Career Center

Last Updated:12/10/2014

Wecome to the Kodiak Career Center website. My name is Katie Smithson, and I am the Career Center Coordinator/Career Counselor. My contact information is listed below; if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me. I look forward to working with you.

Katie Smithson, Career Center Coordinator
(509)548-5277 Ext. 2409
(509)548-7458 Fax
KSmithson@cascadesd.org

 






Up Next for the Career Center ...                                    

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WSU Campus Visit

 

Wed. January 7, 2015

All Day Event

Pullman Campus

Seniors only. Must be passing all of their classes. Sign up in the Career Center.

FAFSA Night

Sun. January 11, 2015
 

 

 
5 - 8pm


 

CHS Commons/Library 

We'll be assisting parents/seniors to submit their FAFSA applications online.

One Stop Shop Scholarship Night 

Wed. January 14, 2015 

 

6 - 8pm 

CHS Commons 

Seniors and parents network with our local scholarship committee's and pick up applications.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


New Resources to Utilize

1. The AC Online website will provide you with this year's most affordable online colleges and quality programs in the United States. If you're an individual who is wanting to work full time while earning a college degree, then an online program might be a good option for you. For more information, check out the link: http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/cheap-online-colleges/

2. Washington State College Specific Information: This document is a tool to help keep you organized. It will provide you with helpful information for all of the two and four year colleges in Washington State. Information includes, but is not limited to: location of colleges, application deadlines, financial aid deadlines, application fee cost's, and annual costs per year, etc. For more information, click the link below:

2014-15_WA_COLLEGES_INFO.pdf

3. Often times, a 4-year university degree may not be the right choice for you. Watch the fascinating video below to learn more about the direction our society is turning towards.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EDx2IFIb9k 


College Entry Testing Websites

SAT Dates & Registration: www.collegeboard.org

ACT Dates & Registration: www.ACT.org


 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) -- Opens January 1, 2015!

 www.FAFSA.ed.gov


 Check out the SCHOLARSHIP BOOK below!

Scholarship_Book_2014-2015.pdf


Local Community-Based Scholarships:

Last year, our amazing small-town community awarded the Class of 2014 with approximately $44,000 in student aid. We will host the annual "One-Stop-Shop Scholarship Night" in January 2015. This is when our local scholarship committee's and our seniors/parents will gather together to learn about the various scholarships, meet and greet the committee's and pick up applications. Our local scholarship applications will open in January and they are due at various times from January to June. I will post more information as the time comes closer. THANK YOU TO OUR AMAZING COMMUNITY FOR YOUR CONTINUOUS SUPPORT IN OUR SCHOOL!


Senior Packet's Available Here: This packet will assist seniors with their post-secondary planning. Whether it be continuing education at a university, community or technical level or pursuing military options. This packet will give you helpful instruction to application processes, personal statement essay's, financial aid guidelines, and scholarship information.

Senior_Packet_2014-15.docx


Online Scholarship Resources (Search Engines):

http://www.thewashboard.org — Free, web-based, nonprofit scholarship clearinghouse for Washington students seeking college scholarships.
http://www.access.wa.gov — Washington State government services.
http://www.collegeanswer.com — Explores study options and explains loan and scholarship options, evaluating award letters, and different ways of applying.
http://www.college-scholarships.com — Free online scholarship searches; college admissions and financial aid office email addresses and toll free numbers, links to college web sites and online applications (by state).
http://www.fastweb.com — Lets you search for scholarships based on a student's profile, one of the best known scholarship search engines.
http://www.finaid.org — An introduction to college funding. Information on scholarships, plus tips on filling out forms.
http://www.iefa.org — An Internet resource for financial aid information for international students wishing to study in a foreign country. A comprehensive list of grants, scholarships, loan programs, and other information is provided to assist students wishing to study abroad.
http://www.scholarships.com — Search for scholarships by creating a personal profile that will meet your needs.
http://www.scholarship-page.com — Search engine for scholarships by major field of study, country, fellowships, and more.


Career Cruising

Looking for a plan after high school? Whether that means researching careers, continuing your education, building a resume, or finding a scholarship -- Career Cruising is an awesome resource for you. It also includes personal assessments to help you find careers that could be suited for you and your many talents and strengths. There is also a new Method Test Prep to help you study for your upcoming SAT/ACT's! Click on the link below to begin making a plan after your high school career. If you need access to your login information, please see Ms.Smithson.

Check out this link to access your login page to Career Cruising: www.careercruising.com

Check out this link to find out more details about what Career Cruising is: What_Is_Career_Cruising.pdf 


Job Corps: What is it?

Job Corps is a free education and training program that helps young people learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job. For eligible young people at least 16 years of age that qualify as low income, Job Corps provides the all-around skills needed to succeed in a career and in life. Check out the link below for more information!

 http://www.jobcorps.gov/home.aspx


 

Congratulations to the Class of 2014 - In all, your class accumulated a record breaking 1.5 million dollars in scholarships! I'm so proud of your hard work and dedication.


College Bound $41,240
Military $782,000
Regional, State, National Awards $141,670
Univeristy $493,864
Local Awards $43,550
TOTAL

$1,502,324