20 Oct Preparing for success at Veterans Tribute

Life after high school is a momentous decision. Before donning a cap and gown, the months leading up to it can get hectic. With scholarship deadlines and college applications looming on top of finals, Veterans Tribute Career and Technical Academy intends to prepare its seniors for what’s to come with its Career and College Club.

VTCTA Magnet Liaison Dee Montano’s experience as a mother of a high school senior reminded her of the stress she faced herself – worrying about college and scholarships. That experience paired with the bewilderment of some of her students inspired Montano to seek solutions outside of VTCTA’s offerings.

“A-Tech had a college club and I thought, we could do that here,” said Montano. “I spoke with one of A-Tech’s advisors on starting up a club at VTCTA and started it as soon as I could. My primary goal is to take the stress off of students when they apply for scholarships and college, and bring a more positive experience to the whole process.”

The club meets Wednesdays and Thursdays, 2 – 4 p.m. By providing a place and time, VTCTA seniors can focus on college and scholarship applications. Students can attend as they please with assurance that there will always be two hours in a room they can utilize to prepare for college.

The club’s program consists of three units: resume preparation, college applications and preparation for letters of recommendation, along with preparation for essays and scholarship applications. To aid in lowering stress levels, students advance through the units at their own pace.

In addition to the three units offered, the Career and College Club also offers interview preparations for internships and jobs. And what’s a college club without college visits? The club helps bring colleges for VTCTA’s Futures Festival, a school-wide event focused on exposing multiple career paths for students. Paired with the new internship and job shadowing programs, VTCTA is on a solid track to prepare its students for college and a career.

“A lot of students think that college is out of their reach, but I know it is not – it just requires work on their part,” said Montano. “I hope the students will say, ‘I really didn’t think I was going to accomplish this, but the club helped me a lot.’”