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J12 College Navigator

Preparing to apply to college can be intimidating for many and can certainly feel like a daunting challenge, but if you think college might be a good fit for you, this helpful program is definitely worth a look. Because, like anything, if you’re going to do it, you may as well do it well. J12 College Navigator focuses on giving students and their families access to the best tools, the most current methods, and the most comprehensive resources to help you do just that.

The Monthly Webinar Schedule

October 2023 - Myth Busting The College Obstacles

November 2023 - Greasing the Skids For College Readiness

December 2023 - Finding Financial Aid: Show Me the Money!

January 2024 - Dealing With That Pesky ACT Test Score

February 2024 - Fitting Your 3D Self into a 2D Application

March 2024 - Oh, The Places You’ll Go - Exploring the Options

April 2024 - Finding Fit: One Size Does Not Fit All

May 2024 - Let's Do This! Applying for College

August 2024 - Letters of Rec: Engaging Your Biggest Fans

September 2024 - 650 Words: Your Best Personal Statement

* We meet on the 3rd Wednesday at 7PM each month beginning October 18, 2023.


Making the most of the ramp-up period and having a clear understanding of the ins and outs of today’s college application and admissions process can be a game changer in terms of finding the right institutional fit, landing well, and putting together the necessary financial puzzle pieces.


J12 College Navigator is powered by a cast of experts hosted by Nanette Tarbouni, a former Director of Admissions at Washington University in St. Louis, one of America’s pre-eminent institutions of higher learning. Nanette also served for 13-years as the Director of College Counseling at John Burroughs School in Saint Louis, Missouri, where she helped many hundreds of high school graduates from a widely diverse set of socio-economic backgrounds find fit and need-based financial aid at America’s most highly regarded colleges and universities. Nanette is, herself, a product of rural beginnings—Middle Tennessee—and she shares a deep commitment to helping to level the playing field for hardworking rural students and their families.

Whether you’re just exploring the college option or you’re already planning on going to college but want to make the most of the selection, preparation, application, and financial-aid process, this live, virtual program, presented monthly, along with the complimentary online toolkit and resource cabinet, is a great place for you to start. It’s brought to you by Journey12, the same people who publish the official community engagement magazine for Districts across Illinois. We've saved the best for last: J12 College Navigator is made available to students and families of our District at absolutely no cost.


The monthly program launches on October 18th, 2023, and if you are interested, it would be wise to grab your seat and register now, below, as space is limited. The live, interactive program will be presented via Zoom. Connect with your guidance or counseling office for possible in-school options to connect with this program if you are unable to connect from home. Students and family members of 7th through 12th grades are welcome and encouraged to attend. Once you register, attendance details and alternate attendance sites will be emailed to you.


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