Introduction to "Getting College Right"

Getting College Right: Strategies for Success for Families

Getting College Right is a collaborative effort between Thomas Smith, CLTC of 123 College and Aging Workforce Solutions, and Colleen O’Neil, MSW, M.Ed, of Westport Family Therapy.

Our intent through our postings on Patch is to give families constructive, timely, common sense support with the challenges they face while approaching the college experience.

Planning for college and careers is a complex, multi faceted process. We are hoping the information we share here will plant “seeds for academic and career success” with families who aspire for excellence in these areas. When approached correctly, proper planning can enhance the potential for everyone in the family to reap the benefits that advanced educational opportunities can bring.

In our current climate where tuition is increasingly more expensive, and jobs providing financial security – including the ability to repay any college loans in a timely fashion – are fleeting in today’s economy, having a plan for success is essential for most families. 

The areas we will address include, but are not limited to: 

• identifying major areas of study and career opportunities

• career development strategies

• filing FAFSA paperwork

• adapting socially and academically

And look for guest writers-covering subject such as career specific insights from established professional to guidance with NCAA issues for athletes.  Most of our content will focus on a common goal: Getting your child in and out of college in the least amount of time
possible, with the least amount of out of pocket money for tuition, and leaving
college with a job that provides financial security and personal satisfaction.

Colleen’s “College Conversations” will help families with approaching more delicate, often difficult to discuss issues. (As if most important issues are easy to approach with teenagers.)

So please join us for the ride. 


Upcoming Seminars
A comprehensive college cost planning seminar will be held on multiple days and locations in the Wilton and Norwalk area over the next few weeks.  Subject matter will include, but not be limited to:

  • Getting your child in and out of college in the shortest time possible
  • Paying the least amount of out of pocket money for tuition
  • Positioning your child to obtain a job that will give them satisfaction and financial independence as soon as possible after graduation.

The program will be presented by Thomas Smith, CLTC of 123 College, a division of Kaplan, and Colleen O’Neil, M.Ed, MSW. (12 years experience as a public school educator in CT; owner of Westport Family Therapy.) 

All programs are from 6:30-7:30pm.  For reservations or more information call 203-705-8815, or 123collegect@gmail.com


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