Welcome to the York Catholic College and Career Guidance Blog!

Each month beginning in September, information will be highlighted to assist senior high school students and their parents with career exploration and college preparation. Some items will be specific for one grade of students, and other items will apply to several grades of students. Please peruse this blog and follow through with the ideas and opportunities that will benefit you! Call or email any questions to Mrs. Eva Hess Phillips at 717-846-8871 x232 or ephillips@yorkcatholic.org.

January 2019 College & Career News

Distinguished Young Women Program

Junior women are invited to apply to participate in the Distinguished Young Women program, a national scholarship program. The DYW program “inspires high school girls to develop their full individual potential through a fun, transformative experience that culminates in a celebratory showcase of their accomplishments”. Interested juniors should complete an online application and provide a transcript demonstrating academic achievement. Applications are due February 1,2019. Please stop by the Career Room for more information.

York College Programs for High School Students

  • Academic Possibilities Night: Thursday, February 28, 7 - 8:30 p.m. For high schoolers who want insight on everything from choosing a major to how your major and internships can lead to a potential career. Families are welcome. Undeclared students and students & those figuring out how to pursue a specific career are highly encouraged to register!
  • A Night Just for Parents: Thursday, March 14, 7 - 8:30 p.m. What do parents need to know about having their student go off to college? This is great for high school parents you know who want to cut through the clutter and hear directly from YCP parents about the college experience. This is a prime chance to get a head start on what to expect well before a student enrolls.

We would love it if you could let students know about this and have them register for this free program! This is open to any high schooler and their families, regardless of intended school, and they can attend as many as they like. Please check out this link: http://www.ycp.edu/understandingcollege

Goals at York Catholic:

Here are a few goals for high school students according to your grade at York Catholic!

Senior Goals:

1. Complete your college applications if you are planning to attend a two or four year college next year.

2. Research scholarships and complete scholarship applications before due dates.

3. Once you receive admission decisions, schedule final college visits and begin comparing college offers.

4. Complete a resume for possible jobs if you are planning employment after graduation. Begin researching job options or internships in the field of your main interest.

5. Contact your local military recruiter if you are planning to join the military upon graduation.

Junior Goals:

1. Review senior year course choices to prepare for your major in college or post-secondary training. Enroll in a course load with depth and purpose for senior year!

2. Pick a few colleges to visit to learn about the strengths and weaknesses of different kinds of campuses. Spring Open Houses are available for juniors and you can sign up online.

3. Continue to work hard in your current classes – Yes, junior year courses and grades are very important for your future!

Sophomore Goals:

1. Your classes and grades count! You are building your academic record, which is reflected on your high school transcript and given to colleges in just a couple of short years...

2. Continue to explore career interests through research, shadowing, and talking to professionals in the fields you are considering. Your part time employer can share how they got started, and ask your parents and their friends to talk about their job history and educational background.

3. Add a part time job to you list of things to do – if you are too busy during the school year, plan to work in the summer. Part time jobs introduce you to keeping a job schedule, completing tasks required by your supervisor, and seeing if a career field is a good fit for you.

November/December College & Career News

ASVAB Career Exploration Test and Follow-up Workshop

Juniors and seniors looking for greater clarity with planning for a future career enrolled in the ASVAB Career Exploration Test on November 30th. The test survey evaluated abilities and interests and will match career options with the test results. The follow-up workshop is currently scheduled for Friday December 14th in the afternoon.


Current juniors interested in a particular trade or technical career may want explore the option of the Pre-Apprenticeship programs available to York County students. The first option is with Kinsley Construction Co. and applications will be available in the spring for the 2019-20 school year. Participants are still full time students at their home school but take approximately 1 -2 days per month to attend the Pre-apprenticeship program at Kinsley. The second option of a Pre-apprenticeship is being offered by the Manufacturer’s Association and this program is offered on a semester basis. More information is available with Mrs. Phillips in the College & Career Counseling Office.

Distinguished Young Women

Junior women are invited to attend a session to learn about the Distinguished Young Women program, scholarships, and competition. We will have our DYW representative at York Catholic on Thurs., Dec. 6th at 10:00 AM. Please sign up in the Career Room if you would like to attend and learn more about the Distinguished Young Women program. Applications will be due in January 2019. Last year we had three YC juniors in the program and scholarship competition!

International Students Prepare for College

In November, we have an admissions representative from Penn State come to York Catholic to share the admission process with our international students. Details about what is needed for admission as an international student is reviewed and how financial information is collected.

