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What is the College & Career Center?

The AHS College & Career Center is located in the AHS Library. Students can get support exploring post high school education and career pathways by dropping into the CCC or reaching out to our AHS College & Career Specialist, Jen Marsden, at Students receive age appropriate post high school planning curriculum in their Advisory and senior College & Career Readiness classes, and are also encouraged to attend CCC information sessions on college and career exploration and planning, where students (and their families) can learn more about finding post high school pathways that will be a good fit for them.  

The CCC also hosts visits by representatives from community colleges, four year colleges and universities, professional career schools, branches of the military, Job Corps, gap year programs and more! Below is the link to the current calendar for Fall 2021. Please check back for updates as more events are scheduled.
College Visits with Admissions Counselors & College Fairs Fall 2021

College & Career Center Update September 2021


College & Career Pathways: Resources for Students and Families

Seniors are diving into exploration of post high school pathways in their AHS College & Career Readiness (CCR) classes, where they are getting extensive support on finding post high school education and/or career options that are a good fit for them.  Jen Marsden (AHS College & Career Specialist) and AHS counselors are providing college and career planning curriculum in CCR classes and are also available to individually help students explore their interests/options, and to assist in navigating the college admissions and financial aid process.

All 9th -11th students will be receiving grade specific career and college exploration and preparation lessons in their Advisory classes this year.  Junior and senior students are strongly encouraged to attend upcoming information sessions, watch for updates on the ACT/SAT, learn about our ASPIRE program and check out the AHS College Handbook (more information included below)!  We welcome students and parents/guardians to reach out to or their AHS counselor with questions or to schedule an appointment regarding career and college planning.


Upcoming College & Career Pathways Info Sessions: All sessions will be on zoom from 5:30 - 6:30 pm and can be accessed at the following link: The sessions will be recorded and available on the AHS YouTube Channel, where you can already find info session recordings from last year.


Tuesday, September 14 – College Pathways 101: Overwhelmed by the thought of planning for college? Finding an educational pathway that is a good fit takes some planning. AHS counseling staff will present information on college pathways, specifically geared toward junior and senior students and their families. Topics covered will include a general overview of the process of applying to both community colleges and four-year universities, ACT/SAT testing, and how to access financial aid/scholarships.


Wednesday, September 29 – Financial Aid 101: Learn about the pathways to access financial aid and scholarships! We will discuss the process for completing  the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), an online application which qualifies students to receive the Federal Pell Grant, the Oregon Opportunity Grant, the Oregon Promise, and government loans. Even if you think your family will not qualify for federal financial aid, it is important to complete the FAFSA. Many colleges will not give students merit aid unless they have a FAFSA on record. We will also briefly cover the CSS Profile, a separate online application many private schools use to determine institutional financial aid.


Wednesday, October 13 - Four Year Colleges and Universities - Navigating the Application Process: AHS Counseling Department staff will present information on how to make the most of the college search process, how to apply to both public and private four-year colleges and universities, ACT/SAT testing, and how to access financial aid/scholarships.

Wednesday, November 3: Community College Opportunities and Pathways:  Community colleges offer an extensive array of professional training programs in fields such as Mechanics, Electronics, Culinary Arts, Massage Therapy, Dental Hygiene, Physical Therapy, Graphic Design and more! Students can also complete general education credits at a community college, receive a two-year A.A or A.S degree and then transfer to a four-year university to complete a bachelor’s degree. Learn more about these potential college and career pathways and how to access them! There will also be an overview of the Oregon Promise grant and other financial aid and scholarships available to AHS students.

AHS College Handbook

The AHS College Handbook contains useful information for all students planning to pursue post high school education. Topics covered include how to find an educational pathway that’s a good fit, information on applying to community colleges, private career schools and four-year public and private universities, how to access financial aid and scholarships, and other useful information. You can also pick up a hard copy of the AHS College Handbook in the College & Career Center.

ACT and SAT Updates

Students planning on applying to four year colleges usually take ACT/SAT tests in spring of junior year and/or fall of senior year. See below for all 2021-22 test dates at AHS.  If AHS has no more seat availability, students can look for open testing sites in Medford and Grants Pass. Many colleges are now “test optional” and Oregon’s public universities no longer require ACT/SAT test results for admission, but some do for eligibility for honors colleges or merit scholarships. Check individual universities for current guidelines.

Students register for the ACT and SAT online and those who qualify for free/reduced lunch are eligible for fee waivers for both tests. Please contact  to obtain a fee waiver.

2021-22 AHS Test Dates (registration deadlines are about one month before the test dates):

ACT: October 23, December 11, February 12, April 2

SAT: October 2, November 6, December 4, March 12, May 7, June 4


ASPIRE’s trained volunteer mentors help students explore education and career pathways available to them after high school. Mentors assist students in researching colleges, preparing admissions and scholarship applications, understanding the financial aid process, and many other aspects of the road to post high school education and careers. Students who want to learn more about ASPIRE or sign up for a mentor can contact

Become an ASPIRE Mentor!

The heart of ASPIRE are the many dedicated volunteers who work with our students. ASPIRE mentors at AHS include parents, retirees, professionals, and college students. Check out this video: to learn more about the ASPIRE program and the role of ASPIRE mentors. For more information about becoming an ASPIRE mentor, please contact

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College & Career Center

Jennifer Marsden
College & Career Center
ASPIRE Coordinator
541-482-8771 ext. 2130
Available Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Meeting by appointment during office hours.
Contact via email, phone, or Teams to schedule an appointment.

Karyn Barats
Scholarship Coordinator
Counseling Secretary
541-482-8771 ext. 2114
Available Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm.
Meeting by appointment during office hours.
Contact via email, phone, or Teams to schedule an appointment.

Katie Howett
College Dreams Representative
Contact via email or phone to schedule an appointment.

College Visits and Info Calendar.pdf

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