Angela Apple, Guidance Counselor

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Stacy Shank, Educational Aide
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The mission of the Guidance Department at Ketterer Charter School is to facilitate the academic, career, and personal/social growth and development of all students.

The School Counselor works with students in three domains: academic, social/emotional, and career. The School Counselor frequently works with parents, students, teachers and administrators to ensure that a student is successful both in the school environment and within the home and community. The School Counselor helps to advocate for students and provide resources for success.

Services Provided by your School Counselor:
Academic Support and Planning
The School Counselor meets with students after each quarter that are struggling in their classes. Feedback is provided to teachers and staff and a plan is set in place for the student to be successful academically.
The guidance department regularly ensures that all academic records are received from previous schools and placements and this information is reviewed with each student.

College and Career Planning/Resources
The Guidance department meets with seniors to discuss post- secondary plans and goals and provides resources when appropriate. Younger students are encouraged to start planning early for their future after high school. The department also provides college and career information and counseling, scholarship and financial aid information, one-on-one parent and/or student conferences, and will sign students up for college entrance examinations (SAT and ACT testing).

Other Services provided by the Guidance Department
The Guidance department also provides crisis management, transition programs and preparation, testing interpretation and referrals when appropriate. A student can fill out a pass to request a meeting with Mrs. Fazekas from their homeroom teacher.

Career Exploration

Students are encouraged to start career exploration at an early age. A number of resources are available for self-exploration of careers.

Occupational Outlook Handbook

The Occupational Outlook Handbook provides information on what workers do; working conditions; education, training, and other qualifications; pay; job outlook; similar occupations; and sources of additional information, for 341 occupational profiles covering 85 percent of the jobs in the economy.

The OOH is broken up into clusters of similar occupations. In order to find an occupation, browse the occupational group of interest on the left-hand side of the homepage, or use the index if you know the specific occupation. You may also search for occupations by pay range, education level, training, projected number of new jobs, or projected job growth rate, using the Occupation Finder or occupation selector drop-down menus on the OOH homepage. If you are interested in occupations with the highest pay, you can browse them by clicking on the hot link “Highest Paying.”

O*Net Online

The O*NET program is the nation’s primary source of occupational information. Central to the project is the O*NET database, containing information on hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptors. The database, which is available to the public at no cost, is continually updated by surveying a broad range of workers from each occupation. Information from this database forms the heart of O*NET OnLine, an interactive application for exploring and searching occupations. The database also provides the basis for our Career Exploration Tools, a set of valuable assessment instruments for workers and students looking to find or change careers.

The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) is being developed under the sponsorship of the US Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA) through a grant to the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

Career Cruising

Career Cruising is a career guidance website that is available for all students of Ketterer Charter School. For information about how to access the Career Cruising website, please contact the Guidance Department. Students who are interested in scheduling an individual meeting to discuss career exploration should contact the Guidance Department.