Guidance: Post-Secondary & Career Planning


Program Head
Deanna Wehrle

Counsellors
Joanne Regan ext. 5638 A - Des
Joe Taranto ext. 5635 Deu - Joh
Mark Cameron ext. 5634 Jok - Mc
Joanne Levato ext. 5636 Mea - Sca
Deanna Wehrle ext. 5639 Sch - Z

WCDSB Collaborative Team Members
Lisa Harlock Attendance Counsellor
Alison Walter Social Worker

Planning for post-secondary begins years before graduation. Use the tools below to help assess your aptitude and skills, research future destinations, apply to post-secondary institutions and investigate financial assistance.

Getting Started

View the Post Secondary Information Presentation and Post Secondary Factsheet

Research & Self-Assessment
"I'm Graduating - Now What?"

Completing High School Credits and Upgrading:

  • St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education:
    • 80 Young Street, Kitchener 519-745-1201 - stlouis.wcdsb.ca
    • day school, night school and self directed courses
    • must be 18 years old.
    • Also available, School to Work Programs in Chef Training, Hairstylist, Computer Training, Personal Support worker and Microsoft Office Specialist.
  • Night School at Cameron Heights High School:
    • call 519-885-0900 for information and to register
    • information is also available in Guidance
  • Conestoga College Academic Upgrading:
    • www.conestogac.on.ca/caa/upgrading/ or 519-885-0300 ext 229
    • provides opportunities to update and improve your skills, prepare for college, apprenticeship or workplace, prepare for GED (High School Equivalence Certificate) or earn ACE (Academic and Career Entrance) Certificate

Employment:

Apprenticeship Programs:

Private Career Colleges:

Private colleges provide an alternative to apprenticeship and community colleges. They offer full and part time programs. Check yellow pages in phone book under schools.

Conestoga College Certificate Programs for Workplace Students:

  • Apply through Conestoga College: 519-748-5220- ext 3656 or www.conestogac.on.ca
    (not the Ontario Colleges Application Centre). Requires a diploma or for student to be 19 years of age.
Applying to an Ontario College
  • View the powerpoint that was shown at the Apply to College presentation
  • Refer to the Ontario Colleges Applicant Checklist
  • Register online at www.ontariocolleges.ca. The online application for programs beginning in September 2012 will be available to applicants on October 31
  • You will be assigned an application number. Please keep in a safe place. You will create your own login/pin number. If you require your OEN number you will find it on your St. Mary's timetable or ask guidance secretary
  • Submit payment of $95 for five choices:
    • List program selections in order of preference
    • You can select five choices but no more than 3 at one college
    • Print a copy for your records
    • Once you have applied online you can still go back to change your choices
  • A transcript of all your marks will be sent to the colleges by the high school
  • Once you apply you will receive a confirmation letter from the colleges. Make sure you attend any info sessions or portfolio interviews and complete all questionnaires when applicable.
  • Research OSAP and complete application on line after receiving and confirming acceptance of
    offer of admission
Applying to an Ontario University
  • View the powerpoint that was shown at the Apply to University presentation
  • To apply to university you need six grade 12 U or M credits including the prerequisites for your chosen university program. Open courses and co-op do not count as university prerequisites.
  • Be sure your Guidance counsellor knows about any on-line, correspondance or night school courses you are taking
  • Visit www.electronicinfo.ca to research programs and admission requirements
  • Research costs (tuition, residence, books, etc...) and begin applying for scholarships and bursaries (see below)
  • Check EagleVision, this website, the SMHS.Guidance Facebook page or @SMHS_Guidance on Twitter for arrival of Ontario Universities' Application Centre PINS - pick up in Guidance
  • Apply on-line through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website:
    • submit payment of $125 for three choices - additional choices are $42 each. All fees are non-refundable
    • complete and return Additional Information Form (AIF)
    • be sure to keep a copy of your access codes (OUAC Reference Number and PIN)
    • ESL students should check to see if they must write the TOEFL or other entrance exam
  • Research OSAP and complete application on-line after receiving and confirming acceptance of Offer of Admission
  • Submit forms for residence

Out of Province:

  • applications are made directly to each University
  • fees, due dates and requirements will vary with each University
  • must write SAT exams for application to American Universities - registration packages are available in Guidance
  • ESL students should check to see if they must write the TOEFL or other entrance exam
Scholarships, Awards, Bursaries and Loans

Current Scholarship Opportunities!

Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SMHS.Guidance and
Follow SMHS_Guidance on Twitter
to receive instant updates
on available scholarships and bursaries

Scholarships are based on such criteria as: academic achievement, community service, athletic, musical, artistic and other achievements, and they do not need to be paid back.

Awards are based on the criteria stated, and they do not need to be paid back.

Bursaries and Grants are based on financial need, and they do not need to be paid back.

Government Loans (OSAP) are based on financial need, and need to be paid back after education is completed.

Expect... to win some money through scholarships, awards or bursaries

Select... the relevant ones to apply for. You MUST apply! Be discerning.

Respect... the rules and application deadlines

Receive... gratefully!

Where to begin?

  • O.S.A.P. (government grants and loans)osap.gov.on.ca You can go online to get an estimate of how much you qualify for, but you can’t apply until after you’ve confirmed your acceptance to post secondary.
  • Aiming for the Top Scholarship – apply through O.S.A.P.

 

 

 

 

 

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