An online resource & month-long virtual event!

Let VSAC be your guide.

High school students and parents, whether you’re college-bound, training-bound or not sure, this online resource and month-long virtual event is for you.

Our new online resource includes videos and guided questions for Vermont high school students and families. Videos feature local experts who walk you through options, concrete next steps, and finding the right resources to pursue your education and career goals.

Throughout the month of March, we’ll offer live virtual workshops and be partnering with Vermont colleges and training programs to offer live virtual tours and info sessions. 

How to Register for Workshops, Tours, & Info Sessions >

Sign up for workshops, tours & info sessions

If you run into any issues with registering or would prefer not to provide any of the information requested, please reach out and we would be happy to help.

College & Career Pathways is primarily intended for 10th and 11th grade students and parents, but may also be helpful for older or younger students, depending on where you are in your planning process.

Are you a 12th grader looking for support in applying to college? Check out our Vermont Applies: 12th Grade Spring Admissions Event.

Click on each green bar below for details on College & Career Pathways activities and resources.

Live Workshops, Tours & Info Sessions

Throughout March, we’ll be offering live virtual workshops on key college & career planning topics for high school students and their parents/guardians. We’ve also partnered with Vermont colleges and training programs to provide live virtual tours and info sessions.

Sign up for workshops, tours & info sessions

After registering, you can select the workshops, tours, and info sessions that interest you. If you run into any issues with registering or would prefer not to provide any of the information requested, please reach out and we would be happy to help.

Workshops

Click on a workshop title below for details.

All workshops will be available with live interpretation in Nepali, French, and Somali. If you need interpretation in another language, need interpretation for one of the tours or info sessions, or need help with access, please reach out to Anna at telensky@vsac.org and we’ll do our best to accommodate you.

सबै सत्रमा नेपालीमा प्रत्यक्ष अनुवाद समावेश हुनेछ। यहाँ अधिक विवरणहरू खोज्नुहोस्। 

Toutes les sessions comprendront une traduction en direct en français. Trouvez plus de détails ici.

Dhammaan kal-fadhiyada waxaa ku jiri doona turjumaad toos ah oo af-Soomaali ah. Halkan ka raadi faahfaahin dheeraad ah.

Schools offering live tours and info sessions

Tours and info sessions are typically 45–60 minutes long. When you register, you'll be able to choose the one(s) you'd like to attend.

Videos & Guided Questions

Click on the titles below for the videos and guided questions on this topic. You can also save a copy of the overview sheet with descriptions and links for each topic.

Learn how to navigate videos & guided questions

My Life, My Path: There’s no right way to approach your life. Likewise, there’s no right or wrong way to approach your education and career after high school. Start to explore your options and reflect on the pathway that might be right for you.

Short-Term Training & Apprenticeships: Short-term training can be a great way to increase skills or jump-start your career, and apprenticeships enable you to earn while you learn. Discover the wide variety of training options available both in-person and online throughout Vermont.

Intro to Résumé Writing: Find out what employers look for in a résumé and walk away with a checklist for creating a job application that will improve your odds of getting an interview.

Interviewing Success Strategies: Find out how to prepare for a job interview and show off your best self to potential employers. While structured around applying for a job, these tips can also be applied to a college admissions interview.

The College Search—Finding the Right Fit: Learn what to consider and then reflect on what you want from your postsecondary experience so that you can narrow the search to institutions that meet your values and preferences. While structured around the college search, these questions can also be helpful in thinking about what you might want in a future employer or non-degree training program.

Strategies for the SAT & ACT: Want to make yourself a stronger candidate for college admissions and merit-based financial aid by earning a high score on the SAT or ACT? Get “best practice” strategies and free test-prep resources from a professional test prep tutor.

Navigating the Admissions Process: Overwhelmed by the college admissions process? Hear directly from college admissions counselors about the steps involved in applying, what they look for in students, and ways they can support you through the process. 

Writing the Admissions Essay: Find out what colleges look for in the admissions essay and discover how to craft an essay that sets you apart.

Financial Aid & Managing College Costs: Nervous about how you’ll afford to pay for college or career training? Learn about how others make it work, the types of financial aid available, how to apply for them, and what you should be doing now to set yourself up for success.

Scholarships—Free Money: Learn how to find and apply for local, state, and national scholarships.

The Postsecondary Experience—Student Voices: Find out what current college and non-degree training students think you should know about education after high school. (Note: This lesson will be added in March.)

Going to College—How to Stick with It and Graduate: Going to college and dropping out before receiving your degree can be expensive and disheartening. Find out the most common reasons why college students leave school, and what steps you can start taking now to help you make it to graduation. 

Gap Year 101: Learn about the benefits, challenges, and opportunities surrounding the gap year option.

Identifying Your Career Interests: Discover how your interests relate to clusters of nearly 900 occupations. (Note: This lesson will be added after the live workshop on the topic on March 3.)

Identifying, Building, & Communicating Your Skills: Learn which skills are critical to success after high school, how to highlight the skills you already have, and how to build new ones. (Note: This lesson will be added after the live workshop on the topic on March 10.)

Navigating Your Own Career Path: Connect your interests and skills with promising careers in Vermont and explore a broad range of career and education pathways. (Note: This lesson will be added after the live workshop on the topic on March 17.)

Weekly Contests

Throughout March, we'll offer weekly contests for students and families who participate in the event by watching videos, attending live workshops, or joining tours and info sessions. To enter, complete one or more of the activities for the week and submit your entry form by Friday. Four winners will be chosen at random each Monday and will receive a $50 Visa gift card.

See official rules and weekly entry requirements >

Additional Resources

Questions?

Call 877-961-4369 or e-mail us at events@vsac.org.

College & Career Pathways is funded by VSAC and by Vermont State GEAR UP, a federally funded program.