Wausau West Career Center

Welcome to the Wausau West Career Center, located on the first floor, room 183.

The Career Center serves students, former students, parents and staff.

Receive assistance with:

Career Exploration * College & Major/Degree Selection * College Applications * Financial Aid Information * Scholarship Applications * College & Scholarship Essays * FAFSA Application & Verification * Job Shadows * Job Search * Job Applications * Interview Prep * Resume & Cover Letters * Volunteer Opportunities * Youth and Adult Registered Apprenticeship Programs

Career Center Coordinator


The Career Center is a part of the Wausau West Counseling Department and the Career Center Coordinator works closely with the counselors. College, military and community representatives visit with students in the Career Center. When open, students may visit with representatives, receive assistance from the Career Center Coordinator or use the Career Center as a resource room.

Wausau West Counseling Department

Wausau West High School


Apprenticeship is a post-secondary option that combines on-the-job training with formal instruction that is sponsored by employers or labor/management organizations. Apprenticeships help create a skilled workforce in various trades and industries.

High school students have the opportunity to start out in a Youth Apprenticeship program. Please see Mrs. Fuller, business education teacher and Youth Apprenticeship coordinator at Wausau West, for more details about YA opportunities.

Career Exploration

High school is time to learn about your strengths, talents and interests while exploring classroom and extracurricular opportunities. Check out these resources to help you in your career decision process!

Academic and Career Planning (ACP): All Wisconsin public school students in grades 6-12 are developing Academic and Career Plans guided by parents, teachers and counselors. This plan is a step-by-step process that leads students through a series of tasks that provide direction towards career decisions. Wausau West students will participate in ACP activities through Homerooms, classes and presentations. View our introductory video to learn more!

Xello (formerly Career Cruising): Visit Xello by going to the Wausau West website, selecting "Students" at the top of the page, followed by selecting "Career Cruising". You will be asked to sign into Google and your Google sign in also signs you into Xello! Take a career assessment, learn about career options and save items to your ACP portfolio.

Career One Stop: Watch videos that highlight various career paths.

O*Net: Find detailed descriptions of occupations. The content is developed under the sponsorship of the U.S. Dept. of Labor/Employment and Training.

Wausau West Career Planning & Course Registration Handbook: Use your Wausau West Career Planning & Course Registration Handbook to learn more about the specific courses that we offer that align with your career interests. The Career Clusters pages are great resources for careers in each cluster and courses and extracurricular activities that are recommended for students interested in each career pathway.

Wisconsin Health Careers: Learn about health careers, what types of classes to consider taking, and the employment projections for Wisconsin.

Check out the videos below, highlighting how Career and Technical Education courses can help with career exploration and how the economy has in-demand jobs for students who are not solely interested in 4-yr degrees.

College Admission Tests

What Test Do I Need To Take?

If you are planning to apply to a 2yr or 4yr college or university, you will need to take the ACT or SAT. All juniors will take the ACT at West during second semester. It is NOT necessary to take both tests unless there is a specific need, such as applying to a highly selective college that prefers the SAT or a requirement as a semifinalist in the National Merit program. The SAT is offered at Wausau East.

Northcentral Technical College accepts ACT scores, as do other Wisconsin technical colleges.


The ACT assesses high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work. The test consists of 215 multiple choice questions in four areas : English, Mathematics, Reading and Science. An additional optional test, the Writing Test, measures skills in planning and writing a short essay. The composite maximum score is 36. Some colleges require students to take the Writing Test so be sure to check the admission guidelines. Since 2015, all juniors in Wisconsin are required to take the ACT plus Writing Test in the spring. The test takes place at school and is free.

How do I prepare for the ACT or SAT?

Check out these websites for free test prep materials. You can also pick up a practice booklet in the Counseling Office or Career Center. Test prep books are also available for checkout in the Counseling Office and Career Center.

