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The career and college search process can be long and difficult given the sheer number of career, college, and financial aid choices available to young people today. Your Guidance Counselor can help you make this process shorter and easier through education and counseling. Although there is no substitute for actually meeting with your Guidance Counselor, this page is a good start. It offers many of the educational and informational tools that Guidance Counselors use with their students.

Career Information
Financial Aid/Scholarship Information
College Information

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Career Information

Your Guidance Counselor is probably the best resource you will find for gaining insight into what career(s) may be suited to you based on your interests and abilities. Each SSC has access to many resources (i.e., interest surveys and computer-based career programs) that, when coupled with the expertise of your Guidance Counselor, can be very powerful career development tools. Although we encourage you to explore the links presented below, we believe it is essential that you discuss your career development with your Guidance Counselor.

Comprehensive Sites – Links

  • Naviance – Naviance and Family Connection opens a whole new door for students to explore and create a life plan focusing around career exploration, college searches, personal strength's assessments, goal setting, school-wide surveys, and much more!
         The "portal" that our families and students will use is called Family Connection. It is a web-based resource for students and parents that encourages and supports post high school career and college planning. Family Connection is linked with Naviance, the "portal" that Counselors, Teachers, Administrators, and Staff will use to connect with students.
           Some of the things Naviance can do for your son/daughter include:
    • Signing up for college visits
    • SuperMatch College Search
    • Resume Builder
    • Career Interest Profiler Survey


  • Common Application

  • Career Link Lehigh Valley - CareerLink Lehigh Valley is an employment center that connects employers and job opportunities with qualified job seekers.

  • Occupational Outlook Handbook - Nationally recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives.

  • The Princeton Review - Career Guide - Learn skills which will help you find the right job and prepare to get it.

  • My Future - Great site for teens who want a broad range of information from managing money to finding the career which is right for you.

Career Tests

  •  The Career Key- Take an on-line career interest survey to discover which careers might best suit your personality.

  • Career Explorer - Offers on-line career search and tests to help you develop career goals.


College Information

Although your SSC has several resource guides and many college catalogues to assist you in your college search, much of the same information (and much more!) can be accessed over the internet more quickly. Below are some links to help you.

Comprehensive Sites – Links


  • US News & World Report: America's Best Colleges 2007 - Search for colleges, see how colleges are ranked, and read current news articles on a broad range of college-related topics.

  • CollegeNET - Multipurpose college information site that provides on-line college applications, college search engine, financial aid information, and more.

  • Peterson's Guide - One of the most comprehensive and heavily traveled education resources on the web. Provides information on colleges, financial aid, study abroad programs, career education, and much more.

  • GoCollege - Multipurpose college information site which provides college search engine, scholarship search, and more.

College Planners

  • Liberty High School's College/Career Planning Guide - The internet is a great place to start your college search. However, there is much that needs to be done between finding a few colleges of interest and moving into the freshman dorm. This planning guide walks you through the entire college process.

  • Junior Monthly Planner- Use this guide to plan your junior year.

  • College Board: Planning for College - Get some good information on beginning to make plans for college from selecting high school course to getting along with your college roommate.

  • Sallie Mae - Complete on-line guide to the college process from preparing for college to searching for the right college to finding ways to pay for college.

  • Princton Review College Planning - Offers students information about standardized tests, admissions, internships, and career programs.

College Searches

  • College Representative Visits - See a list of colleges that will be visiting Liberty High School. Links are provided to the school's web site.

  • CollegeXpress - College search engine that offers a list of colleges that you can apply to online.

  • XAP - Explore higher education opportunities, select colleges and universities that best match your needs and interests, and communicate directly with campuses nationwide.

  • Virtual Campus Tour - Tour the college of your choice right from home.

  • Community College Web - Search an index of over 100 community colleges in the US and Canada.

College Rankings

Essay Writing

College Athletics

  • NCAA Clearinghouse - Learn about requirements to play college sports.

  • National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) - The NAIA is a governing body for athletic programs at its nearly 300 colleges and universities throughout the United States and Canada. The mission of the NAIA is to promote the education and development of students through intercollegiate athletics participation.

On-Line Applications and Tests

  • March 2 Success - Take a free on-line test preparation course that will provide help with taking standardized test and improve math and English skills.

  • College Board - Information on the SAT and other standardized tests. Also presents general information on searching for a college and financial aid.

  • SAT FreeOnline Course - Offers is an introduction to the SAT and some strategies for conquering it.

  • ACT - Information on the ACT as well as general college planning information

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Finding ways to pay for college is perhaps the most time consuming and laborious part of the college process. However, as is often the case, the more time and energy you spend on this process, the more you will get out of it. In addition, there is a definite timeline to the process that is extremely important (click here to learn more about the process). Below are some links to sites which will help you learn more about financial aid and scholarships.

Comprehensive Sites – Links

Scholarship Search

  • LHS Scholarship List

  • Scholarships.com - Free scholarship search based on a profile you set up.

  • XAP - Search for scholarships and grants, apply for financial aid electronically, and communicate directly with campuses nationwide.

  • FastWeb - Free Financial Aid searching through the Web.

  • Free Scholarship Search Service - Provides a database of scholarships, forums, discussions, links, lots of tips, and volunteers you can contact for help.

On-Line Applications

  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) - Fill out the FAFSA on-line. The FAFSA is a federal financial aid form that is required by all colleges and many trade, technical, and business schools.

  • CSS Profile On-line - Profile is an on-line financial aid application service of the College Scholarship Service (CSS), the financial aid division of the College Board.

  

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