Almond College & Career News

May 12, 2023


Here we go, Seniors!! Your last days of HIGH SCHOOL!!

We are so incredibly proud of the young individuals you have become and for the lasting mark you will leave as a Blue Devil both in the classroom and on the field, court, stage, and in our clubs.

This will be my final newsletter for this school year, so Congratulations to the Class of 2023 and best of luck to you on the next phase of your life!

My motto is once a Blue Devil, always a Blue Devil, so if you need help with an alternative plan this summer, next year or in 5 years, we are here for you!


Click HERE to review the email sent on May 3rd with the following information:

  • FREE College Knowledge (Application) Workshop for Rising Seniors, June 5-6 or 7-8
  • How to access your SAT scores from April 13th in your College Board account
  • Tips for Preparing for Senior Year
  • College Summer Programs

Summer Appointments

  • Click HERE to schedule a 30 minute appointment with Ms. Hartley or Mrs. McGahan to prepare for your senior year! You will be glad you take the time to meet with us!


Congratulations as well to the Seniors who were honored at our Scholarships and Awards Night on May 4th. It is one of the counseling department's favorite events to see the fruition of all your hard work and involvement in various activities. Your smiles and excitement were priceless!

A huge THANK YOU to Maxine Elloian and Nick Steinhilber for creating over 260 Instagram posts to celebrate their classmates' senior intentions. They spent several hours fielding DMs, creating posts and communicating with Mrs. McGahan in order to get the shout outs posted! Please thank them if you see them! Click to access the @bluedevilseniors Instagram page or HERE to view the Google Slideshow if you do not have an Instagram account.

Graduation Checklist, Senior Exit Survey & Final Transcript Request

As seniors make their final decisions, here are a few action items to complete:

  1. Please review the Graduation Checklist.
  2. Complete your Senior Survey. Please note this can only be completed ONCE!
  3. Update your application statuses in Maia Learning: Final Transcript Instructions.
  4. Please complete complete the survey and request your final transcript no later than May 18th. If your family is still deciding after this date, the Senior Survey does provide an additional question to request a second final transcript be sent to a different college.
  5. If you have not already, please file your FAFSA or submit a Waiver ASAP. This is required to graduate from WTHS per the State of Illinois. Review this EMAIL for additional information. This must be completed by May 18th as well in order to receive your diploma.
  6. Check the Graduation website often.

Please note: We do not release final transcripts until early June when final semester 2 grades are posted and official. This will not include any SAT scores, so if you applied with a test score for admissions and it is an action item for you, the college needs to have an official ACT or SAT score report on file from either ACT or College Board sent electronically to your college. As always, if students need assistance in making their final plans for after high school, please contact your counselor or Mrs. McGahan.

Still not sure what to do after high school?

Then click HERE for additional tips on how to create a plan. Please contact your counselor or Mrs. McGahan if you need help planning for your next steps. Don't forget to explore our Virtual Career Fair to assist as well!

For BOTH Juniors and Seniors:

Looking for a Job?

See the Career Opportunities section below for local opportunities for high school students or check our Job Board often! We will continue to add more in the coming weeks!

We are here to help answer your questions, so students, please check your email often, follow us on Instagram or Facebook (@wthsccc), watch for text reminders or reach out to your counselor, Ms. Hartley or myself if you have any questions. We are glad to help! Here is the contact information for Student Services.

Have a great weekend and even better summer break!

Mrs. McGahan, Post-Secondary Counselor

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Need to meet with a Counselor?

If you would like to make an appointment to meet with your Almond Campus Counselor please email them or stop down to Student Services in the main office to submit a request form. If you would like to meet with Mrs. McGahan, please scan the QR code to the right or click HERE. Book an appointment during your free period.

College Information and Upcoming Events

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Want to earn a $100 Gift Card? The CLC Apprenticeship Program are hosting several summer opportunities for current students in grades 9 -12 to participate in one or more of the "learn and earn" programs in June or July. They are open to all students who have interest or wish to learn about employer use of apprenticeships and the CLC academic programs related to them. Space is limited for each program so early registration in May is encouraged! Deadline to register is May 30th.


