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Your Plan for College - Get Ready for Life after High School

To:Superintendents, High School Principals, Guidance Directors, and Directors of Charter Schools, Approved Private Special Education Schools, Institutional Schools, and Educational Collaboratives
From:Mitchell D. Chester, Ed.D.
Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education
Date:February 2, 2010

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I am writing to update you on the progress of the state's college and career web portal "Your Plan for College - Get Ready for Life after High School." The portal is being developed by Boston-based ConnectEDU through a partnership among the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA), the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Department of Higher Education, and the Executive Office of Education.

The portal is being piloted in the following twenty-two high schools: Agawam High School, Bartlett Junior/Senior High School, Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School, Burncoat High School, Central Catholic High School, City on a Hill Charter School, Claremont Academy, Clinton High School, Doherty Memorial High School, Everett High School, Holyoke High School, Longmeadow High School, MATCH Charter School, Milford High School, Monson High School, North High School, Salem High School, Somerville High School, South High Community School, Stoneham High School, Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School, and Worcester Technical High School.

Coming soon, you will be able to visit the portal's landing pages to learn more about its features and how to sign up for next school year. The portal will be available at no cost for every high school in the Commonwealth and will have all of the online tools students will need to learn about careers, and plan for and apply to college. The online application package includes electronic transcripts, letters of recommendation, or other supporting documentation required by a college or university. The online application feature of "Your Plan for College" should be a timesaver for guidance staff.

"Your Plan for College" will be fully deployed later this spring. Schools that are using another online college and career information system and wish to convert over to "Your Plan for College" will receive assistance from ConnectEdu in the migration. For more information about registering for and/or migrating over to "Your Plan for College" please contact, info@yourplanforcollege.org.

The development of this portal is an important step in making higher education more accessible for all students including individuals who will be the first in their family to go to college. If you have any other questions on the portal, please contact Heidi Guarino at hguarino@doe.mass.edu.



Last Updated: February 2, 2010
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