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COLLEGE OUT OF THE BOX

Discover nontraditional routes to the future of your dreams and

save THOUSANDS on tuition costs!

Did you know the average student graduates college with over $40,000 in student debt? Only about 36% of full time students get their bachelor’s degree within the normal 4-year period with most having to take 5-6 years. 85% of college graduates do NOT work in their field of study. And most college graduates have to move back home once they do get their degree. There must be a better way??

Instead, imagine getting your college degree in LESS than 2 years or even the same week you graduate high school. With NO student debt! Your student can start off life debt free with a world of possibilities in front of them!

That’s the “College Out of the Box” way. If you have a student Junior High- High School age, they can begin by earning college credits as they complete their regular school work! My son started at age 12 and got his accredited associates degree by age 15 and his bachelor's by 17. He essentially graduated high school and college at the SAME time! AND THE BEST PART- IT COST US LESS THAN $4,000! But you don't have to be a homeschooler or in high school to benefit. Many public schoolers and adults wanting to get their degrees are using College Out of the Box as well.

Most people think it's all about dual credit and CLEPs, but I want to show you that there are a multitude of other ways you can earn college credits as well (many by combining the credits with the work you are already doing). We'll go over the various options out there for you (college or not to go to college), determine if the traditional route to college is for you or if there is another way, discover alternatives to earning credits, compare the costs and time commitment, uncover little known ways to earn various scholarships, and much more.

The traditional paths to a college education are becoming less the norm. Why not find out how to do college the "Out of the Box" way?

 

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WOULDN'T IT BE GREAT IF YOU ONLY HAD TO SAVE UP SPARE CHANGE FOR YOUR COLLEGE TUITION? YOU ACTUALLY CAN- BY GETTING YOUR DEGREE THE COLLEGE OUT OF THE BOX WAY!

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LEARN ABOUT US

College Out of the Box was started by Renee LoDolce in 2012 when her son took his first DSST test and passed earning him 3 college credits. That started the ball rolling! By age 15 he had accumulated enough credits for his associate's degree, and everyone kept asking how it was done. So, the College Out of the Box EBook was launched on Amazon. Following that came the FaceBook page and You Tube video, speaking engagements, and seminars. College Out of the Box now helps thousands of families traverse the nontraditional routes to a college degree while saving time, money, and stress!

TESTIMONIALS:

"Renee, I can't thank you enough for "doing your homework" to find us all of this information you have shared in your e-book. After watching your youtube video "College Out of the Box" (and immediately recommending it to everyone I know!) I felt so hopeful that my children could take this path for their degrees...but had SO many questions. After reading this e-book and following the treasure-trove of links, I was amazed that within hours I had most of my questions answered and the puzzle pieces started to fall together...in fact I had a plan sketched out in no time of almost of the needed classes, tests and even a list of scholarships to pursue! Thank you for this invaluable resource!!!"- JSloan

"Renee has done an excellent job on helping families educate their children by doing "College Out of the Box". She shows you how to do this step by step and provides excellent resources. It only takes the parent to "run with it", from there. Thank you Renee!"- Kristy

"My sister’s daughters who just finished college were so shocked and a little angry that no one had ever shared this with them before."- Jaymee

The EBook College Out of the Box has been recognized by the Homeschool Legal Defense Association as a recommended resource for college admissions planning and can be found on their list here: https://www.hslda.org/highschool/resources.asp

 

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Renee speaks across the country to school and homeschool groups, at conferences, churches, and even to small intimate groups of friends and family. If you are interested in having her come to your neck of the woods, give her a ring!

FEES:

Phone Consultation: $25 per half hour/$50 per hour

One-On-One Personal Consultation: $80 per hour

Group Seminars: call for quote

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Summaries of

TALKS & WORKSHOPS

COLLEGE OUT OF THE BOX

Did you know the average student graduates college with over $40,000 in student debt? Only about 36% of full time students get their bachelor’s degree within the normal 4-year period with most having to take 5-6 years. 85% of college graduates do NOT work in their field of study. And after graduation, due to student loan responsibilities and the unpredictable job market, many young adults have to move back home? There must be a better way??
Instead, imagine getting your college degree in LESS than 2 years or even the same week you graduate high school. With NO student debt! Your student can start off life debt free with a world of possibilities in front of them!
That’s the “College Out of the Box” way. If you have a student Junior High- High School age, they can begin by earning college credits as they complete their regular school work! My son started at age 12 and got his accredited associates degree by age 15 and his bachelor's by 17 (and for just a FEW thousand dollars!). He essentially graduated high school and college at the SAME time! But you don't have to be a homeschooler or in high school to benefit. Many public schoolers and adults wanting to get their degrees are using College Out of the Box as well.
Most people think it's all about dual credit and Cleps, but I want to show you that there are a multitude of other ways you can earn college credits as well (many by combining the credits with the work you are already doing). We'll go over the various options out there for you (college or not to go to college), determine if the traditional route to college is for you or if there is another way, discover alternatives to earning credits, compare the costs and time commitment, uncover little known ways to earn various scholarships, and much more.
The traditional paths to a college education are becoming less the norm, especially for homeschool students. Why not find out how to do college the "Out of the Box" way?