Industries of Interest:

• Manufacturing

• Horticulture

• Business Administration

Employers for Site Visits:

Click HERE for a folder of flyers and registration forms. Students must complete a registration, photo release form and employer visit consent form for one or more of the programs they wish to attend. Once received, CLC will follow up with the students on specific dates and times for these events. (Note: A parent or guardian must sign the application form.) CLC will provide transportation to the employer sites either in Lake County or Chicago, but students must provide their own transportation to CLC's Grayslake Campus by 8:45 a.m.

Professional Services Webinar, May 17th

Are you looking to pursue a new career, land your next job, or earn a new credential? Register today for this virtual Webinar and learn about current opportunities in Lake County!

Join the Lake County Workforce Development office on May 17, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. to learn about Professional trends, labor market information, career paths, and more. Presented by Uma Subramanian, Business Services Account Executive.

Register for this Webinar:

Download the Flyer:

Truck Driver Career Fair, May 31

  1. 160 Driving Academy Career Fair – May 31 / In-person event: 415 N. Green Bay Rd. Waukegan, IL 60085

Are you looking for your next opportunity? Register for the upcoming 160 Driving Academy Truck Driver Training Job Fair. Wednesday, May 31, 2023 at 1:00 p.m.

Job Seeker registration link:

Juniors: Boys State 2023

Boys State is a week long government simulation where participants are citizens in a mock 51st state. Throughout the week , attendees learn how the American political system works by participating in their own primaries, elections and assemblies. In addition to participating in the mock government, attendees learn valuable leadership skills and participate in a wide variety of developmental opportunities. The applicants are open to males who have completed their Junior year by 2023 Click below for the information or visit their website.

Informational Flyer



Juniors: Girls State 2023

The American Legion Auxiliary’s marquee Girls State program, first presented in 1937, is one of the most respected and coveted experiential learning programs presented in the United States.

The program epitomizes the ALA’s mission to honor those who have brought us our freedom through our enduring commitment to develop young women as future leaders grounded in patriotism and Americanism. The young women become knowledgeable of the democratic process and how our republic form of government works at the state and national levels.

Applicants must currently be in their junior year in high school or the home school equivalent.

To apply and for additional information, visit their website.

Are you a First Generation College Student?

If you're planning to attend college and neither of your parents completed a college degree, then YOU are considered “First-Generation” or “First-Gen!” Did you know many of our Warren teachers are first-gen? Other more well-known first-gen college graduates include Michelle Obama, Ben Carson, Sonia Sotomayor, Oprah Winfrey, Elizabeth Warren and Bill Clinton. Over 40% of students entering college are first-gen (National Center for Education Statistics). All first-gen Almond students are invited to join our first-gen club "I'm First". Please email Mrs. McGahan ( if you are first-gen and would like college and career info!

Scholarship Information

Looking for Local Scholarships?

We are starting to receive regular scholarship opportunities in our inbox each week. To access the growing list, log onto Maia Learning. Under Financial Plan --> Local Scholarships. The list will continue to grow until spring break, so check often!

If you need to request a transcript for a scholarship, please complete this FORM. You may pick-up transcripts from Mrs. Maggiore in Student Services in the main office.

Waukegan Police & Fire Memorial Fund Scholarship

The Waukegan Police and Fire Memorial Fund Scholarship is awarding 2 $500 scholarships to high school seniors who would like to pursue a career as a first responder. Applicants must reside in the City of Waukegan, plan to major in criminal justice, fire science or EMS and attend an accredited 2 or 4-year college/university. Students must also have a minimum 2.5 GPA. Deadline to apply is May 15th. Click HERE for the application.

CLC Scholarship Information

Did you miss our CLC Scholarship Workshop on 3/23?

Click HERE to access Miss Meadowcroft's presentation. CLC Scholarships have a general application that is due by June 1st.

Stop by the CCC if you have additional questions.

National Scholarship Search Engines

There are billions of dollars of scholarship money for students intending to continue their education after high school! All students are encouraged to apply and some scholarships are even open to students as young as middle school! Continue to apply for national scholarships each year you are in college!

