College and Career Office
The College Office is a full-service resource and counseling center designed to prepare students in grades 9-12 for post-secondary life. Guidance counselors provide support and assist students and their families as they explore college and career choices and complete college, financial aid, and scholarship applications. Students and parents/guardians meet regularly with counselors to discuss academic performance, college and career options, curriculum choices, interim assessments, and standardized testing. Additional support is provided through monthly newsletters and Naviance guidance lessons, an online college exploration and preparation program for students and their families. Students in grades 9-12 complete two grade-level college tasks each year on Naviance. Additionally, Fort Hamilton High School has partnered with “Pathway to Purpose” and “The Ascenders”, giving juniors and seniors respectively reflective and individualized college advisement.
Representatives from many career-based organizations, colleges, trade schools, and universities visit the College Office every year to meet with students, both in small groups and at our annual College Fair. Trips to various college campuses are provided for juniors and seniors as well. Parent meetings related to college and career planning and financial aid are held each term and special workshops are provided for English Language Learners and students with disabilities.
A specialized career counselor in the College Office leads our school-to-career pathway as well as supports the exploration of career choices via work shadowing experiences and internships. Community and work partnerships are organized to assist students in making informed career and post-secondary decisions. Specifically, these opportunities are created to expose students to careers and solidify their intended college course of study
The College Office, located in room 101, is accessible every day from 7:20 am to 3:20 pm. Computers and resource books are available for student use. Students may visit before or after their school day or during their lunch period.