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Optiminds Can Help with the NCAA Eligibility Process

April 16, 2015

NCAA2If your son or daughter is planning to play sports at a Division I or Division II college, they will need to register with the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Eligibility Center.

Optiminds can help you begin the process through our Athletic College Prep Counseling Division, headed by Aaron Fields. A former Division I baseball player, Aaron is responsible for the NCAA Eligibility Center portion of Optiminds’ College Counseling Division.

The NCAA Eligibility Center, formerly known as the NCAA Clearinghouse, is the body that determines a student-athlete’s eligibility to play a sport at the NCAA level—based on factors including academic record, SAT or ACT scores and amateur status.

Through parent/student workshops and individualized sessions, Aaron can assist you with the recruiting process, course planning and meeting NCAA and NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) eligibility requirements.

Playing college sports can be a major opportunity for a student, with benefits ranging from completion of a college degree to access to scholarships, travel and experiences that prepare a student for life in the real world.

Did you know, for example, that student-athletes as a group have a higher graduation rate than their peers in the general student body; and that NCAA schools have awarded more than $17 billion in athletics scholarships in the past 10 years?

Help your student take advantage of the NCAA experience. Call Aaron at (313) 590-4788, or email him at afields@optimindsct.com to get more information about Optiminds’ athletic college prep counseling program. Be sure to visit our website at: optimindsct.com.

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Optiminds Offers NCAA and NAIA Eligibility Counseling

March 23, 2014

There are two athletic associations that offer college scholarships—The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

Optiminds now offers Athletic College Prep Counseling to help with both the NCAA and NAIA recruiting processes.

Understanding the difference between the two separate governing bodies of college athletics is important for students seeking an athletic scholarship because there are options available from both the NCAA and NAIA.

The NCAA is the governing body for about 1200 schools. It consists of three divisions, with Divisions I and II offering partial or full athletic scholarships to more than 126,000 student-athletes. Division III student-athletes can only receive academic or non-athletic scholarships. About $1 billion in athletic scholarships are handed out by the NCAA every year.

The NAIA consists of 300 schools and 13 sports, with just over 60,000 students, and two divisions. Division I in the NAIA is comparable to Division II in the NCAA. Over 90% of schools in the NAIA offer scholarships, and NAIA athletes receive an average of $7,000 of financial aid.

Our experienced athletic college prep counselors can help you meet eligibility requirements for both the NCAA and the NAIA and continue to meet standards necessary to continue with your playing career. For more information, contact Aaron Fields at (313) 590-4788 or the Optiminds office.

Dr. Jane Stewart at Optiminds has earned a reputation for helping to improve the study, reading, math and cognitive skills of students of all ages. Learn more about Optiminds’ by calling Dr. Stewart today at (248) 496-0150 or email her at: jstewart@optimindsct.com. Be sure to visit the Optiminds website at: optimindsct.com; and “like” us on Facebook.

Why You Should Consider College Prep Counseling

March 16, 2014

collegeprep3Not only is getting a college education today costly, the admissions process can be both complex and competitive. With a ratio of counselor to student as high as 500 to 1 in many high schools, school counselors are often unable to offer the one-on-one counseling their students deserve.

These are just a few reasons why more parents are seeking the help of qualified independent college prep counselors. And now, through our new College Counseling Division, Optiminds offers individualized college prep counseling.

Optiminds’ College Prep Counseling can help families:

  • navigate the process and maximize the college opportunity
  • ensure they are making the best college choice
  • turn a stressful process into a successful and enjoyable experience
  • avoid costly mistakes by finding the college that is the best fit
  • meet any specific requirements in terms of academics, athletics and special learning needs

Our college prep counselors have extensive experience working with high school and college students. They are knowledgeable about the latest trends in higher education and can offer a wide array of professional resources to our clients. In addition, they are in touch with evolving admissions requirements and understand what college admissions personnel at specific colleges are looking for in candidates.

College prep counseling can be an excellent addition to high school counseling, providing additional insight and assistance with the college admissions process. For more information, contact Holly Markiecki-Bennetts at 313-478-3319.

Dr. Jane Stewart at Optiminds has earned a reputation for helping to improve the study, reading, math and cognitive skills of students of all ages. Learn more about Optiminds’ by calling Dr. Stewart today at (248) 496-0150 or email her at: jstewart@optimindsct.com. Be sure to visit the Optiminds website at: optimindsct.com; and “like” us on Facebook.

Optiminds Adds Two New Counselors

February 16, 2014

Dr. Jane Stewart at Optiminds is pleased to introduce our two newest counselors, who will be handling the new areas of focus we are offering in our College Counseling Division.

Aaron Fields is heading up the Athletic College Prep counseling area and will be responsible for the NCAA Clearinghouse portion of our college counseling division. He will be working to help athletes meet NCAA standards in order to continue with their playing careers. A former Division 1 baseball player, Aaron played professional baseball for a couple of years after graduating from college.

Aaron is dedicated to using his experience and training to help young athletes be prepared for college and the NCAA Clearinghouse requirements.

For more information about Optiminds’ athletic college prep counseling program, please call Aaron at (313) 590-4788, or email him at: afields@optimindsct.com.

Holly Markiecki-Bennetts is heading up the College Prep counseling area. She has spent the past 20 years working with high school and college students, and enjoys serving as a guide for students and their families in finding the right post-high school options.  Holly holds two Masters degrees—one in Higher Education Administration and one in School Counseling.

To find out more about Optiminds’ college prep counseling, please call Holly at (313) 478-3319 or email her at:  hbennetts@optimindsct.com.

Dr. Jane Stewart at Optiminds has earned a reputation for helping to improve the study, reading, math and cognitive skills of students of all ages. Learn more about Optiminds’ by calling Dr. Stewart today at (248) 496-0150 or email her at: jstewart@optimindsct.com. And be sure to visit the Optiminds website at: optimindsct.com.

Optiminds Announces New Focus Areas in 2014

February 9, 2014

Dr. Jane Stewart at Optiminds is pleased to be introducing two new areas of focus in our College Counseling Division beginning January 2014. The new focus areas are: College Prep and Athletic College Prep. We will be offering Parent/Student Workshops in both areas.

The College Prep Counseling Workshops will include:

  • How to find the right colleges
  • Essay writing
  • Resume writing
  • Applications
  • Organizational tools
  • Individual Sessions

For more information, call Holly Bennetts at (313) 478-3319, or email Holly at: hbennetts@optimindsct.com.

The Athletic College Prep Counseling Workshops will cover:

  • Athletics—High school and beyond
  • The recruiting process
  • NCAA eligibility (National Collegiate Athletic Association)
  • NAIA eligibility (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics)
  • Course planning
  • Individual Sessions

For more information, call Aaron Fields at (313) 590-4788 or email Aaron at: afields@optimindsct.com.

Dr. Jane Stewart at Optiminds has earned a reputation for helping to improve the study, reading, math and cognitive skills of students of all ages. Learn more about Optiminds’ by calling Dr. Stewart today at (248) 496-0150 or email her at: jstewart@optimindsct.com. And be sure to visit the Optiminds website at: optimindsct.com.


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