College/Career Center

Location: The Career Center is located outside of the cafeteria.

Hours: 8:00am - 3:00pm

College Representative Visits

Students must obtain a pass from their classroom teacher in order to attend a visit during a class period. All college visits are held in the College Career Center unless otherwise noted.

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Marisa Barry

Student Activities Director

Scholarship Opportunities

SCAMS:  Beware of companies that charge fees or guarantee scholarships. Offers that guarantee scholarships or ask for money to “hold” the scholarship may be a scam.  

The resources of the College and Career Center will assist students in formulating realistic future plans. Students and teachers are encouraged to use the center. Students may access the center during a study/SRP period and directly after school. Non-SRP students are required to obtain a pass from the College and Career Center Coordinator.

Be sure to visit the College and Career Center for more detailed information and/or questions relating to:

  • college open houses
  • admission programs
  • college representative visits
  • Career Exploration
  • College Exploration
  • Job Board
  • Military Service Exploration
  • PSAT/SAT/ACT Prep Books
  • Volunteer Opportunities

School to Career Pathways Program

Carol Wilkas

REACH, Business Education/Career Pathways Coordinator, District Mentor Coordinator

Internship Program

An internship is an non-paid, high school credit opportunity for students to work with professionals in “real world” settings to gain an understanding of a career field and what it takes to be successful in an ever-changing world. The program involves active collaboration between student, internship host and a classroom teacher that creates a seamless integration of school and real world learning, enabling students to build knowledge and gain skills through this experience. 

The experience is designed to provide a special emphasis on the skills and competencies required for success. Students will have the opportunity to create a portfolio, develop 21st century skills, and plan their future educational and career paths. The internship program will integrate work-based learning with school-based learning, allow the opportunity to establish networks, and foster on-going collaboration with the community.

Job Shadow Program

If you are a student at West Hartford Public Schools, download a Job Shadow Packet.

Mentor Program

Mission Statement

The mission of the West Hartford Public School Mentoring Program is to allow students the opportunity to reach their potential by offering guidance, encouragement and support through partnership with caring adults.

Sharing Life’s Experiences

Our program began as a pilot project in 2001 with two mentors placed in two schools. It has since evolved into a district-wide program serving students in kindergarten through grade 12. Understanding the importance of our program, the West Hartford Chamber of Commerce joined our efforts early on as a partner from the business community to promote student success.

Not all students are provided the support they need to thrive and grow as productive citizens. Our approach is to bring about change in our students over a period of time, developing their self-esteem and building on their strengths. Every child has the potential to succeed in life and make a positive contribution to society. Mentoring has proved to be a powerful tool in helping young people fulfill their potential. Our Mentor Program is school-based and begins in October, running concurrently with the district calendar. Each mentor meets with their mentee on school grounds. The sessions are flexible, taking place during the school day (including before and after school program hours), and are approximately one hour in length.

Every student and volunteer can benefit from being involved in a mentor program such as the one offered through West Hartford Public Schools. The success of mentoring is dependent on the support of community and business members volunteering their time to make a difference. Your participation can help change our community, one hour at a time.

Mentoring is an investment in our future

Mentoring is a structured and trusting relationship that brings young people together with caring adults who share knowledge, experience and wisdom as well as offer guidance, support and encouragement. A mentor is a positive adult role model and a trusted friend who takes the time to establish a lasting connection. You share about yourself, your experiences and your perspective on life. You are a good listener and offer unbiased feedback. You care and believe in your mentee. A mentee is a child who is receptive to being guided by a mentor and is willing to take advantage of the opportunities mentoring can offer to him/her along the pathway to success.

The Benefits are Endless 

  • Improving young people’s interactions towards family members, teachers and peers
  • Encouraging students to stay motivated and focused on their education
  • Decreasing school absences while improving academic performance and achievement
  • Developing and improving self-confidence
  • Increasing communication skills, work ethic and responsibility
  • Gaining a sense of personal satisfaction in giving back to your community
  • Most of all, making a difference in a young person’s life

How to Become Part of the Mentoring Team

Follow these easy steps and you’re on your way towards making a difference.

  1. Complete and submit a Mentor Program application. For your convenience, you can even apply online. References on your application will be contacted.
  2. Attend a required two-hour informational workshop to review general program guidelines.
  3. Contact our Residency Office at 860-561-6620 to set-up an appointment for fingerprinting and a background check. West Hartford Public Schools pays for the cost of this service. There is no charge to prospective mentors.
  4. Meet with the prospective host school’s site coordinator to review your application, discuss potential mentees and determine the best meeting schedule.
  5. Congratulations! You are ready to begin your mentoring journey

Why We Need You!

Facts: (A Children’s Stock Portfolio: prepared by the CT Commission on Children, April 2007)

  • 25% of Connecticut youth face challenges that place them at risk for poverty, health, family or other serious problems. 
  • There is a critical shortage of mentors, especially male and minority mentors. 
  • Youth who have few resources, such as lack of family support, living in poverty and low motivation level benefit most from mentoring. 

What You Can Help Accomplish! 

Mentoring improves attitudes and caring for others:

  • 68% feel more confident in themselves 
  • 74% think it’s important to help others 
  • 71% have higher expectations of themselves
  • 68% feel that there are adults that care about them

Mentoring improves conditions leading to academic success:

  • More than 50% reported a better attitude toward school, earning better grades and exhibiting overall better behavior in school 
  • 79% reported trying hard to earn their teachers’ trust and have a good relationship 

Mentoring prevents the start of risk-taking behavior by young people:

  • 27% less likely to try illegal drugs 
  • 46% less likely to try illegal drugs
  • 51% less likely to skip a day of school 
  • 33% less likely to start a fight with a classmate

Create a Future. Make a Difference. Become a Mentor Today!

Mentor Brochure

January is National Mentoring Month

Mentor Application

West Hartford Chamber of Commerce
948 Farmington Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06107
(860) 521-2300

Peer Mentor Program

Create a Future

The mission of the program is to allow students the opportunity to reach their potential by offering guidance, encouragement, and support through partnerships with experienced high school students.
 

how the program works

Our Mentor Program is school-based and begins in October, running concurrently with the district calendar. Each peer mentor meets with their mentee on school grounds. The sessions are flexible, taking place during the school day (including before and after school program hours), and are approximately one hour in length.

A peer mentor is a high school student who acts as a friend and role model to an elementary or middle school student by offering guidance, encouragement and support.

mentee is an elementary or middle school student who welcomes the friendship of an older student.

The benefits are endless for you. Here are just a few to consider:

  •  Develop leadership skills
  •  Gain first-hand experience working with younger children
  •  Improve communication skills
  •  Build more confidence
  •  Add the mentor experience to your resume
  •  Make a difference in a young person’s life

Become a Peer Mentor Today

Follow these easy steps and you’re on your way towards making a difference.

  1. Complete and submit a Peer Mentor Program application, which is located in the Career Center.
  2. Attend a required two-hour informational workshop to review general program guidelines.
  3. Meet with the prospective host school’s site coordinator to review your application, discuss potential mentees and determine the best meeting schedule.
  4. Congratulations! You are ready to begin your peer mentoring journey!

Peer Mentor Application

Peer Mentor Brochure