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MARCH 2023

College & Career Newsletter

What’s in This Newsletter?

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Naviance - High School & Beyond Plan

Senior Exit Interviews


Financial Aid

Career Map Meetups

Other Opportunities

Guaranteed Admissions Program

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College & Career Readiness Center (CCRC) - Come stop in and visit us anytime! We’re here 30 minutes before and after school, and all throughout the day. Our office is at Capital High School. When you enter in the front door next to the office, turn left at the Compass. We’re across the hall from the Student Store.

CCRC Website

CCRC Phone: 360-596-8029

Marcy Proctor - College & Career Readiness Specialist,, Schedule An Appointment With Me Here

Kimari Helmer - CCRC Office Professional,

Calendar                                                                                                               Back to Top

View the CCRC Calendar on our website

Events held in the CCRC - SIGN UP IN NAVIANCE! Go to:

Naviance > Rep Visits >

Mar 01 - Senior Naviance Tasks Due

Mar 07 - ASVAB Career Exploration Program (AKA Test) - For 10th-12th graders who want to asses their career aptitudes for civilian and Military pathways - CCRC, 9am-12pm 

Mar 07 - WEBINAR: Financial Aid Award Letters for Students & Families, Presented by the College Success Foundation, Register Online, 6pm

Mar 08 - SPSCC Early Bird Admissions - CCRC, 9:31am-10:37am

Mar 08 - Minneapolis College of Art and Design- Virtual Rep visit - CCRC, 12pm & 1pm.

Mar 08 - SPSCC Early Bird Admissions - CCRC, 2:45-3:45pm

Mar 09 - Seattle Pacific University - Rep Visit - CCRC, 12pm

Mar 09 - University of Oregon - Rep Visit - CCRC, 1pm

Mar 09 - New Market Skill Center Program Exploration Night - NMSC, 5-7pm.

Mar 10 - ASVAB Career Exploration Program (AKA Test) - *OSD KNOX Building, 9am-12pm, Register Online

Mar 10 - United States Marine Corps - Rep Visit - CCRC, 12pm & 1pm

Mar 14 - ASVAB Score Explanation and Information - CCRC, 12pm & 1PM

Mar 14 - WEBINAR: Understanding Financial Aid Offers. By uAspire - 1 PM

Mar 15 - US Navy Rep visit- CCRC, 12 & 1pm

Mar 16 - Running Start Application Assistance - CCRC, 12pm & 1pm

Mar 17 - University of Utah - Virtual Rep visit - CCRC, 12pm

Mar 19 - NACAC Virtual College Fairs

Mar 21 - Yale University - Rep Visit - CCRC, 12pm & 1pm

Mar 22 - Career Map Meetup - Community Development - CCRC, Club time, 9:31am

Mar 22 - WSU Sweet & Greet - For seniors who have accepted admittance to WSU in the Fall, meet with a member of WSU’s Admissions team to get your questions answered! - CCRC, 12pm-3pm

Mar 23 - SPSCC Placement Assessment, in the CHS CCRC from 8:30 to 3:30

Mar 27 - Webinar: Understanding Financial Aid Offers. By uAspire - 9 AM.

Mar 29 - Senior Class Meeting - PAC, 9:30-10:35am

Naviance and High School & Beyond Plan                                                      Back to Top

Each grade level will be required to complete tasks yearly to maintain a record of research and planning for life after high school.  Tasks are assigned to students during High School & Beyond Plan lessons administered through required coursework by grade level.  (Freshman - Health/PE, Sophomores - English, Juniors - History, Seniors - English)

SENIORS - Tasks are PAST DUE. Required tasks must be completed by March 1st* 

*Exceptions for Running Start students who have passed CCS 101 & 102 or Full IB Diploma students

JUNIOR, SOPHOMORE, & FRESHMEN - Required tasks must be completed by June 1st*  *Exceptions for Running Start students that have passed CCS 101 & 102

To see your progress and complete tasks with the HSBP, please do the following:

Log into Naviance Student (through your OSD Portal) Login Information: 

> Go to OSD Portal Portal > Select Naviance under Curriculum or Applications > View PLANNER > TASKS > Scroll down to ‘Tasks you Need to Work On’

Need more Naviance help? Connect with Ms. Marcy or Ms. Kimari in the CCRC!

