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Curtis Menke
College & Career Counselor
menkecurtis@dist156.org
779-244-3453

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McHenry High School believes 1) that all students must further their education/training beyond a high school diploma and 2) that career development is nonlinear.

The MCHS College & Career Counselor promotes career exploration and prepares students to take action on postsecondary goals, plans, and ideas. This is accomplished through a variety of opportunities, including large-scale presentations, classroom lessons, small groups, individual meetings, parent events, developmental curriculum, online resources, and community engagement.

MCHS Postsecondary Developmental Model

MCHS Framing Your Future

Primary Resources

Click here to open MCHS College & Career Guide in browser or app.

Other Resources

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Naviance

College research, career exploration, scholarship locator, and MCHS course planning tool. All MCHS students have an account; username is student email. Use "Forgot Password" if cannot recall password.

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Local Scholarships

List of scholarships offered by local organizations. List also includes many national scholarships. Deadlines, eligibility criteria, and descriptions are indicated.

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FAFSA & Federal Student Aid

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is completed after Oct 1st of senior year to apply for federal, state, and institutional Grants, Loans, and Work Study. FAFSA completion is also a state graduation requirement.

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Alternative Application for Undocumented & Transgender Students

Allows qualifying undocumented & transgender students to apply for Illinois MAP Grants. Completed after Oct 1st of senior year.

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McHenry County Workforce Network

McHenry County Workforce Network's Young Adult Workforce Program provides Workforce Training to eligible 18-24 year-old county residents. Common eligibility qualifiers are Low-Income and/or Disability (IEP/504) status.

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Student-Athlete Eligibility

Prospective college student-athletes must take specific steps in high school to ensure eligibility. The NCAA, NAIA, & NJCAA are the student-athlete organizations. The NCAA Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete is essential for those considering NCAA programming.

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College Board, SAT, & AP

College Board oversees the SAT assessment suite as well as AP courses and exams. Additionally, College Board offers college planning, career/major exploration, and scholarship search tools.

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MCHS Course/Curriculum Guide

Comprehensive guide containing detailed descriptions of all MCHS courses and pathways as well as many academic policies. Essential for course selection, planning, & sequencing.

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MCHS Courses Organized by Career Cluster Guide

MCHS resource organizing all MCHS courses and pathways into similar career types/clusters. Essential for 4-year course planning.

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Occupational Outlook Handbook

Comprehensive career research resource provided by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Transcript Request Form (Alumni)

Form for MCHS alumni to request official transcripts.