Your Community: Financing college and career

Shawnee Mission Post Sponsor - February 13, 2018 9:00 am


Did you know that next to the purchase of a home, financing an education can be the next largest financial expense? Johnson County Library, your community partner, is here to help with resources designed to assist with major financial decisions. As an unbiased source of information, the Library connects you with materials that help make the most of an individual’s financial dollars, no strings attached.

Applying for and Financing College
Each year, the application process for college seems to grow more confusing and the cost to finance such an education grows. To ease the confusion, the Library has an extensive collection of resources to help students prepare for the next level of education along with resources to guide the financing process.

  • Test prep materials for the ACT, SAT and other entrance exams.
  • Books on finding the best college for you, completing winning college applications, applying for scholarships and succeeding in college
  • Foundation Grants to Individuals database to search for scholarships
  • Programs on the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form and the college application process, with tips for avoiding scams

Career Exploration and Growth
Exploring a new career or industry can be an intimidating process. The Library offers a wealth of resources for those who are just starting out, mid-career or trying to figure out what’s next.

Opportunities with a Library Card

  • Internet on public computers with access to Wi-Fi
  • Career Planning and Jobs webpages with resources for creating/updating resumes, improving networking skills and overcoming the obstacles of navigating a job search online
  • Databases like Job and Career Accelerator for managing a job search and Learning Express Library with occupation exams for a variety of careers, e.g. dental assistants, firefighters, and realtors; along with ASVAB exams for those entering the military
  • Lynda.com and Universal Class for learning new skills
  • New Year New Career programming with the opportunity to take the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the Strong Interest Inventory career assessment and a session on interpreting the results.

Attend the Career and Personal Finance programming:
College and Career Planning, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 6:00-7:30 pm @ Shawnee Library
New Year, New Career, Monday, Feb. 26, 6:00-8:30 pm @ Central Resource Library
Money Smart: A Guide to Money & Debt Management, Monday, March 5, 6:30-8:00 pm @ Antioch Library

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