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Xello - Student portal online resource that allows students to plan for their future while engaging in activities for self-knowledge, exploration, and planning. All student has access to this resource through MyElmbrook.

College Resources


  1. Big Future - Explore colleges, careers, and options for paying tuition
  2. Wisconsin Technical Colleges - Explore technical colleges in Wisconsin
  3. UW Help - UW colleges, admission guidelines, tuition costs and financial aid, campus profiles, and FAQ’s
  4. Wisconsin Private Colleges - WI private colleges, majors and minors, tuition and financial aid, and student resources
  5. Peterson’s College Guide - General search: colleges by states, degree type, tuition costs, GPA Standards, etc.
  6. Midwest Student Exchange - Reduced Tuition for Out of State Colleges
  7. You Visit - Virtual college tour
  8. Learning Express Library database - provided by Badgerlink, career preparation, test preparation and more

  9. Access through LMC website; Students must create a free account to access the full resources.

College Admissions Essays

  1. Big Future - Tips on writing essays

  2. Essays That Worked - See true examples of essays and admission committee comments from Johns Hopkins University

  3. Tips for Writing An Effective Application Essay - The Dean of Undergraduate Admissions at Yale University gives tips on writing college essays.

  4. Access Critical Writing Skills along with a creative slam poem by David Byrd through the LMC Website to authenticate subscription

  5. College Essay Writing Books (available in BCHS and/or BEHS libraries):

    1. College Essays That Made a Difference by the staff of the Princeton Review 2014 (CRR 378.16 COL)

      a. College Essays That Made a Difference, 6th Edition by the Princeton Review is also available as an eBook on Overdrive
    2. Is It Easy Being Green?: Writing the New College Application Essay by Justin Nevin (CCR 378.16 NEV)
    3. Conquering the College Admissions Essay in 10 Steps: Crafting a Winning Personal Statement by Alan Gelb (CCR 808.06 GEL)

College Applications

  1. Common Application -  One application that can be sent to multiple colleges/universities

  2. Big Future - Tips and resources on college applications, where to start, and FAQ’s on how to apply

  3. UW Public Schools Application - Apply to a number of different UW universities

  4. Technical College Application - Apply to a number of different technical colleges


  1. Elmbrook Scholarships - This document provides tips on applying for scholarships, as well as different scholarship opportunities. Each scholarship listed will provide the description of the eligibility, award, how to apply, and the deadline. Information is subject to change

  2. Fastweb - Search for scholarships, colleges, and financial aid

  3. Merit Aid - You can search for colleges, as well as scholarships and majors to see what is a good fit

  4. Chegg - Search for scholarships, amounts and deadlines

Financial Aid

  1. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) - Apply for financial aid here

  2. U.S Department of Education - Federal Student Aid Guide - Information about what you receive with financial aid

  3. College Goal Wisconsin - Get help filling out the FAFSA Application for free

Fair Opportunity Project - Resources and tools for financial aid, finding the right colleges, different test options, college essay tips, and more.

Test Information

  1. ACT - Upcoming test dates, registration, test prep, FAQ’s and more

  2. SAT - Upcoming test dates, registration, articles about different aspects of the SAT and more

  3. PSAT - How to prepare, PSAT dates, topics, scholarships and more

  4. AP - Student AP calendar, exam dates, view scores, and more

Test Prep

  1. Learning Express Library: Free Test Prep - ACT, SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, AP test prep and tips on college admissions essay writing

  2. Wisconsin Test Prep (ACT Prep) - Preparation classes, FAQ’s, registration, testimonials, school schedules and more

  3. Doorway to College ZAPS Seminars (ACT Prep) - Preparation classes, FAQ’s, registration, testimonials, and more

  4. Method Test Prep (SAT and ACT Prep) - Tutoring, teacher-led classes, online classes, practice tests, free study guide and more

Career Resources

Links/ Resources

  1. Big Future - Career Section: browse possible college majors based on your interests

  2. WI Youth Apprenticeship Program - information for students and parents, FAQ’s, and more

  3. Apprenticeships in WI - Benefits, FAQ’s, and more

  4. Career Search - Search careers, browse by industry, find a career based on interests, amount of education you’ll need and more

  5. Wisconsin Hot Jobs - Research hot jobs based on wage, category, and job openings

  6. Wisconsin’s Largest Employers Not Including Retail Occupations - 50 Largest employers in WI

  7. Largest Private Employers in Southeastern Wisconsin - Top employers by country region

  8. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook - Browse occupations based on highest paying, fastest growing, most new jobs, and more

  9. Wisconsin Hot Jobs - Hot jobs by category and wages

  10. Wisconsin Common CTE Standards - Common career technical standards

  11. WI CTE Content & Professional Standards - Standards based on 6 different content areas, along with FAQ’s

  12. Career Cluster by Salary/Educational Level (can we embed?)

  13. Career Cluster by Degree Level (can we embed?)

  14. BLS Labor Market Tables - Occupations, industries, labor force, aggregate economy, and education & training


Article Resources:

  1. Hard Times Report - Information on majors, unemployment, and wages

  2. Redefining Readiness - Information on being college and career ready

  3. Employability Infographic - The employability gap and college graduate preparedness for work

  4. Skills Gap Infographic - Skills that employers look for

  5. Wisconsin Technical College System: Registered Apprenticeship Completion - Employment and Salary Data (2014-15) - Information on apprenticeship employment and salary

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