College & Career Center

College & Career Center2021-09-21T18:12:42+00:00

Hello and Welcome to the Boulder City High School Eagles College & Career Center information page! The main areas of focus in the College & Career Center are College Preparation, College Visits, Scholarship Assistance, Career Exploration, Career & Technical Education, and Work Experience. We welcome all students to take advantage of the numerous services provided in the College & Career Center!!!

Location & Contact Information

  • LOCATION
    Room 606

  • PHONE
    (702) 799-8200 x4049

  • HOURS
    Monday-Friday:
    8:00AM-11:00AM

  • COLLEGE & CAREER CENTER SPECIALIST
    Laura Sole

Graduation Cap and Diploma

College Preparation Timeline

It is never too early to start preparing for college. Since colleges look at your accomplishments from all four years of high school, you don’t want to wait until your junior year to start thinking about your GPA and college admissions. This checklist will help you get started!

Fall (September – November)

  • Meet with your guidance counselor to discuss what you can do today to plan for college.
  • Get a jump on college prep by choosing a challenging class schedule with honors and AP classes.
  • Show colleges you’re a well-rounded student by getting involved in extracurricular activities.

Winter (December – February)

  • Explore colleges – what kind of schools should you be looking for?
  • Find volunteer activities that are good for you and good for the world.
  • Think about taking SAT/ACT subject tests while the curriculum is still fresh in your mind.

Summer (June – August)

  • Use your summer to explore jobs and careers that interest you.
  • Get yourself to college campuses to start finding things you like and don’t like about the campus.

The countdown to college has begun. The primary focuses of your sophomore year should be keeping your grade point average up, getting involved in extracurricular activities and preparing to take standardized tests like the SAT or the ACT.

Fall (September – November)

  • Evaluate your course load and find out how much you know about college planning.
  • Prepare to take the PSAT.
  • Increase your commitment to extracurricular activities so you will stand out on your college applications.
  • Create a college calendar to keep track of important dates and deadlines.
  • Get familiar with college planning and the admissions process so you’ll know what to expect before college.
  • Start your essay prep by writing often now, so you can reap the benefits later.
  • Capitalize on college planning resources and learn more about colleges and universities.

Spring (March – May)

  • Consult your counselor to make sure you’re prepped for junior year classes.
  • Expand your knowledge about prospective schools by attending college fairs and information sessions.
  • Plan a solid summer filled with volunteering, internships, and, of course, fun.
  • Ask your counselor or teachers about AP testing to see if you’re ready to take AP classes or sign up for the AP exam.

Summer (June – August)

  • Talk with your family about creating a college budget.
  • Secure a summer job and build credentials while having fun.
  • Enroll in ACT or SAT prep over the summer while you still have free time.
  • Visit college campuses to see which types of schools appeal to you.

When you apply to college, you will need to submit test scores, your high school transcript and letters of recommendation. During your junior year, you can make sure all three are in order.

Fall (September – November)

  • Meet with your counselor to organize your testing strategies and college plan.
  • Explore colleges. Take a deeper look at schools by regions, sizes and academic specialties.
  • Research college costs and tuition at different types of schools.
  • Narrow your college list to 10 to 20 schools that interest you.
  • Keep your stress level low by creating an organization system for all your college documents.
  • It’s not too late to get involved. Pick a new extracurricular activity (or two) and jump right in!

Winter (December – February)

  • Junior year grades will say a lot about your academic performance. Study hard.
  • Scared you’ll bomb the SAT or ACT? Make a test prep plan immediately to avoid such a disaster.
  • Take your extracurricular activities to the next level.
  • Millions of dollars in scholarships goes unclaimed every year. Get scholarships for college by starting your search.
  • Refine your choices of colleges by comparing and contrasting schools and attending college fairs.

Spring (March – May)

  • Take (and dominate) the SAT or ACT.
  • Beat the letter of recommendation rush by asking your teachers before everyone else does.
  • Get educated about admissions requirements.
  • Contact prospective colleges to schedule interviews and visits.
  • Construct a strong senior schedule and a stellar student portfolio.
  • Capitalize on some last minute tips to help you ace your AP tests in May.

Your senior of high school is the most important time in the college planning process because you’ll need to decide which colleges and universities to apply to, send in your applications and explore financial aid and scholarship options for the colleges you seek to attend.