October College and Career News:

College Visits for October 2018

October 1 - Millersville University

October 2 - St. Johns University (MD)

October 4 - Catholic College Fair (YC Main Lobby @ 11 AM)

October 10 - Meredith College

October 11 - Lebanon Valley College

October 12 - Tyler School of Art (Temple)

October 15 - Alvernia University

Loyola University

Seton Hill University

Washington College

Wilkes University

October 16 - Alabama, University of

Bloomsburg University

Delaware, University of

Immaculata University

Pitt Greensburg

October 17 - Holy Cross College

October 18 - Mercyhurst University

Wilson College

October 19 - Dayton, University of

October 22 - George Mason University

October 23 - American University

Gettysburg College

October 25 - Clarion University

October 26 - PA College of Health Science

College Information Night at York Catholic:

Date: Thursday, October 18th at 6:30 PM

The College Information Night is for juniors, seniors, and their parents and will be held at YCHS in the library. Mrs. Phillips, York Catholic College & Career Counselor, and Ms. Sharon Mulligan of the York College Admissions Office will review the college admission process, student transcripts, recommendation letters, and a Junior and Senior timeline. This is especially helpful information if your student is the first in your family to go to college.

To register, contact Ms. Kelsey Kman at 717-846-8871 x254 or kkman@yorkcatholic.org.

Pitt Health Career Scholars Academy:

The dynamic world of health care plus the expertise of University of Pittsburgh academics and facilities. This educational mixture shapes a unique, academically rigorous, hands-on campus experience for students attending the Health Career Scholars Academy (UPHCSA) each summer. The Academy is often a springboard for future studies in medicine.

2019 Program Dates: June 30 - July 27. Tuition $2950 (limited financial aid available for qualified students)

The application for the 2019 UPHCSA program will be available on the website of http://www.hcsa.pitt.edu/ beginning October 1, 2018.

Deadline for the 2019 applications will be February 15, 2019.

Iacocca Global Entrepreneurship Intensive:

The Iacocca Global Entrepreneurship Intensive brings American high school sophomores and juniors (ages 16-17) together with international high school students from all regions of the world for four weeks in the summer to live and learn together at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Students learn about entrepreneurship, globalization, team building, project management, leadership and working within a culturally diverse environment. The program fee is currently $4,250, and includes the program, housing on the Lehigh campus, and board. Details will be available soon on the Lehigh website.


September College and Career News:

YCAL Career Programs

If you are interested in learning about specific careers from local professionals, the YCAL Career Exploration Programs are for you! A list of careers and the applications are available online at www.ycal.us. Some programs take place after school over a few weeks or semester, and others are a one day format during the school day. Examples include programs in Engineering, Accounting, Architecture, Education, Criminal Justice, Creative Careers, Marketing, Nursing, and Sales, to name a few! All are worthwhile and and may help to confirm your career choice or expand your career options.

College Visits

In the fall, the College and Career Office offers our 11th and 12th grade students the oportunity to meet with a variety of college admission representatives to learn more about college offerings and options. Students must sign up in the Career Room in advance, and will receive a pass to present to the teacher or Study Hall proctor. A maximum of three college visits per week is permitted, and teachers have the final approval for missing a class.

In the next month and a half, we have the following colleges confirmed for visits:

  • Sept. 6: St Joseph's University - School of Marketing
  • Sept. 11: Juniata, Penn State York
  • Sept. 17: Stevenson
  • Sept. 19: St. Vincent
  • Sept. 21: James Madison University
  • Sept. 24: Elizabethtown College, Towson
  • Sept. 25: Messiah College, Muhlenberg College, Susquehanna University, West Virginia University
  • Sept. 27: Hollins College (VA)
  • Oct. 2: St. John's College (MD)
  • Oct. 4: Catholic University, various Catholic Colleges from PA
  • Oct. 11: Lebanon Valley College
  • Oct. 12: Tyler School of Art (Temple)
  • Oct. 15: Alvernia University, Washington College, Loyola University, Seton Hill University, Wilkes University

Upcoming PSAT/SAT testing for Juniors and Seniors

The PSAT date for juniors is Wednesday, October 10, 2018, during school hours from approximately 8:20 AM to 11:30 AM. All juniors will take the PSAT test.

The next SAT dates for seniors are as follows:

  • Saturday, October 6th - Register by September 7th
  • Saturday, November 3rd - Register by October 5th

Remember to take your Admission Ticket, Photo ID, calculator, and snack to the testing center! You should register at least a month in advance, and list the colleges to receive your SAT score reports. You are given the option of four free score reports to colleges but you must include the college names before you take the SAT or up to one week after the testing date.

FALL 2018 SAT Prep Courses @ York College - Help prepare for taking the SAT test for college admission with this class. Cost is $170 per session.

Session 1 August 27, Sept. 10, 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8

Session 2 Oct. 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12, 19

Schreyer Honors College (Penn State) Open House

The Schreyer Honors College at Penn State University will host its Fall Scholars Day Open House on Friday, September 21. This is an opportunity for prospective students and their families to learn more about the Schreyer Honors College and Penn State through Scholar student panels and presentations by deans and the Admissions staff. The event also includes information sessions with the University's academic colleges. Please register through your "MyPennState" portal.