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Reaching for a Brighter Future: Overcoming Obstacles to Higher Education


Are you struggling with the next steps to make your post-secondary plan a reality?  Do you need help with college applications?  Are you unsure how to register for community college?  Do you need help figuring out how to pay for college?  The PH Counseling Center is here to help!

Many students identify obstacles that they feel could prevent them from seeking higher education (trade school, apprenticeships, community college, four-year university).  Many of those obstacles have solutions for those interested in furthering their education.  Hear from our own Shannon Patterson, PH School Counselor, about the obstacles she has overcome to make her dreams a reality:

“I was a first generation college student before that label existed. Neither of my parents graduated from high school, both of them earning a GED well into their 20’s. I somehow knew that I did not want to face the same struggles that they had and believed that further education was the key. I began by attending community college for two years. I then transferred to 4 year university to complete my courses and earn my Bachelor’s Degree in English and Secondary Teaching. As of December 2016, I completed my masters in School Counseling, and I couldn’t be happier with my decisions.”   – Shannon Patterson, PH School Counselor

Check out the various activities planned for Career and College Application Week, November 13 – November 17, 2017

 Financial Aid Workshop for Students/Parents

Do you have questions about how to pay for college?  Reduce your stress about taming the tuition monster by joining us for a financial aid event geared toward any PH student considering higher education. This event will focus on higher education financial aid options. It will also help to sort out the purposes and deadlines of all the various documents adding to the anxiety and frustration that many students and parents experience. Hosted by Shannon Edwards and Mila Spaulding.

Event Date:  Tuesday, November 14th

Event Time:  6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Location:  Patrick Henry High School (Health Classroom 1) ___________________________________________________________________

Lunch Info Sheets/Career Path Info for Classrooms

During all four lunches throughout the week, table top displays will be placed in the cafeteria, detailing the different pathways of our staff/faculty.  Informational sheets for each faculty member will also be available outside of each classroom.  Check out your favorite teacher’s career path and ask questions about how they got there!

Senior College Application Workshops

The Counseling Center will provide after-school workshops to assist any seniors in completing their college applications Monday, November 13 to Thursday, November 17 in the library from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM.  Students are encouraged to bring any questions regarding college applications, ordering transcripts through Parchment, completing the Common Application, or any other piece of the application process with which they need assistance.  All seniors are welcome.  For students who need transportation, the College Application Workshop will be extended to 6 PM on Monday, November 13 so that students can utilize the Activities Bus or stay after for the Volleyball Game.


Reynolds/Community College Information Session

A representative from Reynolds Community College will be visiting campus during the week of November 13 to host an informational Q & A session with any senior who has indicated interest in a 2-year college after graduation.  Those seniors will receive a special pass inviting them to attend the information session.  If you are unsure if you indicated 2-year college during your individual senior meeting, please contact your school counselor to receive a pass for this special daytime event.  Tuesday, November 14, time TBD.


Door Decorating Contest

Be on the look-out for teachers decorating their doors to represent the college that they attended for the Career and College Application Week Door Decorating Contest.  The doors will be judged based on 3 criteria: college/career representation, quality of information about the college/career (size, location, programs offered, pictures, pathways, etc.), and creativity.  A grand prize winner will be announced on Friday, November 17.


Career & College Spirit Week

Students are encouraged to wear their favorite college gear or clothing related to their field of interest all week!


Career Exploration

Are you still unsure what career you may want to pursue after high school?  Visit the Patrick Henry Counseling Center to make an appointment with Shannon Edwards, our PH Career Counselor, to explore your options.


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