Fall (September – November)

  • Start your senior year by finalizing your college list.
  • Complete your FAFSA so you can get the most possible financial assistance for college.
  • Now that you have an idea of where you want to go, visit prospective colleges and get a feel for the campuses.
  • Consider options for early action and recommendation letters.
  • Register for required tests; it’s your last chance to take the SAT, ACT, or SAT subject tests.
  • Fill out and complete your college applications before the deadlines arrive.
  • Make an appointment with your counselor to ensure all your colleges get what they need.
  • Start working on your college application essay; it’s a crucial part of your application.

Winter (December – February)

  • Schedule your college interviews to finish up the admissions process.
  • Continue your hunt for scholarships and apply for scholarships.

Spring (March – May)

  • Once you’ve received all of your responses from colleges, make your final decision.
  • Verify your financial aid before you make any college budget decisions.
  • Apply for student housing and get matched with a great roommate.
  • Prepare for your AP exams and complete your AP tests.
  • GRADUATE!!!

Summer (June – August)

  • Send your final transcripts to your college.
  • Start your last ever high school summer job.
  • Attend your college’s summer orientation to get the lay of the land before school starts.
  • Begin preparing for your college coursework now.
  • Get ready for a new world of student organizations, on-campus living, and college life by learning more about what your school has to offer.

Scholarship Information

Every year thousands of dollars designated to assist students in pursuing a college education go unused. The scholarship application process should be considered like a part-time job; it requires a significant amount of time and effort that results in good benefits … money! It is very important to pay attention to deadlines and ensure that you complete the FAFSA so that you may be eligible for the most amount of scholarship and grant money. The earlier you start thinking about and preparing for college, the better.  Remember that ultimately the place to receive the most amount of financial assistance is through the institution you will attend. If you have any questions along the way, please visit with your counselor or the career center.

To apply for federal student aid, you need to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Completing and submitting the FAFSA is free and it gives you access to the largest source of financial aid to pay for college or career school. In addition, many states and colleges use your FAFSA data to determine your eligibility for state and school aid, and some private financial aid providers may use your FAFSA information to determine whether you qualify for their aid.

Students will be able to submit a FAFSA as early as October 1. Prior to beginning your FAFSA application, student and parent must obtain his/her FSA ID to submit the application online. Visit FAFSA ID Site to create your FSA ID.

To complete the FAFSA you will need:

  • Your parent’s tax information
  • Your (student) tax information (if you worked)
  • Your FSA ID and your parent FSA ID
  • You will need to know your parent(s) birthday(s), social security number(s) and marriage/separation/divorce date(s) if applicable
  • You and your parent(s) date of birth
  • Summary of assets in parent and student name

Please click on the button below for more information from the U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid website.

VISIT WEBSITE

Students in the State of Nevada graduating 2009 or later have the opportunity to obtain the Governor Guinn Millennium Scholarship which provides financial assistance to attend approved Nevada state institutions.

The Millennium Scholarship awards a maximum of $10,000 to Nevada students who meet the required qualifications. The total amount will be distributed per-credit hour basis where the student is eligible to take up to 15 credits per semester. If the student decides to attend an NSHE community college, they will receive $40 per credit hour. Students who decide to attend an NSHE state college will receive $60 per credit hour. Students who decide to attend all other eligible institutions will receive $80 per credit hour.

What institutions accept the Millennium Scholarship?

  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • University of Nevada, Reno
  • College of Southern Nevada
  • Great Basin College
  • Nevada State College
  • Roseman University of Health Sciences
  • Sierra Nevada College
  • Truckee Meadows Community College
  • Western Nevada College

You can visit the Nevada State Treasurer’s website using the button below for additional information.

VISIT WEBSITE

Information about scholarships available to Boulder City High School students are now available on the Public Education Foundation website, accessible by clicking the button below.

VISIT WEBSITE

Below is a list of scholarship search engines to assist students with potential financial aid for college.

Testing Information

ACT vs NEW SAT

For information on the similarities and differences between the ACT and the New SAT, please click the button below.

LEARN MORE

TESTING DATES

Dates for upcoming tests and associated registration deadlines are not yet available, but will be posted here as soon as they have been distributed for publication.

