College & Career Readiness

Opportunities for Students

Here are some amazing opportunities to earn CCR credit towards graduation requirement and learn more about professions.

Yale Medical Careers Panel on Monday, April 26 at 10:45 AM

Click HERE to join.

Virtual Biosciences Career Forum FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 2021

Click HERE for information on an amazing opportunity for students interested in the Biosciences. Please see Ms. Using or Ms. Fawcett ASAP so they can arrange for a virtual job shadow day for you.

Are you interested in a career in nursing??

All of the below are FREE and will be from 4:30-6 pm. Click HERE to register. Click HERE for flyer.

April 8, 3021 Pre Career Nursing Pathways and Opportunities: Where to Begin

Have you ever considered a career in nursing? Join us to hear about the opportunities in nursing and how to get there! You will learn about topics such as the various educational pathways to a nursing career, hear career stories from nurses in the field, learn about resources that can help you on your path to becoming a nurse and interact and ask questions.

April 15, 2021 In their own words: Hear from nurses in Hospital Settings

April 29, 2021 In their own words: Hear from nurses in Community Settings

May 13, 2021 In their own words: Hear from nurses in Unique Settings

May 27, 2021 Landing a job and Starting your career

Three more webinar dates to be determined through the end of 2021

CCR News

March and April

The CCR Coordinators will begin their individual meetings with each and every student in the class of 2022 and will begin meeting with individuals in the class of 2023 in May. These meetings are designed to assist students in creating a plan to achieve the .5 CCR graduation requirement. (Completing the required Advisory tasks yield .25 of this .5 credit. Students must earn an additional .25 or greater through the various CCR options which have been presented to them over the last few months.) The CCR Coordinators are excited to begin this highly individualized process.

March 16th, 2021

The College and Career Readiness Program hosted two successful alumni programs for students on Tuesday, March 16th. The first program occurred during the student Advisory where current students engaged in 1 of 16 Google Meets with alums who are studying or working in a field most closely related to the students’career interests. The second panel occurred in the evening and was open to 7th-12th graders and their parents. Alumni answered the participants’ questions about life after high school, overcoming challenges, and offered advice on how to navigate future paths. Our alumni panelists included: Matt Lyss (2013), Joe Potter (2012), Ryanne Flynn (2010), Tessa Norton (2018), Marissa Petruzzelli (2016), Gabe Castro (2018), Mary Kate Marshall, Elizabeth Marshall, Abby Lafreniere (2019), Claudia Spedding (2019), Arden Rand (2012), Maggie Shafman (2018), Krishna Patel (2013), Brittany Waida (2016), Peter Malinovsky (2016), Trent Duffy (2015), Tanner Jones (2018), Megan Rubano (2010), Sophie Tsagronis (2015), Ian Winham (2014), Mary Sirico (2008), Sammy Regan (2012), Kiki Filindarakis (2016), Cas Martin (2015), Clay Duffy (2016), Megan Barnes (2016), Jordan King (2009), Victoria Franca (2012), Bethany Goodhue (2012), Katy Price (2009), Jake Gadon (2012), Luciano Duffy, Adina Ripin (2016), Andrew Pan (2015), Jillian Noyes (2015), Carl Anderson (2016), James Condulis (2013), Gianna Cusano (2015), Madison Eucalitto (2014), Maria Filindarakis (2012), Alyssa Giegerich (2012), Tim Jacoboski ( 2019), Saige Philbrick (2014), and Danielle Sorano (2010).

Thank you so much to these amazing presenters that continue to make us proud, and to all who attended and supported this program!

Click HERE for a recording from our evening (optional) portion.

February 2021

Much of February is being spent planning for March events. The coordinators also continue to meet with individual students to provide access to: experiential and career exploration resources, goal setting guidance, opportunities to network, goal planning for their time at OSHS and beyond, and much more. This is an individualized process where the coordinators seek to meet students where they are, help them to discover possible career and life skill direction and finally assist the student in navigation towards their goals.

January 2021

This month, students got their first real glimpse of the new College and Career Readiness framework. During the first advisory of the month on January 5th, the new CCR Program was rolled out to all students 9-12th grade. That same evening, the program was presented to 8th-11th grade parents during the College and Career Parent Informational Night.

Link to Student Slide Show

Link to Parent Slide Show.

The Whole School was Engaged in CCR!!!! On January 12th during advisory, our College and Career Readiness Coordinators gave a tailored presentation about the CCR offerings that could be beneficial for students nearing graduation. Simultaneously, the other grades were completing the CCR grade-specific activities that count towards their required .50 CCR Credits.

