Counseling and Careers

Welcome to the SVT Counseling Information Page!

Dresback School Photo
 
Mrs. Dresback is the school counselor at SVT.
Mrs. Dresback's schedule and contact info:
 
Tuesday-Friday 7:30-3:00
 
phone: (509) 558-6505
 
 
 
Please use the below menu to access more information about the counseling program at SVT.
 
The school counseling program at Spokane Valley Tech is modeled based on recommendations from the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) framework. The school counseling program at SVT aims to serve every student with a particular focus in the areas of academic counseling and planning, social and emotional support, and college and career readiness.
 
The following is adapted from ASCA.  Learn more at www.schoolcounselor.org
 
School counselors design and deliver school counseling programs that improve student outcomes. “The ASCA National Model: A Framework for School Counseling Programs” outlines the components of a school counseling program that is integral to the school’s academic mission and is created to have a significant positive impact on student achievement, attendance, and discipline.

The ASCA National Model guides school counselors in the development of school counseling programs that:
  • are based on data-informed decision making
  • are delivered to all students systematically
  • include a developmentally appropriate curriculum focused on the mindsets and behaviors all students need for postsecondary readiness and success
  • close achievement and opportunity gaps
  • result in improved student achievement, attendance, and discipline

Do you want to receive information and reminders from Mrs. Dresback?

Parents and Students: Join the SVT counseling remind group for your graduation year
 
Text the number 81010 the following join code:
CLASS OF 2022- @ch28g3
CLASS OF 2023- @38eecg
CLASS OF 2024- @2g4de86
CLASS OF 2025- @33dgc7c
RUNNING START- @6eda4hb

Counselor Connection Google Classroom

SVT Students may also join Mrs. Dresback's google classroom:
 
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CLASS CODE: hvszkwy
The following online resources are well-established as leaders in their industry, and we highly suggest using these sites. Please remember...NEVER PAY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP SEARCH. You shouldn't have to pay to try to get free money.

 

Our Scholarship List:

Spokane Valley Scholarship List - (OUR list of local and regional scholarships...updated constantly)

 

Our Favorite Scholarship Websites:

Go Merry  
Scholarship Scholarships.com App Available for iOS and Android
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Other Great Scholarship Websites:

scholarship BigFuture  (Collegeboard) 
scholarship Cappex   
scholarships Chegg   
scholarship CollegeXpress   
scholarship Fast Web    (App Available for iOS and Android)
scholarship Niche Scholarships   
scholarship Scholarship Monkey   
Scholarship Student Scholarship Search   
scholarships Unigo   
scholarship Weird Scholarships   
 
Students will utilize Xello to complete the High School and Beyond Plan requirements.  Please see the Xello document for login instructions and assignments:
 

FAFSA & Financial Aid Information

 

Students and parents can submit their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as soon as October 1. Before starting, we recommend you familiarize yourself with the process. Go to http://studentaid.ed.gov/ for information on the following topics:

  • Prepare For College
  • Types of Aid
  • Who Gets Aid
  • FAFSA Apply for Aid
  • Repay for Loans

 

Additional Resources:

 
 

To fill out your FAFSA: go to www.fafsa.ed.gov.

State deadlines are normally much earlier than Federal deadlines. To find your state's deadline, select deadlines. Usually submitting by February 1 allows for the maximum benefit of available funding.

 

 

 

Running Start

 
Running Start Information Night 2021
 
College Presentation:                                  
    
 
What is Running Start?
Running Start offers eligible juniors and seniors in local public high schools the opportunity to enroll in courses at Eastern Washington University, Spokane Community College, and Spokane Falls Community College. The Running Start Program encourages academically motivated and qualified public high school students to earn high school and college credit simultaneously. Tuition credits are free, but students are responsible for all fees including books, supplies, school fees, and transportation. 
 
Who is Eligible?
Students going into 11th or 12th Grade, attending a public high school in the state of Washington.  Each college has their own process and admissions standards.  Please check the college Running Start page on their website for more information.     
 
When Should You Apply?
Mid-February for the following school year.  We will have a Running Start Information Night in early February.  Watch our calendar for details. SVT Running Start Contract detail to follow this winter.
 
Community Colleges of Spokane
 
Eastern Washington University

Testing: PSAT10, PSAT, SAT, ACT, Etc.

When to Take College Admissions Tests

The senior year can be overwhelming with college applications, FAFSA, scholarships, senior activities, etc....so don't wait to take College Admissions tests. In addition, the best time to apply to colleges and universities is early in the senior year (September or October), so have your testing done before your senior year. Here are some general suggestions:

 

Sophomore year: 

  • PSAT 10 in March as a practice (no need to prepare this year...use it as exposure to the test).
  • Focus on state testing the rest of the year.
 

Junior year:

  • Begin practicing during the summer, using preparation books (library or bookstore) or online resources
  • PSAT/NMSQT in October (this year, prepare yourself and take practice tests)
  • SAT:
    • If you take Algebra 2 in your Sophomore year, you can take the SAT any time during the year
    • If you take Algebra 2 in your Junior year, wait until March, April, May, or June 
    • Make sure to prepare before, using PSAT results and practice books
  • ACT:
    • If you take Algebra 2 in your Sophomore year, you can take the SAT any time during the year
    • If you take Algebra 2 in your Junior year, wait until March, April, or May
    • Make sure to prepare before, using Pre-ACT results (if you take it) and practice books
  • Re-take the ACT and SAT in June.  Most students find their scores increase the second time they take a test during the year
  • SAT subject tests in at least 2 subjects (3 is better) IF you are planning to go to California, Ivy League, highly select colleges, etc.  You can take these any time during the year you feel prepared for the exam. They are offered on the same testing days as the SAT.
 

Senior year:

  • Retake any exams early in the year if you need a higher score (for admissions or scholarships).
 

Community Colleges

Community colleges do not require an ACT or an SAT, but they do require placement tests, like the Compass (SFCC and SCC). We still suggest that students take the SAT/ACT - the score can be used for scholarships and/or for Math and English placement. Please check with your chosen community college for more information.

 
College Admission Test Information

Mental Health Resources

First Call For Help Spokane
If you or your son/daughter need someone to talk to about stresses or mental health concerns, outside of the school day or anytime,  our community provides a 24 hour hotline for support and guidance.
(509)838-4428
This guide includes resources for counseling, community supports, and telehealth resources during COVID-19
 
Personalized mental health treatment for teens, young adults, and their families.  Provided via Telehealth.

Suicide Prevention
 
 

Common Sense Media 
   
A parent "must-have" resource for all things online!
 
 
Homelessness 
McKinney-Veto CVSD Contact Leslie Camden-Goold lcamden-goold@cvsd.org (509)558-6014
 
 
 
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Academic Resources

Khan Academy
Learn almost anything for free! Great site for math tutoring.
http://www.khanacademy.org/

 

HowToStudy.org
Studying for that big test? Wish you had more time? Wish you could remember what you had read? This site is for you!
http://www.howtostudy.org/

 

 

CVSD Grading Scale