Coming Soon

ACT INFORMATION

The ACT (“American College Test”) is now the more popular college admissions standardized test in the US, with the number of test-takers exceeding that of the SAT. The ACT covers skills that you’ve learned in school. The test has four sections: English, Math, Social Studies, and Natural Sciences. You can find out more information by visiting www.actstudent.org. In college admissions, the ACT Composite Score is by far the most important score. It is calculated by taking an average of your four core section scores, with these important points: The Composite is rounded to the nearest whole number; and 0.5 is rounded UP to the nearest whole number.

ACT FEES

**ALL JUNIORS IN THE CLARK COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT WILL TAKE THE ACT TEST FOR FREE**

ACT REGISTRATION

Students must register to take the ACT and may do so using the button below.  The information you provide during registration will be visualized on your score report to help you explore possible careers that align with your stated interests.  Registration takes approximately 40 minutes and you should be prepared with the following information:

  • Desktop or laptop with an internet connection
  • Credit card or other form of payment
  • High School course details
  • Headshot photo – now or anytime before the photo deadline
  • BCHS Code: 290020
REGISTER NOW

SAT INFORMATION

The SAT test is broken down into four categories: Reading, Writing and Language, Math, and Essay. You can find out what kinds of questions you’ll see on the SAT and what the test will measure by visiting collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat.

SAT REGISTRATION

Students must register to take the SAT and may do so using the button below.  Below is a list of what you will need to do:

  • Sign in to your free College Board account – your parent or counselor can’t register for you
  • Provide your full, legal name and other identifying information. Make sure it’s the exact same name and information shown on your photo ID
  • Decide if you want to answer other questions about yourself. This takes time, but it’s worth it if you want colleges and scholarship organizations to find you (learn why you should opt in to Student Search Service®)
  • Decide whether to sign up for the SAT with Essay (see which colleges recommend or require it)
  • Upload a photo that meets very specific photo requirements
  • Check out and print your Admission Ticket
REGISTER NOW

NCAA Eligibility Information

If you want to play sports at an NCAA Division I or II school, start by registering for a Certification Account with the NCAA Eligibility Center by clicking the button below.  If you want to play Division III sports or you aren’t sure where you want to compete, start by creating a Profile Page on the Eligibility Center website.

Visit NCAA Eligibility Center
Visit NCAA Website

Selective Service Registration

All males must register with the Selective Service System within 30 days after turning 18. Registering keeps our young men eligible for college loans, job training, government jobs and even driver’s license renewals in most states. They may fill out a paper registration form at the post office or simply register online at the Selective Service System’s website, accessible by clicking the button below.

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Career Exploration

The College & Career Center can help with college and career searches through the sites accessible through the buttons below.  Stop by the College & Career Center for one-on-one assistance in researching and finding the best career fits and options. Feel free to check out the website and take any of the Career Inventory Assessments.

If you need help completing a resume or want some feedback on yours, stop by the College & Career Center or see your counselor for more assistance.

NV My Future! Website
Career One Stop Website

Military Career Options

There are many advantages to military service. Immediate benefits include educational and career training through graduate degrees, the opportunity to become a commissioned officer through military academies or college ROTC, travel, specific guaranteed training upon entry, a community with a variety of attractions, free medical and dental care, lower cost commissary and post exchange service, guaranteed pay, promotion opportunities, access to a cadre of trained consultants and counselors, and free legal assistance.

If you are interested in a career in the military there are options for full time (active duty) and part time (reserve, National Guard) service. Education benefits can be found by clicking the button below.

VISIT WEBSITE

The ROTC allows students to attend College full-time, often with ROTC scholarships; with the student becoming an active duty officer (instead of enlistee) after college is finished and serving in the active duty for the contracted amount of time. Certain desirable military jobs require a college degree (Navigator, Pilot, etc.) This route is good for those wanting specific careers in the military that require a degree and who want guaranteed employment after school.

All prospective recruits take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB). Test results on the ASVAB determine your qualifications for enlistment and job-training opportunities. The ASVAB is given at high schools, or testing arrangements can be made with the military recruiters.  More information is available by clicking the button below.

VISIT WEBSITE

Apprenticeships / Internships / Jobs

Apprenticeships provide on-the-job training and classroom instruction in a skilled craft or trade. They are usually affiliated with trade unions, but some are not. Competition to get into most apprenticeships is strong. Applications are accepted during specified times when openings occur. Keep in mind you are applying for a job as well as a training program. Various trades provide important information on exactly what each trade does for a living as well as offering guidelines on apprenticeship opportunities and their application processes.

