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WCSD counselors help Class of 2024 map out plans after high school

WCSD counselors help Class of 2024 map out plans after high school

With the Nov. 1 early application deadline for many colleges approaching, Westerville high school counselors have been hosting workshops, events and individual meetings with students to help the Class of 2024 navigate their next steps after they graduate.

Westerville North High School is holding its annual Warrior on Their Way week-long event starting Monday, where students can meet with college reps, complete their college applications and connect with workforce partners for resume help or mock interviews. The event is an extension of the school’s Workshop Wednesdays, where counselors, college representatives and employers host tables each week through March to connect with students on college and career planning. 

As part of Westerville South High School’s Monday Madness lunch sessions, counselors are providing one-on-one college application help to students.

Westerville Central High School counselors recently hosted a college application workshop to help students start or complete their application process with plans to add another session in coming weeks after so many students requested help.

High school counselors have also planned workshops to help students and families prepare for the new FAFSA — short for Free Application for Federal Student Aid — form, which takes effect for incoming college students for the 2024-25 school year. 

The form typically became available online on Oct. 1. But this year, it won’t be available until a yet-to-be-specified date in December, according to the Federal Student Aid office. That shortens the time that many students will have to complete the form to meet state priority filing deadlines, which begin early in the new year. (Many states distribute aid on a first-come-first-served basis, so filing early increases your odds of receiving aid.)

Each high school has taken similar approaches to helping seniors since September: Lunch sessions for those who need help with college and career planning. Classroom visits to connect with students and share key dates and upcoming events. Counselors shared a presentation with families on the college application process and connected those who had follow up questions. 

Counselors also recently helped coordinate a visit to Otterbein University for 46 seniors as part of the university’s Connections program, where prospective students can learn more about the university’s offerings, connect with staff and college students and explore the campus. 

High school seniors can also navigate their post-high school plans with SchooLinks, a college and career planning platform the district introduced last year. The tool helps students explore careers, search colleges, request teacher recommendations, complete college applications and more. 

  • Westerville Central High School
  • Westerville City Schools
  • Westerville North High School
  • Westerville South High School

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