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The mission of the BMCHS College & Career Center is to assist 9th through 12th-grade students in researching career paths and planning for post-high school education. 

We offer programming in the classroom setting, in 9th-hour workshops, and in individual college and career counseling sessions. In addition to their School Counselor, each Bishop Moore Catholic student will be assigned a College and Career Counselor in the spring of junior year to walk them through the college application process.

College & Career Team

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    Anita Gros

    Director of the College and Career Center
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    Jennifer Etscorn

    Associate Director of College Outreach and Engagement
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    Tom Laegeler

    College & Career Counselor
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    Gracie Mazanec

    College & Career Specialist
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    Kristina Roberts

    College & Career Specialist

Students are encouraged to visit the Center for personalized assistance with the following:

Freshman Year

  • Begin interest inventories and college searches
  • Explore the resources available on Naviance
  • Become familiar with the college planning process
     

Sophomore Year

  • Research career interests and summer enrichment opportunities
  • Attend information sessions with college representatives
  • Discuss college options, admissions requirements, and finding a good fit
  • Update Naviance account using the resume builder
     

Junior Year

  • Attend information sessions with college representatives
  • Create a preliminary college list
  • Prepare academic/ job resume
  • Developing a testing plan for the ACT/SAT college admissions exams
  • Investigate college visits and plan summer college experiences
  • Participate in the Junior Year College Jumpstart Workshop
     

Senior Year

  • Participate in the Senior Year College Application Planning (CAP Day) Workshop
  • Finalize college list and prepare college applications
  • Review essays and resumes
  • Request College and Career Counselor Recommendations and School Reports
  • Attend information sessions with college representatives
  • Research scholarships and FAFSA for need-based financial aid
  • Discuss selecting the best fit and  transitioning to college
     

The College & Career Center is open every school day from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  We welcome student walk-ins before school, during lunch periods, during free periods, and during the 9th hour. Workshops are scheduled several times each month during the 9th hour and students can sign up for college representative information sessions through Naviance.  
 

In addition, each Spring we invite all BMC students to a professional speaker series to help with career introduction and exploration as well as a College Fair hosted by the Central Florida Consortium of Private School Counselors. 

Parent Programs

In conjunction with the School Counseling Office, we offer the following parent programs:

  • Senior Parent Night-August 25, 2022
  • Freshman Parent Night-August 30, 2022
  • Junior Parent Night-September 8, 2022
  • Senior FAFSA/Scholarship Workshop-October 3, 2022
  • Sophomore Parent Night-October 4, 2022
  • College Information Night-February 16, 2023

In addition, throughout the year we offer Coffee Chat programs focused on grade-level appropriate topics. It is our goal to partner with parents to support their students throughout the high school and college application process.
 

Naviance

The BMCHS College and Career Center uses Naviance, a college and career readiness platform that helps students to uncover career interests and build a college application plan. Students and parents receive access to this program freshman year. The staff of the College & Career Center can help you to navigate the program and collect information for applications. For instance, we can help students to explore college websites and create a list of possible applications, and even begin a resume using the template provided.

Your Team

In addition to our College and Career Team, students are encouraged to reach out to their School Counselor, teachers, club advisors, coaches, faith leaders, and other staff at BMCHS for valuable insight as to your strengths and interests. Along with family and close friends, our team is on your side and wants to help you to succeed.

Financial Assistance

Florida Student Scholarship and Grant Programs

The Florida Student Scholarship & Grant Programs website contains information about a variety of scholarships, including the Florida Bright Futures program.  The Bright Futures program has opportunities that help fund public tuition in Florida. These are: the Florida Academic Scholars Program funding 100% of state tuition and the Florida Medallion Scholars Program funding 75% of state tuition.  Please click below for more details on the Florida Students Scholarship & Grant Programs.  Florida Student Scholarship & Grant Program

Federal Aid (Grants, Work-Study, Student Loans)

Even if there is only a remote possibility that your family would qualify for need-based aid, completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) could be a requirement in applying for other college scholarships. Click below to get more information on filling out the FAFSA form or connecting to the form itself. These are free resources. Do not pay for access to federal aid or any scholarship.


Related Links: Federal Student Aid and Filling out the FAFSA Form 
 

Naviance offers several scholarship search engines for students to use. See below for links to other financial aid resources:

Standardized Testing Plan

All Bishop Moore Catholic students are given several opportunities to experience college admissions tests as part of their school day:

  • Freshman Year-Fall PSAT and Spring Pre ACT
  • Sophomore Year-Fall PSAT and Spring Pre ACT
  • Junior Year-Fall PSAT/NMSQT and Spring School Day ACT
  • Juniors and seniors are encouraged to use the following links to register for the SAT and ACT, as well as to access test preparatory resources.

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To Our Visitors

We encourage college representatives to visit our school during the academic year. Please schedule your visit using RepVisits. We will announce your visit through the Naviance platform. Upon entering the school campus, please check in at the gate booth.

 

A Final Note:

All services through the BMCHS College and Career Center will be provided as guided by the schools’ overarching Vision and Mission, in compliance with the Diocese of Orlando and in accordance with the teachings of the Catholic Church.
 

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