College and Career Center
Thank you for visiting the College and Career Center website! I am looking forward to working with you this year and helping you achieve your post- secondary goals. I am here to help ALL students get a head start on planning for life after high school. It's never too early to ask questions, search colleges and programs, and apply for scholarships. On this page you will find very important college information for CUNY and SUNY schools, resources to guide you through the process, and opportunities to help you stand out. Take a look around!
You can also now visit the Resource Center and Work Room, where you can skim through college brochures, find answers to common questions, and work on your college and financial aid applications.
We can be reached quickly by e-mail:
Office Hours: Monday- Friday, 7:40 am- 2:20 pm , except period 6
Resource Center/ Work Room: Monday - Friday 7:45 am- 2:20 pm. Closed period 6
Ms. Gonzalez and Ms. Diaz, College Counselors
FINANCIAL AID EVENTS AND ASSISTANCE
Use NextGenVest to receive free and personalized texting support for financial aid, scholarship help, and budgeting. Visit nextgenvest.com to sign up for free!
Use UP NEXT to receive free and personalized texting support throughout your financial aid process. Just text your first and last name to (240) 623- 8319 to get started!
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES - BOOST YOUR RESUME !
Theater Operations and Performing Arts 3- year "Work and Learn" Program: New Victory Theater in NYC. Visit website for more info: New Victory Usher Corps
SAT Prep, Internships and volunteer work with our partners, Sunnyside Community Service: Visit Room 212 and 219 for opportunities and information. REGISTER NOW for summer session
Learn 3D Animation (Art, filming, video game design): Made in NY Animation Lab. Every Thursday 4:30 - 6:00 pm. 162-24 Jamaica Ave, 2nd Fl. To sign up call (917) 282-0931 or e-mail: email@example.com
Teen Internship Program at the Brooklyn Library: Open to grades 10-12. You can choose to focus on digital media, youth and family services, humanities and more! Gain volunteer experience while earning a stipend ( a small allowance) $ . Visit their website or call them at (718) 230-2406 to learn more and apply.
Pre- College Art Program at Cooper Union: Saturday classes. Visit their website for more details! Free classes, free metro!
The STEP program: Amazing opportunity for any student interested in Science and Technology pathways. is free to all eligible students; fee waivers are also available. Partner with colleges in NYC and gain experience, college credits, free Kaplan SAT prep, and transition help when you begin college. Don't miss out. See Ms. K in 143 or Ms. Zagada in 449.
Internship Opportunity: PLAY, early childhood enrichment center is looking for assistants to work with children 2-6 years old. Great for students interested in teaching, childcare, customer service/hospitality. Only 2 stops from Court Square. See Ms. K in 143 as soon as possible.
TORCH Peer Leadership: TORCH is looking for teens who are interested in learning about sexual health, are responsible, passionate, creative, and energetic leaders, and who have a desire to empower other teens to lead healthy lives. ($9 per hour) Learn more here!
Scroll Down for great programs (BCNY, Urban Upbound, ACE, SEO Scholars) that offer resume-building experience and college readiness perks like SAT Prep and workshops!
Civil Service Exam
Many types of jobs are available through our city's services as a city employee. To be considered, you must complete a civil service examination. The Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) accepts applications for the civil service examinations in various jobs monthly. Check out the Civil Service Page.
Is your citizenship status making you nervous? Are you scared and confused? You aren't alone!
Please, don't wait until it's too late to discuss your situation with the college counselor. Every conversation is confidential. Learn about your options early.
Check out these resources and scholarships that can help you out!
Have questions? Sometimes it's a good idea to get legal help and consultation. You can use UnLocal and Action NYC.
6 Things Undocumented Students Need to Know: 6 Quick Facts
Find Legal Help, Call the DACA Hotline, get help with the application, and more! Visit We Own The Dream!
Visit the Hispanic Scholarship Fund for access to more opportunities: Don't Miss Out!
Scholarship Opportunity that has partnered with our CUNY colleges: Visit TheDream.us !
College Fairs & Open Houses
SUNY College Fair at the Jacob Javits Center - Every year in October. Stay tuned.
National STEM College Fair at the Jacob Javits Center - Every Fall
Interested in visiting a particular college? Visit their website and register for an upcoming open house! You can usually find this information under the admissions page or prospective students page.
Can't make a college's open house? It's OK! Contact their admissions office and inquire about setting up an appointment, or ask about getting a quick tour with a student ambassador.
