College and Career Readiness (CCR) Planning
Counselors deliver curriculum in the Health classrooms for three days each semester to work on college and career readiness with sophomores. Students will utilize the Utah Futures program to complete a work values inventory, explore careers, start college searches, do scholarship sorts, and to begin building a portfolio for use throughout high school. Counselors use this information to form the 10th grade CCR plan for students by considering course planning, exploring post high school options, planning for standardized testing, and encouraging engagement in resume boosting activities.
Log on to Utah Futures to see these tools in action:
www.utahfutures.org (click on quick start for basic access)
Log on to the students individual portfolio and saved activities by using their state ID as the login and birthday as password (call the counseling office if you need this login information).
Counselors begin the college and career readiness process with juniors by delivering curriculum in classes in early January. Students will again use the Utah Futures program to refine career choices and link those pathways to college options. Juniors are given information on setting up individual CCR meetings, scheduling ACT/SAT testing dates and prep classes, graduation requirement review, and planning for senior year and college applications.
Parents and students are then invited via postcard to schedule an individual CCR appointment with their student’s counselor. These meetings will include an overview of what students should be doing during the spring of the junior year through the fall of senior year to prepare for college. Topics emphasized include graduation requirements, ACT and SAT exams, financial aid and scholarship information, and the college application process. Students are also advised as to what courses they will need to complete to meet graduation requirements as well as what courses are recommended for college admissions. Students and parents are welcomed to ask questions about the college application process, admissions requirements, alternative post high school plans, etc.
Handouts from the junior year CCR meeting can be downloaded here: College Planning Packet.
For seniors, counselors start the CCR process with curriculum in classrooms during the first week of September. The curriculum centers on what students need to be doing right away in the college application process, working towards graduation, and anticipating individual meetings with counselors. Counselors spend the months of September and October meeting individually with all seniors assisting them with any and all of their post secondary planning as well as checking credits for progress towards graduation. Counselors record students’ goals at the time of meeting as well as at the end of the year to track their future plans.