College & Career Readiness

Our students are unique individuals, therefor the correct pathway and process for each student is highly individualized. In order to fulfill the College and Career Readiness credit, students work one on one with their CCR Coordinator to plan the self discovery, exploration and real-world experiences that will be the most meaningful, relevant, and informative for that student and their post-secondary goals. Some examples of the exciting ways OSHS students engage in the CCR experience include job shadowing experiences; in person or remote internships; guided career research; informational interviews with career professionals; self-discovery activities; community projects, summer academic and pre-college campus experiences, and much more! Students are also able to utilize extracurricular experiences such as their employment, Eagle Scout project, or community service towards their CCR credit, if it relates to their projected post-secondary pathway. Similarly, students may design a career-focused Capstone experience, propose a career-related project in News Media Now or English in Action that can be applied to the CCR credit requirement.

Ultimately, it is the goal of the Old Saybrook School District to ensure that each and every graduate is empowered, informed, and engaged as they take the next step in their post-secondary journey. All of these experiences help students develop vital 21st Century Skills.



Pave the Path to Your Future, Build Your Resume, Earn CCR Credit with Pre-College and Summer Online Courses :

Did you know that many top universities offer pre-college online programs that allow motivated students to discover potential majors or career paths before college? Some are offered on campus while others are online. gain an advantage by studying subjects that may help shape your future. Whether you have interest in STEM, medicine, business, or more—there is a wide variety of options to help you prepare for your future. Click HERE to see some of the opportunities available.


Today's Skills, Tomorrow's Careers: Career Clusters, Career Pathways, Sample Occupations, and Programs of Study

CLICK HERE to learn more!



Interested in learning more about 21st Century Skills?? The specific 21st Century skills and descriptions can be found HERE

Students! Come Learn About These Colleges and Universities During FLEX Time!!

Representatives from the following colleges and universities will be visiting Old Saybrook High School to speak with students. Please register on Naviance under "colleges" and then "visits" tab OR let Mrs. Fawcett, Ms. Using or Ms Healy know.

Endicott College Wed, October 5th, 2022 10:45 am

UCONN Wed, October 26th, 2022 10:45 am

Bryant University Tuesday, November 1st, 2022 10:45 am

Rhode Island College Wednesday, November 2nd, 2022 10:45 am

Western New England Wednesday, November 9th, 2022 10:45 am

Mitchell College Tuesday, November 15th, 2022 10:45 am

Gateway Community College Tuesday, November 22nd, 2022 10:50 am

Johnson & Wales Wednesday, November 30th, 2022 10:45 am



Earn CCR Credit While Having Fun With Friends and Family

We thought you might like to know some easy and fun ways to earn some of all or some of your credit while connecting with friends and family.

  1. Interviews- Interview your family, friends and/or older siblings about their career, their education post-high school, or their college experience so far. (These interviews can take place informally, such as over a meal or over the phone.) Complete one of the forms below to document this interview.

a. If you interview individuals about their career, complete this google form: https://forms.gle/yR87k7CEH9ysGv3F8

b. If you interview individuals about their educational or college experience, complete this google form. https://forms.gle/kCjVbHvhiKRcF3P68

  1. Research a career, university, or plan of post-secondary study. Use any of the links on the CCR website HERE or find your own source. Fill out this Google Form to document your research. https://forms.gle/iaa66Vw54dBEVZPRA

  2. Complete one or more job shadows in person or utilize one of the following virtual job shadow links and use the Google sheet under letter "d" below to document your experience:

a. https://www.teleshadowing.com

b. https://www.careergirls.org

c. https://jobshadow.com/categories/

d.https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1lgERdLjqurSYRueRB7CmYrhtYtm9Wmn9z67v_DAJ88U/edit?usp=sharing. MAKE SURE TO MAKE A COPY OF THIS and add your name to the title so you are not editing the original document.

  1. Complete the following Naviance activities. (The more you do, the more credit you receive🙂) If you have already completed one of them, feel free to complete a second time as our interests and abilities change. These activities can all be found by clicking on the Self-Discovery tab in your student folder. Log in to Naviance HERE

a. AchieveWorks® Learning & Productivity helps students discover their sensory, environmental and mindset preferences to help them develop and adjust their study practices.

b. AchieveWorks® Personality helps students identify their personality type by asking them to choose scenarios that best represent how they behave in real life.

c. The Career Cluster Finder helps students identify their interests and discover career clusters that contain careers that might interest them.

d. The Career Interest Profiler captures student's interests to help identify their personality traits and suggest careers based on the U.S. Department of Labor's data.

e. The Career Key helps students identify their Holland traits, best match work environments and related careers by asking them questions about their interests.

f. StrengthsExplorer helps students identify their key strengths that they can use as they proceed on their college, career, and life readiness journey.

