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January 6, 2016:  FAFSA Workshop 4:30 – 6:30 5PM in the WCHS Freshman Academy Computer Lab.  Senior student and/or their parents are invitied – come get assistance filing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid.  Remember:  All college-bound senior must fill out the FAFSA to have any hope of federal financial assistance with paying for college.

February 1-5, 2016:  ROUND 1 of COMPASS Testing (Seniors)

February 4, 2016:  WorkKeys Test (Senior Career Preparatory Students)

ACT Workshop:  February 6th--Science with Mr. Higgins @ WCHS 9:00- 1:00. (Sign up outside the guidance office)

ACT Workshop:  February 13th--Math with Mr. Siler @ WCHS 9:00- 1:00. (Sign up outside the guidance office)

ACT Workshop:  February 20th--English/Reading with Mrs. Manning @ WCHS 9:00 -1:00 (Sign up outside the guidance office)

 

February 15 – 19, 2016:  ROUND 2 of COMPASS Testing (Seniors)

March 1, 2016:  ACT Test for all Juniors

March 21 – 25, 2016:  KOSSA Testing (Career Preparatory Students)

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Our staff is here to assist all students and parents in having a successful high school experience.

Contact Mrs. Reynolds, HS Counselor at linda.reynolds@whitley.kyschools.us

Mrs. Reynolds’ office is located in the Freshman Academy Office Complex.  She is available to help all WCHS students but her primary responsibilities are freshman students and Electronic Computer School – Credit Recovery.

 
 


Mrs. Faulkner’s office is located in the Main Building Office Complex.  She is available to help all WCHS students, but is primarily responsible for tracking students with the last names beginning with A - K.

 
Contact Mrs. Faulkner, HS Counselor at britney.faulkner@whitley.kyschools.us

Contact Mr. Lowrie, HS Counselor at kevin.lowrie@whitley.kyschools.us

Mr. Lowrie’s office is located in the Main Building Office Complex.  He is available to help any WCHS student, but is primarily responsible for tracking students with the last names beginning with  L - Z.

 
 


Office Hours 7:15 - 3:30 

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Contact Angie Canada, Records Clerk at angela.canada@whitley.kyschools.us

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

What's the big deal about school anyway?

Can't I get a good job now?

Yes, maybe you can, but the statistics are against you.  Check out the earnings and unemployment rates from people 25 years and older in Kentucky with different levels of education:

Level of education completed

Unemployment rate in 2006

Median earnings in 2006

Less than a high school diploma

11.4%

$17,077

High school graduate, no college

6.3%

$25,288

Some college, no degree

5.4%

$28,625

Associate degree

3.4%

$30,047

Bachelor’s degree

2.1%

$40,925

Master’s Degree

1.8%

$48,642

Professional degree

1.5%

$66,032

Doctoral degree

1.3%

$83,649

Source:  2008 American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau

Median Kentucky earnings by educational level for workers 25 or older employed full time; unemployment for workers 25 or older.

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Source: 2007 American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau

Sometimes it’s hard to stay in school if you think you need to be working to earn money.  But, if you finish high school and go on to college, you’ll have a wider variety of jobs to choose from and you’ll earn more.

MC900156849[1]Workforce Kentucky

The Office of Employment and Training has developed a comprehensive labor market workforce information system called Workforce Kentucky.  The system is designed to serve employers, job seekers, students, counselors, educators and training providers.  This interactive Internet-based system can be accessed at www.workforcekentucky.ky.gov.  It is the largest source of labor market data in the commonwealth.  Users can explore occupations, labor markets, geographic areas, industry projections, and much more.  The following are brief explanations of the various types of information and reports available to the user.

Essential Skills to Getting a Job

This is good information for ALL students: Often referred to as "soft skills", work ethic, communication, teamwork and critical thinking are all must have's for youth in today's job market. http://www.dol.gov/odep/documents/essential_job_skills.pdf

MC900432637[1]Career Snapshots (videos)

Want to learn more about a particular career path (job)?  Visit this website http://www.careeronestop.org/Videos/CareerandClusterVideos/career-and-cluster-videos.aspx to watch short videos detailing the basics of a variety of jobs in America today.

