College & Career Readiness Division

Ieka Hill-Wilridge
College & Career Readiness Coordinator
Precious Reimonenq
Guidance & Counseling Director
Mike Wilson
Communities in Schools Director
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About the College & Career Readiness Department

The Goose Creek CISD College and Career Readiness Department is committed to providing higher education access to all students and works closely with campuses and other district departments to create and maintain a college-going culture throughout the district. Students and parents are encouraged to take ownership of their learning, connect with others about post-secondary opportunities, and begin preparing for college early. College and career readiness is a focus, as we continue to work closely with our higher education partners and local businesses to prepare our students for post-secondary success. By definition, a student who is ready for college and career can qualify for and succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing college courses leading to a degree or certificate, or career pathway training program without the need for remedial or developmental coursework.

College & Career Readiness Centers

An integral part of the GCCISD Guidance and Counseling Department, the College and Career Readiness Centers (CCR Centers) are a resource on each comprehensive high school campus for students and parents.

The CCR Centers provide assistance with just about anything related to plans for life after high school including:

  • Course planning and advising
  • College admission requirements
  • Dual Credit requirements and enrollment
  • College application assistance
  • NCAA Scholarship information/assistance
  • Career information and exploration
  • Financial Aid information/assistance
  • Resume and Essay Writing
  • Advanced Placement testing information
  • ACT/SAT prep information and resources
  • College Readiness information ACT/SAT/TSI
  • College testing registration and fee waivers

The CCR Centers serves as a main source of information on the college admissions process and career planning. The centers have numerous resources on scholarships, college visits, college financial aid, testing, jobs, summer enrichment programs and volunteer opportunities. Remember to access Naviance it is a great tool for college/career exploration, research, and planning.


Goose Creek Memorial High School
Kim Mitchell
College & Career Readiness Counselor
Michelle Haggerty
College & Career Readiness Clerk
IMPACT Early College High School
Kristi Pizana
College & Career Readiness Specialist
Peter E. Hyland Alternative Center & Stuart Career Tech High School
Molly Flores
College & Career Readiness Counselor
POINT Alternative Center
Alice Ricks
College & Career Readiness Counselor
Robert E. Lee High School
Allison Higdon
College & Career Readiness Counselor
Kelli Stockwell
College & Career Readiness Clerk
Ross S. Sterling High School
Brandy Onken
College & Career Readiness Counselor
Sylvia Valdovinos
College & Career Readiness Clerk
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Test Prep

  • College Board and Khan Academy

    Students! Keep your brain active and your skills sharp this summer by getting a head start on practice for the SAT. The College Board and Khan Academy — a leader in online education — have teamed up to provide world-class practice tools to all students for free. Official SAT Practice on can be accessed from any computer with Internet access.


    On Khan Academy, you will find full-length practice tests from the College Board and thousands of practice questions written in collaboration with the same developers who are creating the redesigned SAT. In addition to being free and accessible anytime, anywhere.


    Official SAT Practice on will give you personalized practice recommendations tailored to your strengths, weaknesses, and progress. Log on to to understand what Khan Academy is all about and start practicing today.

