Junior Class Guidepost

Helpful Information from the Ray-Pec Counseling Department

Exploring KC

Check out this great program that allows students the opportunity to experience different careers and see what fits them!

AHEC Career Enhancement Scholars

If you have a student with a serious interest in a health career, The ACES program is now accepting applications. AHEC Career Enhancement Scholars (ACES) is a year-long, extra-curricular activity that will expose students to health careers and prepare them for a competitive program such as medical, dental or nursing school as well as careers in the allied health field. ACES students receive one-on-one career counseling, portfolio development, HIPAA training, career exploration, leadership, networking, school tours and other hands-on activities. SPACE IS LIMITED and students must meet the following to be accepted:
· Minimum 3.0 GPA (unofficial transcript is fine)

· Letter of recommendation from teacher or counselor

· Personal statement/one page essay on their career interest

· Current freshmen, sophomores, or juniors

The program is held on Saturdays and during the academic year September – May. Students also become eligible for summer camps and internship opportunities.

If interested, please complete the attached application. Stephanie Taylor, the AHEC director, would also be happy to give more information on the program. She can be reached at stephanie@hccnetwork.org or (660) 251-0519. There is a small fee ($40 to enroll, $20 per workshop) but students on free-reduced lunch can have the fee reduced and/or waived depending on financial situation.



RPHS Junior Checklist Aug-Oct

  • Make sure you are signed up for the A+ program (forms in counseling office)
  • Perform community service for A+ and document it on A+ form (forms in counseling office)
  • Choose 1-3 career options for after high school (Missouri Connections, http://www.k-state.edu/acic/majorin/)
  • Research what your career(s) entail(s) (training it requires, typical day, job outlook, etc.) using Missouri Connections, Occupational Outlook Handbook or other resources
  • Find the training appropriate for your career goal (colleges that offer that major, technical schools, military, apprenticeship programs) https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/college-search?navid=gh-cs, Missouri Connections under Learn about Work tab
  • Check the admission requirements for the schools that offer the training you need (Admission requirements will be on schools’ websites under “future students” or “Incoming Students”)
  • Research and visit schools (colleges, technical schools, military recruiters, apprenticeship programs) that have to do with your career goal (http://www.actstudent.org/college/visit.html)