Planning Ahead: 2023 - 2024 COLLEGE FAIRS

If college is something you're thinking about, consider attending a college fair next year. It is a great way to talk to many college representatives from a variety of schools at once. Click here to see the calendar of college fairs for next school year!
Understanding Your SAT Score Report

Accessing and Understanding your SAT score

Need assistance in creating your College Board account? Click HERE for assistance.

Click HERE for additional resources to understanding your score and next steps.

What's a Hispanic-Serving Institution?

Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) are public or not-for-profit degree granting institutions with 25% or more Latino undergraduate full-time equivalent enrollment. Emerging HSIs have between 15 and 24.9 percent undergraduate full-time equivalent Hispanic enrollment. While emerging HSIs do not have the critical mass of Latino student enrollment required to meet the definition of an HSI, these institutions may soon meet the criteria as their enrollment grows and Latino representation increases. The Developing HSIs Program is a White House initiative on advancing educational equity, excellence, and economic opportunity for Hispanics. Click here for more information.

Additional Resources (including lists of HSIs and EHSIs):

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities

Excelencia in Education

Alliance of Hispanic Serving Institutions Educators

National Community College Hispanic Council

American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education

Class of 2024: Want to learn how to apply to college?

Then plan to register and attend College Knowledge this summer, 2023!

This comprehensive, 2 day, 2 1/2 hour workshop in the Almond Campus College and Career Center will walk you through the entire process and you will leave feel relieved about how simplistic the process is!

  • A binder of information will be distributed to each student including information about admissions, financial aid, scholarships, college search, Maia Learning, Common App, Coalition App, and more!
  • We will host Illinois State University to complete a live application to see what the applications are all about.
  • An English teacher will provide an introduction to the Common App essay prompts and essay writing in general.
  • A college-student panel of WTHS alumni will return to share their insight about the process and college life.
  • All for FREE!
  • Sign-up for one of our 4 sessions today to lock in your spot!
  • Session 1: June 5-6...9:45-12:15 (FULL)
  • Session 2: June 5-6...12:45-3:15
  • Session 3: June 7-8...9:45-12:15
  • Session 4: June 7-8...12:45-3:15

Career/Job Opportunities

Illinois Works Pre-Apprenticeship Program

Are you interested in a career in Construction and the Building Trades? Youth Build Lake County’s FREE Pre-apprenticeship program can prepare you to successfully transition to a Department of Labor registered apprenticeship in the trades! This 12-week program is for young people aged 18 or older who already have their high school diploma or equivalent, and are interested in starting a career in the construction industry. Students gain field experience on real construction sites to ensure that they are ready for employment in the field upon graduation.

Students would are 18 and currently high school seniors would begin the program in August. Applications are now open so that you can begin the orientation process. If a student is interested in applying or wants to learn more information, click below! - Info on the Program - Apply for the Program

Apprenticeship Program Search

Thinking about working in a trade in the future? Click here to access more information on apprenticeship programs. These are "earn as you learn" programs that students are usually eligible to apply for upon turning 18. Apprenticeships have a proven track record of producing strong results for both employers and workers. These programs offer access to hundreds of occupations, in high-growth and emerging industries, such as construction, IT, energy, healthcare, transportation, advanced manufacturing and more! Apprentices who complete an apprenticeship program retain employment, with an average annual salary of $70,000!

ADMA High School Summer Conservatory Programs

If you are a performing arts student who is still seeking an exciting and immersive summer experience, check out AMDA's High School Summer Conservatory programs! They offer immersive two-week high school summer conservatory programs in both New York and L.A. for Musical Theatre, Acting, and Dance!

Looking to jump into full-time work after high school, maybe even earn a college degree for free?

    • Check out the Learn while Earn jobs to earn anywhere from $15-27/hour starting pay with just a HS diploma!
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CLC Apprenticeship Program

Are you a hands-on learner who likes to learn as you go? Do you want your college education FULLY PAID for and earn money while doing it? Then an Apprenticeship program through CLC may be the right fit for you! To begin the program, students must be 18 years old, a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, have a high school diploma and may need a Math placement test. Visit their website for additional information or contact Mrs. McGahan. First step is to apply to CLC!

