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Electronic Portfolio: Student as a Planner

Virginia Education Wizard

The Virginia Education Wizard offers a comprehensive solution for career planners at all stages of career development. The Wizard includes:

Careers - This section allows students to browse for careers and take a short assessment to analyze their skills and interests. It includes:

  • Skills Assessment - Learn what Career Clusters match your skills.
  • Interest Assessment – Find out what your interest type is and what careers are matched to that interest.
  • Values Assessment – Tell us what you value in a job and learn what careers match those values.
  • Careers by Name – Know what careers interest you? Search by name and learn more about them.
  • Careers by Cluster – Know the general category of careers that interest you? Search by cluster and find specific careers.
  • Resume Builder - Build a resume that highlights your strengths and accomplishments.
  • Interview Tips - Need help preparing for an interview? The Wizard will help you learn more about what to do before, during and after an interview.
  • Work-Based Learning - Find out how to get firsthand professional experience while continuing your education.
    • Cooperative Education
    • Job Shadowing
    • Mentoring
    • Internship
    • Service Learning
    • Apprenticeship

College Planner - This section allows users to search for colleges and universities. It also provides step-by-step help on preparing for college entrance exams as well as college itself, and has information about community college programs and majors. This section includes:

College Search- Which college is right for you? The Wizard will help you find out!

Financial Aid- This section provides resources dealing with various financial aspects of college, such as saving for college and calculating the cost of college. This section includes:

  • College Cost Calculator - Are you wondering how much college is going to cost? Don't worry, the Wizard will help you figure it out. The Wizard will even help you compare costs at different types of colleges.
  • Types of Financial Aid - Learn about the various kinds of financial aid that will help you pay for college.
  • Applying for Financial Aid - Let the Wizard help you apply for financial aid.
  • Saving for College - Learn more about the Virginia College Saving Plan.
  • Financial Literacy - Understanding your personal finances is critical to saving and paying for college.
  • Scholarship Search - Free money. Search among scholarship opportunities for community college students or for all students attending a college or university.
  • Community College Award Estimator - Answer some questions about your finances and the Wizard will tell you how much and what type of financial aid you can expect to get for a Virginia Community College. It's that easy.
  • Community College Payment Plans - Learn more about convenient ways to pay for your education at a Virginia Community College.

Parental Info - This section is geared toward parents and involves many of the same features as the main website.

Transfer - This section is intended to ease the transition process for students transferring from two-year community colleges to four-year colleges.

  • Search Transfer Agreements - Browse agreements to find the best pathway to a four-year degree.
  • Guaranteed Admission Agreements - Check out agreements that guarantee your admission to more than 20 colleges and universities in Virginia.
  • Transfer Planner - Let the wizard help you transfer by planning out all of the steps.
  • Transfer Grant - Details of Virginia Community College transfer grant.
  • Apply Now - This allows users to apply to community colleges and find links to applications for four-year colleges.

Other Features:

The Virginia Wizard site additionally includes:

  • Glossary - A glossary of terms used on the Virginia Wizard website.
  • Ask Ginny - Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the site.
  • En Español - A link to the Virginia Wizard website for Spanish-speaking users.

Most of this information is from the Virginia Wizard website (https://www.vawizard.org/)