Current Senior Scholarship & Program Opportunities

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Mountain News WYMT:  “Mountain Achiever Award”

WYMT-TV and the University of Pikeville want to honor outstanding seniors with the weekly Mountain Student Achiever Award.

Seniors must have a 3.7 GPA or higher.  Winners are selected based on their GPA, extracurricular activities and community service. 

If you would like to be considered for this recognition, please pick up an application in the Guidance Office or Café, fill it out completely, and return it to your Guidance Counselor.

All Year

James H. Taylor, II Scholarship

Act 19

GPA 3.0

Admission to U of Cumberlands & Submitted FAFSA

See scholarship app for further details.

February 1, 2016

The Whitaker Bank/

KHSAA Boys' Sweet 16

Athletic Scholarship

The Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys' Sweet 16 will be March 16-20.  As part of our sponsorship of this event and the KHSAA, we are proud to award 4 high school senior athletes with a $1,500 scholarship that will be presented to them at halftime during the semifinals of the tournament.  Below are the links to the KHSAA and the scholarship application.  It is an online application process this year.  The deadline for submission is February 26.

 http://khsaa.org/011916-whitaker-bankkhsaa-sweet-16-scholarship-application-now-open/

 http://khsaa.org/application-for-2016-whitaker-bankkhsaa-sweet-16-scholarship/

 

February 26, 2016

KY Farm Bureau Education Foundation Scholarship

Min. GPA 3.5 or 23 ACT

Be the child of a KY Farm Bureau member

See application for details.

February 29, 2016

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Rewarding those who
make a difference.

Receive up to $100,000 over four years.

If you have the passion to succeed – especially in fields of study related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) – the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program is looking for you. This year, we will award 50 renewable scholarships of up to $25,000 per year.* The application period will open January 4, 2016 and close at 5 p.m. EST on February 29, 2016.

February 29, 2016

EKU Trailblazer Scholarship

First generation students can apply.

See application for details.

March 1, 2016

UCCA Human Services Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship award is to provide financial assistance to college bound seniors who plan to major in the area of human services.  (Counseling, Sociology, Education, Psychology, Child Development, Social Work and Special Education.

$500

See application for details.

 March 4, 2016

Appalachian Music Project Scholarship Application

Must be pursuing a baccalaureate degree and majoring in a music-related program.

Up to $25,000 toward tuition and residence costs

See application for complete details.

March 21, 2016

Kentucky PEPP

Summer Pre-College Workshop for students interested in becoming a Physician or Dentist

University of Louisville PEPP

Kentucky students from medically under-served areas who have completed their senior year of high school may apply.  The program offers academic enrichment in college freshmen level math and science courses, personal and professional development seminars, clinical observations with physicians and dentists, hands on clinical experiences and a preview of college life. The program is from June 5 - July 1, 2016.  Applications are due by March 31, 2016.  Visit http://louisville.edu/hsc/diversity/files/2016PEPPApplication.pdf for more information.

March 31, 2016

SCHOLARSHIP

Operation UNITE has $1500 scholarships available. Students must be UNITE Club seniors and/or seniors who have attended Camp UNITE as a camper or team leader. They must also reside in the following Kentucky counties:  WHITLEY

Ø  Eligibility Requirements:

o    Completed and signed application form, including the essay (typed)

o    Member of a UNITE Club or a former Camper and/or Team Leader for Camp UNITE

o    Attends school in one of the 32 counties served by Operation UNITE

o    GPA of 2.75 unweighted or 3.75 weighted

o    Two letters of recommendation: one from a school employee and one from community member (no family members)

o    Copy of Unofficial High School Transcript

Pick up an application in the guidance office.

