College and Career

Welcome to Your College & Career Center

The LBV College and Career Center, located in Student Services Building 800, is committed to assisting students in setting a successful course for themselves beyond high school. The center assists students with the college selection and application process as well as identifying school-to-career paths.

Your College & Career Advisor:  

Email:   [email protected]

Follow us on social media:  @LBVguidanceOCPS

Center Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
8:00 am to 2:30 pm

Wednesday
8:00 am to 1:30 pm

Student walk-ins are welcome during lunches. 

Wednesdays are group college/financial aid/scholarship application help days, walk-ins are welcome during electives with a teacher pass, during lunches, and after school. 

For one-on-one appointments, please contact directly through email.

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Exploring & Planning

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What Career is Right for You?

Use the following tools to help you determine which career field(s) you are most interested in and what would be a good fit for you. You can take different assessments to choose what you like to do, what you would be good at, what kind of work environment you desire, what type of lifestyle you desire, and much more!

Other ways of exploring careers would be job shadowing, attending a career fair, taking the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test, taking the Future’s Prep Finale course (available to juniors and seniors), and interviewing someone in a specific career field, talking to parents, counselors, or career advisors. Once you have an idea of the career(s) you are interested in, then it’s time to plan your course to get there!

Click on these five tabs to explore post-high school options (accessible only through Canvas):

College U.S. Military Apprenticeships Employment

 

The following is a list of links to various to the Web sites of schools in the state of Florida which may interest you or your child.

Helpful Links:

College Search Websites

Military Websites

Technical Schools

Occupation Website

Grade-Level Planning Checklists: 

For help making your post-secondary plans, use these checklists with actionable steps you can take.

  • Grades 9-10 Checklist  - Ninth and Tenth grades are important years in a student’s college and career preparation journey. Learn how a student can have a well-rounded experience in high school.
  • Grade 11 Checklist  - It's crucial to stay on top of college and career preparation during the Junior year and the following summer. Learn what the most important tasks are this year. 
  • Grade 12 Checklist - Senior year is the time to apply for college admission and federal student aid. Learn what a student should be doing throughout the year to stay on track at this busy time. Use this template to request a letter of recommendation and this "brag" sheet to provide a snapshot of what you've done in high school. 

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SCOIR

SCOIR connects prospective students with resources and people that support college discovery, personal connection, and application success. This is a FREE district-provided resource for all OCPS students that allows them to search over 1,000’s colleges and universities across the country to find the "right fit". SCOIR allows students to apply directly to colleges and universities through their platform, speeding up school uploading transcripts, letters of recommendation, fee waivers, etc.

For access, visit your LaunchPad and click on the SCOIR icon. 

Community Service

Engage as a volunteer in your community! Although not a requirement to graduate, community service hours are a positive addition to college applications and are required for many scholarship opportunities including Florida's Bright Futures. Here are the guidelines for students to complete community service hours:

  • STEP 1:  Find an organization that will allow you to complete community service hours.
    Suggested Opportunities  /  Activities That Do Not Count
  • STEP 2:  Complete this Community Service Proposal.
  • STEP 3:  Deliver your completed proposal to your counselor for approval signature. This must be done before beginning any community service.
  • STEP 4:  Once approved, begin your community service, logging your hours and collecting signature(s) from your organization's contact person. Complete this Community Service Log and Reflection.
  • STEP 5: After completing your hours, write a reflection of your experience and submit your signed log/reflection to your counselor.

IMPORTANT:   
- Students must only begin community service work after their proposal has been submitted to and approved by their school's counselor. 
- Students must submit a separate proposal per project/organization.
- Logs must be submitted by the end of EACH school year.
- It is recommended that students keep copies of all completed forms for their own records.
-Teachers/Club Sponsors/Coaches are NOT able to approve community service forms or to accept nor submit community service forms on behalf of students. Hours must be submitted directly to Student Services by the student.
-Students must follow the same procedures for PAID WORK. Please note that only up to 75 hours may be approved. Same forms will be used, with the additional of a copy of the pay stub to their counselor, after the proposal is approved.
-Seniors and juniors applying to become National Honor Society candidates must have a minimum of 20 hours of community service  hours completed in high school. Paid work does not qualify. 

