O'Plaine College & Career News
December 19, 2022
Best of luck on your assessments this week, Blue Devils! Click here for the assessment schedule.
I hope you find time over break to relax, recharge and be with friends and loved ones. As we look ahead to a new year and new semester, much of the post-secondary focus shifts to freshmen and sophomores! Below you will find dates for our 2nd semester programming to help busy families plan ahead. In this issue you will also find info on:
- Sophomore Scholarship Opportunity
- Upcoming Virtual College Fairs
- 2nd Semester College Visits
- FREE Practice ACT/SAT Opportunity
- Industrial Speaker Series: Plumber, 1/24
- ASVAB Administration, 1/28
- UW-Milwaukee Casa Abierta for Latinx Students, 1/28
- Earn $225 by Learning About Apprenticeships
Have yourself a restful break!
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2nd Semester WTHS College & Career Events - Save the Dates!
- Jan. 19 Sophomore College Planning Presentation, 7pm, O'Plaine Auditorium
- Jan. 28 ASVAB for Interested Sophomores, 9 am, Almond Campus
Score interpretation session on Feb. 22 at 3:15 pm in O'Plaine College & Career Center
- Feb. 2 Camino a College, 7pm, O'Plaine Auditorium
A college presentation in Spanish for freshmen and sophomore families
- Feb. 16 Freshmen Exploring Post-Secondary Options Presentation, 7pm, O'Plaine Auditorium
- Feb. 24 All About Scholarships Workshop
For Freshmen & Sophomores during all lunch periods in O'Plaine College & Career Center
- March 18 ASVAB for Interested Sophomores, 9 am, Almond Campus
Score interpretation session on April 19 at 3:15 pm in O'Plaine College & Career Center
- April 12 & 13 PSAT
For Freshmen & Sophomores during the school day
- April 14 Career Fair
For Freshmen & Sophomores during all lunch periods in the Gym
SOPHOMORES: Qualify to Win $40,000 Just By Planning for Your Future!
Attention WTHS class of 2025: Hundreds of $500 scholarships and at least two $40,000 scholarships are being awarded each month to students who take steps toward their career and education after high school. There is no required essay, minimum GPA or test score. You qualify yourself by taking steps to get ready for life after high school. If your family’s income is less than $60,000 per year, you will get extra chances at these scholarships and earn double the entries for every drawing. Watch the brief video below to find out how you can easily win!
UW-Milwaukee Invites Latinx Students to Casa Abierta, 1/28
UWM is hosting Casa Abierta on Saturday, January 28, 2023. This is a bilingual event for prospective Latinx students. The day is specifically set up for Spanish-speaking high school students and their families. At Casa Abierta families will be able to:
- Take a tour of our beautiful campus—offered fully in Spanish or English.
- Attend a student panel and ask questions about student life at UWM.
- Learn more about our admissions process and DACA.
- Meet the Roberto Hernandez Center team.
Click here to register and for more information.
Spring Virtual College Fairs
Get info from colleges across the country without leaving the comfort of your own home! Virtual college fairs are a great way to explore a variety of schools, receive information and get your questions answered. Click below links for more info and to register.
In-Person College Visits Coming to O'Plaine
Starting in February, we will be hosting college representatives in-person at the O'Plaine Campus. Attending college visits is a great way to learn about schools and ask your specific questions. It is also a great way to dip your toe into your college exploration if you are just beginning! Stay tuned for more info next semester on how to sign up and schools coming!
FREE SAT/ACT Test at Grayslake Library, 2/4
Would you like to take a free, virtual, full-length practice SAT or ACT test to help you prepare for the actual exam? Register HERE to take the test. Presented in partnership with C2 Education. A link will be emailed to all registrants prior to event.
US Military Reps Cafeteria Visits
For students interested in learning more about the US Military, representatives from the following branches will be located in the Cafeteria during all lunch periods on the dates listed below. Stop by their table to ask questions or receive additional information.
Career & Job Info
ASVAB & Career Exploration Program
WTHS is hosting the ASVAB for interested WTHS Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors on Saturday, January 28 at 9:00 a.m. at the Almond Campus. The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery assesses a student's ability to learn new skills and is a predictor of success in training and education programs. It produces Career Exploration Scores that can aid in the exploration of a wide variety of career options. This would be a great test to take if you are unsure what you’d like to do in the future. The ASVAB is offered at no cost to you and there is no military obligation just by taking the test. Interested students can sign-up in the Guidance Office with Mrs. Ellis (O'Plaine) or Mrs. Maggiore (Almond) upon return from break. Note, we will offer another ASVAB administration on March 18.
Industry Speaker Series: Plumber, 1/24
Our featured industry for the month of January is plumbing (January 24).
This would be a good presentation for you to attend if you:
- Are an effective problem solver
- Like to work with your hands
- Can demonstrate physical and mental strength and endurance
- Don't mind math
- Have efficient interpersonal communication skills
By attending, students can expect to gain knowledge about the industry and jobs available within. Information shared may include: job history, job outlook, responsibilities, required training/education and practical advice and tips. Stayed tuned next semester for more info on attending.
Attend CLC's Apprenticeship Awareness Program & Earn $225!!!
To bring awareness to their Apprenticeship Programs, the College of Lake County is hosting a Spring Break, Apprenticeship Awareness Program on Zoom March 27 - 31 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, daily. Lake County high school students are eligible to register. By attending, students can expect to learn about CLC's lucrative apprenticeship apprenticeship career pathways in the following industries:
Automotive Collision Repair (ACR)
Automation Robotics /Mechatronics (ARM)
Early Childhood Education
Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC)
Industrial Technology (INT)
Network Administration/ Cybersecurity
Precision Machining Technology (PMT).
Space is limited to 35 students (first-come, first-served). To apply students submit the fillable PDF forms linked below and email the completed required app and docs to email@example.com.
- Parent/guardian signature and photo release forms required for students under 18
- Registration deadline is March 9, 2023 (or sooner if the sections are filled)
- Informational FLYER
- Registration Form
- Registration Form (Spanish)
- Photo Release Form
- Photo Release Form (Spanish)
Need a Work Permit?
Students under the age of 16 are required by the Illinois Department of Labor to have a work permit. If you have been hired, your employer will provide you with a letter of intent to employ at your request. You will need the letter, your social security card, birth certificate and you will also need a current physical on file to be issued a work permit. Bring these items to Mrs. Ellis in Student Services in the Main Office and see her with any questions.
Previous O'Plaine Newsletters
For past info and opportunities shared, visit prior issues below.