Guidance Department Sponsors Career and College Week

The Tyrone Guidance Department hosted College and Career Action Weeks in October and November to focus the senior class on making their postsecondary plans.

Overall 53 students participated in events planned throughout the weeks, which featured 15 community and college partners.

I’m really proud of all the seniors who participated. I was especially impressed by the students who got out of their comfort zones to really dig deep and explore their options after graduation”

— Sofia Mouritsen

“I’m really proud of all the seniors who participated. I was especially impressed by the students who got out of their comfort zones to really dig deep and explore their options after graduation,” said College and Career counselor Sofia Mouritsen.

The first week was spent learning about options after graduation.

Representatives from five local colleges and a representative from the Pennsylvania State Police came to the school to present. They talked with the students about different majors and their benefits, which influenced several students with their career paths.

During the second week, five colleges handed out instant decisions. Students filled out a short application and members of the admissions committee from a college read through it and their transcripts. In less than 10 minutes, they would know if they received an acceptance. Students saved over $1,300 in application fees by participating in these events.

Of the students that applied, 42 received on-the-spot acceptances.

“Instant decisions were a good way to check out other schools in the area. I didn’t have to pay to apply, and I didn’t have to wait and stress about getting an answer,” said senior Isabella Rhoades.

Instant decisions were a good way to check out other schools in the area. I didn’t have to pay to apply, and I didn’t have to wait and stress about getting an answer”

— Senior Isabella Rhoades

Mouritsen opened up the computer lab multiple days throughout the week to provide help with job applications, resumes, scholarships, and much more. Nearly 70 of these forms were filled out throughout those three days.

“So many seniors did an amazing job of this — they were on net price calculators comparing trade school and college costs, calling local unions about apprenticeships, and even making themselves vulnerable for instant college decisions. Seniors have a lot going on, especially this time of year, and I’m so proud of all the students who took the time to do this important work for their futures,” said Mouritsen.

Students that participated in these events had the opportunity to receive several prizes and rewards. Punch cards were handed out to each senior. When they receive five punches, they earn a king-sized candy bar. Students were also entered into various raffles with prizes such as a Bluetooth speaker, a hydro flask, and a Sheetz gift card.