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College Assistance Plus was founded by Paul Celuch in 2004, in order to counter the spiraling cost of college  he experienced while conducting Crown Financial Ministries courses in his church.  Helping students grow spiritually in college and identify viable careers and majors has been key with over 5000 students.   The goal is to see the upcoming generation succeed in their purpose and calling, make an impact on college campuses and society, and do so with a minimum amount of debt.   View services as an Approved Provider for ACSI Christian schools Coaching and resources are provided at no cost for school counselors, pastors, and parents, and more in-depth services are available here to interested families.

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THE 5 LARGEST ISSUES FOR CHRISTIAN STUDENTS TODAY

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  1. 70% fall away from the faith in college, and miss the opportunity to transform campuses
  2. Growing student debt chokes students, families, churches and Christian schools
  3. Identifying a fitting and viable major/career/calling – 53% of college grads in non-degree jobs
  4. Finding the best college for the student & determining secular or Christian school
  5. Integrating and balancing NCAA sports when applicable
1. REVERSE THE 70% LOSS – PREPARE AND CONNECT IN ADVANCE

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Over 70% of believers fall away from the faith during college, especially during the first year.   Much of the demise begins during the first months due to social pressure.  A study by the Navigators ministry demonstrated that if students don’t meaningfully connect with believers during the first 72 hours, the odds go down sharply.   Therefore, whether you are looking at a Christian or secular college, it’s important to identify if there is a strong Christian presence on the campus as part of the college search process, then personally connect BEFORE leaving home, so they know who to meet from the first day of orientation.  Churches and Christian schools who have fostered this preparation and connection well have seen the spiritual attrition largely eliminated. See see the below info on one of our staff’s background and Youth Transition Network video. View Link: Parent and student resources and videos here for you, your school, and church.   Read campus testimonies here and share in your youth group.

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2. REDUCING COLLEGE COST AND RESULTANT STUDENT DEBT

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Until recently, there has not been an effective way to bring competitive pressures on to colleges to reduce the price for individual students as one would when purchasing an new car.  Learn about an approach we teach in our webinars and resources as described in this Crown Financial Ministries article.   CAPlus was established in 2004 to counter the trend for college students to increasingly emerge from college with over $100,000 of debt, then marry someone with high debt as well.   Graduates are hampered from going into the ministry or careers that they planned on for the past 4 years.Pparent retirement plans often suffer. 53% of last years graduates are either not working or in jobs that don’t require a college degree.  A full 45% of graduates move back with their parents.  The situation is nothing like what today’s parents experienced when they went to college.   College costs have risen over 1000% in the past 30 years.  The process to negotiate lower tuition is summarized in A Better Approach to College, and discussed in detail in the Pre-Recorded Webinar or personal strategy session as well as other tools and strategies to optimize the college experience.   CAPlus provides generous free education, counselling and consultation. For families who wish to partner with us over the high school, college, and grad school years, we have a fee-based service which can be seen when you scroll down to CAPlus Services.   For information, contact John Decker at 315-656-7973 or jdecker@CollegeAssistancePlus.com

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3. IDENTIFYING A FITTING AND VIABLE MAJOR, CAREER, AND CALLING

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The average student changes majors 3-4 times and as a result spends 5.5 years as an undergrad, or 6.5 years in state colleges.  52% of recent grads are unemployed or in non-degree jobs – and 45% have moved back home as “boomerang kids”.  Just as serious, many who could have picked the right major for a satisfying and interesting career, end up plugging along in a job that does not harness their true potential as a person.

This is all entirely preventable.  A good personal college coach process, and partnership with your school counselor helps students get closer to their right major and eliminate false starts so they get out in four years with a much better chance of getting a job they love.  By integrating assessment tools and personal meetings or Skype sessions, students become focused and gain energizing vision to find their direction and a satisfying marketable career, ministry, or calling.

The stakes are much higher and the situation is less forgiving than when the prior generation attended college.  Due to the today’s high cost of education and soft job market,  it’s important to know a target major, or at least have a short list of majors PRIOR to conducting college searches and visits.  We hear stories every day about how a college selection based on emotion leads to real problems down-stream.    Making logical and informed decisions as a family unit is more productive and creates a great bonding and satisfying experience through this period as we launch our kids towards their futures.

It’s important to correlate job interests with real salary projections and career paths.   This baseline of understanding is then adjusted as-needed  through high school,  undergrad and grad school, and followed by personal job interview and networking training as you complete college.