Career Programs for Apprenticeships

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Teen Opportunities at the Anti-Cruelty Society

The Anti-Cruelty Society, in partnership with The University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, offers a unique program for high school students with a serious interest in veterinary medicine or animal science related careers. This academic opportunity introduces students to the many areas of science that they will encounter in veterinary school using a college lecture format. The virtual program explores topics such as veterinary school admissions, challenges and thrills of being a veterinarian, and how clinical science is used to diagnose and treat injury and disease in a variety of animals.

Application deadline is June 4th.

To learn more and to apply:

Click HERE for additional volunteer and virtual opportunities in working with animals.

Local Job Board

Click on this button to learn about local job openings in Lake County!

Lake County Sheriff Explorer Post Program

This program is open to any 14 to 21-year-old interested in learning more about law enforcement careers. Students will help the community as well as learn about careers in law enforcement and learn foundational policing skills. For additional information see their website.

Virtual Career Fair

Click HERE to access and explore 170+ careers with videos and information. By participating, you will gain a better understanding of the variety of industries and positions. Some employers may also have possible internships, apprenticeships, job shadowing and/or employment opportunities for our students! For those of you who may not know what you want to do, there’s a career assessment included that will help you narrow down a career cluster to further research. At the end, please complete the exit survey to reflect and provide feedback so we can continue to assist you with your post-high school plans.

General Resources

Support Services are Available

WTHS has in-person Study Tables on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:20-3:00 p.m. in the Almond Campus Library for English, Math, Science and Social Studies. Students who need bus transportation home are able to take the shuttle from Almond to O'Plaine and take the O'Plaine busses home.

For a list of our WTHS academic tutors, please click HERE.

Maia Learning: Our College and Career Planning Tool

Maia Learning is a college and career readiness platform that engages students in planning their futures. It allow students to develop profiles, explore careers that fit those profiles, and build academic, college, and career plans. It helps them manage college applications, and build portfolios that will gain them admission. It helps counselors manage student progress, and keeps families involved in the process.

Click here for a brief tutorial on accessing Maia Learning or click here for a shared folder which houses several helpful video tutorials and resources on the college search and application process.

WTHS Post-Secondary Planning Guide

This comprehensive guide encompasses the entire post-secondary planning process. Key features include a four-year timeline, tips for the college search and application process, how to navigate financial aid and scholarships and more!

Sallie Mae Paying for College Resource

The Paying for College Resource delivers free, easy to understand information and resources, so your family is confident you have everything you need to figure out how to pay for school.

Wondering if your interested college has test-optional admissions?

To date, as published over 1,800 colleges and universities which are allowing Fall 2022 applicants to apply test-optional. Many institutions are stating students are at no disadvantage of applying test-optional. But it is good diligence on your part to verify the institution will still distribute merit, academic scholarships, be considered for direct-entry, competitive majors and Honors College consideration.
Videos from College Reps to Enhance Your College Search

The Chicago Area Regional Representatives organization compiled helpful videos for students to navigate through the college search and application process. Hear first-hand tips from college reps!

Previous Almond Newsletters

For previous info and opportunities shared, visit newsletters below.

  • Click here to reference the April 16, 2023 issue
  • Click here to reference the March 13, 2023 issue
  • Click here to reference the February 26, 2023 issue
  • Click here to reference the February 12, 2023 issue
  • Click here to reference the January 29, 2023 issue
  • Click here to reference the January 15, 2023 issue
  • Click here to reference the December 4, 2022 issue
  • Click here to reference the November 20, 2022 issue
  • Click here to reference the November 4, 2022 issue
  • Click here to reference the October 23, 2022 issue
  • Click here to reference the October 9, 2022 issue
  • Click here to reference the September 25, 2022 issue
  • Click here to reference the September 11, 2022 issue
  • Click here to reference the August 30, 2022 issue

Mrs. McGahan

Almond Post-Secondary Counselor

Instagram @wthsccc

(847) 548-6709

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