Photo Gallery - College Tours
February - June:
- Begin college enrollment. * Pick up checklist in room 143*
- Submit SAT scores via Collegeboard, if missing.
- Submit FAFSA (opens October 1st)
- Submit TAP after FAFSA
- Change TAP code to the school you will be attending
- Visit colleges you've been accepted to
- Make sure you're on track to graduate
- inform Ms. K of acceptances and decisions
- Celebrate on College and Career Decision Day! May 1 & 2 !
*For the CUNY presentation, download this file: CUNY CRISIS
*Download the letter of recommendation information/ request form here: Letter of Rec
March - August:
- Career search and interest inventories (see below)
- Extra-curricular activities
- SAT Prep! SAT is only a few months away
- Study and get extra-help for classes and Regents
- Research and save college to your collegeboard.org account
- Write drafts of your college essay and resume
***More SAT options in the Spring, and October 2019***
RESEARCH CAREERS AND COLLEGES
The first step in planning for your future is to figure out your interests and strengths. Use this information to learn about possible careers and required education. Research colleges and universities that can help you get there. Here is a list of some helpful websites to get you started:
- Use NYC College Line to get you started!
- Skill search, Interest search, Career search use O*Net and My Next Move
- Research colleges around the country. Use your preferences to filter your results at Big Future by College Board
- Research Colleges by career: BestColleges.com
- LGBTQ Friendly Colleges, Student Resources, And Support: Resources and Support
- More college and career research sites: LearnHowToBecome.org
- Want to go away and still stay in New York? Check out these New York State schools. WNY College Connection can help you explore some state schools and their application process.
Use these other websites to compare colleges:
Text your way through the college application and financial aid package with help from NextGenVest and What's Up Next
ACADEMIC AND COLLEGE/CAREER PREP PROGRAMS
Don't underestimate the importance of Extra-Curricular activities. Doing a little bit more will go a long way when Colleges are reviewing your application. Here you will find programs that can provide support through personalized academic help, college/ career exploration, and extra perks (like free SAT prep).
Urban Upbound and SEO Scholars are programs that begin in the 9th grade and continue throughout High School. Each grade has specific goals, workshops, and fun activities.
BCNY the Boys Club of New York offers multiple services such as: a College Access Program, a Career Prep Program with paid employment, and tons of member benefits (FREE SAT prep, tutoring, sports teams, STEM club, and other various clubs)
The ACE Mentor Program is specifically designed for students interested in Architecture, Construction, and Engineering. Here you get to work with real professionals on projects, receive college and career advisement, and access to scholarships. The brochure
** These are great opportunities to help yourself academically, receive free helpful services, and engage in career exploration and preparation! **
Believe it or not, there are scholarships out there for everyone!
Scholarships aren't only awarded to seniors, come see me to receive assistance with this process!
SCHOLARSHIPS: ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT
** Check scholarships at the schools you plan on applying to **
SCHOLARSHIPS: SPECIFIC INTERESTS, CAREERS, AND CIRCUMSTANCES
Immigrant students (or 2 immigrant parents)/Undocumented OK: Ascend Education Fund Scholarship (Application available December of every year)
NY STEM scholarships, visit hesc.ny.gov
INFORMATION: PAYING FOR COLLEGE AND FINANCIAL AID
Watch a short overview about paying for college on Youtube
The office of Post Secondary Readiness: Scholarship and Financial Aid information Here is the Video
LendEDU The parent Guide to Paying for College
LendEDU Financial Aid Hotline: Text-in your questions about Financial Aid, scholarships, and loans to (302)278-4037. Check out the website for more information!
Financial Aid, Scholarships, and Student Loans Online Course
For NY State Financial Aid, Scholarship, Grant Information visit HESC.ny.gov
More Information and Scholarship search Fastweb.com and Goodcall.com
INFORMATION: COLLEGE APPLICATION TIPS AND WEBSITES
Apply to CUNY (city public colleges) at CUNY.edu
Apply to SUNY (state public colleges and universities) at SUNY.edu
Over 600 private schools use the Common Application. These schools use the Common App and how to create an account.
If a school does not use CUNY, SUNY, or CommonApp then you have to apply directly to that institution.
Don't forget to send your SAT scores from College Board, and your transcript from any College Now courses.
Application Fee Waivers are available if you qualify !
Accepted to a school and ready to enroll? Use this great tool
Always stay in touch with the college counselor throughout the process.
View the College Application Guide created by the Fair Opportunity Project Download it