Each high school in district 155 is home to its own College and Career Center, a unique resource designed to help students prepare for life after high school. There students can begin applying to college, scope out internship or scholarship opportunities, discuss the many options that exist in the workforce, and much more.
“Even in the early stages if you just want to do exploration that’s what you can do here. You don’t have to know right off the bat and you don’t have to go somewhere right off the bat. Everything that you need can be found in this location,” said Samantha Allen, the College and Career Center supervisor at Crystal Lake Central High School.
Allen offers her knowledge of college and career opportunities to students of all grade levels. She encourages students to start the process early and advises them to use Naviance, a career readiness program, to help narrow their interests. Even those students who are unsure about their path after high school can stop by the library at Central to meet with Ms. Allen and start the search process.
“We’re still learning a lot, but we’re excited to learn, so even if it’s something that we’re not sure about, we’ll find someone that can help with information, we’ll find a resource,” said Allen.
“I had no idea coming in freshman year what I wanted to do,” said Jess Anichini, a senior at Crystal Lake Central who plans to attend McHenry County College next year before transferring to a four-year university to study business.
“Know that [Ms. Allen’s] door is always open,” said Anichini.
Jakhari Anderson, a senior at Crystal Lake Central, also took advantage of the College and Career Center. He credits Ms. Allen with helping him realize his interest in teaching. In addition to studying education, Anderson will also run track and field at the University of Dubuque after graduation.
“She asked me what I like to do and I told her I like helping children out, so I decided to become a teacher,” said Anderson.
At Crystal Lake South High School, Karen Audette supervises the College and Career Center. She helps students with everything from taking the SAT and ACT, to building an outstanding resume.
“I love to have students in here. I would love to have a full room all day long. Our district is unique in having these spaces available and we’re able to enhance what the counselors are doing,” said Audette.
In addition to meeting with the College and Career Center advisors, students can speak with representatives from four and two year universities, trade and technical schools, recruiters from the Armed Forces, and community members over the course of the school year.
“The name is College and Career Center, so a lot of people obviously may dismiss it and think it’s something for upperclassmen, but that’s not true at all. I view it more as a place to help you be successful in high school and beyond,” said Armin Daneshbodi, a senior at Crystal Lake South who has utilized the College and Career Center throughout the process of applying for scholarships. Daneshbodi will attend Yale University in the fall.
“It never hurts to come in and ask because [Mrs. Audette] is very knowledgeable and she’s eager to help,” said Daneshbodi.
For the rest of our conversation with Karen Audette on how to use your College & Career Center, listen to D155’s Workforce Wednesday podcast here.
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