905-687-7301 34 Catherine Street, St. Catharines, ON L2R 5E7

Staff

Guidance Counsellors: Ms. Janet Lancaster & Mrs. Erin Tenhoeve
Guidance Secretary: Mrs. DeAnna Elliott

Youth Counsellor: Mr. Rob D'Amario
Social Worker: Ms.Robyn Simpson

The Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) are  located across the hall from the Guidance area.

Parent/Guardian 'Post-Secondary' Info Session:

Our grade 12 students are approaching a very exciting time in their educational careers. Over the next few months, decisions will be finalized with regard to next steps and plans for continuing their education. To help parents and guardians navigate the process, there will be an information meeting to help make the transition flow smoothly.

Date:  Tuesday, October 24th

Time:  6:00 pm

Location: St. Catharines Collegiate Library

At this meeting, information will be provided about how to find programs at college and university and determining the admission requirements. We will show you how to navigate the application process and much more.  Financing post-secondary education will be discussed, including applying for bursaries, as well as the “re-vamped” Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP).

Looking forward to seeing you on the 24th, and please contact our Guidance Office if you have further questions about post-secondary transitions.

 

University and College Information

College and University representatives are in the building on a regular basis. Come to Guidance to check the schedule and to sign up for a presentation by schools that interest you.

NEXT UP:

- King's University College of Western is here Wednesday, October 18th, at 11:45
- Brock University will be here Thursday, October 19th, at 8:30 am.
- University of Windsor is here Thursday, October 26th, at 11:30 am
- Humber College is here Monday, October 30th, at 10:00 am
- University of Alberta will be here on Tuesday, October 31st, at 1:00 pm


College Information Fair: Monday, October 23rd, 2017

We have a bus scheduled to take students to the Ontario College Fair, being held at the Welland Campus of Niagara College. Permission forms can be found in Guidance and once it is returned signed, you will be given a seat on the bus, free of charge!

The University application deadline this year is January 17th, 2018.


The College Application deadline is February 1st, 2018. 

There will be workshops scheduled to help students complete university and college applications. Listen to announcements and check in the Guidance Office for a schedule.


IMPORTANT THINGS TO DO ONCE YOU HAVE APPLIED:
  • Keep an eye on your e-mail for information from the colleges and universities to which you have applied
  • Respond to requests for information in a timely fashion. Meet deadlines for auditions, portfolios, testing and supplemental applications.
  • Check out the financial assistance and scholarships page of the school(s) you are applying to for school specific scholarships and other opportunities

Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)

Details, as well as a grant and loan 'estimator' for the newly re-designed Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) are now available.

Use the link below to find out more:

OSAP

There will be OSAP application workshops in the Spring of 2018, after applications to College and University have been completed.

Stay tuned for more information on OSAP, grants and scholarship opportunities.


For a complete list of Ontario Colleges and Universities, and more information, visit the following websites:


For universities:

www.electronicinfo.ca

For colleges:

www.ontariocolleges.ca

 

Graduation Awards and Scholarships:

Applications are in the Guidance office (and online) for many scholarship opportunities, to help you pay for your post-secondary education.

It is well worth the time it takes to fill out an application!

Apprenticeships:

Apprenticeships are a great way to earn money while you learn a skilled trade. To get started in an apprenticeship, you MUST have a high school graduation diploma, AND employment in the trade, (meaning an employer is willing to sponsor you as an apprentice)

The Employment Ontario Apprenticeship Office can help with getting started, and is located at
301 St. Paul Street East
St. Catharines
phone number: (905) 704-2991

 

 

See the world and earn a credit!!!

Looking for an exciting way to earn a credit in just 2 WEEKS, and travel at the same time? Check out the newest thing happening at DSBN: Earn your Grade 10 Civics & Career credit and travel to Ottawa, Montreal and New York City! For more information, visit www.dsbn.org/travel and check out the video link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nD1UiuKIgCQ&feature=youtu.be.

e-Learning

The DSBN offers a number of e-Learning courses to augment your education and works with an educational consortium to make a wider variety of subjects available to you.  Classes are completed online while exams are generally written in person.

Please speak to a Guidance Counsellor for more information.

e-Learning website

 

Check out Canada's Top 50 Jobs!

Canadian Business has released it's 2013 Top 50 Jobs in Canada. Take a minute and check out the list by clicking here. If you would like to learn more these careers and what post-secondary pathway to choose, please make an appointment with a guidance counsellor.