The College & Career Counseling Center @ Wellspring Saigon
Mr. Thomas Vuong
Wellspring Saigon is proud to announce the establishment of its new College & Career Counseling Center (CCCC) to further serve the growing needs of its students. The purpose of the CCCC is to develop student readiness. Readiness, in the context of the school counseling domain of college & career preparation, is students:
- knowing what they should know,
- understanding what they should understand, and
- being able to do what they should be able to do
The college & career counseling curriculum helps students to answer three very important questions as they are preparing for their post-secondary future:
- Who am I?
- Where am I going?
- How do I get there?
As students become progressively engaged in the program, three related but more concrete and practical questions that they will be able to find answers to are:
- What are my options?
- What are the requirements of these options?
- How can I meet these requirements?
The approach utilized by the program includes group and individual counseling and planning meetings. Counseling meetings are where students discover the information and resources they need and where students learn to use the tools that are necessary to create and develop college & career plans. These plans will be designed and implemented by the students themselves, and thereby, they will be prepared for their post-secondary educational goals as well as the next step in career exploration and planning that occurs during university.
Depending on the grade level of the student, he/she will have scheduled meetings with the college & career counselor in a group setting, an individual setting, or both. In addition, students will always be able to request meetings with the counselor for further support as needed. Counseling meetings will take on a variety of formats: information sessions, seminars, workshops, planning lessons, planning activities, and one-on-one discussions.
College & career counseling topics and activities include, but not limited to:
1. College & career planning process and the steps
– Understand the process
– Make a plan
– Create a timeline/calendar
2. Who am I? – An exploration of:
– Personality, values, interests, goals
– Aptitudes, abilities, EQ
– Learning style, study skills
3. Where am I going? and How do I get there?
– College majors and related career paths
– Colleges and scholarships – search for opportunities
*Which country, state/province, city?
*How to choose and make a list?
– College application process and package
– College admission essays and recommendation letters
– Scholarship essays and interviews
– IELTS/TOEFL and PSAT/SAT preparation
– Create an Individual Student/Success Plan (ISP)
*A 4-, 3-, or 2-year plan depending on grade level
*Individual counseling meetings
*Track performance and progress and make adjustments as needed
– Supplemental college-prep courses
– College fairs, career fairs, job shadowing opportunities
– Extra-curricular activities that support college & career preparation
4. Having a global perspective and being a global citizen
Parents are strongly encouraged to be involved in the counseling and planning activities of their children and to participate in counseling events designed especially for parents.
The College & Career Counseling Center is here for your benefit, so please maximize its resources. Feel free to email the college & career counselor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CCCC belief is Learn + Do = Achieve, and in the words of Helen Keller, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”