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Job Shadow Overview

High school students (grades 10-12) have the opportunity to take an excused absence from school to shadow an area business leader for two to six hours. Workplace Learning Connection will inform your school attendance office of the job shadow date, time and place. You provide your own transportation.

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Student athlete and parents of student athlete need to be aware of the upcoming changes in NCAA eligibility requirements. Please refer to these inks to view the new requirements for the class of 2016 and beyond:

NCAA Eligibliity

NCAA Eligibility Center

NCAA Division 1 Changes

Graduating Seniors

A student support bus will be available on Wednesdays at 3:15/3:30. Students are welcome to stay and work on their homework in the library. Teachers will also be available once a month for additional student support during this time. The shuttle will run the same route as the activity bus, and the activity bus will continue to run at 6:00 pm.


The following is a listing of the program of studies for the Kirkwood at Iowa Center. This new facility will dramatically increase the classes and types of classes available to juniors and seniors at CCAHS. This is not just typical academic classes, this also includes Automotive, Manufacturing, welding and other career and technical education courses. These courses will be available for the 2015-16 school year.

Program of Studies


Vist this page to learn about scholarship opportunities.

ACT Tests- Most students planning on going to a 4 year college in Iowa need to take the ACT or SAT test for college admission. Most Iowa students will take the ACT, it is most widely used in the mid-west. It is important for senior students to take this exam early in their senior year because of the lag between taking the test itself and the time it is scored and processed. For scholarship purposes seniors need to have their best score in the bank before December. Junior studets should take an ACT sometime in their junior year. I recommend taking it after the October testing date so you have more math and science prior to testing. Information about test prep and registration can be found at Other test prep material is available on IHaveAPlanIowa.

Listed below are the test dates, registration deadlines and late fee registration deadlines.


Test Date
June 13, 2015

September 12, 2015
October 24, 2015
December 12, 2015
February 6, 2016
April 9, 2016
June 11, 2016

Registration Deadline
May 8, 2015

August 7, 2015
Semptmber 18, 2015
November 6, 2015
January 8, 2016
March 4, 2016
May 6, 2016

Late Fee Registration
May 22, 2015

August 8-21, 2015
September 19-October 2, 2015
November 7-20, 2015
January 9-15, 2016
March 5-18, 2016
May 7-20, 2016

An important thing to consider when looking at Iowa Public Universities (Iowa, Iowa State and Northern Iowa) is the Regent Admissions Index or RAI. This is a formula used by these universities to grant admission. This is basically a combination of ACT or SAT score, Class rank and GPA of core courses taken. The best information available is on the High School website. Feel free to contact your HS counselor if you have any questions. or

The Hills Bank Leadership Grant application is now available online at Any 11tha 2.8 cumulative G.P.A. is eligible to apply for this $1,000 grant. The applicationdeadline is February or you may call (563) 343-1144. grade student with at least 2015. Direct questions should be directed to Taci Lilienthal,

College and School Tips

Sophomore Year
Start looking around at different colleges and schools. Take college visits, talk with college representatives when they are on campus during lunch. Use IHAVEAPLAN IOWA to help make informed decisions on careers, majors and what high school course you will need to take to be admitted. Remember, you may take the PSAT test in October, and this is very inexpensive way to take a college admission test to see what they are like and see how you are doing in comparison to others across the nation. Be sure you have started or updated your resume-this should include high school and community involvement (sports, drama, honor roll, jobs, volunteer time, 4-H etc.)  You will need this later when you actually start the college and scholarship application process, or job applications. Update this annually. Last, take advantage of job shadows, they are available both Fall and Spring semesters.

Junior Year
Keep visiting different colleges. Narrow down you choices by the end of the school year to 3-5. Explore the majors and programs offered by these schools. Take the ACT (or SAT). You may take each more than once and the college will always take your highest composite score. Over half the students that take the exam more than once improve their scores. Start the scholarship search process.,, and Ihaveaplaniowa all are legitimate search vehicles. Take advantage of job shadows in the fall and spring and possible internships for your senior year. Take the PSAT test in October if you wish. Remember, if you do well on standardized tests the PSAT may qualify for scholarships. Stay on track to be able to take college, Career Academy or AP courses to gain college credit in high school.

Senior Year
Apply to the colleges you have chosen. Be sure to have someone from CCAHS send an official transcript to the colleges! July-September of your senior year is a great time to apply to lessen your stress and worry. Take the ACT or SAT. If you are taking them again to improve your score be sure to take either the September, October or as a last resort, the December test. Update your resume. Apply for scholarship. Many will be listed on the school website. Many are available through searches.  YOU CAN’T GET A SCHOLARSHIP SIMPLY BY WISHING. IT TAKES WORK AND FILLING OUT APPLICATIONS!!!! Do job shadows or internships and have a great year!!!