Welcome to Pickens County Career & Technology Center's Guidance Department. Working together with the high school counselors, I am available to help with personal, social, academic, or other problems, and to assist with planning for future college and careers. Information and assistance for completing college applications, financial aid applications, scholarships, application essays, and writing letters of recommendations are a few of the activities available in our guidance office.
Important Information for Students and Parents
The Office of eLearning in the Division of School of Effectiveness is offering free access to ACT, PSAT, SAT, and AP Exam Reviews for any South Carolina student who wishes to prepare for one or more of these exams during the 2011-12 school year. This includes public school, charter school, private school and home school students. Educators, students and parents can gain access to the reviews at http://scvspconnect.ed.sc.gov/. Click on the Course Information tab and then the Test Preparation tab.
By using e-Transcripts, current SDPC students can request transcripts without going through the guidance departments. With the South Carolina e-Transcript project, students in the district’s four high schools have a safe, electronic way to order official transcripts for colleges, universities and scholarship funds nationwide. An initiative of the South Carolina Department of Education and the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, e-Transcript Services are delivered by Docufide, Inc., a company that concentrates on the electronic delivery, management, and analysis of student academic records.
There’s no cost to send e-Transcripts to participating South Carolina colleges and universities. Students will pay $3.00 to out-of-state colleges and universities receiving the electronic transcripts or to nonparticipating in-state institutions. A $5.00 fee is required to send hard copies. All payments are made online at the time of request.
Please contact Tim Hiott at 864-397-4500 for information on ordering your transcript.
The SC Commission on Higher Education has launched a Web portal designed to improve college course transfer and articulation in the state. The Web portal, called SC TRAC (the South Carolina Transfer and Articulation Center), can be accessed online at www.sctrac.org.
SC TRAC assists students and supports college and university staff members by providing online tools that make it easier to transfer academic credit as well as to evaluate how higher education coursework will transfer among South Carolina’s public colleges and universities.
The 2016-17 FAFSA-on-the-Web has been redesigned to be shorter, simpler, and more user-friendly. Questions are now asked only if relevant to the applicant. Also, immediately after submitting the FAFSA, applicants will now receive a confirmation email message which indicates Pell Grant eligibility and links to information about the schools they are applying to, such as graduation and transfer rates and a detailed breakdown of costs and expected expenses associated with the schools.
President Obama has challenged the nation to have the world's highest percentage of college graduates by 2020. Simplifying the federal student aid application process supports that goal by making it easier for students to access financial support for postsecondary studies. Students could begin filing FAFSAs for the 2016-17 academic year on January 1. For more information, please go to http://www.edgovblogs.org/duncan/2010/01/a-simpler-application-for-student-aid/.
Our mission at Pickens County CTC is to prepare students to reach their maximum potential. For more information please contact Tim Hiott in the Guidance office.