College and Career Readiness Hub
Graduation is just the beginning of a student’s education. The jobs of the future require further learning after high school and Wayne-Westland Community Schools want students to be prepared for the pathway they choose. That's why we intentionally focus beyond graduation. It is never too early to begin thinking about post-high school education — even in elementary school.
Applying to College
When applying to college, we want you to have all the tools you need. Here you will find information about taking the SAT and ACT assessments and how to apply for Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Your high school counselor can also assist with information on how to apply to college. In addition, the counselors can give you information about colleges, let you know when colleges will be visiting your school, help you plan college visits, and provide you with information about scholarships and other types of financial aid.
SAT and ACT Information
The SAT and ACT are college admission exams used around the world as a measure of College Readiness. Some colleges have become test-optional, and you will need to check the admissions requirements webpage of each college or university that you are interested in to determine their admission requirements.
The SAT and ACT are offered several times a year. At least half of all students take the SAT and/or ACT twice—in the spring of their junior year and in the fall of their senior year, to try to improve their score.
Fee waivers are available to students that demonstrate financial need (free and reduced lunch) for both tests. Visit your counseling office for testing schedules, test centers and fee waivers.
Khan Academy - Free personalized SAT practice tests
CollegeBoard.org - Official SAT practice exam and test prep booklet
Visit the links below for information on student and family visits to colleges and universities. Many schools take students on-campus visits throughout the year, and college representatives visit schools to talk with students. Students can also take a virtual tour of their dream school or other schools they are interested in by checking their websites. Or, make your plans today - see which school fits your child best!
Learn how financial aid works and use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form to apply for financial aid for college or graduate school.
Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) : https://micollegeaccess.org/
Michigan College Access Network aims to help students in Michigan access and attain college certificates and degrees — the foundation for success in a knowledge-based economy — so they can achieve a lifetime of their own goals, both economically and intellectually.
The following links will take you to alphabetical lists of Michigan colleges and universities along with their specific resources for Admissions, Financial Aid & Scholarships, Academic Programs & Campus information as well as Contact information.
If a student wants to go to college and is willing to work at it, they can find the money to pay for it!
EMU Education First Opportunity Scholarship
Deadline to Apply: February 15, 2022
FREE TUITION FOR ELIGIBLE WAYNE-WESTLAND STUDENTS!
Through the Education First Opportunity Scholarship, eligible first-year students have the opportunity to attend Eastern tuition free! If you are Pell Grant eligible and have at least a 3.0 GPA, the EFOS will cover your full tuition.
To qualify for the Education First Opportunity Scholarship (EFOS), there are two criteria that must be met:
• High School GPA of 3.0 or Higher
• Qualify for a Federal Pell Grant (Qualify for the Pell Grant by filing the FAFSA)
Lawrence Technological University: Blue Devil Wayne-Westland Scholars Program
The Blue Devil Wayne-Westland Scholars program will provide scholarships to 50 Wayne-Westland students from the district’s two high schools, John Glenn High School and Wayne Memorial High School, as well as our William D. Ford Career-Technical Center. Each scholarship is worth $80,000.
For more information, please contact Lisa R. Kujawa, Vice President for Enrollment Management at Lawrence Technological University
1-248-204-2403 - direct line
Career Awareness, Exploration, and Preparation
High school work-based learning opportunities can provide the type of on-the-job experience students need to grow their knowledge and skills, as well as help them make informed decisions about their post-secondary education and career pathway. By participating in these programs, students build a sense of occupational identity and discover their passions and motivations.
Beable World of Work : https://beable.com/
(Grades 2 - 5) Accessible to all 2nd - 5th Grade Students and Classroom Teachers through CLEVER
Beable is an online platform focused on Literacy and Career Awareness based on student’s reading level and their interests. There is an interest inventory that makes Beable unique from other supplemental web-based literacy resources. It can be implemented in Media, Life Skills, and in the Classroom.
Xello : https://xello.world/en/
Easily prepare our K-12 students for future success with an engaging program that builds self-knowledge, personalized plans, and critical life skills. Access to Xello requires login credentials. Please contact the lead Xello educator in our district for assistance.
Nepris : https://www.nepris.com
Nepris connects educators with a vast network of industry professionals to engage students in their learning and prepare them for their future. Professionals now have the opportunity to share their skills and knowledge with learners to inspire the next generation of the workforce. Parents can create an account for use at home during this time. We may want to visit this as a resource.
O*Net : https://www.onetonline.org/
O*NET OnLine has detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce development and HR professionals, students, researchers, and more. No login required.
Pathfinder : https://pathfinder.mitalent.org
Explore careers, schools, and programs in Michigan to find the path that is right for the future. No login required.
