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UHS College & Career Center expands

Posted October 20, 2014

University High School's College & Career Counseling Center has a new look with new resources.

The center is the school's hub for college and career information and recently got a boost from a campaign designed to give students what they want and need: Help navigating the journey from high school to college and career.

Representatives from more than 70 colleges and universities will visit the school in the first semester this year. In addition to the visits, the center offers services including help with goal setting, senior resumes, essay writing, college selection, financial aid, testing and building relationships with colleges.

Improvements at the center include an expanded space, a screen and projector for college recruiter presentations and supplies. Two part-time positions were also added. Paty Hanzlick organizes recruiter visits, coordinates students and manages resources. Lori Minor coaches students through the college essay process.

The expansion came in response to a survey that asked parents what areas they would like to see emphasized.

The school's parent association and its development committee held a one-day campaign and also forged partnerships with business to provide monetary support for the center as well as opportunities for student internships and volunteer experiences. In all, the campaign raised about $39,000.

"If I have to say one thing that's really cool about this place, it's that it was a collaborative effort of parents, business, the community and the district," says Suzan Costitch, a UHS parent and volunteer.

Business sponsors include Competitive Engineering Inc., Mesquite Homes, CGAT Consulting, Watermark Retirement Communities, Animal Health Hospitals, TFS (Technicians for Sustainablity) and Sunpower.

Photo of students at UHS