Senior Exit Interviews                                                                                         Back to Top

Senior Exit Interviews are the final step of a student’s High School and Beyond Plan. During these 10 minute, student-led interviews students will answer three guiding questions: (1) Who Are You? (2) What Can You Become? (3) How Will You Become That?

Dates/times have yet to be set, but you can begin to prepare now.

To prepare, you can:

  • Complete all Naviance Tasks by March 1st
  • Have your resume ready
  • Review the rubric
  • Practice what you’ll say!

Date: SPRING during MAP testing. Dates announced as soon as we know.

Time: MORNING (aprox. 8:55am 10:45am)

Scholarships                                                                                                       Back to Top

Note: Almost all scholarships require the completion of Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Washington Application for Financial Aid (WASFA)

LOCAL CHS Foundation Just for CHS Seniors! The CHS Foundation manages over 25 scholarships that offer a wide range of awards. All CHS Seniors should apply! OPEN NOW -  April 16, 2023.

Microsoft DisAbility Scholarship ($20,000) - This scholarship will be awarded to promising high school seniors with disabilities who plan to attend a vocational or academic college and target a career in the technology industry. The scholarships are renewable – each winner who continues to meet the criteria is eligible to receive an annual award of $5,000 for up to four (4) consecutive years for a potential $20,000 scholarship. Due March 15, 2023

LOCAL TwinStar Credit Union Scholarships Available to high school graduates from the class of 2023 who are enrolling in higher education in fall of 2023. Must be a TwinStar member (not a member? Open an account!) Awards are $2,000. Due March 31, 2023

WAVE Scholarship The Washington Award for Vocational Excellence (WAVE) recognizes high-performing career and technical education (CTE) students both in high school and at the college level. Awards range from $4,500 - $9,000. Due March 17, 2023

Lindsey Vonn Foundation $5,000 scholarships for girls. Two scholarships offered, one for sports, and one based on financial need. Due March 31, 2023

NEW & LOCAL The Washington Center Anacker Scholarship for the Arts For seniors graduating in Thurston County who intend to pursue a course of study in the arts. Due April 11, 2023

LOCAL Community Foundation of South Puget Sound CFSPS manages 27 scholarship funds that offer a wide range of scholarship awards. This is a great local scholarship opportunity! OPEN NOW -  April 12, 2023.

LOCAL Griffin School Foundation Three scholarships available for students who attended Griffin School. OPEN NOW -  April 12, 2023.

NEW & LOCAL Olympia Tumwater Foundation Complete one application, be considered for several awards! Due April 14, 2023

NEW & LOCAL TCBA Law Day Speech Scholarship Contest Compete in this local speech contest to win money! Scholarships are awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Apply to participate by April 14, 2023 at 5:00pm.

NEW & LOCAL New Market Skill Center Foundation Current New Market Skills Center students planning to attend a college or trade school are eligible to apply. Complete one application, be considered for several scholarships. Due April 25, 2023.

LOCAL Rotary Resilience Scholarship (2) $1500 scholarships in 2023 will be awarded to seniors graduating from Olympia School District. The scholarship will be awarded to students who have shown extraordinary resilience to a personal or family life challenge. Examples include family, personal, financial, health, physical, emotional, and mental health, and all other scenarios where resilience has been demonstrated. Due April 28, 2023

Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program The ETV Program is a national program for youth who qualify and are likely to age out of the foster care system. ETV offers financial assistance to eligible youth to attend an accredited college, university, vocational or technical college. The maximum ETV award is $5,000 per academic year. Due April 30, 2023

NEW & LOCAL Larson Family Scholarship The Larson Family will give college scholarships valued between $500 and $2,500 to graduating seniors within the Olympia School District who intend to major in political science or international relations and/or take college courses in preparation for a career in public policy, government, or politics. OPEN NOW -  May 9, 2023.

