College & Career Readiness

During each stage of high school, the counseling center offers a variety of programs, evening events and field trips to enhance students’ knowledge and provide information on careers and colleges. Events include but are not limited to: Junior HS Transition Night, Course Selection Night, Career & Technical Field Trips, Sophomore Information Day, Job Shadowing, Study Circles, SUNY Cobleskill College Fair, College Night for Juniors, College Night for Seniors, Instant College Admit Days, College Caravan, and Financial Aid Night.

Freshman Year

With the guidance counselors, students research careers, learn how to prepare for jobs and create a resume. On Naviance, students fill out the Career Cluster Finder to help assess possible career interests.

Sophomore Year

Students have the option of taking the PSAT in October. In addition, sophomores work on updating their resumes, as well as completing the Career Interest Profiler on Naviance. Sophomores also have the option of visiting CTE sites for possible hands-on career options for junior and senior year.

Junior Year

It is recommended that students take the PSAT, the practice test for the SAT, and possibly qualify for the National Merit Scholarship. The test is comprised of Evidence-based reading and writing, and mathematics. In the spring of students’ junior year, it is recommended that they take the SAT or the ACT, in preparation for the admission process to college. Students interested in taking any of these exams should contact the Counseling Center for the registration information. Juniors will have an opportunity to attend the SUNY Cobleskill College Fair in the fall and meet with college representatives at DCS.

Senior Year

Seniors meet with their school counselor in the beginning of the year for their senior meeting, and then throughout the year on an as needed basis, to help complete college, job or military application processes. It is sometimes recommended that students applying to college take the SAT or ACT for a second time. Students will have an opportunity to meet with college representatives at DCS.