Link to Senior CCR Presentation Slideshow

The CCR coordinators continue to meet with individual students to provide access to; experiential and career exploration resources, goal setting guidance, opportunities to network, goal planning for their time at OSHS and beyond, and much more. This is an individualized proces where the coordinators seek to meet students where they are, help them to discover possible career and life skill direction and finally assist the student in navigation towards their goals.

Fall 2020

The CCR program has seen a huge transformation this fall as the coordinators worked diligently to design a new format, exciting covid-safe experiential options for the students, a new platform for connecting all stakeholders, and an inclusive program of engagement that begins with our 9th-graders and culminates with our 12th graders, ensuring that each and every Old Saybrook Graduate is prepared for their post-secondary pursuits. See our For Students and For Parents & Community Members links for more details.

Spring 2020

The world of education was sent upside down with the introduction of Covid 19. So too, was our traditional internship program. At the time of school closings, 82 interns had been placed in our wonderful community of schools, businesses and organizations. These internships shifted to remote internships, and some to a segmented career outreach unit that the student interns truly enjoyed. We look forward to spending the remainder of the spring and summer creating a program for our students that will provide comprehensive and all-inclusive experiences that will be adaptable to wherever we find ourselves this fall.

Winter 2020

  • Sophomores will begin the Do What You Are Assessments in English classes on December 5th and 9th. From these results, students will meet with the coordinators in small groups related to their potential career interests. These group meetings will occur either within World History classes or in room 113 with Mrs. Fawcett and Ms. Using.

  • Interested students (including but not limited to the Journalism class and members of The Rambler) will tour the WFSB Newsroom on January 10th, 2020.

  • A group of students will be participating in a job shadow day at Sound Manufacturing in Old Saybrook. These shadows will occured on February 4th and 6th respectively.

  • On Friday, February 28th, there will be a field trip to Three Rivers Community College. We will tour the school, learn about their programs, and there will be an opportunity for students to apply for free! Community college is FREE to high school graduates beginning in Fall 2020. Read more here

Fall 2019

So far this year ...

  • October was Manufacturing Awareness Month across CT. We celebrated this month by offering two field trip opportunities for students interested in manufacturing and engineering.

    • On October 3rd, 20 students toured the Lee Company in Westbrook, CT and learned about precision mechanical engineering and its applications in the aerospace and automobile arenas. Students were given a complete tour of the facility and were able to learn about the various employment opportunities for all kinds of learners available there.

    • On October 22nd, students spent two hours at Sound Manufacturing here in Old Saybrook. Students were given a tour of the facility, learned about the various career paths and positions at Sound, and competed in a manufacturing challenge with students from other schools.

  • Ayah Galal, news reporter at WFSB channel 3, spoke to English and Journalism students in the LMC on October 29th. Learn more about Ayah here.

Connection to the Strategic Plan


Goal #2: Innovative and highly focused instructional design and practices that maximize student engagement while streamlining student work to that which is meaningful and essential.

Explore and pilot multiple strategies for expanding learning opportunities and choices beyond the school day and building (including technology use and new community connections).


Our mission is to prepare Old Saybrook students for success in their educational endeavors and careers beyond high school. We will accomplish this by fostering meaningful community partnerships that support individual student learning objectives.


Old Saybrook High School's College and Career Readiness Program is designed to provide students with opportunities to become self-aware, to be exposed to a variety of careers and career pathways, and to interact with individuals who may serve as their remote mentors. They will have opportunities to pursue growth within their areas of interest and to participate in comprehensive and individualized experiences starting in grade 9 and continuing each year.


  1. Establish an environment where 100% of our students participate in experience-rich activities, are provided with resources, and have access to career and post-secondary guidance from our CCR Coordinators.

  2. Connect students to organizations and individuals within the local and broader career community and teach them the skills necessary to network for themselves and build meaningful connections.

  3. Assist students in developing self-awareness.

  4. Encourage students to welcome new challenges.

  5. Teach students to apply what they have learned.

  6. Help students gain the independence and knowledge necessary to succeed in post-secondary endeavors.

Program Coordinators

Cariña Using is in her 15th year as College and Career Coordinator. Prior to that she lived in 3 countries and 5 states, (including Alaska!), but still has a special place in her heart for her home state of Colorado. She has seen the program through many improvements and transitions but none as exciting as those this year! Cariña is mom to Aedan, a freshman at Brandeis University and to Spot, her favorite four-legged buddy.

This is Sarah Fawcett’s 4th year as College and Career Readiness Coordinator. Prior to this position, she taught English for 10 years at OSHS. Sarah received her 6th year in May 2019 in Remedial Reading and Language Arts at SCSU. She is a mother of 4 year-old twins and a 23 month old daughter. She enjoys reading mysteries and crime novels for fun, hiking with her family and her Boxer, Barley, and running.