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Grade 12

NEACAC College Fair at MWCC – Every fall seniors have the opportunity to attend a large college fair at Mount Wachusett Community College, sponsored by the New England Association for College Admission Counseling (NEACAC) and speak to hundreds of admission representatives from colleges and universities across the United States.  Seniors are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to make connections with these admission representatives and obtain detailed information from school of their interest.

Financial Aid Night – During the fall of each school year, a representative from the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA) is invited to address seniors regarding the topic of financial aid.  During this presentation, students and parents/guardians learn about the different types of financial aid, how colleges and universities determine financial aid, and are introduced to important financial aid forms such as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the College Scholarship Service (CSS) Financial Aid Profile.

College Admissions Workshop – Each fall the 12th grade guidance counselor hosts an in depth workshop for all seniors to review the nuts and bolts of senior year.  During this time, students learn what their responsibilities are as seniors are in regards to the Student Services department, and review important gradation requirements such as the 35 hour school to work requirements, the 35 hour credit requirement for seniors, our policies on transcript request forms, sending SAT scores, letters of recommendation, and more.  Seniors are encouraged to pay very lose attention to this information, stay on top of deadlines, and keep in close communication with their Guidance Counselor in regards to their post-secondary goals.

College Representative Visits – Throughout the school year, admission representatives from 4-year, 2-year, public and private colleges and universities, come to Mahar to meet with seniors.  Students have the opportunity to sign up in advance to meet with these representatives and obtain detailed information about college and university programming, campus life, and admissions procedures.

ASVAB – In November of each year, juniors and seniors can register to take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) at Mahar.  The ASVAB is used as a preliminary enlistment exam for the United States armed forces and may students also choose to take the ASVAB for its built-in career interest inventory.

Scholarship Workshop – The senior Guidance Counselor, each winter, hosts a scholarship workshop for all seniors covering the highlights of local scholarships.  This workshop informs students of the many scholarships available to them, teachers them how to apply, and describes the different requirements and qualifications for submission.  Each winter, a series of local scholarship booklets are released to students.  Please check the scholarship page on our website periodically for these updates.

College Support Services Field Trip – During the spring of each year, students on educational plans are invited to attend a field trip to Mount Wachusett Community College to learn about the support services that they have to offer.  MWCC representatives teach students about transition planning, admission processes, financial aid, and more.  This trip is also uniquely informative in that students are transported to MWCC via public transit and experience first-hand a transportation option to a local community college.

GCC/MWCC Decision Day – Several of our students each year submit applications to Mount Wachusett Community College and/or Greenfield Community College.  Decision day for these two colleges is a time for students to meet with admission representatives from these two campuses and make a final decision, often times on the spot, on their attendance.

Individual Student Meetings – 11th and 12th grade is a time for students to start thinking seriously about their post-secondary plans and decisions.  Guidance Counselors recognize this important time in students’ lives and make a point to meet individually with all students, reviewing their goals for the future and helping them to make informed decisions about current and post-secondary opportunities.  In addition to these meetings, students in 11th and 12th grade are strongly encouraged to make regular appointments with their Guidance Counselors and keep ongoing conversations about their plans.