CareerOneStop : https://www.careeronestop.org/
CareerOneStop is the flagship career, training, and job search website for the U.S. Department of Labor. The website serves job seekers, businesses, students, and career advisors with a variety of free online tools, information and resources. No login required.
Career Technical Education
iCEV : https://www.icevonline.com/
iCEV’s online curriculum provides Career and Technical education resources to prepare students for the workforce. Free access available through spring semester. Visit the portal to create a login.
Workplace and Life Skills
EverFi : https://everfi.com/
Online lessons and activities for K-12 focused on financial education, social & emotional learning, health and wellness, career readiness and more. Visit the portal to create a login.
Moneyskill : https://www.Moneyskill.org
37 self-guided personal finance modules for high school students on topics such as life planning, banking, purchasing a home/vehicle, taxes, credit, investing and more. Visit the portal to create a login.
14 Key Skills for Workplace Success : https://www.mitalent.org/elearning-soft-skills-program
Explore Career Paths
My Next Move ONET Interest Profiler : https://www.mynextmove.org/explore/ip
Career One Stop Interest Assessment : https://www.careeronestop.org/toolkit/careers/interest-assessment.aspx
Personality and Career Tests : https://www.truity.com
Hot Jobs in Michigan : https://milmi.org/_docs/publications/Hot50_Statewide_2028.pdf
Pathway to Success Webinars :
Included in this series are webinars for careers in:
- Health Tech
- Biomedical Sciences
- Real Estate Development
- Software Engineering
- Fitness and Entrepreneurship
- Fashion and Influencer Marketing
View Pathway to Success Webinar Playlist on YouTube
Serving in the military is another way to learn life skills and receive a technical education. In addition, military service can also help you pay for a college education after your term of service. Discover the opportunities the armed services have to offer.
MUST Construction Careers : https://www.mustcareers.org/
MUST Careers connects you to apprenticeship opportunities within the unionized construction trades. The MUST organization consists of the trade affiliates of the Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council and their contractor association partners. We are committed to the promotion of quality conscious, productive and safe workers in the construction industry. It all begins with an apprenticeship - a unique earn-while-you-learn opportunity to build a lifelong career in the Union construction trades.
MUST Construction Careers Video : Watch MUST Careers/Building Trades Apprenticeship Roadshow 2018 Video
Explore the trades: https://www.mustcareers.org/trade-descriptions
Build Your Future : https://byf.org/
America needs certified craft professionals with technical skills who can keep it growing. Finding a career in construction is a life-changing decision to fulfill important roles in building communities. BYF helps in discovering how construction can be a good fit for your future — from making the right preparations to finding training.
Watch the many Success Stories from people in the trades : View Playlist on YouTube
Student & Family Resources : https://byf.org/discover/students-families/
Skilled Trades Resources
Michigan’s Resource to Apprenticeship Opportunities (MASCI) : https://www.masci.org/
Helmets to Hardhats : https://helmetstohardhats.org/
Michigan Construction Careers : https://www.constructioncareersmi.com/
Going Pro : https://www.mitalent.org/skilled-trades
Going Pro in Skilled Trades : Watch Going Pro in Skilled Trades Video
Available Apprenticeships : https://www.semca.org/job-seekers/apprenticeship/
Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow
Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow is offering Entry Level Welding and CNC Operations training programs. These programs will be taught in the LIFT Learning Lab located in the LIFT Manufacturing Innovation Institute in the Corktown neighborhood of Detroit.
CNC Operations Training : https://lift.technology/cnc-operations-training/
Welding Training : https://lift.technology/welding-training-program/
High school student-athletes require additional support and information. Whether you hope to win college admission and scholarships with your athletic ability or just want to play on a college team, you must meet the Additional Academic preparation requirements of the national athletic association governing your anticipated college.
Below you will find the most up-to-date information from the three largest athletic conferences. Begin your research here to find member colleges, understand requirements, and complete the application profiles.
In Wayne-Westland Community Schools, our counselors make every effort to meet every student's academic and social-emotional needs in Wayne-Westland Community Schools. In addition, school counselors work with students and parents on scheduling, navigating the complexities of post-secondary planning, career exploration, and managing personal issues.
Our counselors also help middle and high school students complete their Educational Development Plan (EDP), provide recommendations, offer occupational guidance, help students to locate information relevant to their plans after high school, and assist with scholarship information.
Please visit parchment.com for all transcript requests.
The Wayne-Westland Celebrity Readers program allows contributors to read to students throughout the school year in our elementary schools, including Stottlemyer Early Childhood & Family Development Center. The program helps reinforce literacy to ensure every student can read and develops a lifelong love of reading, and students also become aware of careers.