A Proposed Guideline
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~You're never too young to start preparing to enter universities,
community colleges, technical or trade schools, the military, or the workforce.~


Below is a proposed guideline of what you can be working on each year of high school (freshman, sophomore, junior and senior). For any further assistance in developing your own plan, feel free to come by the Career Center.
 

FRESHMAN YEAR

1) Meet with your counselor to discuss your four year plan and graduation requirements.

2) Ask your counselor about the ACE+ program, where you can begin earning college  
    credits in high school for FREE.

3) Utilize the Learning Center time and see your teacher before and after school if you need it.

4) Use the Career Center in Room 103 M-F 7:00am-4:00pm.

**Late buses are available Monday-Thursday and leave at 4:00pm**

5) Research West-MEC programs at https://www.pd.west-mec.org/index.php?show_main where you can begin earning career certification in your junior and senior years. Talk to your counselor about these opportunities.

6) Check out the AZCIS website at https://azcis.intocareers.org/materials/portal/home.html  to explore interests and possible careers through assessments, such as "Career Cluster Inventory" and "Cost of Living Reality Check."

7) Start researching scholarships and begin applying for these scholarships to finance your Post-Secondary Education/Training.

8) Get involved on campus, join or continue extra-curricular activities.

9) And, most importantly, keep those grades up! The better the grades, the more money you can get!

 

SOPHOMORE YEAR

1) Continue researching scholarships and opportunities to finance your Post-Secondary Education/Training.

2) Utilize the Learning Center time and see your teacher before and after school if you need it.

3) Use the Career Center in Room 103 M-F 7:00am-4:00pm.

**Late buses are available Monday-Thursday and leave at 4:00pm**

4) Continue exploring interests and possible careers through assessments such as "Career Cluster Inventory" and "Cost of Living Reality Check" on the AZCIS website https://azcis.intocareers.org/materials/portal/home.html.

5) Come by and begin utilizing the WHS Student Career Center in ROOM 301.

6) Get involved on campus, join or continue extra-curricular activities.

7) Participate in volunteer work. It is rewarding and it will help with job, scholarship and college applications.

8) Work on improving your GPA (grade point average). It is important for college admissions and scholarships.

9) Set your expectations high; select challenging classes for next year.

10) Keep those grades up! The better the grades, the more money you can get!

11) In October, register for the PSAT test for your Junior year.

12) In November, apply for the ACE+ program, if you haven’t already, where you can begin earning college credits in high school.

13) Continue researching careers and post-secondary schools.

14) And, most importantly, keep those grades up! The better the grades, the more money you can get!

JUNIOR YEAR

1) Check with your Counselor to discuss college and career plans.

2) Make sure you are enrolled in the necessary college preparatory or tech-prep classes.

3) Check your AIMS Test results.

4) Keep your grades up! Your GPA and class rank  is important for college admissions and scholarships.

5) Do lots of reading, especially serious books that will expand your outlook and vocabulary. Psst, come by the Career Center ROOM 301. We have LOTS!!

6) Visit and utilize the Career Center to research processes for college registration, applying for FAFSA and scholarships

7)
And, most importantly, keep those grades up! The better the grades, the more money you can get!

Monthly Timeline:
September 
  *Register to take PSAT in October.

October 

  *Take the PSAT.

January
 
*Begin planning for FAFSA application by visiting the FASFA4caster website.

Spring

  *Sign up to take the SAT/ACT test.
  *Start thinking about what specific university, community college, technical or trade school you want to attend.
  *Collect information from the schools you are interested in by visiting websites.
  *Speak to college representatives as they visit our campus.
  *Visit campuses you are interested in whenever possible.
  *Talk to people you know who have attended colleges you are interested in.
  *Attend college and career fairs throughout the year.
  *If you are interested in military academies, start the application process now.
  *Start compiling a "personal portfolio" with a resume and special accomplishments.
  *Practice answering essay questions for college and scholarship applications.

End of Junior Year/Summer
 
*Check to see if you have met all graduation requirements.
  *Register for
NCAA Clearinghouse if you plan to participate in Division I or Division II athletics (SAT or ACT must be taken prior to NCCA certification).

 SENIOR YEAR

1) Attend Scholarship and Financial Aid nights with your parents.

2) Attend Follow up Scholarship/Financial Aid nights and Lunches.

3) Attend University and Community College exploration Field Trips

4) Register for universities, and community colleges before priority deadline dates for scholarship eligibility.

5) Visit and utilize the Career Center for assistance with college registration, FASFA and scholarships applications also tours to the Universities.

Monthly Timeline:

August/September Senior Year
   *Apply to
Universities
.
   *Start
Scholarship Searches
.  
   *Attend the National College Fair at the Phoenix Civic Center. Come by ROOM 301 for information.

January Senior Year

   *Attend FAFSA nights.
   *Obtain FAFSA Student and Parent
PIN IDs
.
   *Start gathering needed information and documents to complete
FAFSA.
  
   *Take Maricopa Community College entrance exam(s).

March Senior Year
   
*March 1st FAFSA priority deadline.
   
*Sign up for Community College classes.

April Senior Year
   
*Sign up for University College classes.

May Senior Year
   *GRADUATION & CELEBRATIONS!

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