Post Graduate Help Desk

Post Graduate Help for Collier High School - a NJ Alternative High School 





Post Graduate Planning

My name is Barbara Zmich and I am the Post-Graduate Counselor at Collier High School.  I assist seniors (and juniors upon request) in their exploration and actualizing of their career goals.  I have information regarding colleges, vocational schools/technical institutes, financial aid and gainful employment.  While undergoing this process with the senior, I collaborate with the family, the child study team and our teachers and administration to help ensure a smooth transition.  Students’ requests to meet with me individually regarding their post-graduate plans are always honored as soon as possible.  Seniors with early application deadlines are initially met with more frequently.  It is our goal that every effort is made for each child to have a solid educational or employment plan upon graduation.

Students have the option of attending a group that addresses the application process to a four year college.  This six week group explores topics such as essay writing, dorm living, college visits and interviewing and the differences between high school and college.  Tentative plans are in place to offer a test prep placement exam for students applying to a community college.  They too, will be offered the opportunity to attend a group to discuss the application process.

It is our hope that we be able to offer periodic workshops in the new year that would include such topics as independent living and money management.  As always, there will be a senior retreat in spring that will provide the seniors with some time and space for reflection and sharing to help transition from Collier High School.