ACT Test Prep Resources SAT Prep Resources-The College Board

Number 2 (ACT and SAT prep) Wausau West Counseling Department-ACT Prep Resources

How do I register for the ACT?

Register online to retake the ACT. You will need to know your ACT ID number, which is located on the letter you received from ACT after you took the test at West. You must upload a photo of yourself to complete the registration (your photo on the portal is the ideal photo to upload). You can go the the Career Center for help. Note: Fee waivers are available for those students who are eligible. See your counselor for more information.

How do I register for the SAT?

Go to www.collegeboard.org to register online. Note: Fee waivers are available for students who are eligible. See your counselor for more information.

Colleges & Universities

UW Essay Guidance.pdf

The UW System has 26 campuses which includes 13 four-year universities and 13 two-year branch campuses.

UW Help

Major Mania

UW Application

The Common Application (an option for applying to UW-Madison and UW-Stevens Point)

UW Campus Profiles

Wisconsin's Association of Independent Colleges & Universities (non-profit) has 23 campuses.

Campus Information Admissions Information

Majors & Minors Paying for College

The Wisconsin Technical College System consists of 16 technical colleges.

Campus Information Career Programs

WTCS Applications Northcentral Technical College

600+ Virtual College Tours: You Visit

Compare colleges! Use this online tool: Compare Colleges and Universities: bigfuture

Financial Aid

There are four* types of financial aid that you may qualify for to help pay for your college costs:

  1. Grants: Need based awards from both federal and state agencies that the student does not pay back (must complete FAFSA )

  2. Loans: Both need based and non-need based that the student pays back (must complete FAFSA)

  3. Work-Study: Job opportunities awarded based on need (must complete FAFSA)

  4. Scholarships: May be based on need, talent, academics, interests, career path, college, etc.

*Families may also explore private lenders for student loans. Be aware that interest rates may be high or adjustable, and that the loan terms and protections are not the same as federal loans.

Avoid Financial Aid Scams! Please note that you should NEVER pay to receive any financial aid assistance or information! If you are asked to pay for financial aid or scholarship assistance or applications either through a website or a workshop, please see your counselor or Career Center Coordinator. We can provide free access to financial aid information. Clink the link for more info.

Community Foundation Scholarships: These are scholarships available to students statewide, in Marathon County, or for Wausau West students.

TIP Grant: The TIP grant aids low-income and disadvantaged Wisconsin students with additional college funding to help reduce the student’s amount of loan, work-study, or unmet need. First-time freshman students are nominated for the TIP Grant by the school financial aid offices or by counselors of the Wisconsin Educational Opportunity Programs (WEOP).

Selective Service: All males must register for the Selective Service when they turn 18. Failure to register will result in up to a 5 year prison sentence or a $250,000 fine. Failure to register will also disqualify male students from qualifying for federal student loans or grants and state and federal jobs.

College Goal Wisconsin is an event that assists high school seniors with completing the FAFSA. All attendees will be entered into a scholarship drawing! No appointment is necessary, just show up for the event in the Wausau area. Check the link for the list of dates/times/locations.

Great Lakes Knowledge Center

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Application *Available for seniors after October 1 of senior year!

FSA ID *Needs to be created for the student applicant and one parent

Federal Student Aid Information Wisconsin Financial Aid Programs

Wausau West Senior Scholarship List Midwest Student Exchange Program

Minnesota-Wisconsin Reciprocity Reciprocity Questions & Answers

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO FILL OUT THE FAFSA? (for 2020-2021 college school year)

  • 2018 Federal Tax Return and W2s, or income estimates

  • 2018 Untaxed Income Records such as child support or veteran's non-education benefits

  • 2017 taxes and untaxed records if 2017 are not available

  • Information on savings and checking account balances, investments, business assets and farm assets (if applicable)

  • Driver's license (if applicable)

  • Social Security Number

  • Alien Registration Card or Permanent Resident Card (if you are not a U.S. citizen)

  • Date of birth of parent(s)

  • Month and year of parents' marriage, divorce or separation

Job Search

Working during your high school career can be a great way to earn extra money, develop soft skills, establish responsibility, and potentially learn more about a career field of interest. Please check the "Jobs" bulletin board in the Career Center for current employment opportunities. Employment information may also be emailed to your school email address.

