Careers and Computers Event



Join AT&T and Americana for our

Careers and Computers Event

for professional and financial development resources!

Thursday, December 8th, 2016
1st session from 12:30pm – 2:30pm
2nd session from 4:30pm – 6:30pm

The event will be at Americana Community Center, 4801 Southside Drive, Louisville, KY 40214.

Get help with:

  • Writing a resume/curriculum vitae

  • Setting up an email

  • Job interviews

  • Banking questions

  • Starting a business

If you already have a resume or curriculum vitae, please bring a copy.

CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS: If you’re interested in helping with this event (helping with resume building, setting up an email, etc), please sign up here!

Sponsored by AT&T


College and Career Readiness Resources

If you are a student, parent/guardian, teacher, or counselor, check out the helpful resources below!

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Preparing for College

Why You Should Go to College:  There really are reasons that extra school after high school is worth it.

General Information about College and Career Readiness:  This extensive guide provides lots of useful information on everything from college applications to resume writing to interviewing and more.

Senior Timeline:  It’s one thing to know you want to go to college, but it is necessary to know the steps you need to take to get there.  This timeline outlines the concrete steps that high school seniors need to take to continue on to college.

High School Planner: Use this planner to help you figure out what classes you need to take each year in high school to prepare for college.  The following checklists give more guidance on what you need to do in each grade (and even in middle school!) to be college-ready:

Immigrant Parent Involvement in College Readiness:  If you are a counselor or college coach wanting to involve immigrant parents in the college-going process, here is some information and resources.

Applying to JCPS Middle and High Schools: Students in JCPS have the opportunity to apply to different middle and high schools so that they can go to a school focusing on subjects that interest them.  Here are some tips for applying.

Taking the ACT

ACT Prep Information:  The ACT is really challenging, especially if English is your second, third, or seventh language!  Here are some ideas to help you prepare for the ACT for free.

What to Do with a Low ACT Score: If your ACT score is lower than you would like, do not give up hope!

Building a Résumé

Volunteering Ideas:  Volunteering looks really good on resumes and applications, so here are some ideas for getting connected with volunteer opportunities.

Websites for Teen JobsIMG_1133:  A part-time job also looks good on a resume AND gives you the opportunity to earn some extra cash.  Check out these websites to search for jobs.

Career Resources:  Louisville has a lot of free and cheap resources for people looking to prepare for a career, improve their job skills, or even start their own business.

Choosing a College

College Comparison Sheet: When you are choosing colleges to apply to, use this sheet to gather information about the colleges.

College Evaluation: This sheet can help you gather important information about a single college to help you decide if it is a good fit for you.

College Summer Camp Programs: Summer camp programs at colleges are a fantastic way to get a taste of college life while you are still in high school.  All of the camps on this list are free and have a special application process.

Applying for College

How to Write about You–A Guide to Writing Application Essays: This guide is adapted from an article written by a successful Bioengineering PhD candidate.  Following are some examples of essays that other students wrote in order to be awarded scholarships or acceptance into college.

Financial Aid for College

Affording the College You Want to Go to: College is definitely expensive, but it is possible to make it affordable with a combination of grants and scholarships.

FAFSA Tips: If you have questions about how to do the FAFSA, check out this guide, which contains information specific to immigrant students.

Going to College

IMG_4807Going to JCTC: JCTC is a good college option for students in Louisville, and this document explains the process for applying to and enrolling in the college.

College Access for Undocumented Students:  If you are an undocumented student, you CAN go to college!  Here are some tips to help you access higher education.

How to Write a Research Paper:  If you are in high school or going to college, you will have to be able to write a research paper.  This guide walks you through the process step by step, and the following samples give an illustration of what the process and finished product might look like.

  • Research Paper Outline Sample:  An outline for a research paper does not need to be fancy or incredibly organized, but you do need to collect your research and thoughts before you begin writing.  Honestly, this should be more than half of the process!
  • Research Paper Sample:  Here is a short sample research paper with notes about how it is written.


If you do a Google search for scholarships, the results can be overwhelming!  There are a ton of scholarships out there. Here is a list to get you started.

Lesson Plans:

Many curriculum about college and career readiness seem (to put it nicely) quite boring. Here are some more exciting ideas for incorporating college and career readiness into your middle and high school lesson plans!