General Requirements
Minimum qualifications for entry to an apprenticeship program usually include that you:

  • Are at least 18 years of age
  • Have a high school diploma, GED or high school equivalent
  • Are physically able to do the job

Other requirements may include that you:

  • Have taken and satisfactorily passed classes in certain subjects (for example, one or two semesters of algebra or geometry)
  • Submit proof of education (such as high school transcripts)
  • Provide proof of documents (such as your Social Security card, birth certificate)
  • Provide character references
  • Take an aptitude test
  • Have a physical examination by a medical doctor, including tests to detect substance abuse (these may be required before or after you are hired)
  • Submit proof of military service
  • Have a valid driver’s license, with a good driving record
  • Be interviewed by the apprenticeship committee sponsoring the program

Examples of apprenticeship programs are:

  • Field Ironworkers Apprenticeship & Training Program
  • Southern Nevada Laborer’s Local #872 Training Trust
  • Associated Builders and Contractors Electrical &
  • Plumbing Apprenticeship Program
  • Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Contractors of Nevada
  • Joint Apprenticeship Training Program

A limited number of internship opportunities may become available throughout the school year. Internships are designed to provide students with experience in a field of interest by making available on-the-job training to preparing them with practical knowledge and experience to enhance their college studies and future career.

Check in with us at the College & Career Center in Room 606 for a listing of current internship opportunities.

A work permit is not required for a child who is fourteen or older in the State of Nevada. The College & Career Center keeps a listing of any jobs available to students, so please drop into Room 606 and see us about possible openings and feel free to check out Nevada JobConnect by clicking the button below.

VISIT WEBSITE

Work Experience

Work experience is an elective course and is a wonderful opportunity to earn ½ credit per semester. No seat time is required and it may be repeated for a second semester. Students who participate in Work Experience are required to fill out a Work-Based Learning Application. Students who are interested in signing up for Work Experience should contact Ms. Sole in Room 606 to get more details and the necessary paperwork.
Process to earn school credit:

  • Submit your check pay stub to document the hours worked during each pay period
  • Submit a signed Work-Based Learning Application
  • Report any and all changes in job duties or loss of your job
  • Work on the job a total of 270 hours during the semester

A student will NOT receive credit for the following types of employment:

  • Door to door solicitation
  • Commission work
  • Unlicensed businesses
  • Normal family duties at the student’s home
  • Babysitting (unless it is a licensed, child care facility)
  • Telephone solicitations
  • Getting paid cash (“under the table” work)
  • Jobs which do not comply with federal, state, and local health, safety and legal requirements

Advantages for participating in Work Experience:

  • Looks terrific on your transcript
  • Raises your grade point average
  • Gain invaluable work experience
  • Learn to manage your money and make decisions
  • Learn to manage and prioritize your time with school and homework, enhances multitasking
  • Appears striking on your resume
  • Improve your interpersonal and social skills by working with people (e.g. a boss, co-workers and customers)
  • Potential promotions
  • Possible letters of referrals for college or another job
  • Supports our local business community
  • Helps you make monumental decisions about your career path

CTE College Credit

The following is a list of Career and Technical Education (“CTE”) classes available at Boulder City High School:

  • Auto Technology
  • Computer Science
  • Video Production
  • Theater Technology

CTE College Credit provides an opportunity for secondary students who complete a state-approved program in career and technical education to earn postsecondary credit at no cost to the student. CTE College Credit is articulated credit, the high school coursework aligns to postsecondary courses, and the teacher of record is a high school CTE teacher. To qualify for the CTE College Credit, students must:

  • Earn a 3.0 grade point average in their CTE course sequence
  • Pass the state end-of-program technical content assessment
  • Pass the state workplace readiness assessment for employability skills

Visit the CTE College Credit website by clicking the button below for more details. Also, the Nevada Employability Skills for Career Readiness website, accessible by clicking the button below, can help with the Workplace Readiness Skills test.

CTSO’s (College & Tech Student Organizations) available at Boulder City High School are FBLA, DECA, and Skills, USA.

CTE College Credit Website
CTE ESCR Website

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