Holyoke High School College Counseling

About HHS College Counseling

The Holyoke High School College Counseling program aims to provide all students, grades 9-12, with the information, skills and resources they need to pursue a postsecondary education. To accomplish this mission, school counselors meet with students in groups and individually to provide college counseling. In addition, stand-alone workshops are offered to all students and caregivers to educate families about the different aspects of post secondary planning. The college counseling team is led by a College and Career Counselor and is supported by the school counseling department.

 

College Info & College Counseling Appointments

Students and families can make an appointment with Ms. Rigali, College & Career Counselor, here

Visit (and subscribe to) Ms. Rigali’s Youtube Channel for tutorials and videos about college!

Read the College Counseling Newsletter for the latest updates on upcoming events and action steps students should take.

Upcoming Events

  • Save the Date: FAFSA Help Night
Families will be able to meet with staff (likely a virtual event) one-on-one or in small groups to actually work on completing a FAFSA.
October 28th, 6:30-8:30pm (you will attend about 1 hour to work on your FAFSA). Details and sign-ups will be sent out soon.
November 18th-19th: Massachusetts College Application Celebration (MCAC)
  • Many colleges will zoom-in for interviews with our 12th grade students. They will often offer on-the-spot acceptances and merit scholarships. Stay tuned for a list of participating colleges and interview sign-up sheet!

Ongoing: Upward Bound is accepting applications from students in all grades.

  • To learn more about Upward Bound, click here. To complete the online application, click here.
College Rep Visit Calendar (links & calendar are below)
  • Students in grades 11-12 are able to attend College Rep Visits.
  • Students should sign-up for visits by filling out this form (fill out separate form for each college please)
  • Students should report to the media room for all virtual visits
  • Students should report to the media room or cafeteria for in-person visits (location will be announced over the loudspeaker the morning of the visit. Check-in in the school counseling office if you are unsure of location)
College Rep Visit Calendar – https://bit.ly/3B7UG3t

College & Career Planning Activities Year by Year

Learn about careers and colleges in Freshman Seminar

Use Career Cruising to explore careers and majors

Visit with college reps at HHS

Consider signing up for Upward Bound or Gear Up

Consider applying for the Early College program at HHS

Use Career Cruising to explore careers and majors

Take the PSAT (may not be offered in 20-21 due to COVID)

Use Khan Academy to practice for the SAT

Visit with college reps at HHS

Continue to explore colleges and careers through your academy, the work-based learning program, college websites, and by attending workshops offered at HHS

Consider applying for the Westfield Promise Program at HHS

Consider applying to a Dual Enrollment program through HCC, STCC, or UMASS

Attend group sessions with school counselors to learn about college (counselors come into classes)

Talk individually with counselors about postsecondary plans

Meet with the work-based learning staff to set-up internships or to obtain work

Take the PSAT in fall (may not be offered in 20-21 due to COVID)

Use Khan Academy to study for the SAT

Take the SAT or ACT in the spring

Visit with college reps at HHS and visit colleges

Make a college list and share with the college counseling department

Research colleges using search tools and websites

Attend workshops offered by HHS

Ask teachers to write letters of recommendation

Summer: write a college essay

Summer: start college applications

Refine your college list and share with college counseling department

Visit with college reps at HHS and visit colleges

Take the SAT/ACT in the fall

Ask teachers to write letters of recommendation

Apply to college

Apply for financial aid

Apply for scholarships-HHS posts many

Take any required placement tests (community college)

Work with the work-based learning staff for post-secondary job placement

Contacts

College & Career Counselors

Anna Rigali, HHS North

arigali@hps.holyoke.ma.us

Elizabeth Lenart, HHS Dean

North Campus Counseling

School Counseling Department

Dean Campus Counseling

Teresa Beaulieu, HHS Dean School Counselor

College Access Programs

Gear Up

Greenfield Community College Upward Bound

(formerly listed as Northfield Mt. Hermon Upward Bound)

Yahima Perez

Work-Based Learning Program

Antonio Quinones: aqalbino@hps.holyoke.ma.us 

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