College Admissions

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Once you have selected your preferred schools, use this guide to complete your college applications. If you have questions, your counselor and College and Career Center staff are available to help you with each of the tasks.

  • Visit the US News Best Colleges to see this year's top-ranked universities in the U.S.

College Rep Visits

This is a great way to gather information about colleges without going onto campus. Each college has a representative that is your go-to person at that college. They will help walk you through the process of gathering information and applying if you choose to. We strongly encourage you to take advantage of these visits!

Visit this link to see upcoming dates & to sign up:   https://bit.ly/LBVcollegerep

NACAC Virtual Fairs 

Financial Aid and Scholarships

There are many scholarship opportunities available for students, both locally and nationally. We encourage students to use scholarship search engines to find the best fit and apply.  Remember scholarships are open to everyone, so it is important to spend your time only applying to the ones for which you feel you are uniquely qualified. It is also good to create a separate email account when you sign up for these national scholarship sites because you will receive many emails daily from these sites.

  • 2022-2023 Scholarship List - Live Google Doc that is continually updated by OCPS staff with scholarship opportunities. Check often and keep track of deadlines. 
  • FL Student Scholarship & Grant Programs (Bright Futures)  -  Merit-based scholarships for students attending postsecondary educational programs in Florida.  All LBV Seniors must apply, starting October 1st. 
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)  -  This form helps determine students' eligibility to receive federal or state financial aid. Required by most colleges. We recommend all LBV Seniors fill out the FAFSA no matter what the income of the family is. To complete a FAFSA, the student must be a US Citizen, permanent resident, or eligible non-citizen, asylum granted. 
  • College Scholarship Service Profile (CCS)  -  Some colleges and universities require a CSS profile that can be completed on the College Board website. An online application that collects information used by hundreds of colleges, universities, professional schools, and scholarship programs to award financial aid from sources outside of the federal government. There is a fee from the College Board, so be sure your school requires it before you complete it.
  • BigFuture - From the College Board, students may earn entries in monthly drawings for $500 and $40,000 scholarships by completing steps to plan for college. The sooner you start and the more steps you complete, the more chances you’ll have to win. Every month, BigFuture selects two $40,000 winners and hundreds of $500 winners who complete one or more steps.
  • Going Merry - Great website for scholarship search.
  • Raise.Me  -  Scholarship dollars for achievements in and out of the classroom, such as having good grades, playing sports, and more!
  • LendEDU Scholarships  -  Provides students and families a step-by-step guide in the different types of scholarship opportunities and provides a list of current ones. 
  • CareerOneStop - Search more than 8,000 scholarships, fellowships, grants, and other financial aid awards. 

YouTube Channel

You can find great College & Career resources on the OCPS YouTube Channel

Visit the link:  Bit.ly/OCPSCollegeandCareer
 
Their library includes video guides on what to do each semester of high school, how to find the right college, how to prepare for college interviews, how to find and apply for scholarships, and more!

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Dual Enrollment

Dual Enrollment allows students to pursue an advanced curriculum that earns the student both high school and college credit simultaneously, and the cost is covered by OCPS!  There is great potential to further engage and motivate students who take academically rigorous courses that capture their interests.   To enroll in dual enrollment academic courses, students must demonstrate a readiness to successfully complete college-level course work and have attained a qualifying grade point average.  College-level dual enrollment courses are weighted the same as Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and Advanced International Certification of Education courses when grade point averages are calculated. 

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Characteristics of Successful Dual Enrollment Students: 

  • Reading and writing proficiency
  • Independent
  • Motivated
  • Self-directed
  • Good time management skills
  • Personally responsible for learning
  • Effectively communicates with counselors

Interested?   Reach out to your counselor!

Please remember:  It is great to take challenging college courses! The grade that you receive on your college-level classes will go on both your high school and college transcripts and will impact both your high school and college GPAs. You should take our courses seriously and understand that they require your time and attention. Similarly, if you are successful in our rigorous college-level courses it will positively impact your GPA and student resume.

 

 

 

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