College & Career Readiness

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.

What's New?

January 2021

This week, the new CCR Program was rolled out to all students 9-12 during advisory and also to 8th-12th grade parents during our first College and Career Parent Informational Night on January 5th.

Link to Student Presentation

Link to Parent Presentation

Fall 2020

The CCR program has seen a huge transformation this fall with a new format, new and exciting experiential options for our 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.

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.