Where can you find jobs? There are several online job search sites that you may choose to use. Other good ways to find jobs are word of mouth, help wanted signs in businesses, and speaking in person to a manager at a business to inquire about current openings.

Need help filling out a paper or online application? Would you like to prepare for an interview? Stop into the Career Center for assistance!

Hours and Times of Day Minors May Work in Wisconsin

Resources for online job searches:

Job Center of Wisconsin Snagajob Indeed

Plan to attend the United Way Partnership for Youth Hiring Fair, held each spring at the Boys & Girls Club!

Job Shadows

Job shadowing is a way to spend a few hours with a professional in a career that interests you. You can learn more about the job, the background or education needed for the position, and see what a typical day in that occupation involves. A job shadow is a one-day, two to three hour experience.

To sign up for a job shadow, see the Career Center Coordinator. You will be invited to a Job Shadow Workshop where you will be given the necessary forms and information to apply, schedule, and complete a job shadow.

Students are responsible for contacting potential job shadow sites. The Job Shadow Workshop will provide tips and suggestions for contacting local businesses and professionals. Students must meet with the Career Center Coordinator before setting up a job shadow during the school year. Job shadows that are arranged over the summer do not require the assistance of the Career Center Coordinator.

Military Options

There are five branches of the military that you may consider as a career option. They include the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy in addition to their respective Guard and Reserve units. Local recruiters may visit Wausau West and be available to speak with students who are interested in learning more about career options and educational benefits.

More information about joining the military: Today's Military

Selective Service

All males must register for the Selective Service when they turn 18. Failure to register will result in up to a 5 year prison sentence or a $250,000 fine. Failure to register will also disqualify male students from qualifying for federal student loans or grants and state and federal jobs.


The ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) can assess academic ability and predict success in a wide variety of military and civilian occupations. Students will learn how their verbal, math, science and technical skills compare to other students in the same grade level. Juniors and seniors who are either interested the military or general career exploration are eligible to take the ASVAB in the fall, when it is offered in the Career Center. The Career Center has information about signing up to take the ASVAB at West and ASVAB prep books are available.

Official Site of the ASVAB Military.com ASVAB information

Summer Enrichment Opportunities (camps, clinics, etc.)

Summer Enrichment Opportunities

Each year, Wausau West is given money to help support student enrichment activities. If you are interested in pursuing a summer educational opportunity, you may be awarded funds to help you pay for a portion of it. To apply for a Summer Enrichment Scholarship, complete the application and see a current list of summer opportunities updated on the Counseling website when available.


Volunteering your time is a great way to share a special skill or talent, explore a career of interest, and give back to our community. A volunteer opportunity may be a one-time event or a regularly scheduled commitment.

The following are some of the many local organizations that have volunteer opportunities for high school students:

United Way of Marathon County Big Brothers Big Sisters Ascension St. Clare's Aspirus

Humane Society of Marathon County New Life Pet Adoption Center AmeriCorps (17+)

Work Permits

Wausau West Work Permit Information

Work permit requirements:

  • Any student under the age of 16 is required to have a work permit to work

  • Employers must have a work permit on file for the student before the student is allowed to begin work

Items need for a work permit:

  • Student's birth certificate OR other proof of age (valid Wisconsin driver's license, Wisconsin-issued identification card, or verified baptismal certificate)

  • Student's social security card

  • Letter from the employer expressing intent to hire (including job duties and hours of work)

  • A written parent's consent

  • $10 permit fee (to be reimbursed by the employer)

Where to get a work permit:

  • Wausau West students can get a work permit in the Attendance Office

  • If the Attendance Office is not open, students may get a work permit from the West Main Office