Hooray, my studentís graduating!

Parent Newsletter article – Fall 2013, Issue 2

Congratulations! College graduation is definitely a family affair! You and your student should be proud of what he or she has achieved. Your student is joining a network of 50,000 alumni across the globe. Please encourage him or her to stay connected with Penn College Alumni Relations to learn about events and opportunities to meet and network with fellow alumni. The Alumni Relations website offers information about alumni benefits, including access to career services, a library membership, and a lifetime email account. Encourage your graduating student to attend Grad Finale to check off their commencement to-do list and connect with Alumni Relations for the first time. We look forward to seeing him or her there, and at an upcoming event in your area or an on-campus reunion! You can find other tips below to help your student navigate the “real world” and keep your student connected to his or her alma mater. 

Did you know that Career Services at Penn College provides lifelong support to alumni of Penn College, Williamsport Area Community College, and Williamsport Technical Institute?

The average person’s career lifespan may include several opportunities to reconnect with Career Services. Students may find their experience in the workforce has readied them to take that next step in advancing their career. Perhaps they are reevaluating their career options and would like to explore new areas. Or maybe they are considering furthering their education with a master’s degree. Career Services is here to help both current students and alumni throughout the career path, beyond getting that first job, to advancement, graduate school advice, and new beginnings. Whether your student’s ready to move up, move on, or explore new horizons in their chosen field, Career Services is ready to offer assistance, guidance, and support. 

Do you know when student loan payments begin?

Students who have borrowed through the Federal Direct Stafford Loan Program and are graduating are required to complete an online Exit Counseling Session. If your student will be graduating in December 2013, they will receive a letter and an email after graduation with instructions on completing this requirement. This counseling session will provide important information to help prepare them for their repayment obligations. Successful student loan repayment is a key element in ensuring a strong financial future.

Have you sold back your textbooks and returned your rentals?

Textbook Buyback happens year-round at The College Store; however, students know the “big buyback” happens two times a year. December 2-14 is this semester’s big buyback. Students can receive up to 50% of the price they paid during this promotional buyback. Earn “Wildcat Rewards” with each book sold. Encourage your student to sell back unwanted textbooks and to cash in their Wildcat Rewards to have a little extra spending money in their pocket.

To avoid being charged for the total book cost, all rental textbooks should be returned to The College Store by the end of finals week, December 14.

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