (3S)

Sat, Jun 9 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 - Lyons Township High School - South Campus (3S)

Wed, Jun 13 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)

Thu, Jun 14 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 - 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 - PFA Headquarters (3S)

Sat, Jul 14 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 - Naperville Public Library - 95th Street (3S)

Tue, Jul 17 7:00 PM

Naperville Public Library - 95th Street

3015 Cedar Glade Road | Room A - Lower Level Naperville, IL 60564

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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

Major and Career Exploration

To assist in developing a strong college list it is helpful to have a good understanding of career interests and potential college majors. PFA provides students with assessments and tools used to analyze their aptitudes and interests and help them identify potential college majors and career options. In this workshop we show students how to use this information to focus on the right areas during the college research process.


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

Thu, Jun 14 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 and High School Protocol

Learn the important aspects of completing The Common Application and school applications. Additionally, PFA will highlight some of the important things students must address when coordinating the information flow from your high school to the colleges you apply to. The goal is for students to complete the majority of The Common Application during this workshop. (Some additional follow up for school supplements and high school interface may be required.)

Paying For College

College can be expensive – and paying for it is complicated. PFA explains the resources available (scholarships, grants, loans, etc.) and the strategies for making smart decisions at this crucial time. Additionally, we introduce parents to our Scholarship Toolkit. This tool provides a structured approach for students to search for, and apply to, the many scholarships that are available each year.


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

Tue, Jun 12 6:30 PM

Partners For Achievement

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

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Standardized Test Strategy

In this workshop, PFA outlines preparation and test-taking strategies to help students maximize their scores on the ACT and SAT. We provide tips and recommendations, discuss accommodations eligibility, and help students set smart standardized testing goals.


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

Thu, May 24 6:30 PM

Partners For Achievement

1 MidAmerica Plaza | Suite 100 Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

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

Thu, Jun 14 4:00 PM

Partners For Achievement

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

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

Thu, Jul 12 4:00 PM

Partners For Achievement

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

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

Thu, Jul 12 4:00 PM

Partners For Achievement

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

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

Thu, Aug 9 4:00 PM

Partners For Achievement

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

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10-Week / 30-Hours of ACT and SAT Test Prep

 

To prepare for the ACT and / or SAT, students have the opportunity to meet at PFA on 10 consecutive Saturdays to complete the Method Test Prep program. One of the top online test prep courses available, this program concludes with a full length practice test the week before the real test. Each of the 10 sessions lasts approximately 2½ to three hours. Please note, this is an online, self-guided program so students do not have to come to our office to complete the test prep program.


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

Sat, May 5 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, Jun 30 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, Aug 18 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, Sep 29 9:00 AM

Partners For Achievement

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

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Proctored ACT Practice Test

 

There’s nothing like a proctored ACT Practice Test to prepare our students for the experience they will have when taking the real ACT. We will keep the time while you take one more step towards improving your ACT score.


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

Sat, Jul 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, Sep 1 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, Oct 20 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, Dec 1 12:00 PM

Partners For Achievement

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

Full Details

Proctored SAT Practice Test

 

There’s nothing like a proctored SAT Practice Test to prepare our students for the experience they will have when taking the real SAT. We will keep the time while you take one more step towards improving your SAT score.


PFA Full-Length Practice SAT Tests (Private - PFA Students Only) (PS)

Sat, Aug 18 9:00 AM

Partners For Achievement

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

Full Details

PFA Full-Length Practice SAT Tests (Private - PFA Students Only) (PS)

Sat, Sep 29 9:00 AM

Partners For Achievement

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

Full Details

PFA Full-Length Practice SAT Tests (Private - PFA Students Only) (PS)

Sat, Oct 27 9:00 AM

Partners For Achievement

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

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PFA Full-Length Practice SAT Tests (Private - PFA Students Only) (PS)

Sat, Nov 17 9:00 AM

Partners For Achievement

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

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FAFSA / CSS Profile

PFA covers all of the important steps to properly complete the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). We guide each family to ensure the application is submitted properly. We also introduce some of the factors that are considered for schools (mostly private schools) that require submission of the more complex CSS Profile financial aid application. Multiple workshops are held beginning October 1 of senior year.

