Vancouver School of Arts and Academics Career Center

Career Guidance Specialist/ Counselor
Renee Foran 313-4600

Welcome to the VSAA Career Center

Class of 2018 (Woo Hoo!!)


You are engaging in or completing the researching stage, preparing for the planning and applying stage. Please be sure to schedule time to do what you need to do to learn more about your options: college campus visits, meeting with college reps who visit VSAA, working on Career Cruising and college websites to deepen your search, AND attend events like these listed below.


Be aware that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (better known as FAFSA) is available online starting October 1st. The sooner you and your family complete this, the sooner you will know what financial aid will be available to you. Colleges will not be able to give you aid unless you have a FAFSA on file, so please DO complete this!


Career Cruising Login: You have an icon on your iPad or go directly to the website on any computer:

Username: vps-student ID number (Be sure to include that hyphen!!)

Password: 6 digit birthdate



Pick up a copy of Steps to Success, VPS’s Post High School Planner, on the table outside Ms Foran Coyle’s office, rm 313.


Upcoming Events


- VSAA College Night for parents and students - Tues., Sept 26th at 6:30 in room 210


- Performing and Visual Arts College Fair- Oct 16 - 6:30-8:30 PM at the Portland Art Museum


- Future U - Hudson's Bay HS - Oct 25 5-8 PM


- NACAC College Fair - Oct 29 & 30 Sign up:


- National Portfolio Day - January 7, 2018


- Applying for FAFSA starts on Oct. 1.


Here is an event to fill out the FAFSA:  College Goal Washington, Sat., Oct 21  10-1P at Clark College, Scarpelli Hall


- WSU-V has Financial Aid Nights for anyone to attend (do not have to be planning to attend WSU)


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- ACT/SAT sign up – Do LOTS of practice questions! Plan your study time for these tests well in advance. There are books for purchase with multiple practice tests.    - upon registering, you have access to Khan Academy practice sessions


ASVAB – for military placement, but also a good test to determine aptitude related to career options. May be given through a recruiter, or contact your nearest HS Career Center to take it there this fall (Bay, Fort, Skyview).


Other Helpful Websites: - Scholarships for WA residents


VSAA School code for all testing and college applications is 481480.


Career Center News and Articles

7 Things Employers Look for When They Hire
Would you want an employer to check your Facebook page? Have you successfully completed at least one internship? These are amongst the items a future employer is apt to investigate about you.
How to land a high-demand job with a low-cost degree
The chairman of the state's Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board points out that not all good-paying jobs require a four-year college degree.
Apprenticeships & college degrees combined in programs
NBC News article: ". . .as the economy changes, today’s apprenticeships combine the chance for workers not only to master skills while earning a paycheck but to get a college degree at the same time."
Handbook for seniors: Post high school options for study and work.
College degrees pay off !
A new state analysis shows it takes Washington college graduates two years past graduation to start to earn more money than their friends who didn't go to college and to get on the path toward making up their financial investment, according to an article in The Columbian newspaper.
America's fastest-growing occupations
Which occupations are predicted to have the most openings for workers in the next few years? Read the federal government's researched predictions.
Dual Credit Lookup Tool
This tool replaces some static information with an interactive tool, allowing students to search and compare how their high school AP, IB, and Cambridge exam scores will apply as college credit at various public and private independent institutions in Washington State. Overall, this process increases transparency for students, parents, and counselors regarding how students will be awarded college credit for their credit-by-exam courses.