NEW & LOCAL Driver’s Ed Scholarship Olympic Driving School offers scholarships for driver education. Applicants must be enrolled in high school (or home-schooled equivalent) as full-time students for the present or upcoming school year. Due October 1, 2023

Other Scholarship Resources                                                          

Naviance: A scholarship list can be found in Naviance. Log in through your Student Portal. Go to: Naviance > Colleges > Scholarships & Money > Scholarship Search

CHS Scholarship Webpage: The CCRC website has several scholarship sites listed on our website. Check it out and apply to more online!

Financial Aid                                                                                                        Back to Top

Financial Aid through FAFSA and WASFA is a necessary component in your post-secondary planning. Whether you plan on going to a trade school or apprenticeship program, or 4 year college or 2 year college, completing FAFSA or WASFA is necessary to fund your post-high school program.

EVERYONE is encouraged to complete FAFSA or WASFA. If you think you make too much  money, have plans to join the military, have an undocumented status or you’re only .01% sure you’ll attend a post high school program, you will benefit from completing a Financial Aid application. Many scholarships also require that students have a FAFSA or WASFA on file.

Here are some steps to complete your FAFSA or WASFA.

Step 1: Senior class of 2023 will fill out only 1 financial aid form. To find out which form you should file click HERE to answer a few short questions.

Step 2: Follow the steps of whether you’ll complete FAFSA or WASFA.



Note: The FAFSA is for US Citizens, Legal Permanent Residents (Green card holders) and several other types of visas.

If you are a US Citizen and your parents are undocumented, you WILL fill out the FAFSA. The financial aid application is based on the student, not the parent, even though most students will provide their parents information.

Note:  If you are undocumented, you will apply with a state based financial aid application if your state has one. In Washington State, that form is called the WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid). 

Here is the link to the FAFSA website

Here is the step-by-step direction on completing the whole FAFSA application.

  • To sign the FAFSA electronically, students and parents with SSN will each need to create an FSA ID.

  • If parents don't have SSN then you will print a signature page, sign and mail in.

Click HERE for a video on how to create your FSA ID.

Click HERE for an FSA ID worksheet.

Information on the WASFA including eligibility requirements and a link to apply can be found at:

Click HERE for the guide on how to fill out the WASFA

Click HERE for a helpful step-by-step guide

Otterbot (FAFSA/WASFA help via text)

OtterBot for Parents begins early March

Free texting service helps parents guide their student into college or training after high school

Did you know that College Bound has a free texting service called “OtterBot” that is available 24/7 to help students with their questions about financial aid and College Bound?

In early March 2023, OtterBot for Parents will begin sending texts to the parents and guardians of juniors and seniors to help answer their questions too. If College Bound has the parent’s cellphone number on file, they can expect a message from OtterBot.

Parents can also text “Hi OtterBot” to 360-634-0354 to get connected.

We hope families take advantage of OtterBot! If you have any trouble connecting with OtterBot, you can contact the College Bound Office at (888) 535-0747, Option 1 or email them at

Career Map Meetups                                                                                           Back to Top

What: Career Map Meetups are events hosted in the CCRC, where students, community organizations and professionals connect about job and career opportunities. Each month, we will feature a different career field and invite professionals and business to speak and connect with our students.

When: The dates are listed below. The events will occur on a Wednesday every month during

Coug Time from 9:35-10:37am

Where: In the College & Career Readiness Center at CHS!

Career Meetup Events

February 22, 2023

Healthcare & Behavioral Health

March 22, 2023

Community Development - City Planning, Public Works, Parks & Recreation

April 26, 2023


Other Opportunities                                                                                  Back to Top

Last Minute Volunteer Opportunity: Marshall Middle School - Friday March 24th 

Friday March 24th Activity Night at Marshall Middle School for Marshall students from 6:30-8:30pm. There will be a DJ, dancing, basketball, karaoke and games. Looking for high school students that wish to volunteer. Also connect with Luke Burns about employment with The City of Olympia Parks, Art and Recreation Summer Youth Programs, which are currently available online Here. Stop in the CCRC for more info.

