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          Welcome to the RHS
        Counseling 
        and Career Center
     
       
    We are available to assist you with your academic and personal needs while providing resources for career and educational planning. Counseling and Guidance services are an essential part of the education of all students.       Our vision is to create an environment where students are supported and encouraged to take responsibility for their learning and life-long goals. Our mission is to utilize our unique knowledge and skills to enhance students' academic, personal, social and emotional growth, assist in educational and career planning and promote healthy decision making in order for all students to reach their full potential in high school and beyond.
     
    Kristin Robinson-Bowerly, Counselor:  robinsonk@rainier.wednet.edu  
    Rosie Lybecker, Registrar:  lybeckerr@rainier.wednet.edu
  •    Have questions?  Need answers?  Look at the list of topics on the left side of this page, or call/visit the RHS counseling center.  360-446-9134
     
     
    The 2019-20 FAFSA and WASFA are now available! Students can complete the FAFSA at https://fafsa.ed.gov or the WASFA at www.readysetgrad.org/wasfa. The FAFSA website has gone through some changes this year and there is a new app! The colleges that students apply to will use the information they provide on their financial aid applications to determine their eligibility for the scholarship. For more information regarding the scholarship requirements, visit www.collegebound.wa.gov.  
     
     Also see the tab to the left called Seniors-FAFSA to get started!
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    The SAT is offered twice per Year at RHS, and regularly at other schools in the surrounding area including Olympia High School, Timberline High School, Tumwater High School, and Bethel High School. Students can register for any SAT that fits their schedule. We recommend College Bound students and those students who are undecided plan to take the SAT once at the end of their Junior Year, and during the late summer or early fall of their Senior Year. Rainier High School will offer the SAT typically during November and May. 
     
    Students can register at collegeboard.org
     
  • For University Application Timelines, Web sites, Scholarships and other Application information:
    Click on the "Washington College & University Information" link listed on the far left of this page.
     
    For Technical College Information:
    Click on the "Technical Colleges" information link listed on the far left of this page.
           "Studies continue to reveal the growing jobs crisis in the United States due to an obvious skills gap. According to workboots.com, 10 million new workers are needed by 2020. Currently, 600,000 skilled jobs are going unfilled, yet 52 percent of our workforce is having trouble finding a good job. This data also shows that Americans believe skilled professions are important, but they don’t want to work those jobs. The connection is not being made, and now is the time to make it. There’s never been a better time to be skilled. It’s basic supply-demand economics, and demand is presently in the trade column."
  • Scholarship Information
     (Check out the links on the left side of this page)
     
          Scholarships offer money for college that does not need to be repaid.  Scholarships can be based on whatever criteria are important to the organization or individual offering the funds.  Never pay someone to search scholarships for you!
    Start Early!  Don't wait until the last minute to complete the application.
    Proofread your application.  Ask someone else to proofread it as well.
    Don't Procrastinate.  Deadlines are final.  Your application will not be considered if it is late.
    Take Responsibility for your application.  Keep a copy for your records.
    Watch your mail and email.  Most scholarship committees will communicate with you regarding your application through mail or email.
     
     New!  Each college and university website will provide a Net Price Calculator on their website which will provide you with an estimate of the actual costs to attend their school.  Check their website!
     
    Don't forget to ask about scholarships offered by professional organizations and unions that family members belong to, and see us in the counseling center for information on scholarships being offered by our local community civic organizations and foundations!