  • There are many ways to prepare for the ACT. Taking challenging courses in high school is one of the best ways to prepare. ACT also offers a number of test preparation materials, including some free online practice tests, test taking tips for each subject area tested and the free student booklet Preparing for the ACT. This booklet includes complete practice tests, with a sample writing prompt and sample essays.
    ACT "Secret" Test Information Release [TIR] Service The ACT “secret” Test Information Release (TIR) service; an item analysis for students to use to remediate to The ACT score range they desire.
  • Free Rice Vocabulary builder for SAT, when vocabulary questions are answered correctly, the site's sponsors donate to the United Nation's World Food Program.
    Number 2 Free tutorials and practice materials for the SAT, ACT, preparation courses for SAT, ACT which track progress.
    Ed Ready Did you know?
    • 20-50% of enrolled college students are unprepared for college-level coursework.
    • As a result they are placed into remedial classes and are 33% less likely to obtain a college degree.
    • Remediation can cost students up to 2 years and $20,000.
    Ed Ready lets you assess your readiness for college math, see study options, and get a personalized study path to fill in knowledge gaps. EdReady can also be used to check to prepare for commonly used placement exams, such as TSI, SAT, and ACT.
    Major Tests Self-study SAT prep, practice questions, and an eight week guided study plan.
    Petersons Tips and strategies for PSAT, SAT Reasoning, SAT Subject, and AP, also practice tests for PSAT, SAT, and ACT.
    Study Guide Zone Study guides for PSAT, SAT, ACT, CLEP, study study tips and resources for many other tests, and subjects.
    Test-Guide Test prep for ACT and SAT, online practice tests.
    Test Prep Review Practice tests for PSAT, SAT, ACT, and ASVAB.
    TSI Study App You can access the site from your computer, tablet, or Smartphone and familiarize yourself with the basic content areas of TSI tests.

High School College & Career Readiness

  • Take your high school schedule to the next level…take the plunge! Take available advanced courses. Colleges look at your grades, but they also pay attention to how tough your courses are—they want to see that you've challenged yourself. Showing that you're willing to push yourself by taking rigorous classes in high school can help when you're applying to college. In fact, the level of courses you take now is one of the first things colleges look at. Also, if you take college level courses, such as AP or Dual credit classes, you may be able to earn college credit.

    Taking challenging classes in high school is a great way to build new skills. And it will serve you well when you get to college, because you’ll be more prepared for the work. College-level courses can help you learn the skills and habits you'll need for success in college and beyond.


    They will allow you to develop:

    • Stronger Writing Skills
    • Problem-Solving Abilities
    • Time-Management Skills
    • Discipline
    • Good Study Habits

    Advanced Placement

    The College Board’s AP Program offers college-level classes that help students develop and apply skills such as reading critically, solving problems analytically and writing clearly. Courses like these can introduce you to topics and ideas that are not covered in the regular classroom. For example, AP courses include Chinese Language and Culture, Environmental Science, and Psychology. This range of subjects allows you to explore your interests and develop new passions. You may even discover the subject that will become your college major or the focus of your career.
    In the same survey most of the students who took college level courses said that these classes were more worthwhile and more interesting than others.

    College Level Examination Program [CLEP]

    CLEP offers you the opportunity to earn college credit for what you already know by earning certain scores on any of 33 examinations. CLEP can help you earn 3-12 college credit hours before you graduate high school. Get a head start on college, and save time and money. Check with your counselor for details.
    In a recent College Board survey of college freshman, more than half surveyed said they wish they had worked harder in high school.

    Dual Credit

    Dual credit is a program that allows high school students to begin their college education prior to graduation. Students enroll in a college course and simultaneously earn college credit and high school credit for the course. College courses offered for dual credit may be taught at the college campus or the high school campus by credentialed instructors; that must be qualified according to criteria established by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (opens external link in new window). Courses offered for dual credit include the same content and rigor as courses taught to other college students, utilizing the same instructors, curriculum and policies. Grades for dual credit courses are entered on a student's high school and college transcript.


    A high school student who qualifies to enroll in a college course offered for dual credit must meet the college's prerequisite requirements for enrollment for the college course. Students must satisfy Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements as well; although, they may be exempt from this testing if they meet the standards for the EOC, ACT or SAT tests. Check with your high school counselor to determine which course is for you.

    Naviance & 4-Year Plan

    Naviance Family Connection is a comprehensive college and career readiness system designed especially for students and parents. Naviance helps connect academic achievement to post-secondary goals. The customizable college and career readiness tools empowers students and families to connect learning and life and provides information needed to help students prepare for life after high school. It also allows students to create an individualized learning plan for their futures by helping them discover their individual strengths and learning styles and explore college and career options based on their results.
  • New Graduation Program This new graduation program offers more flexibility for all students whether they plan to go directly to college or to the world work.
  • Connecting Personality Types with Careers and Jobs

    This page lists careers by the four-letter code from the Keirsey Temperament Sorter.