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CELEBRATE THE UNIQUE YOU

Are you caught up in the chaos of life and the role you hold as someone's wife, mother, homeschool teacher, co-worker or church member? Are there days where you feel overwhelmed and you feel like you "just can't do this anymore"? Are you afraid that you won't be able to teach your children what they need to know? You and so many other parents have had the same thoughts and you are not alone. The "Celebrate the Unique You" workshop is an encouraging talk to parents on how God has made us each unique with special passions and interests and entrusted us with OUR children for a reason. We are not to compare ourselves with others, or get stressed out about whether or not we are "messing up" our children or if we have the skills and knowledge to "do this." It's a fun hour to sit back, relax and rest in our "uniqueness"! You will laugh, get encouraged, and travel with me on a musical video journey of the homeschooling life!

COLLEGE OUT OF THE BOX (PARTS 1 & 2)

Part 1: Join me as we discuss alternative ways of earning your college degree- in less time, for less money, and with NO student debt. Hear some surprising statistics, reflect on some questions to ask yourself to see if college is even for you, get a list of alternatives to college, and explore some nontraditional routes to earning your college degree. Discover some ways to earn college credits while doing the work you are already doing in high school (CLEPs, DSSTs, APs, and dual enrollment). We'll also briefly discuss the pros and cons of dual enrollment.  Find out how my son got his accredited associates degree by age 15 and his bachelor's by 17- graduating high school and college at essentially the same time! This is the time to get a head start on life and on your peers both educationally and financially.

Part 2: We will continue our discussion with more ways to earn college credits (I bet you haven't heard of some of these!), how to get your accredited bachelor's degree in less than 2 years and for under $6,000, a look at the "Big Three" colleges, and a comparison of costs.  I'll also show you how you can skip the SATs/ACTs, how to save on textbooks, and unusual places to find cash scholarships. Plus, as an extra, I'll let in you on the secret of what you can be doing NOW to set yourself up financially for life!

WHAT I WOULD STRESS LESS ABOUT: REFLECTIONS FROM A "RETIRED" HOMESCHOOL MOM

As homeschool parents we seem to put a lot of pressure on ourselves and stay up nights worrying about if we are doing “right” by our children, if they will be able to get into a “good” college, or if they will end up being successful. Believe me, I have shed many a tear and have had many sleepless nights throughout my homeschooling career! But as a mother of a 17-year-old college graduate, and a homeschooling veteran I can now look back and realize that my stress and worry was unfounded. Come and learn what I have gleaned over the years.

THE BEST ADVICE FOR HOMESCHOOLERS IN FOUR WORDS OR LESS

We get a lot of advice from family, friends, and other homeschoolers throughout our homeschooling journey. But not all advice should be heeded for every family and child is different. However, there are a few words of wisdom that apply to everyone and will make your homeschooling journey more enjoyable and strengthen your relationship with your children. In little snippets of four words or less I bet I can change the way you look at your schooling.

HOW TO AVOID THE COLLEGE SCAM

In today’s market, the tuition and time investment that is college is no longer worth it for the typical student. The rising costs of tuition have begun to price out the added value of a degree to the point where skipping college is not only a viable alternative but is actually a smart decision for many prospective students. While parents have been led to believe that their children must get a college degree or be doomed to a life of poverty, there may be alternative life paths that are far more profitable than attending a typical 4-year university. Come weigh out your options and find out how you can still get your college degree in 2 years or less and for under $6,000!

BE FINANCIALLY RESPONSIBLE NOW SO YOU CAN LIVE THE LIFE YOU WANT!

We were once over $200,000 in debt and sinking fast! Something had to change! Within a couple of years we had it all paid off and within a few more we were mortgage free. My financial "bad" decisions started when I was in college- don't make the same mistakes I did! In this session learn how to get your financial priorities straight, avoid common pitfalls teenagers & adults make financially, pay off your debts quickly while you can, and discover some great money saving tips. I'll also teach you the method I taught my son on how to set yourself up financially for life!

LEADERSHIP 101- THE “OUT OF THE BOX” STYLE. - TAUGHT BY TORRE LODOLCE

How do you define leadership? What kind of leader are you? What kind of leader can you be? Can you be both a leader and a follower? You can find the answers to these questions by attending this workshop. Torre focuses on the nuts and bolts of solid leadership using examples from both his military and civilian career. You'll find out why leading isn't always what we expect---and how leaders aren't always who we expect them to be.