LAST MINUTE Pre-Health Conference The largest pre-health conference hosted at the University of Washington. Open to all high school and undergraduate students! Hosted by the Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students at the University of Washington. Event is this Saturday, March 11, 2023

LOCAL New Market Skill Center Program Exploration Night Get an in-person look at NMSC programs. For prospective students and families. Event is March 9, 2023 5-7pm

LOCAL Strong Voices Arts Academy FREE residential arts camp for WA foster care youth ages 10-15. This free weeklong arts academy is in Port Townsend. Travel, accommodations, and food are included. Takes place April 2-7, 2023. Application Extended to March 15, 2023

West Point Academy - Summer Leaders Experience Current high school Juniors are invited to apply for this week-long immersion into the academic, military and social life of a cadet. Applications due March 15, 2023

LOCAL Good Citizenship Art Contest Thurston County Elections is looking for someone to design the new ‘I Voted’ sticker! See rules and apply online. Applications due March 21, 2023

Girls Who Code Free Summer Programs Apply now to Girls Who Code’s free summer programs, with options running June 16 - August 11! They've got two great opportunities, so you can choose the one that fits your needs. Due March 24, 2023

LOCAL State Board of Education Student Advisory Council The Association of Student Leaders is seeking a current high school sophomore to serve a two-year term on the AWSL Student Voice & Advisory Council, who will also serve as the student representative to the State Board of Education (SBE).  Applications due March 31, 2023

LOCAL Summer Camp Counselor Jobs - Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation Looking for a great summer job? Apply to be a Camp Counselor with the City of Olympia! Pay ranges from $16 - $25/hour. Applications Due April 7, 2023

LOCAL Summer Work for Youth Crew Members WA Department of Ecology hiring 14-17 year olds to work on our Ecology Youth Corps (EYC) road crews from July 10 – Aug. 17, 2023. Crew members work Monday–Thursday, 7 a.m – 3 p.m. Rate of pay is $15.74 per hour. Apply online. Applications due April 20, 2023 at 5:00pm

LOCAL Construction Training Bootcamp The Olympia Career Hub is hosting Construction Bootcamp training and it is FREE for residents of the City of Olympia or members of the Squaxin Island Tribe. Participants must be 18 years of age and have completed high school (or earned their GED). SENIORS: there is a training over summer from July 17 – Sep 1. Earn (FREE) certifications in OSHA 10 Safety, Forklift Operating, and Flagging. Additionally, there will be a hiring event with local employers for job placement after graduation.

LOCAL Rotary Youth Leadership Award Conference RYLA is an intensive leadership experience organized by Rotary clubs and districts where you develop your leadership skills while having fun and making connections. Open for High School sophomores and juniors. Applications due April 15, 2023

LOCAL Driver’s Ed Scholarship Olympic Driving School offers scholarships for driver education. Applicants must be enrolled in high school (or home-schooled equivalent) as full-time student for the present or upcoming school year. Applications due October 1, 2023

LOCAL Volunteers Needed - Speech Language Pathology Discovering Expression Speech & Language is looking for volunteers. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in a speech or language career! You’ll observe speech therapy sessions, choose your own hours, and create, organize and sanitize therapy materials. Contact them to learn more:, 360-489-6489.

US Naval Academy Summer Programs Summer STEM Camp (8th - 10th Graders) & Summer Seminar (11th Graders). Scholarships are available.

Guaranteed Admissions Programs                                                                   Back to Top

Note: OSD students are strongly encouraged to review their High School & Beyond Plans and post-high school goals prior to making a decision on applying and accepting admissions to a college/university.

The Olympia School District has partnered with the Guaranteed Admissions Program (GAP) and two private universities which provide increased opportunities to attend college. For the GAP program, juniors will receive information, and seniors who qualify will receive guaranteed admission letters for up to seven Washington state colleges and universities.

In order for colleges to send acceptance letters, students must give permission to release student information for the purpose of higher education through Skyward Family Access.

Guaranteed Admissions Program (Qualifying Juniors and Seniors)

  • Central Washington University (CWU)
  • Eastern Washington University (EWU)
  • The Evergreen State College (Evergreen)
  • Washington State University (WSU)
  • Western Washington University (WWU)

Private Institutions (Qualified Seniors)

  • Pacific Lutheran University (PLU)
  • Saint Martin’s University (SMU)

Visit the OSD Guaranteed Admissions webpage for more information: