The Washington High School Guidance Department provides services related to grading, testing, graduation requirements, and post-secondary planning. Please feel free to contact our office between 7:30am and 3:30pm.
The Washington High School Guidance Office is dedicated to servicing the academic, career, social and developmental needs of our students throughout their high school experience. Our program involves assisting each student to reach his or her fullest potential, through challenging and appropriate course work, strong school community bonds, and experiences that will enhance personal growth on all levels. It is our goal to lead students to appropriate careers according to their skills sets and interests. We strive to attend to the specific needs of our students to investigate post-secondary opportunities, ways to move into productive roles in the workforce, and to explore the opportunities to advance their knowledge, creativity, and talents.These goals are supported by various programs and curriculum throughout the student’s career, along with the individualized approach and the one to one attention provided for deciphering ones future.
Services that are available through the guidance office are as follows:
Financial Aid informational sessions are held at least once a year, and the links below will assist you in navigating that process. We interface with post-secondary representatives routinely and encourage our population to engage with them. This includes the military, technical and career school, as well as colleges and universities recruiters.
Students are given the opportunity to experience pre-testing for the ACT and SAT through the PLAN (grade 10) and PSAT (grade 11). By reviewing the results with our students along with interest inventories that connect to Career Cluster, linked to the Federal Government’s Occupation Outlook Handbook and the Department of Labor and Industry, students receive insight into careers that best suit them. They are also able to compare themselves to students nationally, who have taken the same exams. The ASVAB test is administered to senior students. This battery of tests includes the Holland’s Interest Inventory, which assist students in clarifying their career pathways.
The U.S. Department of Education's office of Federal Student Aid has released FAFSA4caster, a new Web tool designed to assist high school juniors and their families plan for education beyond high school. Students can receive an estimated Expected Family Contribution. Visit www.FederalStudentAid.ed.gov. The links for FAFSA4caster are located in the lower right corner of the home page.
Our objectives also involve providing resources for families related to mental and emotional health concerns, and drug and alcohol, and economic related problems. We are an integral part of the Student Assistance Team, which through referral, is designed to assist students in removing barriers from learning. Students referred to the SAP team are offered interventions and assistance in “getting back on track”. We are able to connect students and their families to supports and interventions the will ultimately improve conditions for learning and growing. We serve as the liaison between the school, outside agencies, and community resources; working together to support the mental and emotional well-being of all our students. Of course, we are always available to assist students whenever needed for such concerns.
Grief Support Group for Students
Filling Injured Souls with Hope (FISH) in partnership with Highmark's "The Caring Place" reaches out to children and their families who may be grieving the death of a significant person in their lives. FISH volunteers are professionally organized and are overseen by licensed clinicians. Their next program will begin in October 2011. If you would like more information about this program or know someone who may benefit from it please contact your Guidance Counselor.
Information regarding the utilization of the G. I. Bill for dependents still in high school is available by contacting www.pde.state.pa.us. Students who are the dependents of individuals killed in active duty or those veterans who are totally disabled because of active duty injuries are entitled to benefits for educational purposes. Contact Al Burlikowski (412) 565.5364.
Cash incentive rewards for all sophomores, juniors, and seniors through the Challenge Program. Click here for details.
The Navy ROTC is offering $180,000 in scholarships that can be used at over 150 different colleges and universities throughout the nation. Several are local. Applicant requirements include ranking in the top 10% of your class OR SAT scores of 530 on Critical Reading, 520 Math or ACT scores of 21 Math/Critical Reading. For more information and an application, visit: https://www.nrotc.navy.mil/.
The United States Military Academy, Department of the Army is inviting interested students to investigate opportunities available to them through West Point. Visit http://admission.westpoint.edu for a closer look at the academy. For rising HS seniors, there is a week long summer camp opportunity, Summer Leaders Seminar. The local Filed Force Leader for our region is BG(Ret) Hank Sembower who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org orBG (Ret) Bill Colvin at email@example.com. Junior: now is the time to investigate this educational/career option.
Students who are interested in applying to any Military Academy, are advised to visit the academy Web site and follow directions as specified by the academy. The opportunites afforded cadets and midshipmen by the academies are tremendous and invaluable. Attention to the timelines are essential for successful consideration. Students who are interested should begin the process during their junior year. Consult the Web sites for information: Naval Academy www.usna.edu; Military Academy (West Point) www.usma.edu; Air Force Academy www.usafa.af.mil; and Merchant Marine Academy www.usmma.edu
The American Legion has posted a publication that features specific benefits for children of veterans entitled "Need a Lift?" at www.needalift.org. Look here for other scholarship opportunities as well as information about the college search. The American Legion web site has a variety of support resources for students who are planning to continue their education.
Assisting younger students in developing study skills and social/relationship skills are key goals for success now and later. By utilizing our connections to various colleges, corporations, employers and community agencies and events, students are offered a wide variety of opportunities for experiencing career related and developmental challenges. For example: The Westinghouse Science Honors Institute, the Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week and the California University Outdoor Odyssey just to name a few. Students are also provided opportunities to explore vocational/technical options that often result in certifications through the Western Area Career and Technology Center. The Career Planning course in which each 9th grade student is enroll, uses the Keys2Work program linking academic courses to skills and knowledge needed in various occupations.
Wash Arts. Free classes for qualified students. Director: Sandy Umbach 724-222-1475. Wash Arts
Are you an upcoming junior or senior student planning to attend college in the future? Are you looking for something fun to do this summer? Do you wonder what it's like to be a college student? If you answered "yes" to all of these questions Duquesne University may have an opportunity for you! Duquesne University is offering the Summer Institute Program, a one week program, designed to expose high school juniors and seniors toDuquesne University and the world of American higher education. During this one week camp you will stay in a university dormitory, take classes taught by university professors (and receive univeristy credit), participate in college awareness, recreational and spiritual uplifing activities, learn the ins and outs of college life, and meet new and exciting people from all over the world! If you would like more information about this excellent opportunity please see your Guidance Counselor to obtain a request form.
Duquesne University’s School of Leadership and Professional Advancement is offering the following summer 2013 reading skills/speed reading programs: Program for entering 9th-11th graders: Students in these programs make substantial gains in comprehension while doubling reading speed. They also learn the best way to read textbooks, take notes and study for tests. As a result, students complete homework more quickly and easily, get better grades and enjoy reading more. Program for entering 12th graders, college students and adults: This program will transform your reading skills. You will double your reading speed in difficult material and triple your reading speed in easier material, while improving comprehension, concentration and recall. As a result, you’ll save a lot of time and get more out of everything you read. For more information, please see your counselor.
The American Legion is offering several opportunites for students in grades 9 through 12. The Keystone Boys State will be held at Shippensburg University in June. This prestigious event provides males with the opportunity to develop and carry out a democracy based on the constitution in a real life setting. The State Police Youth Week also held in June is open to both male and female students and will take place on the grounds of the Scotland School in Scotland, Pennsylvania. This is a valuable experience for any student interested in law enforcement and corrections. Applications for these enrichment activities are available in the Guidance Office.
Lebanon Valley College is hosting a Health and Biomedical Sciences Summer Camp for high school students in grades 9-11 from June 23-28 2013. The goal is to provide knowledge on human health. Students will sit in on lectures and participate in hands-on laboratory investigations in state-of-the art laboratories. They will be introduced to molecular biology, pharmacology, immunology, biochemistry, and medical ethics. Tuition is $900, but scholarship monies may be available. Students must apply as soon as possible because once they are full, no other applications will be accepted. Visit (http://www.lvc.edu/health-bio-summer-camp) or visit the guidance office for more information.
Ithaca College is offering the Ithaca Writers Institute to high school students. Students will have to learn about poetry, fiction, personal essays, graphic narratives, magazine writing, and editing & publishing. The program takes place from June 30-July 12, 2013 at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. See the guidance office or your English teachers for more information.
Washington & Jefferson College is offering the I Lead Conference for high school juniors. It helps students in the college selection process, as well as collaborative problem solving, goal-setting & action planning, etc. Registration fee is $300, and the deadline is May 15, and the program runs from June 11, 2013 through June 15, 2013. Register online at ILeadToday.org.
The Foundation for Free Enterprise Education is offering their annual summer program in the summer of 2013. Anyone who is interested must be high school student in either 10th or 11th grade, living in Pennsylvania and are interested in the field of business. The program will allow students to create their own virtual companies and to develop a set of business, planning, and presentation skills. They will get a lot of experience and a feel for the business world. Every student will have to pay a $235 registration fee and travel expenses, but all other expenses (meals, room and board, program supplies, etc.) will be paid for by a scholarship. The early application deadline is March 1, 2013, and the final application deadline is April 12, 2013. The weeks for the program will be from July 7-13, July 14-20, July 28-August 3 and August 4-10. It is better to apply early because there are a limited number of people who can attend. Visit www.pfew.org to apply or go to the guidance office for more information.
Center for Talented Youth (CTY) is offering a summer program, Rural Connections, through Johns Hopkins University. To qualify, students must be in 7th, 8th, or 9th grade, live in a rural area, have a family income less than $45,000, and have to take a test through the Johns Hopkins CTY Talent Search. Students who have not previously attended CTY summer programs are preferred. Students who qualify receive a full tuition, room and board to the 3-week program, as well as support before and after the program. To register for the designated test, visit cty.jhu.edu/talent/. Students must also fill out the CTY summer program application, financial aid application, and the Rural Connections application, and have them sent to Kimberly Lohrfink. No online applications. Nov. 27, 2012 is when the application window starts.
Why is Pittsburgh University the place to be this summer? Current high school students, through PITT IT IS, can experience college now! Enroll in summer sessions and gain credits toward an undergraduate degree. No matter what univerisity you are thinking about attending, you can prepare at Pitt. For more information visit, www.summer.pitt.edu or to register please contact Pitt's Accelerated High School Office by phone at 412-624-7428 or 412-624-6789, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration is happening now!
For students who have accepted an offer of admission and defferred college enrollment, a CIEE Gap Year Abroad offers the opportunity to live abroad with a host family, achieve language fluency, and contribute through community service. CIEE offers Gap Year Abroad programs in: Chile, China, Dominican Republic, France, Japan, and Spain. Visit www.ciee.org/hsabroad for more information.
The Carnegie Museum of Art and Natural History will be hosting a variety of summer workshops and intensives for teens. Dates and fees vary by program. Please visit, http://www.carnegiemnh.org/camps/ for more information.
The University of Pittsburgh is offering a summer session for Junior and senior students serious about gaining an edge in the college admissions process. Pitt’s School of Arts and Sciences and College of General Studies are delighted to invite the top students to earn college credits during the summer. Pitt offers flexible 4-week, 6-week, and 12-week schedules, and convenient day and evening courses. For more information please visit their website at www.summer.pitt.edu.
Penn State offers summer camps and year-round programs in sports, arts, sciences, adventure, nature, leadership, or career exploration at nearly all Penn State locations. Students can choose from more than 95 sport camps and dozens of hands-on programs in arts, theatre, science and engineering. For pre-college students, participating in a camp sponsored by the College of Arts and Architecture, College of Communications, or College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, is an opportunity to meet faculty members and experience life at Penn State. For more information visit their website at www.outreach.psu.edu/youth.
The American Legion and the Pennsylvania State Police are sponsoring a six-day boot camp for male and female students ages 15-17. This camp is for students interested in going into law enforcement or a branch of the armed forces. Applicants should be physically fit, in good health and have a good academic record in order to participate. If you are interested please visit www.pa-legion.com or see Miss Westall in the guidance office.
Point Park University is offering a summer program for high school students (all grades), however only the first 12 applicants will be selected to go. It is a Screenwriting Camp that runs from July 8-12 2013, in which you will learn how to write a screenplay. Total fees or commuter are $475, which includes lunch and $825 for residents, which includes 3 meals. Visit the guidance office for more information.
Point Park University is offering a summer program called Camp Hollywood for any students entering grades 10-12, and only the first 12 applicants will be selected. It teaches students how to write, edit, and direct your own short films, as well as that of others. Films may include R-rated material. It runs from July 15-26 2013. The total fees for commuters are $1,100, including lunch, and $1,780 for residents, which includes 3 meals. Visit the guidance office for more information.
Point Park University is offering a summer program for any high school students or recent graduates looking for colleges. Only the first 12 applicants will be selected. It is called the Traditional Animation Workshop, in which students will learn the process and techniques of how to animate characters, just like on TV. It runs from July 22-26 2013. Another animation camp is offered as well, which runs from July 29 to August 2, 2013. Total fees for commuters who are attending one program are $475, including lunch, and $825 for residents, which includes 3 meals. Total fees for commuters who are attending both programs are $925 and $1,625 for residents. Visit the guidance office for more information.
Point Park University is offering a Theater Tech. Workshop for any high school students entering grades 9-12, but only the first 10 applicants will be selected. Students will learn what goes into theater production, such as how to organize wardrobes, tech a dance show, operate the sound board, and more. Total fees are $395. It runs from July 23-25 2013, and July 29-Aug. 3 2013. Visit the guidance office for more information.
Point Park University is offering a Summer Dance Workshop for students ages 10 and older. The first 50 applicants will only be selected. It runs from July 22-Aug. 2 2013. Total fees are $750. Visit the guidance office for more information.
Seniors who are interested in going directly to work may be interested in contacting West Point Products at this time for hiring consideration. Contact Human Relations Specialist, Andrew Draskovic at 1-800-624-6991 x312. Entry level jobs are available. Senior students will be considered.
Save A lot Supermarket in Washington is seeking students who are interested in learning the trade of Meat Cutting. There are many benefits to this trade, but include earning minimum wage while learning. Students who are 18 or soon to be 18 will be considered. For more information, stop into the Guidance Office or call 724-255-1554.
Apprenticeship Programs: For individuals who are at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or GED. www.apprentice.org
Western PA Construction Occupation Laborers Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program is accepting applications for apprenticeship in its Building and Heavy /Highway Program. Visit www.laborpa.org or request information at 1.800.442.8868.
Interested in working for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania? The State Civil Service Commission is please to announce their new PowerPoint presentation, with accompanying audio, describing civil service employment opportunities in a variety of occupational categories and disciplines. Visit www.scsc.state.pa.us and complete the following steps: select the "Job Seekers" tab on the homepage, select "State and Local Government Career Opportunities", choose "Job Opportunities for Graduates", and then select "Secondary School PowerPoint Presentation with Audio".
Attention high school juniors and seniors! Interested in getting a jump start on your college career? California University of Pennsylvania offers the "Early Admit High School" program where you can be admitted as a non-degree student. Requirements are as follows; students must submit a completed application and pay the one time application fee, the applicant must have completed their sophomore year of high school and be enrolled in college preparatory curriculum, an early admission clearance form must be completed with all necessary signatures affixed, the student's official high school transcript must be submitted and reflect a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 for the past two years (for upcoming juniors, ninth- and tenth-grade averages will be used), the applicant must have scored a minimum on the PSAT, SAT or ACT (contact Lifelong Learning for the current requirement), the student must submit a completed early admission clearance form and a transcript for each session that enrollment at California University is desired, at the completion of the student's high school program a second application must be submitted with the final high school transcript.. For more information please visit California University's website, http://www.calu.edu/academics/lifelong-learning/early-admission/index.htm
The Robert E. Cook Honors College at Indiana University of PA is a residential honors program at a mid-sized state university. Each year, IUP accepts 100 highly competitive students into this program. The typical profile of an accepted student includes: rank in top 10% of their class, average GPA of 3.8, average SAT math/critical reading score ranges from 1270-1300 and an average ACT composite of 30. However, they are open to talented students within a much wider range of performance. For more information, visit www.iup.edu/honors.
Thiel College is offering scholarships to any students in marching band, concert band, color guard, and majorettes based on their performance ability. Students will have to audition for the scholarships by April 1, 2013. Visit www.thiel.edu/band for more information. The scholarships are worth up to $1,000 per year, and are renewable if students continues to perform well.