March 31, 2016

CUMBERLAND VALLEY ELECTRIC SCHOLARSHIP

$1000 See application for details

April 1, 2016

SCHOLARSHIP

Purpose:                   The KEDC Scholarship Fund awards scholarships to college (2

                                    or 4 year), technical or vocational bound students graduating 

                                    from a high school in a KEDC member district. 

Criteria:                    The recipient of the KEDC scholarship shall be held to the

                                    following criteria (scoring rubric Instruction Tab - Scholarships )

*    Maintain a grade point average (GPA) no lower than 3.0

*    Meet CPE (Council on Postsecondary Education System-wide Benchmarks or equivalents) ex. COMPASS or Kyote:

o   English                       18

o   Mathematics           19

o   Reading                     20

*    Write an essay demonstrating potential - (Why are you the best fit for this scholarship?)

*    Must demonstrate financial need; disclose other  scholarship awards (types and amounts)

*    Recipient is not required to declare any particular major (education, business, technology, etc.) to be an eligible applicant

Pick up an application in the guidance office.

April 1, 2016

Kentucky Federation of Republican Women

$1000

Senior girl who has been politically active within the Republican Party. 

See application for further details.

April 1, 2016

Bonner Scholars Program @ Lindsey Wilson College

Must be highly service oriented.

Demonstrate financial need

GPA 3.0

Commit to 8-10 hours of direct service weekly

See application for further details.

April 1, 2016

Current Underclassmen Opportunities

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UK Summer Enrichment Program

June 19- July 15, 2016

AHEC Health Careers Program

KY High School students currently enrolled in grade 10 and at least 15 years old.

This is a Summer Enrichment Program, 4 weeks of health careers residential camp hosted by UK. 

Visit http://medicine.mc.uky.edu/UKAHECCamp

All materials must be received by the UK AHEC Office by March 25, 2016

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Seniors:  Here’s some great information about frequently asked questions concerning federal student aid…visit

http://www.federalstudentaid.ed.gov/federalaidfirst/index.html

Senior Parents

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Rejection—no matter what your age—is tough. But for a senior who had his or her hopes pinned on a dream college, rejection can really sting.

Some universities are extremely selective. For example, Stanford University just announced that it sent offers to just 7.2% of its class of 2014 applicants! That means that 92.8% of those applicants received rejection letters.

If your student was not accepted by his or her dream school, here are some thoughts to share:

1.    Don’t take the decision personally. College admissions officials must bring together a diverse group of entering freshmen. Diversity includes, among other things, geographical area, extracurricular activities, and academic interests.

2.    The college may not have been a good match for you. In fact, maybe the admissions officer saw something that showed the college would not be a good fit for your personal skills, interests, and talents.

3.    Remember all your strengths. The right college will recognize and reward you with an acceptance.

4.    You aren't alone. Most students receive at least one rejection letter.

5.    Recognize that attending big name College X doesn't guarantee success. There are many paths to a great college experience and future career.

While it’s heart-breaking to see your teenager disappointed, college rejections happen. But they don’t have to define the rest of your student’s life. Discuss options with your teenager for the upcoming year. A few ideas might include:

1.    Accepting a second- or third-choice college.

2.    Attending a community college for a year or two and then reapplying to a 4-year college. Doing this is a great way to save money and complete transferable classes, and in the end, that final diploma comes from the 4-year college.

3.    Taking a “gap” year and working, volunteering, and/or completing an internship.

4.    Using the year to beef up credentials. Your student could retake the ACT, learn a language, or add new skills that set him or her apart to re-apply next year.

5.    Appealing to the college if new information is available (for example, maybe your student’s grades went up dramatically or he or she won a major competition since applying to the college). Note: A student shouldn’t appeal a college’s decision simply because he or she was disappointed. There must be compelling new information that was not available at the time of application.

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Even if you attended college, preparing your teenager for college today is a whole new ball game. These strategies will help you support your student’s academic journey.

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Whether you’re the parent of a junior high school student preparing for high school or are sending your senior off to college, the tips below will help make college planning much easier. To read more, please visit ACT’s college planning checklist.

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