WHHS College/Career Connection Night set for Thursday, March 31
WHHS College/Career Connection Night set for Thursday, March 31
Posted on 03/24/2016
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WEST HAVEN, March 21, 2016 — Calling all West Haven High School parents and students overwhelmed by college and career preparations: WHHS has the antidote to your post-secondary planning stress.

College/Career Connection Night, set for March 31 from 6-8 p.m. at WHHS, promises to be a one-stop-shop for details on paying for college, making the most of junior year college-preparation programs, and exploring alternatives to attending another four years of school. The topics will be covered in workshops led primarily by school counselors.

Sponsored by the WHHS School Counseling Department and WHHS Career Center, the event will also feature a panel of college representatives who will address the audience and later be available to talk with interested students.

College/Career Connection Night is free and open to WHHS students in grades 9-11 and their families.

“We’ve tailored the event to address the most pressing issues for our students at this stage of their academic career, and that’s why we hope as many students and parents as possible take advantage of this opportunity to prepare for the big decisions they will be making soon,” School Counseling Department Head Rose Paolino said. “Whether a student is looking to enroll in a four-year college, attend a trade school or transition right into a career, College/Career Connection Night will give them a better idea of the steps they need to take to be successful.”

The evening will begin with the panel of college representatives, who will review a sample transcript with the audience to give families a better idea of what stands out to admissions offices, and what might not be so crucial to a candidate’s application. The panel will be composed of representatives from Bryant University, Roger Williams University, the University of Connecticut, the University of New Haven and Wesleyan University.

Attendees can then attend workshops on college funding strategies to learn more about types of grants, scholarships, loans and other financial aid; alternatives to college, such as the military, a career, trade school or certificate programs; and the steps students should be taking in their junior year of high school as they begin the college planning process, as well as what resources are available to them at WHHS.

Attendees will also have a chance to enter a free raffle. Prizes include a Kindle, a student spot on the annual WHHS Campus Connection overnight trip to out-of-state colleges (worth $180), Subway gift cards and Westie wear.