Americana’s College and Career Fair

Americana will host the 3rd Annual College and Career Fair on October 27, 2015 from 5:30-7:30pm. The event will feature representatives from University of Kentucky, JCTC, Americorps, and 55,000 Degrees as well as numerous other universities and employers in Louisville and the surrounding area. If you are interested in having your organization represented at the fair, please contact by October 15.

College and Career Readiness Lesson Plans

The following are some ideas for lesson plans for middle- and high-school students that at least attempt to be interactive, engaging, and fun.  Feel free to use them as you would like!

Financial Aid Scavenger Hunt Lesson Plan: Use this lesson plan to introduce students to different types of financial aid through a fun scavenger hunt.  All of the necessary materials are below.

Finding Scholarships Lesson Plan: This lesson plan specifically focuses on places to find scholarships–and it is a good math review!

Grudgeball Game: A shout out to the blog “To Engage Them All” by Kara Wilkins for the concept of this game.  It’s a fun way to review information related to college and career readiness.

Dreams and Goals Lesson Plan: Articulating your dreams for your life can help you plan long- and short-term goals that will help you achieve those dreams.

Job Searching Lesson Plan: Finding a first job can be a daunting task for teens.  This lesson plan offers advice for younger teens who can’t get a “real” job yet, as well as older teens.

Money for College Race Lesson Plan:  This lesson plan tests students’ knowledge about different types of financial aid and rewards their knowledge with “money” representative of that financial aid.

College and Career Readiness Jeopardy: You can’t go wrong with this classic game.

Education and Budgeting Lesson Plan: This lesson could be implemented in an hour, or it could be a longer-term project.  Thank you to University of Louisville School Counseling grad students for the idea for this lesson!

Other College and Career Readiness Class Ideas: These are ideas for special but simple college and career readiness-related events.


This list is intended to help you narrow down your search to scholarships for which you are most likely to be eligible and that you might have a better chance of winning. You should definitely search for other scholarships, but this list can provide a good starting point. Please note that although the descriptions of each scholarship may describe some of the qualifications for the award, you should visit the provided website or contact the appropriate person to find out all of the requirements and details. It is definitely worthwhile to look through this list and find at least a few scholarships to apply for because you could get FREE MONEY FOR COLLEGE!!

Note: There are no deadlines included on this list because deadlines may vary from year to year.  However, the deadlines for most of these awards are between November and May of your senior year, and most of the applications are posted between August and January of your senior year.

Local and State Scholarships: These scholarships are specific to the Louisville Metro area and Kentucky.

School-Specific Scholarships: Perhaps one of the best places to look for scholarships is at the actual colleges you are thinking about attending.

Bellarmine University Scholarships

Berea College Scholarships

Campbellsville University Scholarships

Centre College Scholarships

Eastern Kentucky University Scholarships

Georgetown College Scholarships

Indiana University Southeast Scholarships

Ivy Tech Scholarships

Jefferson Community and Technical College Scholarships

Kentucky State University Scholarships

Morehead State University Scholarships

Murray State University Scholarships

Northern Kentucky University Scholarships

Simmons College Scholarships

Spalding University Scholarships

University of Louisville Scholarships

University of Kentucky Scholarships

University of Pikeville Scholarships

Western Kentucky University Scholarships

National Scholarships: Although these scholarships are more competitive because anyone in the country can apply for them, they are definitely worth looking into.

Federal Grants and Scholarships

Multicultural Scholarships

Scholarships for English Language Learners

Scholarships for Black or African American Students

Scholarships for Asian or Pacific Islander Students

Scholarships for Hispanic Students

Scholarships for Immigrants and Refugees

Scholarships for Undocumented Students

Anti-Bullying Scholarships

Scholarships with Religious Affiliations

Miscellaneous National Scholarships

2014 Americana College and Career Fair

The 2014 Americana College and Career Fair will be held on Wednesday, October 8th from 6-8pm.  The event is entirely FREE and will feature information from over 25 colleges, community organizations, and career resources.  Please stop by for a fun and educational evening!

College and Career Fair flyer

Fun, Interesting, and Practical Articles about College Prep

Do you want to learn more about applying for college, acquiring financial aid, or acing the ACT?  Then check out these articles that are as enjoyable to read as articles about applications, money, and standardized tests can be!  If you are trying to complete the teen summer reading program at the Louisville Free Public Library, you can read 5-6 articles, list it as “Americana College Readiness” on your summer reading program log, and count it as the equivalent of one book.  Happy reading!