  1. Complete the Free MajorClarity Soft Skills Course at: https://hubs.ly/H0_Xqt00

Have fun with whatever you choose!


Click Here to learn more about CT career paths in this exciting and easy to use guide to career strategies, job advice, education, training, wages, job descriptions and local, statewide and online resources published by the CT Career Resource Network Department of Labor.


ASVAB Testing at OSHS


We look forward to providing this opportunity for any student hoping to the military. The only requirement is that the student is in the 10th,11th or 12th grade. Please contact Ms. Using if you are interested in taking the test this year and she will assist in making this possible. 860-395-3175 or cusing@oldsaybrookschools.org


Opportunities for Students

Click HERE for job and volunteer opportunities for students (In some cases, you can also earn your CCR credit!)



FAQ's for Students



See a full description of some of the the various ways to earn credit HERE.


CCR News

These fall months are an exciting time for our seniors as they focus on applying to colleges and/or planning their next steps after high school. The CCR Coordinators have spent much of these two months supporting senior college applications including resumes, common app assistance and college essays. They have also worked with students that wish to enter the military in connecting and meeting with representatives from the various branches. In addition they continue to conduct one-one meetings with seniors to assist them in meeting their CCR credit requirements. Capstone has also taken a front seat during this time as upperclassmen brainstorm, plan and execute their various projects.


Guidance and CCR presented to all seniors during English class on the college application process, Capstone, and provided information about earning the required CCR credit. Seniors were encouraged to secure letters of recommendation and begin or continue to work on resumes and college essays. The CCR coordinators are available during FLEX, or by appointment. to guide students through writing and building a resume, as well as the process of the college essay.


Seniors should reach out in person or via email to their school counselor, and/or CCR coordinator to help with the college search and application process.

Here are links to a few of the resources that were provided to seniors at that time.



Message to Students:

We thought you might like to know some easy and fun ways to earn some of all or some of your credit while connecting with friends and family.

  1. Interviews- Interview your family, friends and/or older siblings about their career, their education post-high school, or their college experience so far. (These interviews can take place informally, such as over a meal or over the phone.) Complete one of the forms below to document this interview.

a) If you interview individuals about their career, complete this google form: https://forms.gle/yR87k7CEH9ysGv3F8

b) If you interview individuals about their educational or college experience, complete this google form. https://forms.gle/kCjVbHvhiKRcF3P68

  1. Research a career, university, or plan of post-secondary study. Use any of the links on the CCR website HERE or find your own source. Fill out this Google Form to document your research. https://forms.gle/iaa66Vw54dBEVZPRA

  2. Complete one or more job shadows in person or utilize one of the following virtual job shadow links and use the Google sheet under letter "d" below to document your experience:

a) https://www.teleshadowing.com

b) https://www.careergirls.org

c) https://jobshadow.com/categories/

d) https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1lgERdLjqurSYRueRB7CmYrhtYtm9Wmn9z67v_DAJ88U/edit?usp=sharing. MAKE SURE TO MAKE A COPY OF THIS and add your name to the title so you are not editing the original document.

  1. Complete the following Naviance activities and the final summative Google Form. (The more you do, the more credit you receive🙂) If you have already completed one of them, feel free to complete a second time as our interests and abilities change. These activities can all be found by clicking on the Self-Discovery tab in your student folder. Log in to Naviance HERE

a) AchieveWorks® Learning & Productivity helps students discover their sensory, environmental and mindset preferences to help them develop and adjust their study practices.

b) AchieveWorks® Personality helps students identify their personality type by asking them to choose scenarios that best represent how they behave in real life.

c) The Career Cluster Finder helps students identify their interests and discover career clusters that contain careers that might interest them.

d) The Career Interest Profiler captures student's interests to help identify their personality traits and suggest careers based on the U.S. Department of Labor's data.

e) The Career Key helps students identify their Holland traits, best match work environments and related careers by asking them questions about their interests.

f) StrengthsExplorer helps students identify their key strengths that they can use as they proceed on their college, career, and life readiness journey.




Connection to the Strategic Plan

Mission/Description/Goals

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).

Mission

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.

Description

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.

Goals

  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


This is Sarah Fawcett’s 6th 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 6 year-old twins and a 3 year old daughter. She enjoys reading mysteries and crime novels for fun, hiking with her family and her Boxer, Barley, and running.

Cariña Using is in her 17th 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. Cariña is mom to Aedan, a junior Biochemistry major and basketball player at Brandeis University and to Spot and Waffles, her four-legged children.