WHS Holds Annual College Night
Waller High School (WHS) recently opened its doors to families and the community for its annual College Night. Attendees had the opportunity to gather information on a variety of post-secondary options. Waller ISD students are highly encouraged to attend and the event was open to the community. WHS Counselors Jessica Jensen, Gena Kellam, Joy McCaffety, Holly McLean, Brandina Wells, and Tamara Zingelmann plan the night with the goal of preparing students and parents for life after graduation.
“Planning for post-secondary education, no matter what route students choose, should happen as early as possible,” Jensen said. “That is why we opened tonight to the community.”
Families were able to meet with over 60 representatives from community and junior colleges, universities, technical and trade schools, and various branches of the military. At each table, representatives provided information on their application process, programs, and activities. To streamline the process, WHS provided juniors and seniors with barcodes for schools to scan and quickly receive contact information. This allowed students to efficiently meet with as many representatives as possible. Counselors also offer Parent Meetings for all high school grade levels to teach about graduation requirements and best practices for applying to post-secondary schools.
“It’s a great evening for students to ask questions about college and careers they are interested in,” Principal Stephanie Fletcher said. “Even military branches are here for those interested in joining the service after high school.”
WHS schedules College Night to fall during Generation TX Week, a campaign to increase awareness and build college and career readiness. Throughout the week counselors provided information through morning announcements and worked with students on financial aid as well as college applications. They hold individual conferences with students and get feedback through surveys to find out what students require the most help with.
“Our college night is unique because it is open to all grade levels and is truly a family event,” Jensen said. “It’s a one-stop, package deal for parents with several kids.”