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Guidance Counselors support students each year in working toward a better understanding of themselves and their futures.  Below are a few helpful links and tools that we use with students in the career and post-secondary planning process.



CAREER EXPLORATION


Massachusetts Career Information System

www.intocarers.org

(occupational and educational information)(to access this site, sign in with your town and zip code)


Naviance - Family Connection

www.connection.naviance.com/ralphcmrs

(See Naviance page on our website for more details)


Occupational Outlook Handbook

http://www.bls.gov/home.htm

(U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics)



COLLEGE PLANNING & “THE SEARCH”


College Board

www.collegeboard.org

(testing, college planning & search, applying, financial aid)


College Data

www.collegedata.com

(making your college match, prepare & apply, financing your college education)


The Princeton Review

http://www.princetonreview.com/home.asp

(explore schools & careers, test prep, scholarships & aid)


Thompson Peterson’s

http://www.petersons.com/ugchannel/default.asp

(college search, test prep, admissions essay help, financial aid)


Hobsons College View

www.collegeview.com

(career, college, and financial solutions)


Massachusetts Board of Higher Education

http://www.mass.edu/student/home.asp?id=7

(locate any Massachusetts College or University)


Mass Mentor

http://www.massmentor.org

(internet connection to the colleges and Universities in Massachusetts)


National Center for Educational Statistics

http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/cool

(find information about more than 4,000 colleges free!)



VIRTUAL COLLEGE TOURS AND GUIDES


Campus Tours

http://www.campustours.com

(take virtual tours of hundreds of colleges and universities)



COMMUNITY COLLEGES IN MASSACHUSETTS


Greenfield Community College

http://www.gcc.mass.edu/academics/degree_list.html


Mount Wachusett Community College

http://www.mwcc.mass.edu/programs/default.html


Holyoke Community College

http://www.hcc.edu/programs/ProgramChartforDegreesandCertificates.htm#Certificates


Springfield Technical Community College

www.stcc.edu


Massachusetts Bay Community College

http://www.massbay.edu/index.cfm?fuseaction=Page.viewPage&pageID=133



COLLEGE ADMISSIONS & THE APPLICATION PROCESS


College Admissions Night - Annual Spring Presentation

Link Coming Soon: College Admissions Night 2016

Power Point Presentation


Common Application

http://www.commonapp.org

(the Common App. is the recommended form of 255 colleges and universities for admission)


COLLEGE FINANCIAL AID


FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

http://www.fafsa.ed.gov

(U.S. Department of Education free application for for federal student aid)


FinAid

http://www.finaid.org/

(the smart student guide to financial aid)


CSS/Financial Aid Profile

http://profileonline.collegeboard.com/index.jsp

(financial aid application service of the College Board)


College Goal Sunday

www.collegegoalsundayusa.org

(volunteer-driven effort in Massachusetts to provide FREE assistance to students and families seeking to complete a FAFSA.

Next Stop College

http://applyforms.collegeboard.com/adms/tools/calculator_tool.htm

(compare your financial aid awards/packages)


COLLEGE ADMISSIONS TESTING


ACT

http://www.act.org

(a college entrance exam. It assesses high school students’ general educational development & their ability to complete college-level work)


SAT

http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/sat/about.html

(reasoning test is a measure of the critical thinking skills needed for academic success in college)


TOEFL

http://www.toefl.org

(for international students)


Khan Academy

https://www.khanacademy.org

(free online test prep)



COLLEGE ATHLETES


NCAA Clearinghouse

http://www.ncaaclearinghouse.net

Student athletes should visit the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse WEBSITE or call them at 1 (800) 638-3731.