College & Career Planning

The Guidance Department encourages students to seek opportunities for academic success, get involved in clubs/activities, explore post-secondary options, and make positive connections in the community.  Getting started early is the first step in an organized approach to securing opportunities after high school.  The time tables below provide suggestions for sequential activities to plan ahead.  Planning for post-secondary opportunities can be a bit overwhelming.  School Counselors are available to assist students and parents with any concerns.

High School Timeline

Grade 9

Grade 10

  • Be on time and be present
  • Complete job shadowing experience 
  • Seek leadership roles in clubs/activities and continue to get involved 
  • Check JT Learn and HAC regularly
  • Continue community service (40 hours needed by graduation)
  • Participate in PSAT testing in Spring
  • Begin to research post-secondary options
  • Attend college fairs

Grade 11

  • Be on time and be present
  • Continue to get involved 
  • Check JT Learn and HAC regularly
  • Continue community service (40 hours needed by graduation)
  • Prep for ACT/SAT
  • Participate in SAT testing in spring
  • Attend college fairs

  • Go on college visits

  • Research scholarship opportunities

  • Refine your list of colleges; decide where you want to apply

Grade 12

  • Be on time and be present
  • Continue to get involved 
  • Check JT Learn and HAC regularly
  • Continue community service (40 hours needed by graduation)
  • Attend college fairs in the fall

  • Retake ACT/SAT

  • Complete college applications

  • Send official transcripts and test scores

  • Submit your FAFSA

  • Apply for scholarships

  • Seek information regarding training and apprenticeships for local trade unions

  • Contact local military reps for information regarding enlisting

  • Go on college visits

  • Keep your grades up.  Colleges review your final transcript!

College/Career/Military Calendar

For all College, Career and Military visits, please make sure to visit the West Calendar and click on the College/Career/Military tab. If you would like more information on college visits please contact: Katie Binns at 815-727-6830 or kbinns@jths.org