Applying for College

Janill Briones, “College Prep 101”

Know the basics of getting into college.

Melanie Ortega, “The Great College Application Panic”

It is okay to not know what you want to study in college right away.

Shameka Vincent, “Clueless about College: I waited too long to ask for help and paid a price”

It is important to seek help applying for college when you need it!

Breanna King, “Is College for Me?”

Is it possible to go to college even if you failed to put in enough effort in high school?

Anonymous, “My Immigrant Parents Sacrificed; I Slacked”;_I_Slacked.html?story_id=NYC-2012-01-18

Do you appreciate the sacrifices your parents make for your education?

Margaret Rose Heftler, “The Life of My Dreams: I want my passions, not test scores, to guide my future”

Thinking about the future can be stressful, but it helps you ponder what is important to you in life.

Gabriel Fischer, “Rumor Has It: 5 myths about community college”

Applying to a community college might be a very smart choice, both financially and for your future.

“Community College: A Viable Option”

There are many reasons to go to a community college.

Financial Aid

Lynn O’Shaughnessy, “22 Facts about the FAFSA”

Learn some quick facts about the FAFSA.

Alden Wicker, “9 Things You Probably Didn’t Know about…Financial Aid for College”

These are things you probably should know!

GoodCall Scholarship Search Engine

GoodCall is one of the largest databases of scholarships on the web. It requires no personal information and it’s free to use.

Lily Herman, “The Financial Aid Lingo You Need to Know”

Financial aid terms can sound like a different language, but you can learn to understand it.

Margaret Rose Heftler, “Scholarship or Scam?: Don’t get ripped off”

Make sure you know which scholarships are legitimate.

George Edwards, “The Crushing Weight of College Debt: How can you fight back?”

Strike a balance between the necessity of going to college and the burden of student debt.

“15 of the Weirdest College Scholarships in America”

If you can skateboard really well or play the bagpipes, you could get money for college!  Who knew?

Yelena Bosovik, “How I Did It: I applied for 100 college scholarships”

If you are determined to go to college, you can make it happen!

Nancy Fitzgerald, “Financial Aid Horror Stories”

Do your research about financial aid to avoid scary consequences.

Juana Campos, with reporting by Isaura Abreu, “Chasing the DREAM Act”

Children of undocumented immigrants fight for the right to access financial aid for college.

ACT Prep

ACT Online Preparation

Check out the “Free Excerpts from Schmoop’s Online ACT Subject Material” on the bottom of the page for some humorous and helpful ACT prep.

Elizabeth Hoyt, Summer SAT/ACT Prep You Can Do at the Beach

Here are some simple, low-stress ways to keep your mind sharp for the ACT or SAT.

Kelly Roell, “Correct These 5 Mistakes to Improve Your ACT English Score: Improve your ACT score with just a few tricks’

Follow these practical hints to avoid tripping up on the English portion of the ACT.

Kelly Roell, “Raise Your ACT Math Score in 5 Easy Steps: Improve your ACT math score for your next try”

Make sure you are prepared for the math part of the ACT.

Kelly Roell, “Top 5 ACT Reading Strategies: Use these reading strategies to boost your score”

Here are some helpful tips for succeeding on the reading section of the ACT.

Kelly Roell, “4 ACT Science Tricks That Will Boost Your Score: ACT science reasoning help”

You don’t have to be afraid of the science part of the ACT if you remember these pointers!

Kelly Roell, “Improve Your Writing for the ACT Essay: 5 tips to boost that ACT writing score”

No one likes timed essays, but these tips will help you write the best 30-minute essay you possibly can.


If you get tired of college prep articles, check out these novels and magazines recommended by the College Board to improve your reading skills for the ACT and SAT.


Congratulations Class of 2013 Graduates!!

Americana is proud to announce the graduation of six seniors from high school. Each has been accepted into college:


Geneviera Fayinesi – JCTC (Nursing)

Bishar Mohamud – Bluegrass Community & Technical College

Julius Nijimbere – JCTC

Jean Philippe – JCTC

Sebastian Philippe – Spalding University (Art)

Kle Po – JCTC


We are very proud of each of them and all they have accomplished so far!