We'll help you graduate from high school, explore career options, and prepare for college!

Our services include:

  • Tutoring
  • Mentoring
  • Academic counseling and guidance
  • Help exploring career options and colleges
  • Assistance in applying for financial aid
  • College visits
  • Campus activities
  • Assistance with the college application process
  • Scholarships
  • Summer academies

For Students

Career Information

Mapping your future
One stop site for students and parents with information on financial strategies, career options, and college planning.

Occupational Outlook Handbook
Look up the training and education needed for hundreds of different types of jobs as well as the earnings and expected job prospects for specific jobs. Includes job search tips, information about the job market and more.

Occupational Information Network (O*NET)
Interactive and accessible occupational information provided by O*NET. Find occupations using keywords, browse by industry, use a list of your skills to find matching occupations and much much more.

The Princeton Review Career Quiz
Take this 24-question quiz that asks easy stuff about you. Your answers will be analyzed to determine your most likely interests and work style. Find careers that would likely suit you - and, more importantly, that you'd enjoy!

Take the Temperament Sorter
Take this online personality assessment designed for for corporate, career and personal development. Used by Fortune 500 companies, counseling professionals, and major universities.

Holland Occupational Themes
The Holland Occupational Themes instrument measures self-reporting vocational interests and skills. An excellent way to increase self-awareness, enabling you to explore career options with a better sense of what will suit you over the long term.

Think College Early
A U.S. Department of Education service that provides information and resources to help middle school students begin to think about and prepare for college early.

Financial Aid

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Northwest College Financial Aid


Northwest College Scholarships

For Parents

Select a link below to find useful information for helping prepare your children for college.

Middle School Students

Many parents think about college long before their children do. Students are most likely to aspire to college if their parents let them know that it's important. Although middle school grades do not count in the college admission process, a students' performance in middle school does provide the foundation for success in high school and middle school.

  • Monitor your child's academic progress.
  • Make sure that your child has a good place to study and that homework gets done.
  • Take an active role in helping your child choose classes and activities for the freshman year.
  • Start discussing and exploring career and college options.
  • Plan for the cost of college.
  • Encourage your child often.

9th Grade Students

Freshman year, a time of transition, courses, grades, credits, test scores, and attendance all become part of a student's permanent record. Freshman year is just as important as junior and senior years, since the courses from all years are included on a student's transcript and all grades are included in the cumulative grade point average, or GPA. Freshman year serves as a foundation for the remainder of high school.

  • Monitor your child's academic progress.
  • Make sure that your child has a good place to study and that homework gets done.
  • Attend open houses and teacher conferences.
  • Help your child become involved in a wide variety of activities in and outside of school. Encourage him or her to assume leadership roles.
  • Start a scrapbook or list of activities and achievements. When it comes time in the college application process to list accomplishments, you'll have a complete and accurate list.
  • Guide your child in selecting the most appropriate courses for sophomore year. Every year in high school is important.
  • Assist your child in finding meaningful summer activities. Options include summer programs on college campuses, summer camps, paid work, and volunteer opportunities.
  • Provide encouragement and support.

10th Grade Students

Sophomore year is a year of personal growth. In addition to working hard in school, students should start to identify their own abilities, interests, and values.

  • Continue to monitor your child's academic progress.
  • Make sure that your child has a good place to study and that homework gets done.
  • Attend open houses and teacher conferences.
  • Encourage your child to get involved in a variety of activities and to develop leadership skills.
  • Keep the activity scrapbook up to date.
  • Check to see if your school offers standardized tests or other tools for the future.
  • Help your child find meaningful activities for the summer months. Many colleges are looking for work or volunteer activities related to a student's chosen area of interest.
  • Start to explore and discuss college options. Attend a college fair, visit a college campus and find out about financial aid.
  • Assist your child in choosing the most appropriate classes for junior year. He or she may want to consider taking vocational/technical courses if the schedule allows and the student can still meet college admission requirements.

11th Grade Students

This is the year for test anxiety, intensified college and scholarship searches. Registration, preparation, and study guides for the PSAT, SAT and ACT are available in high school guidance offices.

  • Continue to monitor your child's academic progress.
  • Register in the fall for the PSAT.
  • Register for the ACT or SAT during your junior year.
  • Attend open houses and teacher conferences.
  • Start discussing and exploring college options.
  • Get to know your child's school counselor and the types of resources offered by the guidance office.
  • Attend a college fair.
  • Visit colleges.
  • Learn about financial aid and scholarship options.
  • Make sure your child continues to take college preparatory classes.
  • Send for college information and applications.
  • Keep the activity scrapbook up to date.

12th Grade Students

Senior year is both exciting and terrifying by the thought of applying to college and the prospect of high school graduation.

  • Continue to monitor your child's academic progress.
  • If your child hasn't taken the ACT or SAT be sure to encourage him or her to get registered.
  • Help your child obtain college application materials and to follow through on completing them.
  • Be aware of financial aid and scholarship application procedures, paperwork and deadlines.
  • Attend Financial Aid Night at your child's school.
  • Watch deadlines.
  • Keep a copy of everything.
  • Help your child make final college choices.


Rebecca Moncur
GEAR UP Coordinator


Callee Erickson
GEAR-UP Specialist


Youth Organizations

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