    ACT Explore Your Career Options

    This site provided by ACT allows you to search career options.

    My Road

    This site provided by College Board offers a personality assessment and suggests careers and majors that fit those personalities. Students can also create an online portfolio for college and career planning.

    U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook

    Authoritative source for information on occupations, employment statistics, and job trends. This resource also features insight into hundreds of occupations and describes what they do, work environment, education, training, salary, and more.

    Research Occupations

    This site allows students to research different college and career choices.

    O*Net [Occupational Information Network]

    O*Net Online has detailed descriptions of the "world of work" for use by job seekers, workforce development, HR professionals, students, researchers and more. Get information on which occupations pay the salary you want to earn, and allow you to figure out how much you can buy with your chosen occupation.

    Internet Career Connection [Career Selection and Planning Guide]

    This site provides you with 5 steps of career guidance, including a detailed checklist.


    Online registration for the FAFSA: Free Application for Student Aid. The FSA ID , which consists of a user-created username and password, replaced the PIN effective May, 2015.

    Student Aid Chart for Undergraduates

    This quick reference chart includes information on all types of financial aid.

    Texas Financial Aid Programs

    This site shares information on state financial aid programs.

    Understanding College Costs

    This site helps change the focus from the total cost of college by providing information on the entire financial process and provides resources to help you plan and pay for college.

    Income Based Repayment Plan for Federal Loans

    This site provides information about income based loan repayment plans and programs (IBR).

    Federal Student Aid

    Learn about the different types of financial aid available and the qualifications for each.

    Simple Tuition

    This site helps with finding student loans and explaining the various options.

    Texas Guaranteed Tuition Plan

    Information regarding paying for a beneficiary's college tuition and fees.

    529 College Savings Plan

    Use this site to research 529 plans from every state. We provide plan information and tools that help you choose which plan is right for you. We have even rated all of the nation's 529 plans so you can quickly compare overall effectiveness of each plan.


    Free scholarship search and college search site. This site requires that you register with an email address.

    College Board's Big Future-Financial Aid 101

    This site provides information about financial aid including the different types of aid and how to apply for financial aid.

    Colleges, College Scholarships, and Financial Aid Page

    This page is designed to offer college bound students, parents, and Counselors easy access to information on free college scholarship and financial aid searches and resources.

  • Finding the Right College

    This site provides a guide to finding the best college.

    America's Best Colleges

    This site provides exclusive college rankings and lists.

    College Admissions

    This site provides basic information about various colleges and how to contact the admissions office.

    Glossary of Terms [US Department of Education]

    This site provides a glossary of college related terms.

    Find a College [Big Future]

    This site provides quick facts on college size, location, deadlines, majors, learning environment, campus life, graduation rate, admissions and cost.

    College Express

    Register for free access. Good advice in the “Admissions Advice” Section. Tips on writing the application essay can be found in the Information Category “Getting There”. Select a college based upon preferences, find information on college admissions and apply online, estimate costs of education, search for scholarships, parent information, and a student bulletin board for asking questions.

    College for All Texans

    Everything a Texan needs to know about preparing for college, includes: Preparing for College, Applying for College, Choosing a college, College Matcher, Texas Common Application Form, Paying for College – Average costs, reducing costs, applying for Financial Aid, tax information , Getting Through College – Guides to help the student succeed in college , Career Planning – Choosing a career, resume writing, jobs in Texas , Military in Texas – For people in the military seeking to enter college , and FAFSA – Link to FAFSA to fill out the form online.

    College Opportunities Online

    Direct link to over 9,000 colleges online. You can search for a college based on its location, program, or degree offerings either alone or in combination. The more criteria you specify, the smaller the number of colleges that will fit your criteria.

