Holyoke High School College Counseling

Contacts

 

College & Career Counselors

Anna Rigali, HHS North
arigali@hps.holyoke.ma.us

Bob Bardwell, HHS Dean
rbardwell@hps.holyoke.ma.us
Carmen Zayas, HHS Opportunity Academy
czayas@hps.holyoke.ma.us

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

Jules Gillis
jgillis@hps.holyoke.ma.us

College & Career Planning Activities Year by Year

Learn about careers and colleges in Freshman Seminar

Use Xello 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 Xello to explore careers and majors

Take the PSAT

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

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

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 Rep Visits from September to November:

See what colleges are visiting HHS!

October 2022

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  • Simmons University [In-person Visit]
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  • Saint Anselm College [In-person Visit]
  • Framingham State University [In-person Visit]
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  • Providence College [In-person Visit]
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  • Springfield Technical Community College [In-person Visit]
  • Fitchburg State University [In-person Visit]
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  • University of Massachusetts-Boston [In-person Visit]
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  • Salem State University [In-person Visit]
  • Smith College [In-person Visit]
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  • Western New England University [In-person Visit]
  • University of Maine at Farmington [In-person Visit]
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  • Keene State College [In-person Visit]
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  • University of Southern Maine [In-person Visit]
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  • Bay Path University [In-person Visit]
  • American International College [In-person Visit]
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  • Worcester State University [In-person Visit]
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  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences [In-person Visit]
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  • Merrimack College [In-person Visit]
  • Amherst College [In-person Visit]
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  • Mitchell College [In-person Visit]
  • Mount Holyoke College [In-person Visit]
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  • Merrimack College [Virtual Visit]
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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.