RESUME AND INTERVIEWS- SECRETS TO LAND YOUR DREAM JOB!!! – TAUGHT BY TORRE LODOLCE

After spending over 17 years in Human Resources, Torre has conducted hundreds of interviews and has seen thousands of resumes. Come hear the tips and tricks that will get your resume noticed, have an amazing interview and land your dream job. Torre will give you the inside scoop you need in order to understand how the hiring process works and how you can conquer the job market!
For example, you will learn how to determine what you are worth to company so you can negotiate for the highest salary, creative strategies candidates have used to land an interview, proven interview techniques that will help you land a job, how to write a resume and cover letter that will get read, and how recruiters and hiring managers search for and review resumes.

DON'T KNOW WHAT TO MAJOR IN OR WHAT YOUR PASSION IS? HERE ARE SOME GREAT TIPS TO HELP YOU FIGURE THAT OUT

Did you know that only about 36% of students graduate within the 4-year period of "traditional college"? Or that about 80% of students change their major at LEAST once in college, with many changing their major, on average, 3 times over their college career? Don't fall into that trap! Come find out how to avoid the mistakes students make in choosing a major, how to investigate if that major/career path will be right for you, and how to discover your God-given abilities and passions and make those work for you.

 

Teen Workshops

COLLEGE OUT OF THE BOX

Part 1: Join me as we discuss alternative ways of earning your college degree- in less time, for less money, and with NO student debt. Hear some surprising statistics, reflect on some questions to ask yourself to see if college is even for you, get a list of alternatives to college, and explore some nontraditional routes to earning your college degree. Discover some ways to earn college credits while doing the work you are already doing in high school (CLEPs, DSSTs, APs, and dual enrollment). We'll also briefly discuss the pros and cons of dual enrollment.  Find out how my son got his accredited associates degree by age 15 and his bachelor's by 17- graduating high school and college at essentially the same time! This is the time to get a head start on life and on your peers both educationally and financially.

Part 2: We will continue our discussion with more ways to earn college credits (I bet you haven't heard of some of these!), how to get your accredited bachelor's degree in less than 2 years and for under $6,000, a look at the "Big Three" colleges, and a comparison of costs.  I'll also show you how you can skip the SATs/ACTs, how to save on textbooks, and unusual places to find cash scholarships.  Plus, as an extra, I'll let in you on the secret of what you can be doing NOW to set yourself up financially for life!

DUAL ENROLLMENT: PROS & CONS

If you like the idea of getting a head start on your college education, a dual or concurrent enrollment program may be right for you—but it’s important to weigh your options. Here are a few of the pros and cons you should consider before making your decision! Plus I'll give you some other ways you could be earning college credits along with (or instead of ) dual credit to accelerate your college credit earning potential.

BE FINANCIALLY RESPONSIBLE NOW SO YOU CAN LIVE THE LIFE YOU WANT

We were once over $200,000 in debt and sinking fast! Something had to change! Within a couple of years we had it all paid off and within a few more we were mortgage free. My financial "bad" decisions started when I was in college- don't make the same mistakes I did! In this session learn how to get your financial priorities straight, avoid common pitfalls teenagers make financially, pay off your debts quickly while you can, and discover some great money saving tips. I'll also teach you the method I taught my son on how to set yourself up financially for life!

DON'T KNOW WHAT TO MAJOR IN OR WHAT YOUR PASSION IS? HERE ARE SOME GREAT TIPS TO HELP YOU FIGURE THAT OUT!

Did you know that only about 36% of students graduate within the 4-year period of "traditional college"? Or that about 80% of students change their major at LEAST once in college, with many changing their major, on average, 3 times over their college career? Don't fall into that trap! Come find out how to avoid the mistakes students make in choosing a major, how to investigate if that major/career path will be right for you, and how to discover your God-given abilities and passions and make those work for you.

 

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MEET RENEE

Renee LoDolce, a homeschool mom of 18 years (though years ago she once claimed she would "NEVER homeschool"!), is a thought-provoking author and speaker that resonates with thousands of Christian women and homeschool families. She has written an EBook called College Out of the Box, a plan to help other students graduate college in less time and with a minimum amount of money. Renee also writes Bible studies:  "Celebrate the Unique You: Seeing Yourself Through God's Eyes" and "Our Deliverer Revealed: Finding Jesus Throughout the Old Testament" both of which could be purchased on Amazon and other booksites. She is never one to follow the crowd and do what others do (except if they are all running toward free chocolate or pizza!). She is a lover of education, books, and helping others traverse the "narrow path." She has been married to her husband, Torre, for over 23 years (boy, does the time fly!) and resides in Houston, Texas with their teenage son (and all of his smelly, but adorable, teenage friends!)

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