    Mapping Your Future

    This site provides information on the steps necessary to prepare for college and what to consider at each step. It is divided into three major steps: Planning a Career – steps for choosing a career plan , Selecting a College – characteristics to look for , and Paying for College – options for paying for college.

    Next Step U

    This site provides a guide that helps high school juniors and seniors explore potential careers, research collegiate options and make educated decisions about their futures.


    Sign up for ACT tests and receive scores online. Provides sample test questions, sample essay prompts, and practice tests.

    Khan Academy

    This is a great, free resource for practice and preparation for the new SAT debuting in spring 2016, also find practice and helpful videos for the PSAT and other school subjects and topics.

    College Board

    A highly recommended resource. College Board administers the SAT and AP testing so the site has all the information on tests: dates, locations, etc. and provides for online registration and viewing of scores. Also provides sections on: Planning for College – Great articles on making the most out of high school, choosing a major, and researching careers, Finding the Right College – Answers all the students questions about finding the right college, Getting Into College – Covers college application process including essay writing, and Paying for College – Covers calculating college costs, college scholarships, and loans.


    Renowned source for college information with ability to search by major, location, tuition costs, size, and much more. Contains practice tests for ACT and SAT with tips and strategies for success

    The Princeton Review

    A resource with many interactive tools for finding colleges. Some of the sections on this site include: Explore Schools – Use Counselor-O-Matic to find colleges that match your choices, Majors & Careers – Search for majors and see related careers, Career Assessment Quiz, Admission Test Information – Test dates and locations, expected changes, free practice tests, fee-based courses, Online Applications – Apply for college online, Financial Aid – Scholarship search, basic information, “Estimated Family Contribution Calculator”.

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Are You Ready For College?
[Interactive College Planning Guide]

The planning guide provides students and families with tips on how to plan for college. Read how you can start preparing for college today and how to leverage Naviance to reach your goals.


With the "Are You Ready for College?" planning guides, you will get detailed, interactive tips and how-to's on using Family Connection. The guide features timely, relatable articles for high school students preparing for college. Topics include:


  • Real Talk: Maximizing the Student-Counselor Relationship
  • Helpful Hints: Where to Turn for Valuable College Tools and Advice
  • Check It: Timeline for College-Bound Students
  • You Own This! Taking Charge of Your College Quest
  • Finding Your Fit
  • College Cash: What You Need to Know
  • Major Misconceptions: What’s the Connection between Degree and Career?
My Degree Counts

Don't Let Anything Stand in Your Way-"My Degree Counts" provides resources to help you continue your education.


Research has continuously shown that a college education pays. By 2020, there will be 123 million high-skill, high-pay jobs available in the U.S., but only 50 million Americans with the right skills and education to fill them. As it stands, Houston ranks 94th among the largest 100 metropolitan areas in matching jobs needed to degrees granted. In order to keep Houston’s economy thriving, we need to ensure that our citizens are pursuing higher education and attaining the degrees necessary to secure our status as one of the world’s best places to live and work.


EdReady lets you assess your readiness for college math, see study options, and get a personalized study path to fill in knowledge gaps. Don't let college placement exams hold you back. EdReady can help you avoid spending extra time and money in remedial college classes. Use EdReady to assess and improve your math skills, ensuring you are prepared for the college you want to attend.


KnowHow2GO is a campaign designed to encourage students and veterans to prepare for college. Explore the site to learn more about the steps you need to take to be college-ready.

College Xpress

Good advice in the “Admissions Advice” Section. Tips on writing the application essay can be found in the Information Category “Getting There.”


  • College Search - Select a college based upon preferences, find information on college admissions and apply online, estimate costs of education, search for scholarships, parent information, student bulletin board for asking questions
  • Scholarships - Fill out a form to search for scholarships
  • Student Loans - Find out information about loans


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