4. FINDING THE OVERALL RIGHT COLLEGE & GRAD SCHOOL

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What is the “right college”?  How will this decision affect or enhance my student’s life spiritually, socially, academically, professionally, and financially?  Here are some aspects to consider:

  1. Create a family budget which includes all your college-bound students.   The format you use should indicate out of pocket for parents and students, plus loans that students and parents are willing to take on.
  2. Understand career salaries and probability of employment, so you can realistically assess loan repayment ability.
  3. Estimate the college cost YOU will pay before visiting the college and becoming emotionally attached.   Everyone pays a different price for the same college and there are new ways to leverage lower a lower cost.  Determine if you should submit the FAFSA or withhold that information.
  4. Understand the depth of Christian fellowships and ministries at secular colleges and the clubs with the most active believers at Christian colleges.
  5. Find degree programs that match career goals, and dovetail with graduate schools.
  6. Determine geographic, social, spiritual, academic, athletic parameters.

We will give you a head start with items 1-4 in our personal strategy calls.

5. NCAA Sports – Balancing Sports, Academics, & Scholarships

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 View this PowerPoint Presentation for an insiders look at the NCAA Recruiting process, and links to the NCAA.   Consider finding a school with a strong Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter.

RESOURCES

When Churches or Christian schools use the below video and incorporate the material on the below flyer, they go from losing most to keeping most in the faith that first year.   Read accounts and pastor’s observations.

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Many more resources available from Youth Transition Network on www.YTN.org.   These parent, student, and small group books, DVDs, and seminars from Youth Transition Network will make a lasting impact upon your family, church, and school.  Your YTN purchase will also provide support for this valuable ministry.  We also recommend that you consider becoming a monthly donor to YTN to expand their work with families and students.

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CAPlus Services

CAPlus provides generous free consultations and consulting.  Our fee-based services are below.

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We can hold seminars in your church or conduct fundraisers for sports and other groups.

Have college questions?  Contact  John Decker  315-656-7973   jdecker@CollegeAssistancePlus.co

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How to Prepare and Connect!    Student’s need for association spikes during the first weeks of college.  How to avoid the shame, that causes them to withdraw from fellowship.  There is always restoration!

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Many more resources available from Youth Transition Network on www.YTN.org.   These parent, student, and small group books, DVDs, and seminars from Youth Transition Network will make a lasting impact upon your family, church, and school.  Your YTN purchase will also provide support for this valuable ministry.  We also recommend that you consider becoming a monthly donor to YTN to expand their work with families and students.

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Meet the Team

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College Assistance Plus was founded in 2004 by Paul Celuch, born out of  a relationship with the late Larry Burkett from Crown Financial Ministries.   While running Crown classes in his church, he saw that today’s students were graduating huge debt, and often without jobs. This hampered young people from succeeding, having a good marriage, or moving into ministry.

The national client engagement team have become the leading national experts in all aspects of college including negotiating lower costs and finding fitting and marketable majors.  Corporate Headquarters Team  – Honeoye Falls NY (near Rochester).  

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John Decker   315-480-1232  jdecker@CollegeAssistancePlus.com  

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Click the image for summer  strategies to be best prepared for the extremely busy Fall pre-college period.  Learn about what to do during a visit, how to select colleges and majors, and a new form of free scholarships available during the early part of this summer.

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It’s amazing how a expert third party can help get everyone on the same page!

The average student changes majors 3-4 times and as a result spends 5.5 years as an undergrad.  53% of recent grads are unemployed or in non-degree jobs – and half have moved back home as “boomerang kids”. Just as serious, many who could have picked the right major for a satisfying and interesting career, end up plugging along in a job that does not harness their true potential as a person.

This is all entirely preventable.  Our proven College Coach process helps students get closer to their right major and eliminate false starts so they get out in four years with a much better chance of getting a job they love.  By integrating an assessment tool and personal meetings or Skype sessions with our “College Coach”, students become focused and gain energizing vision to find their direction and a satisfying marketable career.

We correlate job interests with real salary projections and career paths.   As you engage with your personal Education Specialist during the course of our standard service, this baseline of understanding is then adjusted as-needed  through undergrad and grad school, and tied to our personal job interview and networking training.

Did you know that some majors garner better scholarships than others, and that and “undeclared major” is a recipe for a poor offer?   We were able to get a pre-med major $8000 more per year in one case by declaring Chemistry over Biology.  A declared major fills a seat…. that pays a professor!   These are some of the things that we’ve learned by investigating the nuances of the college business model for nearly 10 years.

The stakes are much higher and the situation is less forgiving than when the prior generation attended college.  Due to the today’s high cost of education and soft job market,  it’s important to know a target major, or at least have a short list of majors PRIOR to conducting college searches and visits.  We hear stories every day about how a college selection based on emotion leads to real problems down-stream.    Making logical and informed decisions as a family unit is more productive and creates a great bonding and satisfying experience through this period as we launch our kids towards their futures.

(And yes, they’ll eventually realize you’ve been a genius….. all along!)

Click here to learn more:  jdecker@CollegeAssistancePlus.com

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