Award Assessment

Financial aid award letters can be confusing and often differ dramatically from school to school. PFA helps review and analyze awards, project costs and assist in giving your family important financial perspective as your student moves closer to making their college selection.

College Transition

Congrats high school grad! This info-packed workshop covers crucial skills and topics to help you prepare for freshman year of college. Topics covered include getting your resume and social media presence college-ready; managing time and stress; thriving in class and with mentors; staying safe and happy on campus; and more.

College Admissions 101 – Part 1

(Freshman and Sophomore Only)

 

For students starting with PFA during their freshman or sophomore year we offer a few workshops each spring and fall to get a jump on the college planning process.

 

In this workshop series, we provide an overview of what students are evaluated on during the college application process. Additionally, we will review what PFA resources are available to help prepare and guide students throughout the college search and evaluative process.

 

  • College Search and Applications Expectations
  • Understanding Selectivity
  • How colleges evaluate prospective students

PFA Fresh / Soph Workshop - College Admissions 101 Part 1 (CA1)

Tue, Jul 17 6:30 PM

Partners For Achievement

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

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College Admissions 101 – Part 2

(Freshman and Sophomore Only)

 

For students starting with PFA during their freshman or sophomore year we offer a few workshops each spring and fall to get a jump on the college planning process.

 

In this workshop series, we provide an overview of what students are evaluated on during the college application process. Additionally, we will review what PFA resources are available to help prepare and guide students throughout the college search and evaluative process.

 

  • Beyond the grades – key areas evaluated by colleges
  • How to begin the college search process
  • Building a S.A.F.E. college list
  • Review of PFA tools and resources
  • The importance of college visits

PFA Fresh / Soph Workshop - College Admissions 101 Part 2 (CA2)

Thu, Jul 26 6:30 PM

Partners For Achievement

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

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College Rep Panel

(Freshman and Sophomore Only)

 

During this workshop families will hear from college reps from a variety of institutions as they showcase their respective schools. Each representative will discuss the benefits and potential drawbacks of the type of college they represent and will share noteworthy tidbits about their school. Families will gain a better understanding of the important role college visits have in the college search and admission process and learn how to maximize campus visits.

Stand Out Factor

 

To improve your chances of getting into any school, students need to stand out. Displaying leadership, initiative, creativity, and selflessness are all ways to help a student stand out. Involvement is school clubs, community service, working and job shadowing experiences will help distinguish you from other applicants. Additionally, recognition of your skills and accomplishments at the state, regional or national level can go a long way towards setting you apart. In this workshop, students learn what a standout factor is, how to develop it, and why standouts are important for college admissions.


PFA Stand Out Factor Workshop (Private - PFA Students Only) (SO)

Wed, Jun 20 1:00 PM

Partners For Achievement

2 Mid America Plaza | Floor 8 - Boardroom Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

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PFA Stand Out Factor Workshop (Private - PFA Students Only) (SO)

Wed, Jul 25 10:00 AM

Partners For Achievement

2 Mid America Plaza | Floor 8 - Boardroom Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

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Resume

 

Your resume can be a powerful tool for applications, college visits, internships and more. PFA will help you craft an effective resume by providing guidance and access to our tools that will showcase your academic information, extra-curricular activities, awards, interests, employment, and volunteer experiences.


PFA Resume Building Workshop - (Private - PFA Students Only) (RS)

Wed, Jun 27 1:00 PM

Partners For Achievement

2 Mid America Plaza | 8th Floor Boardroom Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

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PFA Resume Building Workshop - (Private - PFA Students Only) (RS)

Wed, Aug 1 10:00 AM

Partners For Achievement

2 Mid America Plaza | 8th Floor Boardroom Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

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