Thiel College is offering the Leadership Award to students with a minimum GPA of 2.5, need financial help, and have completed the FAFSA. The award is up to $2500.
Thiel College is offering need based awards to students who have a minimum GPA of 2.0, demonstrates academic progress, and a complete FAFSA form. The awards are renewable based on this criteria as well. The amount of awards vary depending on individual level of financial need.
Gannon University is offering scholarships entitled Scholars of Excellence in Engineering and Computer Science (SEECS) through the National Science Foundation. These scholarships, which are each worth $8,000 per year on top of other financial aid, are awarded to computer science, environmental engineering, software engineering, biomedical engineering, or information systems majors at Gannon University. Any student who applies to Gannon
West Virginia University's Mining Engineering program offers deparmental scholarships in the range of $2,000 to $3,000 per school year for students who have declared Mining Engineering as their major. Most mining engineering students at WVU complete their degree debt free and are offered jobs with starting salaries ranging from $65,000 to $75,000 a year.
The American Academy of Dramatic Arts is offering scholarships for students who are interested in stage, film, or television. Students must be nominated for these scholarships by their school. Also, the Academy gives the opportunities for the students to study at their very own campuses in either New York or Los Angeles, they offer summer programs for students ages 16 and above, and for students ages 12-16, a 4-week summer program (The Academy’s Conservatory for Young Actors- ACYA) at the Los Angeles campus.
Robert Morris University is offering the B. Kenneth Simon Enterprise Scholarship, which applies to students in the following counties: Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Westmoreland, Washington, Greene, Fayette, and Armstrong. They must also have the following criteria: are in financial need, must be sponsored by a faculty member of your school, has a GPA of 3.0, has at least an 1100 (math and critical reading only), or a 24 on the ACT. This scholarship is worth $24,000.00. Anyone who applies to all of the criteria will have to go to a scholarship orientation session in the spring of 2013. They will also have to do a research paper on a specific topic that can relate to the U.S. Constitution.
The University of Dayton is offering a scholarship opportunity, Servant Leadership Video Contest, this opportunity could lead to a substantial scholarship to the University of Dayton. If you are interested in this scholarship opportunity, create a video that describes what servant leadership means to you, share your video on the University of Dayton's Facebook page, and collect as many votes as possible! The 10 videos with the most votes will be reviewed by a judging panel, three winners will be selected; 1st place will receive $40,000 ($10,000 per year for 4 years), 2nd place will receive $6,000, and 3rd place will receive $4,000. Find the University of Dayton at, www.facebook.com/universityofdayton
The Park Scholars Award is being offered by Ithaca College for high school seniors who are planning to apply there. They must excel in academics, have community service, and want to major in the communication field. This award is renewable for up to three years, covers the full cost of tuition and other expenses, which is about $51, 000.00 per year, and it includes stipends for living expenses, books, and a one-time computer purchase of $2,500.00
Imagine America offers scholarships for students who plan to attend a trade or career school. Students must have a 2.5 or higher GPA, demonstrate financial need and demonstrate voluntary community service during their senior year. Students can apply online at: www.Imagine-America.org (select Scholarships and Award Programs, High School Students and Apply). Local schools that participate include: Kaplan Career Institute, PA Culinary Institute, the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and Triangle Tech
The University of Pittsburgh at Titusville is offering several different scholarships:
1. Presidential Scholarship- Offers fourteen $2,500 scholarships awarded to students based on their academic backgrounds.
2. John Nesbit Rees and Sara Henne Rees Charitable Foundation Scholarship- awards ten $2,000 scholarships to students majoring in science-related fields and humanities.
3. Panizza Family Scholarship- Four $3000 scholarships will be awarded to seniors graduating from Fort Cherry, Monessen, and Washington High School.
4. Ben McEnteer Scholarship Fund for Business Majors- Awards three $1,000 scholarships.
5. John Hugh Erickson II Memorial Scholarship- Awards two $1,000 scholarships to students based on their academic background and financial need.