College and Career Center

The Waxahachie High School College and Career Center is committed to preparing all students for the next exciting chapter of their lives by ensuring that they are college, career and life ready!

 

The Center is designed to provide information, skills, and opportunities to help students achieve their full potential, whether that path involves college, career or the military.

 

We encourage students and their parents to browse through and utilize the information provided below.

 

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Exploring Careers: Getting a job is often one of the first career decisions you will encounter as you move through the career development process. The College and Career Center understands that this choice can be both exciting and challenging to navigate; therefore, we have located a variety of tools and services to help you evaluate your values, interests, and skills to assist you in making a career decision.

 

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Online Career and Job Exploration: Feel free to search, explore, and gather information on careers that fit your interests and needs at any time. These sites below offer a plethora of information in a variety of formats. Do your research and then set up a meeting with your WHS College and Career Advisor to take the next step.

 

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Career Decision Making: The first step to solving a career or job challenge is to bridge the gap between where you are and where you want to be. Exploring your values, interests, and skills with your advisor will help you find career options that match up with your goals.

 

 

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Military

Please speak with your College and Career Advisor for general information and/or to answer questions about a career in the military. 

 

Each branch of the military has a recruiter assigned to the WHS campus.  Simply stop by the College and Career Center, located inside the library, if you would like to be connected with one of these recruiters.

 

ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery)

This test is administered every year during the school day to anyone in grades 10-12 who is interested.  It not only serves as an entrance exam for the military but is also used for vocational direction. There is no military obligation for those who choose to take the test.

         

Interested students can sign up for the test at the College and Career Center.

 

 

College Visits

High school juniors and seniors should be seriously considering their plans after high school now.  A great amount of information about post-secondary options can be gathered through internet research but is not a true substitute for a college visit.

 

Juniors and seniors are allowed two college visits with prior approval. A junior or senior student’s absence of up to two days related to visiting a college or university will be considered an exemption, provided the student receives approval from the campus principal, with completion of the proper form prior to the college visit (below), follows the campus procedures to verify such a visit, and makes up any work missed.

 

WHS College Visit Approval Form


We strongly encourage students to notify colleges prior to a planned visit to their campus.  During a college visit, a student should meet with an Admissions Counselor to ask questions about their planned course of study, admission criteria, application, and financial aid process. They should also take a tour of the campus and, if possible, sit in on a class that they find interesting. Ask if schools have the option of spending the day with a current student and/or spending a night in a residence hall. College visits are a great way for students to experience campuses firsthand before making any commitments.

 

Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment

The TSI assessment is required to qualify for Dual Credit classes unless the minimum standards are met elsewhere.  Most students interested in taking Dual Credit or concurrent college classes will need to pass this exam in order to register.  See a counselor to inquire about TSI testing opportunities at WHS, or call the Navarro College testing center to schedule the TSI Exam:

Additional TSI Information and Practice Resources

*Once an account is created, choose Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Practice Tests and then hit “SAVE”.  The site will then redirect to the TSI practice.

 

Dual Credit

Dual Credit classes are offered at Waxahachie High School high through Navarro College. This is a great way to earn college credits during high school.  See a Waxahachie High School counselor for information about Dual Credit eligibility requirements, courses, registration information, and scholarships.

 

Pre-AP/Honors/AP (Advanced Placement)

Advanced Placement (AP) courses provide rigor and complexity as determined by the guidelines in the College Board.  Students taking AP courses may receive college credit by achieving a score of 3 or higher on the Advanced Placement Exam.  It is recommended that students check with universities of consideration for the university’s specific requirements in accepting Advanced Placement course credit as earned college hours prior to enrolling in AP courses. Below is a link to assist in determining a college/university’s AP Credit acceptance policy:

 

Students taking an AP course may be required to take the AP Exam. Students will be responsible for the examination fee.

 
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Debra DeNicola

College & Career Advisor

A-Luna

Military Liaison

(972) 923-4600 x21067

 

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Darin Ford

College & Career Advisor

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NCAA Advisor

(972) 923-4600 x21167

 

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